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Saturday, July 6, 2013

Budgewoi Lake

              Budgewoi Lake , a lagoon that is part of the Tuggerah Lakes, is located within the Wyong Shire local government area in the Central Coast region of New South Wales, Australia. The lake is located near the settlement of Budgewoi and is situated about 100 kilometres (62 mi) north of Sydney
               Drawing its catchment from a small creek and the southern half of Lake Munmorah, Budgewoi Lake is located north of Wallarah Point and is bounded by Toukley, Budgewoi, Buff Point, Charmhaven and Gorokan. 

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Saturday, June 22, 2013

Amu Darya

                 Amu Darya (Amudaryo, Oxos, Амударё ,آمودریا) is a major river in Central Asia. It is formed by the junction of the Vakhsh and Panj rivers. The river's total length is 2,400 kilometres (1,500 mi) The river is navigable for over 1,450 kilometres (900 mi). All of the water comes from the high mountains in the south where annual precipitation can be over 1,000 mm (39 in). 
                 The main tributaries of Amu Darya are: Panj River, Vakhsh River, Surkhan Darya, Sherabad River, Zeravshan River. Use of water from the Amu Darya for irrigation has been a major contributing factor to the shrinking of the Aral Sea since the late 1950s.

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Saturday, June 15, 2013


                 Populus is a genus of 25–35 species of deciduous flowering plants in the family Salicaceae, native to most of the Northern Hemisphere. English names variously applied to different species include poplar, aspen, and cottonwood. The genus has a large genetic diversity, and can grow from anywhere between 15–50 m (50 to 165 ft) tall, with trunks of up to 2.5 m (8 ft) diameter. 
                 The genus Populus has traditionally been divided into six sections on the basis of leaf and flower characters. These are: Populus section Populus – aspens and White Poplar, Populus section Aigeiros – black poplars, some of the cottonwoods, Populus section Tacamahaca – balsam poplars, Populus section Leucoides – necklace poplars or bigleaf poplars, Populus section Turanga – subtropical poplars, Populus section Abaso – Mexican poplars.

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Thursday, June 13, 2013

Lake Tanganyika

                Lake Tanganyika is an African Great Lake. It is estimated to be the second largest freshwater lake in the world by volume, and the second deepest, in both cases, after only Lake Baikal in Siberia. It had a surface of 32,900 km2 (12,700 sq mi). It is also the world's longest freshwater lake. The lake is divided among four countries – Tanzania, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Burundi, and Zambia. 
                The major river that flows into this lake is the Ruzizi River, which enters the north of the lake from Lake Kivu. The Malagarasi River, which is Tanzania's second largest river, enters the east side of Lake Tanganyika. The Malagarasi is older than Lake Tanganyika and before the lake was formed directly drained into the Congo river .

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Monday, June 10, 2013

Great hammerhead shark

               Great hammerhead (Sphyrna mokarran) is the largest species of hammerhead shark, family Sphyrnidae, attaining a maximum length of 6.1 m (20 ft). It is found in tropical and warm temperate waters worldwide, inhabiting coastal areas and the continental shelf. 
                An active predator with a varied diet, known prey of the great hammerhead include invertebrates such as crabs, lobsters, squid, and octopus, bony fishes such as tarpon, sardines, sea catfishes, toadfish, porgies, grunts, jacks, croakers, groupers, flatfishes, boxfishes, and porcupine fishes, and smaller sharks such as smoothhounds.
                 With its large size and cutting teeth, the great hammerhead is certainly capable of inflicting fatal injuries to a human and caution should be exercised around them. This species has a (possibly undeserved) reputation for aggression and being the most dangerous of the hammerhead sharks.

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Friday, June 7, 2013

Arkansas River

                Arkansas River is a major tributary of the Mississippi River. The Arkansas generally flows to the east and southeast as it traverses the US states of Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma, and Arkansas. At 2,364 km (1,469 miles) it is the sixth-longest river in the United States, the second-longest tributary in the Mississippi–Missouri system, and the 45th longest river in the world. Its origin is in the Rocky Mountains in Lake County, Colorado, near Leadville. 
               The main tributaries are: Fountain Creek, Pawnee River, Verdigris River, Neosho River, Cimarron River, Canadian River, Poteau River. Arkansas river is flowing through Pueblo, Wichita, Tulsa, Muskogee, Fort Smith, Little Rock, Pine Bluff.

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Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Mount Rainier

                 Mount Rainier is a massive stratovolcano located 54 miles (87 km) southeast of Seattle in the state of Washington, United States. It is the most topographically prominent mountain in the contiguous United States and the Cascade Volcanic Arc, with a summit elevation of 14,411 ft (4,392 m). On clear days it dominates the southeastern horizon in most of the Seattle-Tacoma metropolitan area to such an extent that locals sometimes refer to it simply as "the Mountain." On days of exceptional clarity, it can also be seen from as far away as Portland, Oregon and Victoria, British Columbia. It had an elevation of 4,392 m (14,411 ft). 
                 With 26 major glaciers and 36 sq mi (93 km2) of permanent snowfields and glaciers, Mount Rainier is the most heavily glaciated peak in the lower 48 states. The Carbon, Puyallup, Mowich, Nisqually, and Cowlitz Rivers begin at eponymous glaciers of Mount Rainier. 

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Wednesday, May 29, 2013


                 Klarälven is a river flowing through Norway and Sweden. Together with Göta älv, which it is called as the river has passed through the lake Vänern, thus regarded as an entity, Göta älv-Klarälven is the longest river in Scandinavia and in the Nordic countries and its Swedish part the longest river of Sweden. It had a lenght of 460 km (286 mi). 
                  It emanates from Lake Rogen in Härjedalen, Sweden, and then passes through the Norwegian Hedmark, where it flows through the lake Femunden. There it is known as Femundelva and Trysilelva. The rest of the river, the longest part, flows through Värmland to ultimately discharge in a delta into Vänern at Karlstad. In its turn, Vänern drains then into Göta älv, reaching the sea at Gothenburg. Klarälven has clean and fresh water, suitable for bathing.

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Monday, May 27, 2013


                Tuatara is a reptile that is endemic to New Zealand which, though it resembles most lizards, is part of a distinct lineage, order Rhynchocephalia. The tuatara is considered the most unspecialised living amniote. The brain and mode of locomotion resemble those of amphibians and the heart is more primitive than that of any other reptile. Tuatara are greenish brown and gray, and measure up to 80 cm (31 in) from head to tail-tip and weigh up to 1.3 kg (2.9 lb) with a spiny crest along the back, especially pronounced in males. Their dentition, in which two rows of teeth in the upper jaw overlap one row on the lower jaw, is unique among living species. 
               Adult tuatara are terrestrial and nocturnal reptiles, though they will often bask in the sun to warm their bodies. Hatchlings hide under logs and stones, and are diurnal, likely because adults are cannibalistic. Tuatara thrive in temperatures much lower than those tolerated by most reptiles, and hibernate during winter. They remain active at temperatures as low as 5 °C (41 °F), while temperatures over 28 °C (82 °F) are generally fatal.

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Saturday, May 25, 2013

Lake Bourget

                Lake Bourget (Lac du Bourget) is a lake at the southernmost end of the Jura Mountains in the department of Savoie, France. It is the largest and the deepest lake located entirely within France. The lake was formed during the last period of global glaciation in the Alps (Würm glaciation) during the Pleistocene epoch. It has a surface area of 44.5 km2 (4,450 hectares). 
                The following settlements: Aix-les-Bains, Le Bourget-du-Lac, Brison-Saint-Innocent, Conjux. Chambéry, the capital of Savoie, lies about 10 km south of the lake. The lake is bordered by the steep summits of the Mont du Chat and the Chaîne de l'Épine on the west, and Bauges Mountains on the east, which form its shores.

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Friday, May 24, 2013

Lake Alexandrina

                  Lake Alexandrina is a lake in South Australia adjacent to the coast of the Southern Ocean, about 100 kilometres south-east of Adelaide. Lake Alexandrina is located north of Encounter Bay and east of Fleurieu Peninsula. The Murray River is the major river to flow into Lake Alexandrina. Others include the Bremer, Angas, and Finniss Rivers, all from the eastern side of the southern Mount Lofty Ranges. 
                   The lake is shallow and contains a number of islands near the southern end. Hindmarsh Island is reputed to be the largest island in the world with salt water on one side and fresh water on the other. Lake Alexandrina is connected by a narrow channel to the smaller Lake Albert to the south-east.

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Wednesday, May 22, 2013


               Zard-Kuh ("Yellow Mountain", Zard-e Kuh-e Bakhtiari, زردكوه بختياري) is a mountain in the central Zagros Range, Iran. With an elevation of 4548 meters is the highest mountain in the Zagros Mountains. It is located near the city Kuhrang in the Iranian province of Chahar Mahal and Bachtiyārī. The Karun and also Zayanderud rivers start in the Zagros mountains near the Zardkuh.
               There are small glaciers on the mountain owing to the relatively high precipitation, which are the only glaciers in the subtropics outside the Himalayas and Andes. Zard-Kuh had a prominence of 2443 m.

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Monday, May 20, 2013

Green Anaconda

                Green Anaconda (Eunectes murinus, water boa) is a nonvenomous boa species found in South America. It is the heaviest known snake species. The green anaconda is one of the world's longest snakes, reaching more than 6.6 m (22 ft) long. The longest (and heaviest) scientifically verified specimen was a female measuring 521 cm (17.09 ft) long and weighing 97.5 kg (215 lb). The color pattern consists of olive green background overlaid with black blotches along the length of the body.
                 The primarily nocturnal anaconda species tend to spend most of its life in or around water. Anacondas are also sometimes known as the water boa; they spend more time in water than any of the boas. Because of their large sizes, they seem rather slow and sluggish when traveling on land. They eat a wide variety of prey, almost anything they can manage to overpower, including fish, birds, a variety of mammals, and other reptiles.

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