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The uncertainty associated with any investment. That is, risk is the possibility that the actual return on an investment will be different from its expected return. A vitally important concept in finance is the idea that an investment that carries a higher risk has the potential of a higher return. For example, a zero-risk investment, such as a U.S. Treasury security, has a low rate of return, while a stock in a start-up has the potential to make an investor very wealthy, but also the potential to lose one's entire investment. Certain types of risk are easier to quantify than others. To the extent that risk is quantifiable, it is generally calculated as the standard deviation on an investment's average return.
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(1) In finance,the amount that one may lose in an investment;the potential loss,which could be the capital invested plus any personal liability on loans in excess of the value of the property securing the loans. (2) In the market, the process of making a property known to the marketplace as available for sale or lease.(3) Physically, the direction of an improvement;for example,“The southern exposure of the house had all the best views.”

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Peter Sandstone, as with all the other units discussed in this report, not all surface exposures of the formation shown on the Figure maps and in Plate 1 are suitable for frac sand mining.
Surface exposure dating by cosmogenic chlorine-36 accumulation.
The finest grind is necessary to get the most surface exposure, but you do not want it to clog up the espresso machine, filter, or pass through the holes in the metal filter.
“By utilizing smaller five and 15 gallon barrels, we allow for increased surface exposure of wood to whiskey and have significantly lowered the aging time for the spirit,” says head distiller John Wilcox.
Surface exposure dating using in situ cosmogenic [sup.10]Be in quartz is an important new tool for Quaternary geologists in reconstructing glacial and nonglacial landscape development, especially where suitable organic material for radiocarbon dating is lacking.
The potential for serious performance degradation is application specific, with those applications having only a minor degree of wetted surface exposure being at minimal risks of swell, cracking or deterioration.
High-grade metamorphic and associated igneous rocks covers about 30% of the surface exposure of the Pamir.
We present new 10Be cosmic-ray surface exposure ages for 127 quartz-rich samples collected on 3 lateral moraines and 3 alluvial sites along the southern segment of the right-lateral Karakorum fault (the Menshi-Kailas basin) and along the normal fault in the Pulan graben in western Tibet.
Terrestrial cosmogenic nuclide surface exposure dating of the oldest glacial successions in the Himalayan orogen: Ladakh Range, northern India.

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