Tuesday, September 27, 2022

High Coast/Kvarken Archipelago - Finland and Sweden

The Kvarken Archipelago (Finland) and the High Coast (Sweden) are situated in the Gulf of Bothnia, a northern extension of the Baltic Sea. 
The 5,600 islands of the Kvarken Archipelago feature unusual ridged washboard moraines, ‘De Geer moraines’, formed by the melting of the continental ice sheet, 10,000 to 24,000 years ago. 
The Archipelago is continuously rising from the sea in a process of rapid glacio-isostatic uplift, whereby the land, previously weighed down under the weight of a glacier, lifts at rates that are among the highest in the world. 
As a consequence islands appear and unite, peninsulas expand, and lakes evolve from bays and develop into marshes and peat fens. 

The High Coast has also been largely shaped by the combined processes of glaciation, glacial retreat and the emergence of new land from the sea. 
Since the last retreat of the ice from the High Coast 9,600 years ago, the uplift has been in the order of 285 m which is the highest known ''rebound''. 
The site affords outstanding opportunities for the understanding of the important processes that formed the glaciated and land uplift areas of the Earth''s surface. 

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Tyrol is a federal state of Austria and forms the Austrian part of the Tyrol region. 
The capital is Innsbruck, which is also the largest city in the state. 
Tyrol borders the federal states of Carinthia, Vorarlberg and Salzburg, as well as the countries of Germany, Switzerland and Italy. 

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Monday, September 26, 2022

Gyeongju Historic Areas - Korea

The Gyeongju Historic Areas contain a remarkable concentration of outstanding examples of Korean Buddhist art, in the form of sculptures, reliefs, pagodas, and the remains of temples and palaces from the flowering, in particular between the 7th and 10th centuries, of this form of unique artistic expression. 

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Northern Territory

The Northern Territory is a territory of Australia that consists of the originally northern part of the state of South Australia. 
However, this is again contested by the state of Western Australia, as heir to New Holland. 

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Sunday, September 25, 2022

Gusuku Sites and Related Properties of the Kingdom of Ryukyu - Japan

Five hundred years of Ryukyuan history (12th-17th century) are represented by this group of sites and monuments. 
The ruins of the castles, on imposing elevated sites, are evidence for the social structure over much of that period, while the sacred sites provide mute testimony to the rare survival of an ancient form of religion into the modern age. 
The wide- ranging economic and cultural contacts of the Ryukyu Islands over that period gave rise to a unique culture. 

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Tierra del Fuego

Tierra del Fuego is an archipelago at the southernmost tip of South America. 
The archipelago consists of the main island of Isla Grande de Tierra del Fuego of 48,100 km² and several smaller islands, totaling 73,753 km². 
The archipelago area was divided between Argentina and Chile in 1881. 

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Thursday, September 22, 2022

Gunung Mulu National Park - Malaysia

Important both for its high biodiversity and for its karst features, Gunung Mulu National Park, on the island of Borneo in the State of Sarawak, is the most studied tropical karst area in the world. 
The 52,864-ha park contains seventeen vegetation zones, exhibiting some 3,500 species of vascular plants. Its palm species are exceptionally rich, with 109 species in twenty genera noted. 
The park is dominated by Gunung Mulu, a 2,377 m-high sandstone pinnacle. 
At least 295 km of explored caves provide a spectacular sight and are home to millions of cave swiftlets and bats. 
The Sarawak Chamber, 600 m by 415 m and 80 m high, is the largest known cave chamber in the world. 

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Common fur hedgehog

The common long-beaked hedgehog is a New Guinean short-beaked echidna, one of the three living species of the long-beaked hedgehog genus. 
Fur hedgehogs are egg-laying mammals. 

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Wednesday, September 21, 2022

Greater Blue Mountains Area - Australia

The Greater Blue Mountains Area consists of 1.03 million ha of sandstone plateaux, escarpments and gorges dominated by temperate eucalypt forest. 
The site, comprised of eight protected areas, is noted for its representation of the evolutionary adaptation and diversification of the eucalypts in post-Gondwana isolation on the Australian continent. 
Ninety-one eucalypt taxa occur within the Greater Blue Mountains Area which is also outstanding for its exceptional expression of the structural and ecological diversity of the eucalypts associated with its wide range of habitats. 
The site provides significant representation of Australia's biodiversity with ten percent of the vascular flora as well as significant numbers of rare or threatened species, including endemic and evolutionary relict species, such as the Wollemi pine, which have persisted in highly-restricted microsites. 

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Yen Bai

Yên Bai is a province of Vietnam. 
Yên Bái has 679,700 inhabitants on an area of 6808 km². 

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