Sunday, August 26, 2012

Unesco cards from Argentina

These 2 cards came from Finland, sent by Sini, but they're from two Unesco sites in Argentina, Peninsula Valdés and Cueva de las Manos, Río Pinturas, both inscribed on the Unesco World Heritage List in 1999.

 Photo by Alberto Patrian © 2006 Argentina
 The Valdes Peninsula is an important nature reserve on the Atlantic coast in the Viedma Department in the north east of Chubut Province.
The coastline is inhabited by marine mammals, like sea lions, elephant seals and fur seals. Southern right whales can be found in Golfo Nuevo and Golfo San José, protected bodies of water located between the peninsula and the Patagonian mainland. These baleen whales come here between May and December, for mating and giving birth, because the water in the gulf is quieter and warmer than in the open sea. Orcas can be found off the coast, in the open sea off the peninsula. In this area, they are known to beach themselves on shore to capture sea lions and elephant seals.
The inner part of the peninsula is inhabited by rheas, guanacos and maras. A high diversity and range of birds live in the peninsula as well; at least 181 bird species, 66 of which migratory, live in the area, including the Antarctic Pigeon. - in: wikipedia

 Serie Argentina © Claudio Suter Fotografia
The Cueva de las Manos, Río Pinturas, contains an exceptional assemblage of cave art, executed between 13,000 and 9,500 years ago. It takes its name (Cave of the Hands) from the stencilled outlines of human hands in the cave, but there are also many depictions of animals, such as guanacos (Lama guanicoe ), still commonly found in the region, as well as hunting scenes. The people responsible for the paintings may have been the ancestors of the historic hunter-gatherer communities of Patagonia found by European settlers in the 19th century. - in:

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