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Saturday, March 30, 2013


             Parrotfishes are a group of approximately ninety species of fishes traditionally regarded as a family (Scaridae), but now often considered a subfamily (Scarinae) of the wrasses. They are found in relatively shallow tropical and subtropical oceans throughout the world, displaying their largest species richness in the Indo-Pacific. 
             Parrotfish are named for their dentition, which also is distinct from that of other labrids. Their numerous teeth are arranged in a tightly packed mosaic on the external surface of the jaw bones, forming a parrot-like beak with which they rasp algae from coral and other rocky substrates. Parrotfishes can be divided in 9 genera: Bolbometopon, Calotomus, Cetoscarus, Chlorurus, Cryptotomus, Hipposcarus, Leptoscarus, Nicholsina, Scarus, Sparisoma.

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Friday, March 29, 2013

Ob river

             Ob river (Обь) is a major river in western Siberia, Russia and is the world's seventh longest river (2,962 km (1,841 mi)). It is the westernmost of the three great Siberian rivers that flow into the Arctic Ocean (the other two being the Yenisei River and the Lena River). The Ob forms 16 miles (26 km) southwest of Biysk in Altai Krai at the confluence of the Biya and Katun rivers and empties in the Gulf of Ob which is the world's longest estuary. 
             The main tributaries are: Katun River, Anuy River, Charysh River, Aley River, Parabel River, Vasyugan River, Irtysh River, Northern Sosva River, Biya River, Berd River, Inya River, Tom River, Chulym River, Ket River, Tym River, Vakh River, Pim River, Kazim River. It's crossing the following cities: Biysk, Barnaul, Novosibirsk, Nizhnevartovsk, Surgut.

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Mount Ruapehu

             Mount Ruapehu is an active stratovolcano at the southern end of the Taupo Volcanic Zone in New Zealand. It is 23 kilometres northeast of Ohakune and 40 kilometres southwest of the southern shore of Lake Taupo, within Tongariro National Park. The North Island's major skifields and only glaciers are on its slopes. Is the largest active volcano in New Zealand. It is the highest point in the North Island and includes three major peaks: Tahurangi (2,797 m), Te Heuheu (2,755 m) and Paretetaitonga (2,751 m). 
             Ruapehu has two commercial ski fields, Whakapapa on the northern side and Turoa on the southern slope. They are the two largest ski fields in New Zealand.

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Thursday, March 28, 2013

Gobi Desert

             Gobi Desert (戈壁, Гоби) is a large desert region in Asia. It covers parts of northern and northwestern China, and of southern Mongolia. The desert basins of the Gobi are bounded by the Altai Mountains and the grasslands and steppes of Mongolia on the north, by the Hexi Corridor and Tibetan Plateau to the southwest, and by the North China Plain to the southeast. It had a surface of 1,295,000 km2 (500,002 sq mi). 
             Gobi is a cold desert, with frost and occasionally snow occurring on its dunes. Besides being quite far north, it is also located on a plateau roughly 910–1,520 metres (2,990–4,990 ft) above sea level, which contributes to its low temperatures. Average winter minimums are a frigid −40 °C (−40 °F) while summertime temperatures are warm to hot, with highs that range up to 50 °C (122 °F).

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               Winnipeg is the capital and largest city of Manitoba, Canada, with a population of 730,018. It is located near the longitudinal centre of North America, at the confluence of the Red and Assiniboine Rivers. 
               The main landmarks of Winnipeg are: Legislative Building, The Forks, Portage and Main featuring the Richardson Building and Canwest Place, the Assiniboine Park Pavilion, Osborne Village, the Esplanade Riel, Pavilion Gallery Museum, Downtown Winnipeg, Albert Street, Exchange District, Winnipeg's Chinatown, Osborne Village, Royal Canadian Mint, Manitoba Theatre for Young People, Shaw Park, Winnipeg Public Library, Esplanade Riel, Manitoba Museum, Canadian Museum for Human Rights, Winnipeg Art Gallery, Western Canada Aviation Museum, Centennial Concert Hall, Manitoba Theatre Centre, Winnipeg Jewish Theatre, MTS Centre, Winnipeg City Hall, University of Manitoba.

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              Garlic (Allium sativum) is a species in the onion genus, Allium. Its close relatives include the onion, shallot, leek, chive, and rakkyo. With a history of human use of over 7,000 years, garlic is native to central Asia, and has long been a staple in the Mediterranean region, as well as a frequent seasoning in Asia, Africa, and Europe.
              Garlic is widely used around the world for its pungent flavor as a seasoning or condiment. The garlic plant's bulb is the most commonly used part of the plant. Other parts of the garlic plant are also edible. The leaves and flowers (bulbils) on the head (spathe) are sometimes eaten. Garlic is a fundamental component in many or most dishes of various regions, including eastern Asia, South Asia, Southeast Asia, the Middle East, northern Africa, southern Europe, and parts of South and Central America. 

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Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Victory Peak (Jengish Chokusu)

              Victory Peak (Jengish Chokusu, Жеңиш чокусу, Пик победы) is the highest mountain in the Tian Shan mountain system at 7,439 metres (24,406 ft). It lies on the Kyrgyzstan–China border, in the Kakshaal Too (Какшаал Тоо), the highest part of the Tien Shan, southeast of lake Issyk Kul. 
               The Kyrgyzstan side of the mountain is in the Ak-Suu District of Issyk-Kul Province, and the Chinese side, in Wensu County of the Aksu Prefecture of Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region.
               Jengish Chokusu has the most northerly 7,000-metre rock in the world, and by geologists is considered the most northerly 7,000-metre mountain.

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              Irkutsk (Иркутск) is a city and the administrative center of Irkutsk Oblast, Russia, and one of the largest cities in Siberia. It had a population of 587,891. It is situated near Baikal Lake
              The main landmarks of Irkutsk are: Irkutsk Bank of Russia (Иркутское управление Банка России), Irkutsk-Passenger Station (Вокзал Иркутск-Пассажирский), Molchanov Siberian Library (Библиотека им. Молчанова-Сибирского), Museum of local lore (краеведческий музей), Irkutsk Clinic of Ophthalmology (Клиника глазных болезней), Decembrist Museum (Музей декабристов), Drama Theatre (Драматический театр), The Roman Catholic Church (Римский католический костёл), Church of the Saviour (Спасская церковь), The former residence of governors-general (Бывшая резиденция генерал-губернаторов), Moscow Gates (Московские ворота), Trinity Church (Троицкая церковь), Lacy house (Кружевной дом), Actor's House (Дом актёра), Kirov Square (Сквер Кирова), Epiphany Cathedral (Богоявленский собор).

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Actor's House church of the Saviour Decembrist Museum Drama Theatre

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Lake Balkhash

                 Lake Balkhash (Балқаш Көлі, Balqaş köli, Озеро Балхаш) is one of the largest lakes in Asia and 13th largest continental lake in the world. It is located in southeastern Kazakhstan, in Central Asia, and belongs to an endorheic (closed) basin shared by Kazakhstan and China, with a small part in Kyrgyzstan. These rivers are: Ili, Karatal, Aksu, Lepsi, Byan, Kapal, Koksu. The lake currently covers 16,400 km2 (6,300 sq mi), but, like the Aral Sea, it is shrinking because of the diversion of water from the rivers that feed it. 
                 Lake Balkhash had 3 islands (Basaran, Ortaaral, Tasaral), 5 peninsulas (Saryesik, Baygabyl, Balai, Shaukar, Kentubek) and 2 bays (Shempek and Saryshagan). Saryesik Peninsula, located near the middle of the lake, hydrographically divides it into two very different parts. The western part, which comprises 58% of the total lake area and 46% of its volume, is relatively shallow, quiet and is filled with freshwater, whereas the eastern part is much deeper and saltier. These parts are connected by the Strait Uzynaral (Ұзынарал).

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               Dhaka (ঢাকা) is the capital of Bangladesh and the principal city of Dhaka Division. Dhaka is a megacity and one of the major cities of South Asia with an estimated population of over 12 million in 2008, making it the largest city in Bangladesh and the 9th largest city in the world. 
                The main landmarks of Dhaka are: National Assembly Building (Jatiyo Sangshad Bhaban, জাতীয় সংসদ ভবন), Motijheel (মতিঝিল), Baitul Mukarram (বায়তুল মুকাররম), Ahsan Manzil (আহসান মঞ্জিল), Shaheed Minar (শহীদ মিনার), Kawran Bazar (কাওরান বাজার), Saat Masjid (সাত মসজিদ), Ramna Park (রমনা উদ্যান), Suhrawardy Udyan (সোহরাওয়ার্দী উদ্যান), Shishu Park (ঢাকা শিশু পার্ক), Baldha Garden, Dhaka Zoo (ঢাকা চিড়িয়াখানা), Crescent lake, Dhanmondi lake, Baridhara-Gulshan lake, Banani lake, Uttara lake, Buriganga River, Hussaini Dalan, Bangladesh Bank Building, City Centre Bangladesh, Doreen Tower, Dhaka Westin, Concord Grand, Shaheed Minar (শহীদ মিনার), University of Dhaka (ঢাকা বিশ্ববিদ্যালয়), Sadarghat.

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Monday, March 25, 2013

La Paz

             La Paz (Nuestra Señora de La Paz)is the seat of government of Bolivia, as well as the departmental capital of the La Paz Department, and the second largest city in the country after Santa Cruz de la Sierra. It is located in the western part of the country in the department of the same name at an elevation of roughly 3,650 m (11,975 ft). It had a population of 877,363. 
             The main landmarks of La Paz are: Government Palace of Bolivia (Palacio Legislativo de Bolivia), La Luna Valley, Sopocachi, Central Bank building (Banco Central de Bolivia), Universidad Mayor de San Andrés, Universidad Privada Boliviana, San Francisco Cathedral, Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana), Murillo Square (Plaza Murillo), Palacio Quemado, Tiwanaku Square, Museo Costumbrista, Museo Nacional de Arqueología (National Museum of Archeology), Museo del Litoral, Museo del Oro, Museo de Etnografía y Folklore, Museo del Charango, Museo de Historia Natural, Casa Museo Marina Nuñez del Prado, Museo Nacional de Arte, Mercado de Brujas (Witches' Market), Parque Urbano Central (Central Urban Park), Bus Station (Terminal de buses), Casco Viejo de la Ciudad, El Paseo del Prado, Teatro Municipal de La Paz, Teatro al Aire Libre, Iglesia Santo Domingo, La Calle Jaén , Laguna Cota Cota, Los Puentes Trillizos, Basílica de Nuestra Señora de Copacabana. 

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               Lilies (Lilium) is a genus of herbaceous flowering plants growing from bulbs, all with large prominent flowers. Lilies are an important group of flowering plants and are important in culture and literature in much of the world. Most species are native to the temperate northern hemisphere, though their range extends into the northern subtropics. Lilies are tall perennials ranging in height from 2–6 ft (60–180 cm). They form naked or tunicless scaly underground bulbs which are their overwintering organs. The flowers are large, often fragrant, and come in a range of colours including whites, yellows, oranges, pinks, reds and purples. 
                Lilies are classified in the following broad groups: Asiatic hybrids, Martagon hybrid, Candidum hybrids, American hybrids, Longiflorum hybrids, Trumpet lilies, Oriental hybrids, Other hybrids, Natural species.

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Sunday, March 24, 2013

Congo River

             Congo River (Zaire River) is a river in Africa, and is the deepest river in the world, with measured depths in excess of 220 m (720 ft). It is the third largest river in the world by volume of water discharged. Additionally, its overall length of 4,700 km (2,920 mi) makes it the ninth longest river.
               It flows through Angola, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Gabon, Republic of the Congo, Rwanda, Tanzania, Zambia. The main tributaries are: Inkisi, Nzadi, Nsele, Bombo, Kwa, Fimi, Lukenie, Kwango, Sankuru, Lefini, Likouala, Sangha, Ubangi, Giri, Uele, Mbomou, Lomami River, Luvua, Luapula, Chambeshi. It's crossing the following cities: Boma, Bumba, Brazzaville, Kinshasa, Kisangani, Matadi, Mbandaka.

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