Archive | February, 2012

Flying Fish

24 Feb

EXOCOETIDAE,aptly known as FLYING FISH, are a marine fish family comprising about64 species grouped in seven to nine genera. Flying fish are found inall of the major oceans, particularly in the warm tropical andsubtropical waters of the Atlantic, Pacific, and Indian oceans.

Theirmost striking feature is their pectoral fins, which are unusuallylarge, and enable the fish to hide and escape from predators by leapingout of the water, taking short glided flights through air just abovethe water’s surface. Their glides are typically around 50 m (160 ft),but they can use updrafts at the leading edge of waves to coverdistances of at least 400 m (1,300 ft). In order to glide upward out ofthe water, a flying fish moves its tail to up to 70 times per second.


The Painted Desert

23 Feb
ThePainted Desert is a United States desert of badlands in the FourCorners area from the Grand Canyon National Park into the PetrifiedForest National Park. Much of the area within the Petrified ForestNational Park is protected as the Petrified Forest National WildernessArea. Much of the Painted Desert region is within the Navajo Nation.

Thedesert is composed of stratified layers of easily erodible siltstone,mudstone, and shale of the Triassic Chinle Formation. These finegrained rock layers contain abundant iron and manganese compounds whichprovide the pigments for the various colors of the region.

Tobu Miniature World Square, Nikko (Japan)

21 Feb

ThisWorld Square contains miniature of the world’s most famous and UNESCOdesignated world cultural, historic and heritage sites. Each complex ismaintained at one twenty-fifth (1/25) of its the actual size.

Itcontains statues of 140,000 humans, 20,000 dwarf trees and 102historical relics and architectural premises. Design and constructionperiod had been five years.

The precise craftsmanship to reproduce the perfect resemblance to originals is the example of wonderful artisan skills.

Lake Vostok in Antarctica

20 Feb

After more than two decades of drilling, Russian scientists have reached the surface of a gigantic freshwater lake in Antarctica that had been hidden under miles of ice for 20 million years, potentially holding life from the distant past and a clue to the search for life on other planets.

The Most Beautiful River on Earth – Cano Cristales

19 Feb

The Cano Cristales, touted as the most beautiful river in the world (also called as River of five colors), is river flowing in Colombia runs for about 100 km before joining into the main water body. It is located in the northern part of Colombia, in Sierra de la Macarena.

The river can be seen with multi-color mosses and algae all around, at a specified time of a year, otherwise which appear to be dull green and brown all over. The multi-color effect is mainly due to the variation in the water level which is affected during some parts of the year, and thus making the mosses bright up and blooms for the spectators.

Tropical Extravaganza Festival of London

18 Feb
This World Square contains miniature of the world’s most famous and UNESCO designated world London’s Kew Gardens prepares to launch its annual Tropical Extravaganza Festival, which will run from Feb. 4 to Mar. 4. The show will contain 6500 tropical plants including over 2700 orchids.

Bora Bora Islands

17 Feb

BoraBora is an island in the Leeward group of the Society Islands of FrenchPolynesia, an overseas collectivity of France in the Pacific Ocean. Theisland, located about 230 kilometres (140 mi) northwest of Papeete, issurrounded by a lagoon and a barrier reef. In the center of the islandare the remnants of an extinct volcano rising to two peaks, Mount Pahiaand Mount Otemanu, the highest point at 727 metres (2,385 ft).

Bora Bora is a major international tourist destination, famous for itsaqua-centric luxury resorts. Produce of the island is mostly limited towhat can be obtained from the sea and the plentiful coconut trees.