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| Last Updated:16/04/2016

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Ablutions

An act of washing or cleansing the body

Aquifers

An underground bed or layer of permeable rock, sediment or soil that yields water

Awareness

Knowledge or understanding of a subject, issue or situation

Abode of Gods

Resting place of Gods or Supreme power

Animal Activists

 People who are actively involved in protection of animals from exploitation and abuse by humans.

Animal sacrifice

 

 Animal sacrifice is the ritual killing and offering of an animal to appease or maintain favour with a divine agency.

Adaptation

 The process of change by which an organism or species becomes better suited to its environment.

Altitude

The height of an object or point in relation to sea level or ground level.

Aesthetics

 A set of principles concerned with the nature and appreciation of beauty.

Avatar

 In Hinduism, an avatar is a deliberate descent of a deity to Earth, or a descent of the Supreme Being. The phenomenon of an avatar is observed in Hinduism and is regarded as one of the core principles of Hinduism. An early reference to avatar, and to avatar doctrine, is in the Bhagavad Gita.  

Agriculture

 The science or practice of farming, including cultivation of the soil for the growing of crops and the rearing of animals to provide food, wool, and other products.

Alternative energy

 Energy that is not popularly used and is usually environmentally sound, such as solar or wind energy (as opposed to fossil fuels).

Ambient air

Refers to the surrounding air. Generally, ambient air refers to air outside and surrounding an air pollution source location. Often used interchangeably with "outdoor air."

Algal blooms

Sudden spurts of algal growth that can affect water quality adversely and that indicate potentially hazardous changes in local water chemistry.