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Saturday, September 29, 2012

Flathead Lake

            Flathead Lake is the largest natural freshwater lake west of the Mississippi River in the contiguous United States, taking Red Lake (Minnesota) and Lake of the Woods to be north of the Mississippi River, rather than west of the river. With a surface area of between 191.5 sq mi (496 km2) and 197 sq mi (510 km2), Flathead Lake is slightly larger than Lake Tahoe. 
            Flathead Lake is 27.3 mi (43.9 km) long and up to 15.5 mi (24.9 km) wide. Its known maximum depth is 370.7 ft (113.0 m), making it deeper than the average depths of the Yellow Sea or the Persian Gulf. The lake was raised 10 ft (3.0 m) by Kerr Dam. It is one of the cleanest in the populated world for its size and type. The main islands are Wild Horse Island, Cromwell, Bird, Bull, Melita, Shelter, Cedar, Mother-in-Law, Dream.

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Friday, September 28, 2012

Mount Tahat

           Mount Tahat (جبل تاهات) is the highest mountain peak in Algeria, at 2,908 metres (9,541 ft). Tahat is also the highest peak in the Ahaggar (Hoggar جبال هقار) Mountains. Its nearest city is Tamanrasset which is located 56 km to its south.
           The Hoggar Mountains ( جبال هقار‎), also known as the Ahaggar, are a highland region in central Sahara, or southern Algeria, along the Tropic of Cancer. They are located about 1,500 km (900 mi) south of the capital, Algiers and just west of Tamanghasset.  The Hoggar Mountain range is chiefly volcanic rock and contains a hot summer climate, with a cold winter climate (temperatures fall below 0°C in the winter).

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Tuesday, September 25, 2012


             Minsk (Мінск) is the capital and largest city of Belarus, situated on the Svislač and Niamiha rivers. It is the administrative centre of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS). As the national capital, Minsk has a special administrative status in Belarus and is the administrative centre of Minsk Region (voblast) and Minsk raion (district). In 2009, it had a population of 1,836,808. 
             The main landmarks of Minsk are: Church of All Saints (Храм Всех Святых в Минске), Church of Mary Magdalene (Царква Сьвятой Марыі Магдалены) , Minsk City Hall, Minsk EXPO Exhibition Complex, New National Library (Нацыянальная бібліятэка Беларусі), Minsk War Monument, National Academic Bolshoi Opera, Red Church (Church of Saints Simon and Helen - Касцёл святых Сымона і Алены), Trade Union Palace of Culture, Victory Square with Victory Monument (Пло́шча Перамо́гі), Holy Spirit Cathedral (Свято-Духов Кафедральный Собор), Railway station square (Привокзальная площадь).

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Monday, September 24, 2012

Persian cat

              Persian (Longhair) cat is a long-haired breed characterized by its round face and shortened muzzle. Its name refers to Persia, the former name of Iran, where similar cats are found. 
              A show-quality Persian has an extremely long and thick coat, short legs, a wide head with the ears set far apart, large eyes, and an extremely shortened muzzle. The breed was originally established with a short muzzle, but over time, this characteristic has become extremely exaggerated, particularly in North America. Persian cats can have any color or markings including pointed, golden, tortoiseshell, blue, and tabby.

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Saturday, September 22, 2012

Gerlachovský štít

              Gerlachovský štít is the highest peak in the High Tatras, in Slovakia, and in the whole 1,500 km (930 mi) long Carpathian mountain chain, as well as in northern and eastern Central Europe. Usually listed at 2,655 metres AMSL (8,711 ft), its exact elevation is actually 0.6 metres (2 ft) lower. The pyramidal shape of the massif is marked by a huge cirque. Despite its relatively low elevation, the about 2,000 m vertical rise from the valley floor makes Gerlachovský štít soar.
              Low air pressure begins to have marginal but detectable effects at the summit. Water boils at about 91.5 °C (197 °F).  Hikers usually appreciate the panoramic view of the highest and many other peaks in the High Tatras, from Kriváň in the west to Široká in the north and Lomnický štít in the east.

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Friday, September 21, 2012

Field bindweed

              Convolvulus arvensis (Field Bindweed) is a species of bindweed or morning glory, native to Europe and Asia. It is a climbing or creeping herbaceous perennial plant growing to 0.5–2 m high. The leaves are spirally arranged, linear to arrowhead-shaped, 2–5 cm long and alternate, with a 1–3 cm petiole. The flowers are trumpet-shaped, 1-2.5 cm diameter, white or pale pink, with five slightly darker pink radial stripes. 
             Although it produces attractive flowers, it is often unwelcome in gardens as a nuisance weed due to its rapid growth and choking of cultivated plants. Plants typically inhabit roadsides, grasslands and also along streams. Its dense mats invade agricultural fields and reduce crop yields.

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             The tulip is a perennial, bulbous plant with showy flowers in the genus Tulipa, of which up to 109 species have been described and which belongs to the family Liliaceae. The genus's native range extends from as far west as Southern Europe, Israel, North Africa, Anatolia, and Iran to the Northwest of China. 
             Although tulips are often associated with the Netherlands, commercial cultivation of the flower began in the Ottoman Empire. Tulips, or lale (from Persian لاله, lâleh) as they are also called in Iran and Turkey, comprise many species that together are indigenous to a vast area encompassing parts of Asia, Europe and north Africa.

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Thursday, September 20, 2012

Mount Mitchell

                  Mount Mitchell is the highest peak of the Appalachian Mountains and the highest peak in the eastern United States. It was the highest point in any state of the United States until Texas joined the union in 1845. 
                 Mount Mitchell is located near Burnsville in Yancey County, North Carolina, in the Black Mountain subrange of the Appalachians, and about 32 miles (51 km) northeast of Asheville. It is protected by Mount Mitchell State Park and surrounded by the Pisgah National Forest.
                  The summit area of Mount Mitchell is marked by a humid continental climate, with mild summers and long, moderately cold winters, being more similar to southeastern Canada than the southeastern U.S.. High temperatures range from 34.2 °F (1.2 °C) to 67.9 °F (19.9 °C) in January and July, respectively.

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Mount McKinley

             Mount McKinley (Denali) in Alaska, is the highest mountain peak in the United States and in North America, with a summit elevation of 20,320 feet (6,194 m) above sea level. Measured base-to-peak, it is the tallest mountain on land. Measured by topographic prominence, it is the third most prominent peak in the world after Mount Everest and Aconcagua. It is the centerpiece of Denali National Park and Preserve.
             The weather station situated at an altitude of 5,710 m recorded a temperatures of −75.5 °F (−59.7 °C) on December 1, 2003. On the previous day, November 30, 2003, a temperature of −74.4 °F (−59.1 °C) combined with a wind speed of 18.4 miles per hour (29.6 km/h) to produce a North American record windchill of −118.1 °F (−83.4 °C). Even in July, temperatures as low as −22.9 °F (−30.5 °C) and windchills as low as −59.2 °F (−50.7 °C) have been recorded by this weather station.

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Walnut tree

            The Walnut tree (genus Juglans) is among the most versatile hardwoods on the planet. In addition to yielding exceptional tasting nuts, its timber is treasured by carpenters and sculptors alike. The Walnut tree's wide array of uses also makes it a popular pick for homeowners looking to decorate their properties with a practical and profitable specimen.   
            There are nearly two-dozen different types of Walnut trees in the world, though most are native to the United States. Among the most popular are: Black Walnut, Butternut, Arizona Walnut, Japanese Walnut, Bolivian Walnut, Southern California Walnut, Northern California Walnut, West Indian Walnut, Manchurian Walnut, Andean Walnut, English Walnut and Little Walnut. 

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             A Plum tree (gage) is a stone fruit tree in the genus Prunus, subgenus Prunus. The subgenus is distinguished from other subgenera (peaches, cherries, bird cherries, etc.) in the shoots having a terminal bud and solitary side buds (not clustered), the flowers in groups of one to five together on short stems, and the fruit having a groove running down one side and a smooth stone (or pit). 
           The subgenus Prunus is divided into three sections: 
- sect. Prunus (Old World plums)- leaves in bud rolled inwards; flowers 1-3 together; fruit smooth, often wax-bloomed;
- sect. Prunocerasus (New World plums) - leaves in bud folded inwards; flowers 3-5 together; fruit smooth, often wax-bloomed; 
- sect. Armeniaca (apricots) - leaves in bud rolled inwards; flowers very short-stalked; fruit velvety; treated as a distinct subgenus by some authors.

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Beech tree

           Beech tree (Fagus) is a genus of ten species of deciduous trees in the family Fagaceae, native to temperate Europe, Asia and North America. F. sylvatica is the most commonly cultivated, although there are few important differences between species aside from detail elements such as leaf shape. Beeches may get to as tall as 27 meters and 18 meters in width, although usually much smaller.
           There are 11 species of beech tree: Fagus crenata (Japanese Beech), Fagus engleriana (Chinese Beech), Fagus grandifolia (American Beech), Fagus hayatae (Taiwan Beech), Fagus japonica (Japanese Blue Beech), Fagus longipetiolata (South Chinese Beech), Fagus lucida (Shining Beech), Fagus mexicana (Mexican Beech or Haya), Fagus orientalis (Oriental Beech), Fagus sylvatica (European Beech), Fagus taurica (Crimean beech).

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Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Urmia lake

           Urmia lake (Daryache-ye Orumiye دریاچه ارومیه, ուրմիա լիճ, Urmiya gölü) is a salt lake in northwestern Iran, near Iran's border with Turkey. The lake is between the Iranian provinces of East Azerbaijan and West Azerbaijan, west of the southern portion of the similarly shaped Caspian Sea. It is the largest lake in the Middle East,  and the third largest salt water lake on earth, with a surface area of approximately 5,200 km² (2,000 mile²), 140 km (87 mi) length, 55 km (34 mi) width, and 16 m (52 ft) depth. The largest island is Shahi Island. The smallest is Osman fist.

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