Friday, 29 June 2012

10 Incredible Confluences Around the World


10 Incredible Confluences Around the World


In geography, a confluence is the meeting of two or more bodies of water. Known also as a conflux, it refers either to the point where a tributary joins a larger river, called the main stem, or where two streams meet to become the source of a river of a new name, such as the confluence of the Monongahela and Allegheny Rivers in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania creating the Ohio River.

The term is also used to describe the meeting of tidal or other non-riverine bodies of water, such as two canals or a canal and a lake. Below is a collection of 10 incredible confluences around the world. For more, there is a fascinating list of notable confluences onWikipedia that I recommend you check out.
The confluences below were selected for their dramatic visual contrast. Thus, culturally significant confluences such as the Sangam near Allahabad, India, where the sacred rivers Ganges, Yamuna and Saraswati meet to create one of the holiest places in Hinduism, were not included for this reason. Please enjoy the list below and let us know of any other interesting confluences you are aware of. Perhaps we can do a follow-up post if there is interest!

1. Confluence of the Rhone and Arve Rivers in Geneva, Switzerland 

In this incredible photograph we see the confluence of the Rhone and Arve rivers in Geneva, Switzerland. The river on the left is the Rhone, which is just exiting Lake Lehman. The river on the right is the Arve, which receives water from the many glaciers of the Chamonix valley (mainly the Mer de Glace) before flowing north-west into the Rhone on the west side of Geneva, where its much higher level of silt brings forth a striking contrast between the two rivers. [Source]

Chrysler Building

Chrysler Building

Chrysler Building skyscraper was once owned by the "Chrysler" company.The building was constructed in 1930, today it is considered one of the symbols of New York.Building height is 319 m. It is located on the eastern side of Manhattan. Now owners of the skyscraper are: «TMW Real Estate» (75 percent) and «Tishman Speyer Properties» (25 percent).

Thursday, 28 June 2012

England Castles: Castle HOWARD

England Castles: Castle HOWARD 

Castle Howard is a very impressive 18th century stately home of unusual architectural design, with an elevated central domed roof. This beautiful house has many rooms each with its own atmosphere, filled with paintings, antique sculptures, relics, treasures and many books.
The House is situated in the Howardian Hills fifteen miles northeast from the city of York, on a grand estate of 10,000 acres. Open to the public are the House built by Sir John Vanbrugh, rose gardens, the Great Lake, temples, lawns, nature walks, Ray Wood, fountains and waterways. It is also a working estate including the thriving businesses of farming, forestry, fishing, shooting, tree nursery, a caravan site and property letting.Built in 1699, Castle Howard is still the private home of the Howard family. The House and grounds gained great publicity from the television drama Brideshead Revisited, which was filmed there.A visit to Castle Howard makes a very pleasant day out, and of similar estates that I have visited it is rivaled only by Chatsworth House in Derbyshire.Castle Howard is located off the A64, about a 20 mile drive from York.


The Longest Sea Bridge in the World

The Longest Sea Bridge in the World 

The world’s longest sea bridge is the Jiaozhou Bay Bridge which is located in China. The bridge links the offshore island of Huangdao and China’s eastern port city of Qingdao. The bridge is 26.4 miles long.


That's What Happens When You Get Really High

That's What Happens When You Get Really High

A GIRL who spent four hours smoking super-strength skunk cannabis had to be rescued when she climbed a 40ft electricity pylon after hallucinating that it was a bridge.Horrified locals spotted the 21-year-old girl - from Zlin, Czech Republic - apparently trying to cross a river and dialed emergency services.Police spokesman Jan Macalikova said: “It was a nightmare because she was very much under the influence of drugs and wasn’t making much sense. “She was convinced, though, that the pylon was a bridge across the Morava river.”Drugs counsellors and police eventually persuaded her to come down after two hours on the pylon.“She received treatment at hospital for her drugs consumption but was otherwise unhurt. She’s lucky she didn’t get a new high - high voltage,” added the police spokesman.


Wednesday, 27 June 2012

The Most Important Sacred Places On The Planet

The Most Important Sacred Places On The Planet

In recent years, religious tourism is becoming increasingly popular. There are more and more of believers and the interest in religion is waking up. Religious places are very adorable, regardless of beliefs and religions that are being promoted out there. People come to these places to get closer to God, have faith, or cure. 

Ta Prum

Strange Beach in the Middle of a Meadow


Strange Beach in the Middle of a Meadow

Tucked away into a small inland hollow, right in the middle of a meadow, Playa de Gulpiyuri is one of the most amazing beaches in the world. We’ve certainly featured some unique places here, on Oddity Central, and even a few incredible beaches, like the hot water beach of New Zealand or California’s glass beach, but none like the beach of Gulpiyuri. Located near the charming town of Llanes, on the northern coast of Spain, Gulpiyuri Beach is unlike anything I have ever seen, or even imagined existed outside of fantasy books or fictional planets. Imagine walking over 100 meters from the sea shoreline and stumbling over a small charming beach right in the middle of a green meadow. And while you may find other beaches completely hidden from the open sea, around the world, this one is actually fully tidal and even has waves bathing the small strip of golden sand.

So how is it that waves form this far away from the ocean? It appears the salt waters of the Cantabrian Sea bored through the earth, creating a series of underground tunnels that constantly feed water to Gulpiyuri Beach. Water from the nearby Bay of Biscay comes in through the underground tunnel network and washes up on Gulpiyuri in gentle waves, adding to the charm of this magical cove. The shallow crystal clear water of this place acts as a swimming invitation that cannot be refused, but you may find it a little cold, because the water tends to remain underground for a while, before washing into Gulpiyuri Beach.

Because it’s only 40 meters in length, and outside viewing range from the shoreline, Playa de Gulpiyuri can be pretty hard to find, unless you have an updated GPS map or ask for directions from the locals. Even so, it’s best to avoid visiting it on weekends, when the beach is simply inundated by tourists from all around the world. 

Dry Tortugas National Park

Dry Tortugas National Park

Dry Tortugas National Park is a national park in the USA about 68 statute miles (109 km) west of Key West in the Gulf of Mexico. The park preserves Fort Jefferson and the Dry Tortugas islands in the Florida Keys.The park is famous for abundant sea life, colorful coral reefs and legends of shipwrecks and sunken treasures. The park's centerpiece is Fort Jefferson, a massive but unfinished coastal fortress. Fort Jefferson is the largest masonry structure in the Western Hemisphere,[3][4] and is composed of over 16 million bricks. The park has almost 80,000 visitors each year. The park is accessible only by seaplane or boat. Ferries leave from Key West. Activities include snorkeling, picnicking, camping, scuba diving, saltwater fishing and birdwatching.

Tuesday, 26 June 2012

Easter Island

Easter Island

Easter Island is an isolated Polynesian island located in the southeastern Pacific Ocean. Politically, Easter Island is a special territory of Chile. Easter Island is famous for the almost 900 stone statues, called moai, that are in the shape of human heads and simple bodies. These moai statues were created by the Rapanui people hundreds of years ago. It is believed that the Rapanui people’s numbers dwindled due to the overexploitation of their tiny, isolated island. Others claim diseases from Europe are to blame for the decline. The island’s name was given in 1722 by a Dutch explorer, who landed on the island on Easter Sunday. The Polynesian name for the island is Rapa Nui, meaning “Big Rapa” in reference to a similar looking Polynesian island called Rapa. Today, Easter Island is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and destination for history loving tourists.



Drones: A Photo History

Drones: A Photo History

We think of drones as a modern invention, but they've been part of warfare for longer than you think. Here's a look at the evolution of drones and the way they've changed how war works. 

1. 1917: Sperry Aerial Torpedo. Toward the end of World War I, powered flight was in its infancy, the Wright brothers having flown their primitive biplane across the dunes of Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, a little over a decade earlier. But it was a time of stunning innovation. In 1917, Peter Cooper and Elmer A. Sperry invented the first automatic gyroscopic stabilizer, which straightens and levels out aircraft during flight, and unmanned flight was born. The new technology was used to convert a U.S. Navy Curtiss N-9 trainer aircraft into the first unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), controlled by radio. For 50 miles in test flights, the Sperry Aerial Torpedo flew with a 300-pound bomb, but it was never used in combat. (San Diego Air & Space Museum Archives/Flickr)

Duck Shepherd

Duck Shepherd

Carrying just a long cane, a Chinese farmer led the flock through a main street in Taizhou, Zhejiang, weaving around vehicles and pedestrians. During the half-mile walk, the farmer says he didn’t lose a single duck. 


Monday, 25 June 2012

Top 10 Greatest College Dropouts

Top 10 Greatest College Dropouts

Everyone has probably been told by their parents that if they want a successful and lucrative career then they must go to and graduate omcollege or university. For most, this does seem to be a truthful statement but there are many people out there who prove this very theory wrong in the most spectacular ways. Here we take a look at the most successful and the most wealthy college dropouts ever. Who says you need a college education to succeed? these guys and gals prove no one does. 

Tiger Woods. In a world where prodigious sports talents tend to forgo higher education altogether for the pros, Tiger Woods chose to continue playing amateur golf at Stanford University as an economics major. Perhaps it was in Econ 101 that he learned the term "opportunity cost," because his time at Stanford was not long. After two years there, Woods turned pro with his "Hello world" announcement, officially ending his collegiate career. He would go on to become one of the highest paid athletes in the world, earning more than $100 million annually at the height of his career. How's that for economics? 

Japanese River Bus

Japanese River Bus 

Artist Reydzi Matsumoto works in the genre of manga and anime, he designed a ship named Himiko. His creation is more like a spaceship than a river bus. Dimensions of Himiko: 33 x 8 meters, displacement is 114 tons.Tram route will run between areas of Asakusa and Odaiba, which contain several tourist attractions.The ship was called "Himiko" in honor of the legendary first queen of ancient Japan. He makes regular trips along the Sumida River from Asakusa to Odaiba island.


Moscow Trees Then And Now

Moscow Trees: Then And Now

Once Moscow was a green pleasant city. Today it is sooner a stone sack for dirty cars storage.It’s hard to imagine that squirrels used to jump and birds used to sing on lime and chestnut trees of Moscow. People even didn’t notice when they disappeared. Due to lack of care some of them simply died others were cut off. And a passer-by of today walks not in the shadows of wonderful trees by through cars parked in dusty streets…
The officials say trees can’t survive in so bad environmental conditions. It’s nonsense, of course. Trees still feel well in any part of Moscow. They were destructed just because they hampered car owners and businessmen. They covered bright shop windows, signs, banners, they prevented drivers from parking wherever they wanted.However trees created pleasant atmosphere in the streets, because people still prefer walking among trees, not cars.


Beauties Of The Last Century

Beauties Of The Last Century

Here is a compilation of photos of beauties from the 40s. Of course, the ideals of beauty is different from today, but still. I am for natural beauty. 


Friday, 22 June 2012

Bamboo Train Of Cambodia

Bamboo Train Of Cambodia 


For years, travellers in Cambodia had to deal with one of the world's worst train networks. Trains run infrequently in between the villages, break-downs and derailments are common, and the trains themselves travel at little more than walking pace. So people in the north west of the country, near Cambodia's second city of Battambang, have taken matters into their own hands. They have created their own rail service using pieces of bamboo and abandoned barbell like train wheels. The locals call the vehicles "Norries", but overseas visitors know them as "bamboo trains".


Each bamboo train consists of a 3m-long wood frame, covered lengthwise with slats made of ultra-light bamboo, that rests on two barbell-like bogies. A repurposed water-pump or gasoline engine transfers power to the rear wheels by means of belts. These rickety contraptions can haul twenty or more people over the aging rails at speeds nearing 40 km/h, with the track just a couple of inches below the passengers. Warped and broken rails make for a bone-shaking journey.


And what happens when a bamboo train meets another bamboo train coming the opposite way? The answer is simple: whichever car has the least amount of passengers is quickly lifted off the tracks to allow the other to pass. They are then reassembled, engine restarted and on their way they go. It can be done with a minute. The importance of urgent bamboo train removal is of interest should a real train come your way.


Underwater Pillow Fight

Underwater Pillow Fight

Photographer Christopher Ghosh held an unusual underwater shooting in the studio, capturing surrealistic pillow fight at a depth of four meters.


Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders

Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders

Miami Dolphins cheerleaders made a video to support their team. Watch! It will definitely make you happy.

Wednesday, 20 June 2012

Leilani Dowding in Differents Look

Leilani Dowding in Differents Look

Photo Collection Of Trams

Photo Collection Of Trams

This unusual traveler from Holland is obsessed with trams. We also can see the parts of Soviet reality pictured on his photos.


Hunters for Honey

Hunters for Honey

Hunters For Honey Learn-to-user dementievskiy wrote in his blog: Today we are going in Nepal, Annapurna mountain range area in the main Himalayan range,where Every spring the locals skillfully extract the honey of wild Himalayan bees.

Twice a year high in the Himalayan foothills of central Nepal teams of men gather around cliffs that are home to the world's largest honeybee, Apis laboriosa.As they have for generations, the men come to harvest the Himalayan cliff bee's honey.

For hundreds of years, the skills required to perform this treacherous task have been passed down through the generations.But now both the bees and traditional honey hunters are in short supply, according to scientists.

Tuesday, 19 June 2012

Impregnable Castle of Mont Saint Michel

Impregnable Castle of Mont Saint Michel

One of France's most popular attractions is the castle of Mont Saint-Michel. How often have you ever seen the monastery on a rock sticking out of the water depths? It looks stunning.


Multnomah Falls

Multnomah Falls

Multnomah Falls is a magnificent natural beauty and a major tourist attraction, which is situated on the Oregon side of the Colombian River, George which is in the east of Troutdale and between Corbett and Donson. The stream of this thunderous, icy water fall is a whopping 611 feet-long. The best part of this Multnomah Fall is that it is divided into two parts. Its first part is 542 feet long and is clearly visible from the historic Colombian River Highway and its second part is 69 feet long. The water fall does not dry up in the late summer as its underground spring and snow that melts, continuous to flow down. Multnomah Falls’ view from the famous Benson bridge is nothing short of breath-taking. I am quite sure that all you guys out there would love it.


Sunday, 17 June 2012

Walk on a Tightrope Across The Niagara Falls

Walk on a Tightrope Across The Niagara Falls


“Daredevil Nik Wallenda became the first person to walk on a tightrope across the Niagara Falls, taking steady, measured steps June 15, 2012 for 1,800 feet across the mist-fogged brink of the roaring falls separating the U.S. and Canada.


“I feel like I'm on cloud nine right now”, an exuberant Wallenda told reporters after accomplishing what he said was his childhood dream before an estimated 112,000 people crowding the shores of both countries and millions more who watched a live television broadcast.He described wind “coming from every which way”, mist so powerful he had to blink it away to maintain his vision and a breathtaking view during the nighttime walk illuminated by spotlights that “compared to nothing”.


“There was no way to focus on the movement of the cable”, said Wallenda, 33. “If I looked down at the cable there was water moving everywhere. And if I looked up there was heavy mist blowing in front of my face. So it was a very unique, a weird sensation”.He said he accomplished the feat through “a lot of praying, that's for sure. But, you know, it's all about the concentration, the focus, and the training”.


The seventh-generation member of the famed Flying Wallendas had long dreamed of pulling off the stunt, never before attempted. Other daredevils have wire-walked over the Niagara River but farther downstream and not since 1896.“This is what dreams are made of, people”, said Wallenda, who wore a microphone for the broadcast, shortly after he stepped off from a platform on the American shore”.




Daredevil Nik Wallenda Walks Tightrope Across Niagara Falls To Canada

Friday, 15 June 2012

Air Plane Fail Landings

Air Plane Fail Landings 

What Have We Done Over These Hundred Years

What Have We Done Over These Hundred Years?



Skyscrapers in Shanghai Jin Mao

Skyscrapers in Shanghai: Jin Mao

Jinmao Tower is an 88-storey skyscraper in Shanghai, China. It was completed in 1998, at which time it was the tallest skyscraper in China. Right now it is second to the Shanghai World Financial Center, and the two will soon be overtaken by the 128-storey Shanghai Tower under construction. It is presently the 5th tallest skyscraper in the world by roof height, and the 7th tallest by height to the pinnacle.Jinmao Tower stands at a height of 421 meters or 1,380 feet. It is located near the Lujiazui Metro station. It was built at a cost of US$530 million. Like the Petronas Twin Towers, the measurements of Jinmao Tower revolves around the number 8, which is considered auspicious to the Chinese. 

The exterior of Jinmao Tower is covered by a curtain wall made of glass, stainless steel, aluminium and granite. A latticework of aluminium alloy pipes form a cladding over the outer wall.The first 50 floors of Jinmao Tower are used for offices. The Shanghai Grand Hyatt occupies the 53rd to the 87th floor. It is the second tallest hotel in the world after the Shanghai Park Hyatt, which occupies the 79th to the 93rd floor of adjacent Shanghai World Financial Center. The Shanghai Grand Hyatt at Jinmao Tower has a famous atrium that extends from the 56th floor of the tower right up to the 87th floor. The atrium is 115 meters in height and 27 meters in diameter.

There are several restaurants at Jinmao Tower. Canton, an upscale Cantonese restaurant, occupies the 55th floor. On the 56th floor are four eateries, namely The Grill, the Cucina Japanese Restaurant, the Kobachi Japanese Restaurant and the Patio LoungeClub Oasis, a fitness centre, occupies the 57th floor. It also has the world's highest swimming pool.Club Jin Mao, a Shanghainese restaurant, occupies the 86th floor while at the 87th floor is Cloud 9 and Sky Lounge.The Jinmao Tower Skywalk is an observation deck. It is located on the 88th floor, and has a capacity of 1000 people. Admission fee to the observation deck is ¥88.00 for adults and ¥45 for children. 


Tuesday, 12 June 2012

Beautiful Swat Valley (Pakistan)

Beautiful Swat Valley (Pakistan)

A miracle indeed

 A miracle indeed

It happened on a mountain road near the great city of Chongqing. Two huge rocks came down the mountain and crushed five cars. One of the rocks, estimated to weigh 200 ton, hit a truck loaded with 400 yellow boxes of beer, the truck and the beer were sadly destroyed. There was some good news too. Nobody died and only three people were injured. A miracle indeed. A smaller rock, weighing about 100 ton, hit the road first and blocked it. People managed to get out of their cars and run for cover before the big one fell. They must be shaking a bit, longing for a beer, which in this case they CANNOT get.

Air Tsunami

Air Tsunami

This is just incredible! To your attention the air tsunami, which appeared before a storm. Very impressive and very beautiful. The pictures were taken by some extremals, which miraculously filmed the scene.

Fort Deravar in Pakistan

Fort Deravar in Pakistan

Derawar Fort is a large square fortress in Pakistan near Bahawalpur. The forty bastions of Derawar are visible for many miles in Cholistan Desert. The walls have a circumference of 1500 metres and stand up to thirty metres high.The first fort on the site was built by Hindu Rajput, Rai Jajja Bhati of Jaisalmer. It remained in the hands of the royal family of Jaisalmer until captured and completely rebuilt by the nawabs of Bahawalpur in 1733. In 1747, the fort slipped from the hands of the Abbasis owing to Bahawal Khan's preoccupations at Shikarpur. Nawab Mubarak Khan took the stronghold back in 1804.The nearby mosque was modelled after that in the Red Fort of Delhi. There is also a royal necropolis of the Abbasi family, which still owns the stronghold. The area is rich in archaeological artifacts associated with Ganweriwala, a vast but as-yet-unexcavated city of the Indus Valley Civilization.


El Penon de Guatape

El Penon de Guatape


A massive stone rising over 650 feet out of the flat ground of Guatape, Colombia, the Piedra de Penol or El Peñon de Guatape was once worshiped by the Tahamies Indians. By the 1900s, the massive 10-million-ton rock was seen by local farmers as a nuisance, a giant version of the rocks that the farmers regularly dug out of their fields.
In 1954 a group of friends—supposedly at the urging of a local priest—climbed the rock using a series of boards wedged into a crack. These were the first people known to have climbed El Peñon de Guatape. (It is unknown whether the Tahamies had a way of ascending the stone.) Climbing the huge stone took five days, but the top of the rock revealed both beautiful views and a new species of plant, Pitcairma heterophila. The rock soon became a modest tourist attraction.

The rock, which is almost entirely smooth, has one long crack, the one that the climbers used in ascending it. In the crack was later wedged a 649-step masonry staircase, the only way to get to the top of the Piedra de Penol. In the 1970s, the area was dammed, and the view from the rock changed: It now overlooks a dramatic series of lakes and islands.Today, you can ascend the rock (apparently owned by a local family, though also designated by Colombia as a "national monument") for 2 US dollars. There you'll find a few religious relics and a three-story lookout tower.

Monday, 11 June 2012

40 Places To See Before You Die

40 Places To See Before You Die

Nature has created so many amazing places on our planet, that lifetime is not enough to see all of them. But most importantly that people don't have enough money and time to travel so much. So we have to look at the breathtaking pictures and dream that some day we'll be there…

Venus Passes Cross The Sun

Venus Passes Cross The Sun

Astronomers and people around the world have trained their telescopes on the skies to watch Venus pass in front of the Sun, a once-in-a-lifetime event that will not be seen for another 105 years. The transit of Venus began shortly after 6pm on Tuesday (8am today AEST) in cloud-free areas of North America, Central America and the northern part of South America, and was visible, with magnification, as a tiny black dot on the solar surface.


Sunday, 10 June 2012

Guess: What The Country Is This?

Guess: What The Country Is This? 

Capilano Suspension Bridge

Capilano Suspension Bridge

In 1888, George Grant Mackay, a Scottish civil engineer and land developer, arrived in the young city of Vancouver in Canada. Mackay purchased 6,000 acres of dense forest on either side of Capilano River and built a cabin on the very edge of the canyon wall. The bridge, and Mackay's cabin, became a popular destination for adventurous friends, dubbed Capilano Tramps. After his death, the hemp rope bridge was replaced by a wire cable bridge in 1903.Capilano suspension bridge is located in North Vancouver, Canada. 800,000 tourists come each year to take a walk on the bridge.



Saturday, 9 June 2012

Battle of Normandy

Battle of Normandy

Early in the morning on June 6, 1944 Allied troops began landing in Normandy. It looked like this.

Merciless Battles Of Cholitas

Merciless Battles Of Cholitas

Cholitas is an ancient form of martial arts, popular among the Indians of Bolivia. Men, women and even children from the communities that compete with each other can perticipate in the battles. The result is unpredictable and the battle may even result in death. But now in some parts of Bolivia, this is nothing more than an analogue of wrestling, aimed at entertainment of tourists


Cave Beach

Cave Beach

This cave beach is located in  Portugal and the beach is 150 kilometer long. Those who are interested pack your bag and go out there. 


Friday, 8 June 2012

Vancouver Of 60s In Color

Vancouver Of 60s In Color

Born in Germany, Fred Herzog came to Vancouver in 1953. Since that time, he has produced a substantial body of photographs, taking urban life in Vancouver -second-hand shops, vacant lots, neon signage and the crowds of people who have populated the city's streets over the past fifty years-as his primary subject. Herzog has self-consciously drawn upon documentary aditions in photography while incorporating something of an outsider's idiosyncratic sensitivity to a new environment into his work. Within his images, bodily gesture, the detritus of consumer culture and the architecture of the street take on a heightened resonance, as the impact of modernity becomes visible in the everyday life of the city.

England Before 60 Years

England Before 60 Years

With all eyes on the Jubilee, these enchanting photographs give an insight into what life was like 60 years ago when our Queen came to the throne.Discovered in a photographic agency’s archives, they show a world which moved at an entirely different pace. As L. P. Hartley wrote: ‘The past is a foreign country, they do things differently there.’ So true. Crime levels were a tenth of today’s. There were only 2.5 million cars on the road, as opposed to 25 million now. Few homes had phones and only a tenth owned fridges. But storing food wasn’t a problem as rationing did not end until July 1954. Shopping was a daily trail around the butcher’s, the baker’s and the greengrocer’s.Televisions were rare — there was  only one channel — but sales rocketed before June 1953, so the nation could tune into the Coronation.



Thursday, 7 June 2012

Kim Kardashian at 2012 amfAR Cinema Against AIDS

Kim Kardashian at 2012 amfAR Cinema Against AIDS




Beauty of Nature - Cook Islands

Beauty of Nature - 
Cook Islands

When the Cook Islands was actually settled is unknown but achaeological digs put Rarotonga at 1500 years ago and Pukapuka at 2400 years ago.  Cook Islanders are believed to have come from a place called Avaiki. To find out more about the history of the Cook Islands contact:
The Cook Islands lies nestled between the islands of Tahiti (1 hour flight) and Fiji (3 hour flight).  The easiest way to locate it on a map is to find Hawaii, and do a mirror reflection of Hawaii over the equator. There are 15 islands in the Cook Islands, divided up into two groups: the Northern and Southern Groups. 
Capital: 
Avarua, 
Population: 
11,124, 
Location: 
Oceania, group of islands in the South Pacific Ocean, about half way between Hawaii and New Zealand, 
Chief of State: 
Prime Minister Henry Puna, 
Head of State: 
Queen Elizabeth II, represented by Sir Frederick Goodwin   
Currency: New Zealand Dollars



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