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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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Saturday, May 18, 2013

Tagus river

                 Tagus river (Tajo, Tejo) is the longest river on the Iberian Peninsula. It is 1,038 km (645 mi) long, 716 km (445 mi) in Spain, 47 km (29 mi) along the border between Portugal and Spain and 275 km (171 mi) in Portugal, where it empties into the Atlantic Ocean near Lisbon. 
                  The main tributaries of Tagus are Jarama, Guadarrama, Alberche, Tiétar, Alagón, Zêzere, Guadiela, Algodor, Gévalo, Ibor, Almonte, Salor, Sever, Sorraia. It's crossing the following cities: Trillo, Sacedon, Aranjuez, Toledo, El Carpio de Tajo, Malpica de Tajo, Talavera de la Reina, Alcántara, Abrantes, Constância, Santarém, Lisboa/Lisabona. 

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Thursday, May 16, 2013

Olive tree

               The olive tree (Olea europaea) is a species of small tree in the family Oleaceae, native to the coastal areas of the eastern Mediterranean Basin as well as northern Iraq, and northern Iran at the south of the Caspian Sea. Olives like hot weather, and temperatures below −10 °C (14 °F) may injure even a mature tree. They tolerate drought well, thanks to their sturdy and extensive root system. Olive trees can live for several millennia. Olives grow very slowly, and over many years the trunk can attain a considerable diameter. The trees rarely exceed 15 metres (49 ft) in height, and are generally confined to much more limited dimensions by frequent pruning. 
                There are six natural subspecies of Olive tree: Olea europaea subsp. europaea, Olea europaea subsp. cuspidata, Olea europaea subsp. guanchica, Olea europaea subsp. cerasiformis, Olea europaea subsp. maroccana, Olea europaea subsp. laperrinei.

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Wednesday, May 15, 2013


               Jerusalem (יְרוּשָׁלַיִם , القُدس) is Israel's largest city with a population of 801,000. It is located in the Judean Mountains, between the Mediterranean Sea and the northern edge of the Dead Sea. 
               The main sights of Jerusalem are: Mamilla ( ממילא), Old City ( העיר העתיקה , البلدة القديمة), Dome of the Rock ( مسجد قبة الصخرة), Knesset ( הַכְּנֶסֶת), Western Wall (حائط البراق), Tower of David (מגדל דוד, برج داود), Zion Square ( כיכר ציון), Gilo ( גילֹה), Ezrat Torah ( עזרת תורה), Armenian Quarter ( Հայկական թաղամաս, הרובע הארמני), Sheikh Jarrah (الشيخ جراح), Jerusalem Historical City Hall Building, Jerusalem City Hall, Supreme Court of Israel (בית המשפט העליון), Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs ( משרד החוץ), National Headquarters of the Israel Police, Bank of Israel (בנק ישראל‎), Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Al-Aqsa Mosque (المسجد الاقصى), Temple Mount (הַר הַבַּיִת , الحرم القدسي الشريف), Jerusalem Botanical Gardens, Shrine of the Book (היכל הספר), Bible Lands Museum ( מוזיאון ארצות המקרא ירושלים), National Library of Israel (הספרייה הלאומית), Mount Herzl ( הר הרצל), Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra ( התזמורת הסימפונית ירושלים, רשות השידור), International Convention Center (מרכז הקונגרסים הבינלאומי), Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Jerusalem Theater ( תאטרון ירושלים), Yad Vashem ( יָד ושֵם), Jerusalem Biblical Zoo, Heichal Shlomo (היכל שְׁלֹמֹה), Islamic Museum, Talpiot (תלפיות), Jerusalem Technology Park ( גט"י - הגן הטכנולוגי), Har Hotzvim (הר חוצבים), Jerusalem Chords Bridge ( גשר המיתרים ), Jerusalem Central Bus Station, Hebrew University of Jerusalem (האוניברסיטה העברית בירושלים), Mount of Olives ( הר הזיתים).

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Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Chihuahuan Desert

                  Chihuahuan Desert is a desert, and an ecoregion designation, that straddles the U.S.-Mexico border in the central and northern portions of the Mexican Plateau, bordered on the west by the extensive Sierra Madre Occidental range, and overlaying northern portions of the east range, the Sierra Madre Oriental. 
                   The Chihuahuan Desert is higher in elevation than the Sonoran Desert to the west, mostly varying from 600–1,675 m (1,969–5,495 ft) in altitude. As a result, it tends to have a slightly milder climate in the summer (though usually daytime June temperatures are in the range of 35 to 40 °C or 95 to 104 °F). Winter weather varies from relatively mild to quite cold depending on altitude and the ferocity of northerly winds. Precipitation is somewhat more abundant than most of the southern Great Basin , the Sonoran, and Mojave deserts, however it is still usually less than 254 millimeters (10.0 in) per year.

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Monday, May 13, 2013

Ragdoll cats

               Ragdoll is a cat breed with blue eyes and a distinct colorpoint coat. It is a large and muscular semi-longhair cat with a soft and silky coat. Ragdoll it is best known for its docile and placid temperament and affectionate nature. Breed standards describe the Ragdoll as affectionate, intelligent, relaxed in temperament, gentle, and easy to handle. 
               The Ragdoll is one of the largest domesticated cat breeds with a sturdy body, large frame, and proportionate legs. A fully-grown female weighs from 8 to 15 pounds (3.6 to 6.8 kg). Males are substantially larger, ranging from 12 to 20 pounds (5.4 to 9.1 kg) or more. One study utilizing Swedish insurance data showed that of the common cat breeds, the Ragdoll and Siamese have the lowest survival rate, with 63% living to 10 years or more for the Ragdoll and 68% for the Siamese.

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Saturday, May 11, 2013

Lake Tota

               Lake Tota (Lago de Tota) is the largest lake in Colombia, located in the east of Boyacá department. It is the source of the Upia River which flows into the Orinco River basin. It had a surface of 55 km². Lake Tota had 5 islands: San Pedro, Santa Helena, Santo Domingo, Cerro Chico, La Custodia. 
               Laguna de Tota Natural National Park is located in the immediate vicinity of the lake, in the municipality of Cuitiva. It extends over approximately 3.5 ha on heights between 3100 and 3200 m². Many people believe in "The monster of Lake Tota ". The monster of Lake Tota is an aquatic course, known, among other reviews-like "diabloballena".

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Thursday, May 9, 2013

Swallowtail butterfly

                 Swallowtail butterflies are large, colorful butterflies in the family Papilionidae, which includes over 550 species. Though the majority are tropical, members of the family occur on every continent except Antarctica. The family includes the largest butterflies in the world, the birdwing butterflies of the genus Ornithoptera. 
                 The genera of extant swallowtails are usually classified into three subfamilies, Baroniinae, Parnassiinae, and Papilioninae, the latter two being further divided into tribes. Parnassiinae had the following tribes: Allancastria, Archon, Bhutanitis, Hypermnestra, Luehdorfia, Parnassius, Sericinus. Papilioninae is divided in the following tribes: Atrophaneura, Battus, Cressida, Euryades, Eurytides, Graphium, Iphiclides, Lamproptera, Meandrusa, Mimoides, Ornithoptera, Papilio, Parides, Pharmacophagus, Protesilaus, Protographium, Teinopalpus, Trogonoptera, Troides. 

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