Friday, November 24, 2017

Ninety Mile Beach (New Zealand)

Ninety Mile Beach is on the western coast of the far north of the North Island of New Zealand. 
It stretches from just west of Kaitaia towards Cape Reinga along the Aupouri Peninsula. 
It begins close to the headland of Reef Point, to the west of Ahipara Bay, sweeping briefly northeast before turning northwest for the majority of its length. 
It ends at Scott Point, 5 kilometres  south of Cape Maria van Diemen. 
The beach is actually just 88 kilometers (55 miles) long. 
In the days of sailing ships a number of vessels were wrecked on this beach.

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Thursday, November 23, 2017

Tomioka Silk Mill and Related Sites (Japan)

This property is a historic sericulture and silk mill complex established in the late 19th and early 20th century in the Gunma prefecture, north-west of Tokyo. 
It consists of four sites that correspond to the different stages in the production of raw silk: a large raw silk reeling plant whose machinery and industrial expertise were imported from France; an experimental farm for production of cocoons; a school for the dissemination of sericulture knowledge; and a cold-storage facility for silkworm eggs. 
The site illustrates Japan’s desire to rapidly access the best mass production techniques, and became a decisive element in the renewal of sericulture and the Japanese silk industry in the last quarter of the 19th century. 
Tomioka Silk Mill and its related sites became the centre of innovation for the production of raw silk and marked Japan’s entry into the modern, industrialized era, making it the world’s leading exporter of raw silk, notably to Europe and the United States.

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Wednesday, November 22, 2017

The Trulli of Alberobello (Italy)

The trulli, limestone dwellings found in the southern region of Puglia, are remarkable examples of drywall (mortarless) construction, a prehistoric building technique still in use in this region. 
The trulli are made of roughly worked limestone boulders collected from neighbouring fields. 
Characteristically, they feature pyramidal, domed or conical roofs built up of corbelled limestone slabs.

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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Nanda Devi and Valley of Flowers National Parks (India)


Nestled high in West Himalaya, India’s Valley of Flowers National Park is renowned for its meadows of endemic alpine flowers and outstanding natural beauty. 
This richly diverse area is also home to rare and endangered animals, including the Asiatic black bear, snow leopard, brown bear and blue sheep. 
The gentle landscape of the Valley of Flowers National Park complements the rugged mountain wilderness of Nanda Devi National Park. 
Together they encompass a unique transition zone between the mountain ranges of the Zanskar and Great Himalaya, praised by mountaineers and botanists for over a century and in Hindu mythology for much longer.

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Sunday, November 19, 2017

Old Town of Corfu (Greece)

The Old Town of Corfu, on the Island of Corfu off the western coasts of Albania and Greece, is located in a strategic position at the entrance of the Adriatic Sea, and has its roots in the 8th century BC. 
The three forts of the town, designed by renowned Venetian engineers, were used for four centuries to defend the maritime trading interests of the Republic of Venice against the Ottoman Empire. 
In the course of time, the forts were repaired and partly rebuilt several times, more recently under British rule in the 19th century. 
The mainly neoclassical housing stock of the Old Town is partly from the Venetian period, partly of later construction, notably the 19th century. 
As a fortified Mediterranean port, Corfu’s urban and port ensemble is notable for its high level of integrity and authenticity.

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Saturday, November 18, 2017

Messel Pit Fossil Site (Germany)

Messel Pit is the richest site in the world for understanding the living environment of the Eocene, between 57 million and 36 million years ago. 
In particular, it provides unique information about the early stages of the evolution of mammals and includes exceptionally well-preserved mammal fossils, ranging from fully articulated skeletons to the contents of stomachs of animals of this period.

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Friday, November 17, 2017

Lime

The lime is a plant from the winery family, naturally occurring in Southeast Asia.
Gradually this species has been introduced in more and more western countries.
Of all Citrus species, the lime is the least resistant to cold.
The height is 6-7 m.

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Thursday, November 16, 2017

Bourges Cathedral (France)

The Cathedral of St Etienne of Bourges, built between the late 12th and late 13th centuries, is one of the great masterpieces of Gothic art and is admired for its proportions and the unity of its design. 
The tympanum, sculptures and stained-glass windows are particularly striking. 
Apart from the beauty of the architecture, it attests to the power of Christianity in medieval France.

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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Old Town of Lijiang (China)

The Old Town of Lijiang, which is perfectly adapted to the uneven topography of this key commercial and strategic site, has retained a historic townscape of high quality and authenticity. 
Its architecture is noteworthy for the blending of elements from several cultures that have come together over many centuries. 
Lijiang also possesses an ancient water-supply system of great complexity and ingenuity that still functions effectively today.

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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park (United States)

This site contains two of the most active volcanoes in the world, Mauna Loa (4,170 m high) and Kilauea (1,250 m high), both of which tower over the Pacific Ocean. 
Volcanic eruptions have created a constantly changing landscape, and the lava flows reveal surprising geological formations. 
Rare birds and endemic species can be found there, as well as forests of giant ferns.

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