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Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Becharof Lake

              Becharof Lake is a lake situated on the Alaska Peninsula. It is located 23 miles (37 km) south-east of Egegik, in the Aleutian Range. Becharof Lake is the second largest lake in Alaska after Iliamna Lake. It ranks eighth on list of largest lakes of the United States by volume and fourteenth on list of largest lakes of the United States by area. It had a surface of 1,170 km2 (453 sq mi). 
              The lake was named in 1868 by the naturalist William Healey Dall after the Russian navigator Dmitry Bocharov, who explored Alaska in 1788. This lake now bears his name with an Americanized spelling: Becharof Lake. He probed the lake to its most eastern extent in the summer of 1791.

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Monday, April 29, 2013


               Osaka (大阪) is a city in the Kansai region of Japan's main island of Honshu. It had a population of 2,871,680. Osaka is Japan's third largest city by population after Tokyo (special wards) and Yokohama. It is part of the Keihanshin metropolis (with a population of 18,768,395). 
               The main landmarks of Osaka are: Umeda Sky Building (梅田スカイビル), Dōtonbori (道頓堀), Tsūtenkaku (通天閣), Shitennō-ji (四天王寺), Sumiyoshi taisha (住吉大社), Osaka Castle (大坂城), Osaka City Hall, Osaka Securities Exchange (株式会社大阪証券取引所), Osaka-jō Hall (大阪城ホール), National Museum of Art (国立国際美術館), Osaka Maritime Museum (なにわの海の時空館), Osaka Science Museum (大阪市立科学館), Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan (海遊館), Universal Studios Japan (ユニバーサル・スタジオ・ジャパン), Nakanoshima Park (中之島公園), Sankō Shrine (三光神社), Shitennō-ji (四天王寺), Ōsaka Tenman-gū (大阪天満宮), Kansai University (関西大学), Osaka City University (大阪市立大学).

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Dotonbori Nakanoshima Park National Museum of Art Osaka

Friday, April 26, 2013


               Seine (Sena), is a 776 km (482 mi) long river and an important commercial waterway within the Paris Basin in the north of France. It rises at Source-Seine, in the Langres plateau. It is navigable by ocean-going vessels as far as Rouen, 120 km (75 mi) from the sea. The Seine Maritime, 105.7 km (65.7 mi) from the English Channel at Le Havre to Rouen, is the only portion of the Seine used by ocean going craft. 
               The main tributaries are: Yonne, Loing, Eure, Risle, Ource, Aube, Marne, Oise, Epte. Is flowing through Troyes, Melun, Paris , Rouen, Le Havre. Seine valley had a gentle slope, so the Sena has a slow meandering course. In this valley are numerous castles and fortresses.

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              Memphis is a city in the southwestern corner of the U.S. state of Tennessee, and the county seat of Shelby County. The city is located south of the confluence of the Wolf and Mississippi rivers. It had a population of 672,277. 
              The main landmarks of Memphis are: Hernando de Soto Bridge, 100 North Main, One Commerce Square, Sterick Building, Exchange Building, Memphis, Morgan Keegan Tower, First Tennessee Bank Building, Pyramid Arena, Peabody Hotel, Madison Hotel, Dixon Gallery and Gardens, University of Memphis, National Civil Rights Museum, Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, Belz Museum of Asian and Judaic Art, Dixon Gallery and Gardens, Graceland, Pink Palace Museum, Mud Island, Victorian Village, The Cotton Museum, Stax Museum, Peabody Hotel.

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Graceland Hernando de Soto Bridge Memphis Memphis


              Watermelon (Citrullus lanatus) is a vine-like flowering plant originally from southern Africa. Its fruit, which is also called watermelon, is a special kind referred to by botanists as a pepo, a berry which has a thick rind and fleshy center.
              A watermelon contains about 6% sugar and 92% water by weight. Watermelon is mildly diuretic and contains large amounts of beta carotene. As with many other fruits, it is a source of vitamin C.  Watermelon rinds, usually a light green or white color, are also edible and contain many hidden nutrients, but most people avoid eating them due to their unappealing flavor. Watermelons have a longer growing period than other garden plants and can often take up to 85 days of growing to mature.

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Tuesday, April 23, 2013


              Tallinn is the capital and largest city of Estonia. It had a population of 425,249. It is situated on the northern coast of the country, on the shore of the Gulf of Finland, 80 km (50 mi) south of Helsinki , east of Stockholm and west of Saint Petersburg. 
              The main landmarks of Tallinn are: War of Independence Victory Column (Vabadussõja võidusammas), Kadriorg Palace (Kadrioru loss), Kumu museum (Kumu Kunstimuuseum), Town Hall Square (Raekoja plats), Tornimäe business area, Tallinn University (Tallinna Ülikool), Stenbock House (Stenbocki maja), St. Catherine's Passage, Toompea Castle (Toompea loss), Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, St. Nicholas' Church (Niguliste kirik), House of the Brotherhood of Blackheads, Viru Gate, Kiek in de Kök, St. Olaf's Church ( Oleviste kirik), Pirita Convent (Pirita klooster).

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Alexander Nevsky Cathedral Kadriorg Palace Kiek in de Kök Kumu museum

Monday, April 22, 2013


                Yangon (Rangoon, ရန်ကုန်) is a former capital of Burma (Myanmar) and the capital of Yangon Region. It had a population of 4,348,000. 
                The main landmarks of Yangon are: Sule Pagoda (ဆူးေလဘုရား), Supreme Court of Burma, Ministers' Building (ဝန်ကြီးများရုံး), Basic Education High School No. 6 Botataung, Yangon City Development Committee (ရန်ကုန်မြို့တော် စည်ပင်သာယာရေး ကော်မတီ), Kandawgyi Lake (ကန်တော်ကြီး), Yangon City Hall, Yangon Central Railway Station (ရန်ကုန် ဘူတာကြီး), Shwedagon Pagoda (ရွှေတိဂုံစေတီတော်), Kaba Aye Pagoda (ကမ္ဘာအေးစေတီ), National Museum of Myanmar (အမျိုးသား ပြတိုက်), Myanmar Gems Museum, Bogyoke Aung San Museum (ဗိုလ်ချုပ် အောင်ဆန်း ပြတိုက်), National Theatre of Yangon, St. Mary's Cathedral, Karaweik Palace, Bengali Sunni Jameh Mosque , The Independence Monument , Sakura Tower, Maha Wizaya Pagoda (မဟာဝိဇယစေတီ), Yangon Technological University (ရန်ကုန် နည်းပညာ တက္ကသိုလ်), Emmanuel Baptist Church, Strand Hotel.

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Basic Education High School No. 6 Botataung Bogyoke Market Kaba Aye Pagoda Karaweik

Saturday, April 20, 2013

São Francisco River

               São Francisco River (Rio São Francisco) is a river in Brazil. With a length of 2,914 kilometres (1,811 mi), it is the longest river that runs entirely in Brazilian territory, and the fourth longest in South America after the Amazon, the Paraná and the Madeira. The São Francisco originates in Serra da Canastra mountain range in the central-western part of the state of Minas Gerais. 
               The main tributaries are: Paraopeba River, Abaeté River, Das Velhas River, Jequitaí River, Paracatu River, Urucuia River, Verde Grande River, Carinhanha River, Corrente River, Grande River. Is flowing through Pirapora, São Francisco, Januária, Bom Jesus da Lapa, Petrolina, Juazeiro, and Paulo Afonso. 

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Friday, April 19, 2013


                Bishkek (Бишкéк) is the capital and the largest city of Kyrgyzstan. Bishkek is also the administrative centre of Chuy Province (Чүй областы). It had a population of 874,400.  
                The main landmarks of Bishkek are: House of Government of the Kyrgyz Republic (Дом Правительства Кыргызской Республики), Fountains at the Philharmonic Hall (Фонтаны у здания филармонии), Theater Square (Театральная площадь), Chui Avenue (Проспект Чуй), The National Library (Национальная библиотека), Kyrgyz Philharmonic (Кыргызская филармония), Cathedral of the Resurrection of Christ (Собор Воскресения Христова), Ala-Too Square (Ала-тоо аянты, Площадь Ала-Тоо).

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Thursday, April 18, 2013


             Willows (salix) found primarily on moist soils in cold and temperate regions of the Northern Hemisphere. 
             Willows all have abundant watery bark sap, which is heavily charged with salicylic acid, soft, usually pliant, tough wood, slender branches, and large, fibrous, often stoloniferous roots. The roots are remarkable for their toughness, size, and tenacity to life, and roots readily grow from aerial parts of the plant. 
             Willows are dioecious, with male and female flowers appearing as catkins on different plants; the catkins are produced early in the spring, often before the leaves, or as the new leaves open.

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Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Lake Volta

                Lake Volta is the largest reservoir by surface area in the world, and the fourth largest one by water volume. It is located completely within the country of Ghana, and it has a surface area of about 8,502 km² (3,275 square miles). The main islands within the lake are Dodi, Dwarf and Kporve. Digya National Park lies on part of the lake's west shore. 
                The lake's northmost point is close to the town of Yapei, and its southmost extreme is at the Akosombo Dam, 520 kilometers downstream from Yapei. Akosombo Dam holds back both the White Volta River and the Black Volta River, which formerly converged, where the middle of the reservoir now lies, to form the single Volta River. Because of the formation of Lake Volta in 1965, about 78,000 people were relocated to new towns and villages, along with 200,000 animals belonging to them. 

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Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Abyssinian cat

               Abyssinian cats are domesticated cats with a distinctive ticked coat. There are many stories about its origins, often revolving around Ethiopia, but the actual origins are uncertain.  
               The Abyssinian cat has alert, relatively large pointed ears. The head is broad and moderately wedge shaped. Its eyes are almond shaped and colors include gold, green, hazel or copper. The paws are small and oval. The legs are slender in proportion to the body, with a fine bone structure. Abyssinians are extroverted, extremely active, playful, wilful and intelligent. They are popular among breeders and owners, and can be very successful show cats.

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Monday, April 15, 2013

Lake Tsimlyansk

              Lake Tsimlyansk (Tsimlyansk Reservoir, Tsimlyanskoye Reservoir, Цимля́нское водохрани́лище) is an artificial lake on the Don River in the territories of Rostov and Volgograd Oblasts. The reservoir, together with the Volga-Don Canal and the lower course of the Don, provides an important waterway between the Volga River basin and the Sea of Azov. The Tsimlyansk Dam also provides flood control for the lower Don River basin.  
               Completed in 1952, the reservoir is one of the largest in Russia, providing power and irrigation to the Rostov and Volgograd regions. Crops grown around the lake include wheat, rice, cotton, maize, alfalfa, fruit, grapes, and vegetablesUnder the waters lies the ancient Khazar fortress town of Sarkel.

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