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Monday, December 31, 2012

Waikato River

              Waikato River is the longest river in New Zealand, running for 425 kilometres through the North Island. It rises in the eastern slopes of Mount Ruapehu, joining the Tongariro River system and emptying into Lake Taupo, New Zealand's largest lake. It drains Taupo at the lake's northeastern edge, creates the Huka Falls, and then flows northwest, through the Waikato Plains. It empties into the Tasman Sea south of Auckland, at Port Waikato. 
              The main tributaries are: Waipakihi River, Tongariro River, Mangakino Stream, Waipapa River, Pokaiwhenua Stream, Waipa River, Whangamarino River, Mangatangi River, Mangatawhiri River, Awaroa River. It's crossing the following cities and towns: Turangi, Taupo, Wairakei, Atiamuri, Mangakino, Arapuni, Cambridge, Hamilton, Ngaruawahia, Huntly, Ohinewai, Meremere, Mercer, Tuakau, Port Waikato. 

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Mount Townsend

               Mount Townsend is the second highest peak of mainland Australia. Located in Kosciuszko National Park in the Snowy Mountains (part of the Great Dividing Range), Mount Townsend is 3.68 kilometres (2.29 mi) north of Australia's highest mainland peak, Mount Kosciuszko.
               Mount Townsend had an elevation of 2,209 m (7,247 ft) and a prominence of 189 m (620 ft). Although lower than Mount Kosciuszko, Mount Townsend has a more craggy peak and is arguably more dominant than the relatively round-topped Mt. Kosciuszko. Due to ease of climbing Mt. Kosciuszko, and the much lower accessibility of Mount Townsend, a tradition has emerged of each person who climbs Mount Townsend carrying a rock from the bottom in the pack, and leaving it at the top, with the goal of making Mount Townsend the taller of the two relatively similar in height peaks.

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Saturday, December 29, 2012


              Toulouse (Tolosa) is a city in the Haute-Garonne department in southwestern France. It lies on the banks of the River Garonne, 150 kilometers from the Mediterranean Sea and 300 from the Atlantic Ocean, and 590 km (366 mi) away from Paris. With 1,202,889 inhabitants as of 1 January 2008, the Toulouse metropolitan area is the fourth-largest in France. 
               The main landmarks are: Capitole de Toulouse (The Capitole of Toulouse), Bazacle, Pont Neuf, Hôpital de la Grave, Hôpital Saint-Raymond, Hôtel-Dieu Saint Jacques, Château d'eau, Canal du Midi, Hôtel d'Assézat, Hôtel du Vieux-Raisin, Hôtel de Bernuy, Hôtel de Bagis, Saint-Pierre bridge, Wilson Square, Halle aux Grains, Gare de Toulouse Matabiau, Médiathèque José Cabanis, Musée des Augustins, Musée Saint-Raymond, Le Château d'Eau, Muséum de Toulouse, Saint-Sernin Basilica, Saint-Étienne cathedral.

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Friday, December 28, 2012

Nile river

             Nile river ( النيل)  is a major north-flowing river in northeastern Africa, generally regarded as the longest river in the world. It is 6,650 km (4,130 miles) long. It runs through the ten countries of Sudan, South Sudan, Burundi, Rwanda, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Tanzania, Kenya, Ethiopia, Uganda and Egypt. 
            The Nile has two major tributaries, the White Nile and Blue Nile. Nile is crossing the following cities: Jinja, Juba, Khartoum, Cairo.
            The Greek historian Herodotus wrote that "Egypt was the gift of the Nile". An unending source of sustenance, it provided a crucial role in the development of Egyptian civilization.

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Lake Victoria

               Lake Victoria (Nam Lolwe) is one of the African Great Lakes. The lake was named after Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom, by John Hanning Speke, the first European to discover this lake. With a surface area of 68,800 square kilometres (26,600 sq mi), Lake Victoria is Africa’s largest lake by area, and it is the largest tropical lake in the world. Lake Victoria is the world's 2nd largest freshwater lake by surface area; only Lake Superior in North America is larger. 
              The main settlements around Lake Victoria are: Bukoba, Mwanza, Musoma, Kisumu, Kendu Bay, Homa Bay, Kampala, Entebbe, Jinja.

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Thursday, December 27, 2012

Libyan Desert

              Libyan Desert it extends approximately 1100 km from east to west, and 1,000 km from north to south, in about the shape of a rectangle. The desert features a striking diversity of landscapes including mountains such as Jebel Uweinat (1980 m), the Gilf Kebir plateau, and sand seas. 
              The Libyan Desert is barely populated apart from the modern settlements at oases of the lower Cyrenaica region in southeastern Libya. The indigenous population is Berber. In most of Upper Egypt, the desert is close to the Nile River, with a seasonal flood plain only a few kilometers wide between river and desert.  North of the Gilf Kebir plateau, among the shallow peripheral dunes of the southern Great Sand Sea, is a field of Libyan desert glass.

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                Riyadh (الرياض) is the capital and largest city of Saudi Arabia. It is also the capital of Riyadh Province, and belongs to the historical regions of Najd (نجد) and Al-Yamama ( اليمامة). It is situated in the center of the Arabian Peninsula on a large plateau, and is home to 5,254,560 people, and the urban center of a region with a population of close to 7 million people. 
                The main landmarks of Riyadh are: Kingdom Tower ( برج المملكة), Al Faisaliyah Center (برج الفيصلية), Riyadh TV Tower (برج التلفزيون بالرياض), King Abdullah International Gardens, Ministry of Interior Building, Masmak fort (قصر المصمك), Riyadh Station, Al Anoud Tower.

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Wednesday, December 26, 2012


             Brasov (Brașov, Kronstadt, Brassó) is a city in Romania and the capital of Brașov County. According to the last Romanian census, from 2011, there were 227,961 people living within the city of Brașov, making it the 8th most populous city in Romania. Brașov is located in the central part of the country, about 166 km north of Bucharest. It is surrounded by the Southern Carpathians and is part of the Transylvania region. 
              The main landmarks of Brasov are: The Black Church (Biserica Neagră, Schwarze Kirche, Fekete templom), Council Square (Piaţa Sfatului), Transylvania University of Brașov, Casa Sfatului, St. Nicholas Church (Biserica Sfântul Nicolae), First Romanian School (Prima şcoală românească), Rope Street (Strada sforii), Şcheii Braşovului (Obere Vorstadt, Bolgárszeg), Catherine's Gate (Poarta Ecaterinei), Schei Gate (Poarta Schei, Bolgárszegi-kapu), Tâmpa (Kapellenberg), Brașov Citadel Fortress (Cetăţuia Brașovului).

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Monday, December 24, 2012

Lake Arenal

              Lake Arenal (Lago Arenal) is an artificial lake in Costa Rica, located in the northern highlands of the country. It was enlarged to its present size as a part of a 1979 hydroelectric project by the Costa Rican government to provide electricity to the country. Lake Arenal is situated in the northern highlands of Costa Rica, in the provinces of Guanacaste and Alajuela. 
              It is located in the Arenal Tilaran Conservation Area, and is close to the Arenal Volcano and Monteverde cloud forest. The lake is approximately 30 km long and almost 5 km at its widest point, making it the largest lake in Costa Rica at 85-square-kilometre (33 sq mi). Its depth varies between 30 and 60 meters (100–200 feet) depending on the season.

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              The giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis), is an African even-toed ungulate mammal, the tallest living terrestrial animal and the largest ruminant. Its species name refers to its camel-like appearance and the patches of color on its fur. Its chief distinguishing characteristics are its extremely long neck and legs, its horn-like ossicones and its distinctive coat patterns. It stands 5–6 m (16–20 ft) tall and has an average weight of 1,600 kg (3,500 lb) for males and 830 kg (1,800 lb) for females. It is classified under the family Giraffidae, along with its closest extant relative, the okapi. 
               There are nine subspecies: G. c. camelopardalis (Nubian giraffe), G. c. reticulata (Somali giraffe), G. c. angolensis (Namibian giraffe), G. c. antiquorum (Kordofan giraffe), G. c. tippelskirchi (Kilimanjaro giraffe), G. c. rothschildi (Ugandan giraffe), G. c. giraffa (South African giraffe), G. c. thornicrofti (Rhodesian giraffe), G. c. peralta (Nigerian giraffe).

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Saturday, December 22, 2012


              Athens (Αθήνα, Athína) is the capital and largest city of Greece. Athens dominates the Attica region and is one of the world's oldest cities, with its recorded history spanning around 3,400 years. The city of Athens has a population of 3,074,160. 
              The main landmarks are: Acropolis of Athens (Ακρόπολη Αθηνών), Hellenic Parliament (Βουλή των Ελλήνων), Zappeion (Ζάππειον Μέγαρο), Acropolis Museum (Μουσείο Ακρόπολης), Monastiraki square (Μοναστηράκι), Parthenon (Παρθενών), Penteliko Mountain (Πεντέλη), Mount Lycabettus (Λυκαβηττός), Academy of Athens (Ακαδημία Αθηνών), National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (Εθνικόν και Καποδιστριακόν Πανεπιστήμιον Αθηνών), Kolonaki (Κολωνάκι), Omonoia Square (Πλατεία Ομονοίας), Syntagma Square (Πλατεία Συντάγματος), Kolonaki Square (Πλατεία Κολωνακίου), National Garden of Athens (Εθνικός Κήπος), The Erechtheion (Ἐρέχθειον), Agios Eleftherios Church (Ναός Θεοτόκου Γοργοεπήκοου και Αγίου Ελευθερίου), National Archaeological Museum (Εθνικό Αρχαιολογικό Μουσείο), Odeon of Herodes Atticus (Ωδείο Ηρώδου του Αττικού or Ηρώδειο), Athens Concert Hall (Μέγαρον Μουσικής Αθηνών), National Library of Greece (Εθνική Βιβλιοθήκη).

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Friday, December 21, 2012

Apple tree

            Apple tree (Malus domestica) is the pomaceous fruit in the rose family (Rosaceae). It is one of the most widely cultivated tree fruits, and the most widely known of the many members of genus Malus that are used by humans. Apples grow on small, deciduous trees. The tree originated in Western Asia, where its wild ancestor, Malus sieversii, is still found today. Apples have been grown for thousands of years in Asia and Europe, and were brought to North America by European colonists. 
             The proverb "An apple a day keeps the doctor away.", addressing the health effects of the fruit, dates from 19th century Wales. Research suggests that apples may reduce the risk of colon cancer, prostate cancer and lung cancer.

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                The tiger (Panthera tigris) is the largest cat species, reaching a total body length of up to 3.3 metres (11 ft) and weighing up to 306 kg (670 lb). It is the third largest land carnivore (behind only the Polar bear and the Brown bear). Its most recognizable feature is a pattern of dark vertical stripes on reddish-orange fur with lighter underside. The global population in the wild is estimated to number between 3,062 to 3,948 individuals, down from around 100,000 at the start of the 20th century. 
                Tigers are among the most recognisable and popular of the world's charismatic megafauna. They have featured prominently in ancient mythology and folklore, and continue to be depicted in modern films and literature. There are 6 subspecies of tiger: Bengal tiger (Panthera tigris tigris), Indochinese tiger (Panthera tigris corbetti), Malayan tiger (Panthera tigris jacksoni), Sumatran tiger (Panthera tigris sumatrae), Siberian tiger (Panthera tigris altaica), South China tiger (Panthera tigris amoyensis).

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