Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Dates


A date is the fruit of the date palm, a two-legged palm.
Dates grow in bunches of the female trees.
In the fruit there is a hard pit.
The date is a stone fruit.
They are harvested in November and December.

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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Saltworks of Salins-les-Bains and Arc-et-Senans (Besançon - France)

The Royal Saltworks of Arc-et-Senans, near Besançon, was built by Claude Nicolas Ledoux. 
Its construction, begun in 1775 during the reign of Louis XVI, was the first major achievement of industrial architecture, reflecting the ideal of progress of the Enlightenment. 
The vast, semicircular complex was designed to permit a rational and hierarchical organization of work and was to have been followed by the building of an ideal city, a project that was never realized.
The Great Saltworks of Salins-les-Bains was active for at least 1200 years until stopping activity in 1962. 
From 1780 to 1895, its salt water travelled through 21 km of wood pipes to the Royal Saltworks of Arc-et-Senans. 
It was built near the immense Chaux Forest to ensure its supply of wood for fuel. 
The Saltworks of Salins shelters an underground gallery from the 13th century including a hydraulic pump from the 19th century that still functions. 
The boiler house demonstrates the difficulty of the saltworkers’ labour to collect the “White Gold”.

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Monday, May 22, 2017

Heart of Neolithic Orkney (Orkney - Scotland)

The group of Neolithic monuments on Orkney consists of a large chambered tomb (Maes Howe), two ceremonial stone circles (the Stones of Stenness and the Ring of Brodgar) and a settlement (Skara Brae), together with a number of unexcavated burial, ceremonial and settlement sites. 
The group constitutes a major prehistoric cultural landscape which gives a graphic depiction of life in this remote archipelago in the far north of Scotland some 5,000 years ago.

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Sunday, May 21, 2017

Ancient Building Complex in the Wudang Mountains (China)

The palaces and temples which form the nucleus of this group of secular and religious buildings exemplify the architectural and artistic achievements of China's Yuan, Ming and Qing dynasties. 
Situated in the scenic valleys and on the slopes of the Wudang mountains in Hubei Province, the site, which was built as an organized complex during the Ming dynasty (14th–17th centuries), contains Taoist buildings from as early as the 7th century. 
It represents the highest standards of Chinese art and architecture over a period of nearly 1,000 years.

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Saturday, May 20, 2017

Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks (Canada)

The contiguous national parks of Banff, Jasper, Kootenay and Yoho, as well as the Mount Robson, Mount Assiniboine and Hamber provincial parks, studded with mountain peaks, glaciers, lakes, waterfalls, canyons and limestone caves, form a striking mountain landscape. 
The Burgess Shale fossil site, well known for its fossil remains of soft-bodied marine animals, is also found there.

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Friday, May 19, 2017

Atlantic Forest (Brazil)

The Atlantic Forest South-East Reserves, in the states of Paraná and São Paulo, contain some of the best and most extensive examples of Atlantic forest in Brazil. 
The 25 protected areas that make up the site (some 470,000 ha in total) display the biological wealth and evolutionary history of the last remaining Atlantic forests. 
From mountains covered by dense forests, down to wetlands, coastal islands with isolated mountains and dunes, the area comprises a rich natural environment of great scenic beauty.

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Thursday, May 18, 2017

Flamingo

The flamingos are a family of birds.
Their layout has often caused problems.
They are usually classified by the Ciconiiformes, nowadays also as their own order, the Phoenicopteriformes.

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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Stoclet House (Brussels - Belgium)

When banker and art collector Adolphe Stoclet commissioned this house from one of the leading architects of the Vienna Secession movement, Josef Hoffmann, in 1905, he imposed neither aesthetic nor financial restrictions on the project. 
The house and garden were completed in 1911 and their austere geometry marked a turning point in Art Nouveau, foreshadowing Art Deco and the Modern Movement in architecture. 
Stoclet House is one of the most accomplished and homogenous buildings of the Vienna Secession, and features works by Koloman Moser and Gustav Klimt, embodying the aspiration of creating a ‘total work of art' (Gesamtkunstwerk). 
Bearing testimony to artistic renewal in European architecture, the house retains a high level of integrity, both externally and internally as it retains most of its original fixtures and furnishings.

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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Australian Fossil Mammal Sites (Riversleigh / Naracoorte) - Australia


Riversleigh and Naracoorte, situated in the north and south respectively of eastern Australia, are among the world’s 10 greatest fossil sites. 
They are a superb illustration of the key stages of evolution of Australia’s unique fauna.

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Monday, May 15, 2017

Mammoth Cave (United States)

Mammoth Cave National Park, located in the state of Kentucky, has the world's largest network of natural caves and underground passageways, which are characteristic examples of limestone formations. 
The park and its underground network of more than 560 surveyed km of passageways are home to a varied flora and fauna, including a number of endangered species.

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