Thursday, April 18, 2024

Palestine: Land of Olives and Vines – Cultural Landscape of Southern Jerusalem, Battir

This site is located a few kilometres south-west of Jerusalem, in the Central Highlands between Nablus and Hebron. 
The Battir hill landscape comprises a series of farmed valleys, known as widian, with characteristic stone terraces, some of which are irrigated for market garden production, while others are dry and planted with grapevines and olive trees. 
The development of terrace farming in such a mountainous region is supported by a network of irrigation channels fed by underground sources. 
A traditional system of distribution is then used to share the water collected through this network between families from the nearby village of Battir.


Nelson is a region of New Zealand, located in the north of the South Island. 
It is in fact a city region of the City of Nelson. 
She is named after Horatio Nelson.

Wednesday, April 17, 2024

Okavango Delta - Botswana

This delta in north-west Botswana comprises permanent marshlands and seasonally flooded plains. 
It is one of the very few major interior delta systems that do not flow into a sea or ocean, with a wetland system that is almost intact. 
One of the unique characteristics of the site is that the annual flooding from the River Okavango occurs during the dry season, with the result that the native plants and animals have synchronized their biological cycles with these seasonal rains and floods. 
It is an exceptional example of the interaction between climatic, hydrological and biological processes. 
The Okavango Delta is home to some of the world’s most endangered species of large mammal, such as the cheetah, white rhinoceros, black rhinoceros, African wild dog and lion.


Groningen is a province in the north of the Netherlands with 596,163 inhabitants, more than a third of whom live in the capital of the same name, Groningen. 
In addition to Dutch, Low Saxon is also recognized as an official language in the province. 

Monday, April 15, 2024

Namhansanseong - Korea

Namhansanseong was designed as an emergency capital for the Joseon dynasty (1392–1910), in a mountainous site 25 km south-east of Seoul. 
Built and defended by Buddhist monk-soldiers, it could accommodate 4,000 people and fulfilled important administrative and military functions. 
Its earliest remains date from the 7th century, but it was rebuilt several times, notably in the early 17th century in anticipation of an attack from the Sino-Manchu Qing dynasty. 
The city embodies a synthesis of the defensive military engineering concepts of the period, based on Chinese and Japanese influences, and changes in the art of fortification following the introduction from the West of weapons using gunpowder. 
A city that has always been inhabited, and which was the provincial capital over a long period, it contains evidence of a variety of military, civil and religious buildings and has become a symbol of Korean sovereignty.


The zummara is also called zamr. 
It is a woodwind instrument consisting of two flutes tied together with a single reed. 
The two flutes can be played separately. 
The zummara is widely used in Turkish folk music.

Sunday, April 14, 2024

Mount Hamiguitan Range - Phillippines

Forming a mountain ridge running north-south along the Pujada Peninsula in the south-eastern part of the Eastern Mindanao Biodiversity Corridor, the Mount Hamiguitan Range Wildlife Sanctuary has an elevation range of 75–1,637 m above sea level and provides critical habitat for a range of plant and animal species. 
The property showcases terrestrial and aquatic habitats at different elevations, and includes threatened and endemic flora and fauna species, eight of which are found only at Mount Hamiguitan. 
These include critically endangered trees, plants and the iconic Philippine eagle and Philippine cockatoo.


Zambezi, formerly East Caprivi or simply Caprivi, is an administrative region in Namibia. 
This region includes the eastern part of the Caprivi Strip. 
The Zambezi region is bordered by four rivers: Kwando, Linyanti, Chobe and Zambezi.

Saturday, April 13, 2024

Poverty Point - USA

Monumental Earthworks of Poverty Point owes its name to a 19th-century plantation close to the site, which is in the Lower Mississippi Valley on a slightly elevated and narrow landform. 
The complex comprises five mounds, six concentric semi-elliptical ridges separated by shallow depressions and a central plaza. 
It was created and used for residential and ceremonial purposes by a society of hunter fisher-gatherers between 3700 and 3100 BP. 
It is a remarkable achievement in earthen construction in North America that was unsurpassed for at least 2,000 years.


Tadla-Azilal is a region in Morocco. 
The capital is Beni Mellal. 
The region is located in the central part of official Morocco and borders clockwise with the regions of Chaouia-Ouardigha, Meknès-Tafilalet, Souss-Massa-Daraâ and Marrakesh-Tensift-El Haouz.