Tuesday, June 6, 2023

Kunya-Urgench - Turkmenistan

Kunya-Urgench is situated in north-western Turkmenistan, on the left bank of the Amu Daria River. 
Urgench was the capital of the Khorezm region, part of the Achaemenid Empire. 
The old town contains a series of monuments mainly from the 11th to 16th centuries, including a mosque, the gates of a caravanserai, fortresses, mausoleums and a 60-m high minaret. 
The monuments testify to outstanding achievements in architecture and craftsmanship whose influence reached Iran and Afghanistan, and later the architecture of the Mogul Empire of 16th-century India.

Swedish red fur

The Swedish Red, Swedish: Svensk Röd och Vit Boskap, often abbreviated to SRB, is a Swedish dairy breed. 
It was created in the 1920s by crossing the Swedish Red and Swedish Ayrshire breeds.

Monday, June 5, 2023

Gulf of California - Mexico

The site comprises 244 islands, islets and coastal areas that are located in the Gulf of California in north-eastern Mexico. 
The Sea of Cortez and its islands have been called a natural laboratory for the investigation of speciation. 
Moreover, almost all major oceanographic processes occurring in the planet’s oceans are present in the property, giving it extraordinary importance for study. 
The site is one of striking natural beauty in a dramatic setting formed by rugged islands with high cliffs and sandy beaches, which contrast with the brilliant reflection from the desert and the surrounding turquoise waters. 
It is home to 695 vascular plant species, more than in any marine and insular property on the World Heritage List. 
Equally exceptional is the number of fish species: 891, 90 of them endemic. 
The site, moreover, contains 39% of the world’s total number of species of marine mammals and a third of the world’s marine cetacean species.


Ōita Prefecture is a Japanese prefecture located on the island of Kyushu. Ōita covers an area of 6339.34 km² and had a population of approximately 1,203,857 as of March 1, 2008. 
The capital is Ōita.

Friday, May 26, 2023

Incense Route - Desert Cities in the Negev - Israel

The four Nabatean towns of Haluza, Mamshit, Avdat and Shivta, along with associated fortresses and agricultural landscapes in the Negev Desert, are spread along routes linking them to the Mediterranean end of the incense and spice route. 
Together they reflect the hugely profitable trade in frankincense and myrrh from south Arabia to the Mediterranean, which flourished from the 3rd century BC until the 2nd century AD. 
With the vestiges of their sophisticated irrigation systems, urban constructions, forts and caravanserai, they bear witness to the way in which the harsh desert was settled for trade and agriculture.


Tuscany is a region in central Italy, bordering Liguria and Emilia-Romagna to the N, Umbria and the Marches to the E, Lazio to the S, and the Tyrrhenian Sea to the W. 
The area of the Tuscany region takes up about one thirteenth of the national territory, or 7.6%.

Wednesday, May 24, 2023

Humberstone and Santa Laura Saltpeter Works - Chile

Humberstone and Santa Laura works contain over 200 former saltpeter works where workers from Chile, Peru and Bolivia lived in company towns and forged a distinctive communal pampinos culture. 
That culture is manifest in their rich language, creativity, and solidarity, and, above all, in their pioneering struggle for social justice, which had a profound impact on social history. 
Situated in the remote Pampas, one of the driest deserts on Earth, thousands of pampinos lived and worked in this hostile environment for over 60 years, from 1880, to process the largest deposit of saltpeter in the world, producing the fertilizer sodium nitrate that was to transform agricultural lands in North and South America, and in Europe, and produce great wealth for Chile. 
Because of the vulnerability of the structures and the impact of a recent earthquake, the site was also placed on the List of World Heritage in Danger to help mobilize resources for its conservation.