Saturday, April 28, 2012
Thursday, April 19, 2012
The average interbirth rates for the Sumatran orangutan is 9.3 years
Infant orangutans will stay close to their mother for up to three years. Even after that, the young will still associate with their mother. Both orangutan species are likely to live several decades; estimated longevity is more than 50 years. The average of the first reproduction of P. abelii is around 15.4 years old.
The Sumatran orangutan is endemic to Sumatra island and is particularly restricted to the north of the island.
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The Bronze Horseman is an equestrian statue of Peter the Great in Saint Petersburg, Russia. Commissioned by Catherine the Great, it was created by the French sculptor Étienne Maurice Falconet. It is also the name of a narrative poem written by Aleksandr Pushkin about the statue in 1833, widely considered to be one of the most significant works of Russian literature. The statue came to be known as the Bronze Horseman because of the great influence of the poem. The statue is now one of the symbols of Saint Petersburg, in much the same way that the Statue of Liberty is a symbol of New York City. Both of them were designed and built by French artists.
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
The most prominent structure in town, the Rendsburg High Bridge, a railway bridge made of steel, 2,500m in length and 41m in height, was constructed in 1913 to take the Neumünster–Flensburg railway over the Kiel Canal from the relatively flat land on either side. It is the longest railway bridge in Europe.
Suspended from the railway bridge, a transporter bridge - one of only twenty ever built - traverses the canal. - in: wikipedia
Friday, April 13, 2012
Tempio has an ancient history and is the centre of one of the two main areas that remained safe from Phoenician colonisation. Typical granite-stone architecture of the historical centre presents many similarities with southern Corsican towns. - in: wikipedia
Today, Alghero manages to combine its role of tourist city with that of a thriving marina. This enables it to maintain a year round economy outside of the busy summer months.
Isola Rossa's greatest features lie in its sea and landscape. Originally a fishing village, it has been able to mould its identity and become one of the most evocative holiday destinations in Sardinia. The particular colours of the landscape, with pink granite rock, a luxuriant Mediterranean vegetation, white sandy beaches, shallow and crystal clear seabeds, together with the extraordinary vicinity of the many hotels and holiday homes make a holiday at Isola Rossa particularly relaxing and suitable for families. Its beautiful sea is ideal for surfing, windsurfing, snorkeling and scubadiving allowing one to explore the marvellous seabed covered with corals. The rich underwater life here makes the seabed very popular with recreational fishing lovers. - in: http://www.sardegna.com/en/isola-rossa/
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All thanks to the innumerable, wonderful places, visible from the panoramic coastal road, that leave everyone breathless.
But Villasimius is not only beaches and sea; it also has plenty of discos, night clubs, pizzerias and restaurants. It's one of the preferred destinations for the "night people".
Past the village centre, on the right, you'll find the large beach of Campulongu appearing in the Capo Carbonara gulf, where you might often come across cormorants.
Along the road to Capo Carbonara, you'll arrive at the marina, recently restored and modernised for the needs of those yachtsmen who choose their boat as a means of transportation to this corner of paradise.
On the left, you'll find the beautiful Simius beach, characterised by the sea's warm temperature. This is due to the area's morphology, protected from the sea currents and abundant with marine animals and plants. - in: http://www.sardegna.com/en/villasimius/
Villa d’Este, masterpiece of the Italian Garden. With its impressive concentration of fountains, nymphs, grottoes, plays of water, and music, it constitutes a much-copied model for European gardens in the mannerist and baroque styles.
The name of this bronze statue is Le Rhône, the guardian of Versailles. It was created by the famous French sculptor Jean-Baptiste Tuby.
Lanzarote, a Spanish island, is the easternmost of the autonomous Canary islands, in the Atlantic Ocean, approximately 125 km off the coast of Africa and 1,000 km from the Iberian Peninsula.
Lanzarote is the easternmost island of the Canary Islands and has a volcanic origin. It was born through fiery eruptions and has solidified lava streams as well as extravagant rock formations. The island emerged about 15 million years ago as product of the Canary hotspot.
The island, along with others, emerged after the breakup of the African and the American continental plates. The greatest recorded eruptions occurred between 1730 and 1736 in the area now designated Timanfaya National Park. - in: wikipedia
The Hopi are a federally recognized tribe of Native American people, who primarily live on the 2,531.773 sq mi (6,557.26 km2) Hopi Reservation in northeastern Arizona. - in: wikipedia
Wednesday, April 11, 2012
The official height it's 6088m but almost all summiteers report an high around 6110m.
Tuesday, April 10, 2012
The card is from Doha, the capital city of Qatar and it shows the Souq Waqif, an important souq in Doha. Literally translated to "the standing market," this shopping destination is renowned for selling traditional garments, spices, handicrafts, and souvenirs. It is also home to dozens of restaurants serving cuisines from all over the world, as well as Shisha lounges. Although this market dates back at least a hundred years, it has been recently restored back to its original glory. It is now considered one of the top tourist destinations within Doha.
Saturday, April 7, 2012
Gentoo, meaning "turban", refers to the whitish markings behind the eyes of this species. Gentoos range in size from 27 inches high (68 centimeters) and 12 pounds (5.5 kilos) in the south to 30 inches high (71 centimeters) and 13.5 pounds (6.2 kilos) in the north.
Most of their colonies run along the Antarctic Peninsula. Unlike the Adélies and Chinstraps, Gentoos stay with their mates throughout the year. A mating pair may reuse a previous site, although they typically change from year to the next. Gentoos commonly locate their nesting sites inland. To ease their burden walking to and from the sea, Gentoos establish a common path for everyone. This continuous use wears down the path and makes it easier to use.
Gentoo chicks stay with the parents for about eight weeks. During their 9th and 10th weeks, chick return home at night to be fed. Should the mating pair lose their first clutch of eggs, a second set is laid if earlier enough in the season. - in: http://lrs.ed.uiuc.edu/students/downey/project/penguins.html
Thursday, April 5, 2012
The distinctive pottery discovered in Ban Chiang is painted in red on buff backgrounds in swirls and bands, showing a remarkable degree of artistry. The manufacture of the earthenware pots shows four distinct eras, the earliest being 3600-2500BC. The best pieces were made between 300BC and 200 AD. The area now offers a National Museum, a reconstruction of a ‘dig’ and an excavated burial area. - in: http://www.heritagetraveller.com/asia-world-heritage-site/thailand/ban-chiang/