scorched earth

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Scorched Earth Policy

An antitakeover measure in which a company sells many or all of its "good" or desirable assets and/or issues an extraordinary amount of debt. A scorched earth policy is designed to make the company less attractive to potential acquirers. The obvious disadvantage to a scorched earth policy is the possibility that, even if the company remains independent, it may have acquired so many liabilities that it may not be able to maintain its operations easily. See also: Poison pill, Suicide pill.

scorched earth

An antitakeover strategy in which the target firm disposes of those assets or divisions considered particularly desirable by the raider. Thus, by making itself less attractive, the target discourages the takeover attempt. Such a strategy is almost certain to penalize the shareholders of the target firm. Compare crown jewel.
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Kossdorff herself says about her work "my figures are subjected to a process of change in which in the end they return to a permanent state of burnt earth, to stone.
Archaeological remains recovered from the middens include remains of burnt earth, fragments of human skull, fragmented pottery, bone tools, well-cemented shells and bone residues.
There they unearthed three large funeral vessels of clay resembling boats, each the size of a human body and containing burnt earth, as well as fragments of pots made with the potter's wheel and filled with funeral ashes, and tools made of the special iron-rich stones.
Burnt earth is a valuable material for improving soil quality, especially since it is weed free while garden compost is invariably stuffed with weed seed waiting to germinate.
I couldn't work out what it was and then I saw the budget and I realised it was a burnt earth smell.
Other cultural items include animal bones (some of which are burnt, and include fish, rat, cuscus, reptile and, from near the surface, two enamel fragments of a juvenile pig tooth), shell (mainly the intertidal flat, mangrove species Polymesoda erosa, Cerithidea obtusa and Nerita balteata), burnt earth, and burnt wood and nutshell fragments.
At that time, roses were also fertilized with bones (whole, crushed, powdered or acid-dissolved), burnt earth (clay soil incinerated on a bonfire of garden prunings, tree stumps and weeds), wood ashes or soot, night soil (human waste), sodium nitrate (mined in Chile) and bird guano (scraped off islands along the coasts of Peru, Bolivia and Patagonia).
Burnt Earth has a rusty brown surface, with clear patches of a mouldy green showing underneath.