For most parents and kids, crossing the street to catch the school bus is perhaps the riskiest part of the school run. But take a look at these Chinese schoolchildren from the village of Genguan. Everyday, these young kids walk along a precarious path carved by the side of a cliff, as they make their way to class in Bijie, in southwest China's Guizhou Province. Banpo Elementary School is located halfway up a mountain and the path to it winds through treacherous hillside passes and tunnels hewn out of the rock. The pebble-covered footpath is less than 0.5 meters wide, which means the children have to walk single file and press themselves into the side of the mountain if someone wants to squeeze past. This footpath was created 40 years ago as an irrigation ditch and although there is another safer route, but taking this means the children have to spend two hours to walk to school. The only assurance for parents is that Headmaster Xu Liangfan accompanies the 49 kids to school.
Sunday, 31 March 2013
The Moon is the only natural satellite of the Earth,and the fifth largest satellite in the Solar System. It is the largest natural satellite of a planet in the Solar System relative to the size of its primary having 27% the diameter and 60% the density of Earth, resulting in 1⁄81 its mass. The Moon is the second densest satellite after Io, a satellite of Jupiter. The moon is about 386,242 miles from Earth. Our moon is certainly not low. More than that - it is big enough to be a full planet, of course, if it revolved around the sun, not the earth. The moon is a quarter the diameter of Earth. Only Pluto larger satellites relative to the size of the planet around which it revolves. We invite you to see how the other planets would look if they were at the scene of the moon.
1. So, the moon, as we see it quite often.
In year 2009 marks half a century from the time when humans began a detailed study of the Moon. For long 50 years, many different countries, a large number of research programs. In this collection you will find pictures of the lunar surface made since 1959 and are listed in chronological order.
1. Detailed exploration of the Moon - the only natural satellite of the Earth - began in 1959, when the Soviet Union launched his ship "Moon 1". Their example was quickly followed by NASA. Since then, the Europeans, Japan, China and India have launched their research programs at the moon. In this picture shows the moon as seen from the International Space Station. We offer you 11 more shots of the moon, made over the last 50 years. (NASA)
The word Holi originated from "Holika", sister of Hiranyakashipu. The festival of Holi is celebrated because of a story in the old Hindu religion. InVaishnavism, Hiranyakashipu is the great king of demons, and he had been granted a boon by Brahma, which made it almost impossible for him to be killed. The boon was due to his long penance, after which he had demanded that he not be killed "during day or night; inside the home or outside, not on earth or in the sky; neither by a man nor an animal; neither by astra nor by shastra". Consequently, he grew arrogant and attacked the Heavens and the Earth. He demanded that people stop worshipping gods and start praising respectfully to him.
According to this belief, Hiranyakashipu's own son, Prahlada, was a devotee of Vishnu. In spite of several threats from Hiranyakashipu, Prahlada continued offering prayers to Vishnu. He was poisoned by Hiranyakashipu, but the poison turned to nectar in his mouth. He was ordered to be trampled by elephants yet remained unharmed. He was put in a room with hungry, poisonous snakes and survived. All of Hiranyakashipu's attempts to kill his son failed. Finally, he ordered young Prahlada to sit on a pyre in the lap of Holika, Hiranyakashipu's demoness sister, who also could not die because she had a boon preventing her from being burned by fire. Prahlada readily accepted his father's orders, and prayed to Lord Vishnu to keep him safe. When the fire started, everyone watched in amazement as Holika burnt to death, while Prahlada survived unharmed. The salvation of Prahlada and burning of Holika is celebrated as Holi.
Governmental international organization to fight corruption «Transparency International» published its annual list of the most corrupt countries in the world on a 10-point scale, where 0 - the most corrupt country, and 10 - the least corrupt. Compared to last year, some countries have changed their position in this ranking. So the U.S., Czech Republic, Italy, Hungary and some other countries have become less corrupt in 2010, compared with the past. Analysts blamed it on the financial crisis. The most corrupt countries are also the poorest.
Wednesday, 27 March 2013
Have you ever had the opportunity to drive above trees? Many highways passing through the forests, but there are only a few who pass above them. The construction of these sections of highways is certainly expensive, but their significance for the environment is very high: noise reduction, protection of animals and trees.
Monday, 25 March 2013
Authoritative research firm Economist Intelligence Unit published a ranking of the best cities to live in 2011. The rating also hit two Russian cities: St. Petersburg took 68th place, and Moscow - 70. The quality of life in 140 cities across the company's experts evaluated by 30 parameters, including safety, health, social stability, education, infrastructure, availability of goods and services, the environment and the variety of cultural activities.
10th place. Auckland, New Zealand, 95.7 points
Polar Bear, one of the few animals to perceive man as prey. At speed sprint 60 km / hour and six-meter jump, an adult bear is a real threat to humans. Especially if the bear is hungry. Lack of facial muscles does bear a particularly dangerous and unpredictable.The muzzle of the predator is never the expression of aggression. At the time, predshesvuyuschy attack, he looks the same cute soft toy. And the only "bad" expression of dark eyes can warn about the rapidly pproaching danger.
Sunday, 24 March 2013
“The world’s most crooked street” is a contested title. While most publications recognize the Lombard Street in San Francisco, California, as the one having the most bends and turns, Ripley's Believe It or Not had once recognized Snake Alley in Burlington, Iowa, as “the Crookedest Street in the World” after Robert L. Ripley saw the street in person in the 1940s. The idea was novel enough, however, San Francisco's Lombard Street beats it by several turns.
Fangweng Restaurant is located in China, in Hubei Province, about 12km north of the city of Yichang, near Sanyou Cave, or “The Cave of the Three Travelers”. The restaurant is in the Happy Valley of the Xiling Gorge, an especially scenic stretch of cliffs, caves and park land located around the area where the Chang Jiang River flows into the Yangtze. The entrance to the Fangweng Restaurant is an uninspiring grey brick building, but at the far end of a narrow concrete bridge, the restaurant caves into the cliff, the floor hanging several hundred feet above the ground. From this end, customers can view the flowing water of Yangtze River. For the daredevils, a bungee jumping platform is nearby.
Saturday, 23 March 2013
Göbekli Tepe, located in southern Turkey, is the oldest-known, existing temple in the world. It was built approximately 11,000 years ago. Göbekli Tepe is a Neolithic hilltop sanctuary erected at the top of a mountain ridge in the Southeastern Anatolia Region of Turkey, some 15 kilometers (9 mi) northeast of the town of Şanlıurfa It is the oldest known human-made religious structure. The site was most likely erected in the 10th millennium BCE and has been under excavation since 1994 by German and Turkish archaeologists. Together with Nevalı Çori, it has revolutionized understanding of Eurasian Neolithic history.
The Cliff House is a restaurant perched on the headland above the cliffs just north of Ocean Beach, on the western side of San Francisco,California. It overlooks the site of the former Sutro Baths and is now part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, operated by the National Park Service. On the terrace of the Cliff House is a room-sized camera obscura.
The Cliff House features two restaurants, the casual dining Bistro Restaurant and the more formal Sutro's. Additionally, the Terrace Room serves a Sunday Brunch buffet. There is a gift shop in the building, and the historic Camera Obscura is on a deck overlooking the ocean.
Cliff House from Ocean beach
Animal rights activists from the group “Animal Equality” staged a demonstration in Barcelona, Spain, in front of the Cathedral of Barcelona, during “Day Without Meat” event on March 20, 2013. Demonstrators simulated raw meat packaging found in supermarkets, by covering human models with fake blood and plastic sheets, in an attempt to raise awareness and move people to stop eating meat.
“Animal Equality” is an international non-profit animal rights organization whose purpose is "to achieve equal consideration and respect for animals, and the abolition of animal slavery". The group is known to organize street demonstration to promote respect for animals. Unlike PETA, who organized an identical demonstration three years ago, “Animal Equality” also carry out direct actions such as rescuing pigs from slaughterhouses, and raiding warehouses where 40,000 were held captive hens. In June 2008, they carried out two joint operations in the La Monumental bullring in Barcelona after one of the bulls died. I’m not sure how effective these demonstrations are, but they sure do get eyeballs.
Casa Milà, popularly known as ‘La Pedrera’, looks like an artistic piece of modern architecture, but it’s not. This unusual building of undulating stone facade and wrought iron balconies and windows was built more than a century ago between 1906 and 1912 by the architect Antoni Gaudi (1852–1926). Ahead of his time, Gaudi designed the Casa Mila without weight bearing walls and instead used steel, arches and pillars in irregular shapes to form the circular design. Architecturally it is considered an innovative work but at that time it was subjected to ridicule and disgust. Even the local government objected to some aspects of the project, and fined the owners for many infractions of building codes. Today it is the headquarters of Fundació Catalunya-La Pedrera and houses a cultural centre that is a reference point in Barcelona for the range of activities it organises and the different spaces for exhibitions and other public uses it contains. In 1984, it was declared World Heritage by UNESCO.
Thursday, 21 March 2013
We offer you a selection with the largest, fast, long, strange and just nuts records in 2011, trapped in the edition of Guinness World Records 2012.
1. The largest number of accounts at a record dance game
Elizabeth Bolinger from Iowa won the title for a record due to 100 songs in the games 'Just Dance' and 'Dance Central' and got into the Guinness Book edition for gamers in 2012. (Ryan Schude / Guinness World Records)
Wednesday, 20 March 2013
New Zealand photographer, Amos Chapple, made three visits to the Islamic Republic of Iran between December 2011 and January 2013. Chapple "was amazed by the difference in western perceptions of the country and what I saw on the ground…" He goes on to say that every traveller he met inside Iran had the same sense of surprise. The government continues its anti-western campaign, but Chapple explains what was once a popular sentiment has long since faded with Iranians. Chapple describes this as a "constant embarrassment for ordinary Iranians. In the time I spent there, I never received anything but goodwill and decency, which stands in clear contrast to my experience in other middle eastern countries."
The White Pocket is an isolated, notoriously hard-to-reach patch of sandstone hidden within the desert expanse of Vermillion Cliffs National Monument near the Arizona/Utah border. The entire area is covered in a gray rocky layer, sometimes only a few centimeters thick, above the red sandstone where the formations heave and drip that makes the entire landscape look like as if it was covered with icing sugar. In some spots the stone layers are completely twisted, just like an enormous marble cake.
The extraordinary geology at White Pocket is not easily explained. Some geologist proclaim that White Pocket is a result of “soft sediment deformation”, meaning the contortions and twisting and turning at White Pocket occurred back in Jurassic time while the sand was saturated and before the sand was completely turned into rock.
Thursday, 14 March 2013
Tens of thousands of vehicles damaged by Superstorm Sandy are being temporarily stored on runways and taxiways at Calverton Executive Airpark in Calverton, New York. The vehicles were recovered, processed and stored by Insurance Auto Auctions, a salvage auto auction company specializing in total-loss vehicles. The company made a deal with the Town of Riverhead to lease the airport land and then the vehicles will be auctioned online.
The Sandy-hit cars here sprawl over two runways that stretch 2 and 3 kilometers respectively. The first area rented by IAA covers 54 acres (22 hectares) but the company later contracted for more. IAA is able to rent the runways because the airport opens only in summer. The runways started to fill it at the end of November, but it has to be cleared by April when the runway opens for business.
Panmunjom is located in the most sensitive area of Korea's demilitarised zone. It’s the only tourist destination where visitors are required to sign a release that asks them to accept responsibility for “injury or death as a direct result of enemy action."
Panmunjom is a small village, about 55 km north of Seoul, that lies at the de facto border between North and South Korea. The truce that ended hostilities between the two countries was signed here in 1953, but as peace was never agreed to, the two sides are still officially at war over fifty years later and a million men stand guard around the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ). Despite its name, this 4-kilometer strip of land separating the Koreas is the most heavily armed region in the world: Pillboxes, land mines, barbed wire, and tank stoppers line the entire border and stretch back halfway to Seoul in the South and Pyongyang in the North.
Wednesday, 13 March 2013
In the backward countries of Asia and today 40-70% of girls are married before the age of 18 to 12 years - 5-20% (maximum - in Yemen and Afghanistan.) Usually marriage with them is a bargain: the girl bought her husband, her senior by 3-5 times, and she has no right to terminate the "contract." Disobedient - terrible injury and even death to the girl.
A solitary house on the Drina River in Serbia has been attracting curious travelers from across the globe, after an image of the house was published in National Geographic in August last year. The tiny house stands on an exposed rock in the middle of the Drina River, near the town of Bajina Basta, Serbia. The town lies in the valley of the Drina River at the eastern edge of Tara National Park.
The beauty of the house was captured by Hungarian photographer Irene Becker in August. The picture soon became a hit on the Internet. The house, despite having just found its recent fame, has been standing in the middle of the river for more than 40 years.
Saturday, 9 March 2013
Swimming has long been a symbol of physical strength in China, yet outside the country's elite sports schools competitive swimming is not an option for ordinary Chinese who might want to take it up as a hobby. For most Chinese, pools are only a place to cool off, not to race. During the peak days of summer when the heat becomes unbearable, the pools explode into a riot of colors as thousands of people jump into it to escape the scorching heat. The popular slang expression used for going swimming is "boiling dumplings" because public pools are so crowded that all a person can do is stand on the spot.
One of the most visually stunning Inca ruins is at Moray, an archaeological site in Peru approximately 50 km northwest of Cuzco and just west of the village of Maras. In a large bowl-like depression, is constructed a series of concentric terraces that looks like an ancient Greek amphitheater. The largest of these terraces are at the center – they are enormous in size, and descend to a depth of approximately 150 meter, leading to a circular bottom so well drained that it never completely floods, no matter how plentiful the rain.
The concentric terraces are split by multiple staircases that extend upward like spokes of a wheel and enable people to walk from the top to the bottom of the bowl. Six more terraces, in connected ellipses rather than perfect circles, surround the concentric heart of Moray, and eight terraced steps that cover only a fraction of the perimeter overlook the site. The purpose of these depressions is uncertain, but the most widely agreed theory is they used to serve as ‘agricultural research station’.
Kabul Airport was originally built in the early 1960s by Soviet engineers. Around this time in history, Afghanistan was becoming a modernized nation and catching up with the rest of the nations in the world. Many western tourists from places such as the Americas, Europe, India, and else where started flocking to the country via Kabul Airport. This era tragically ended in the late 1970s when the country began facing political turmoil.
The airport was used by the Soviet Army during the Soviet War in Afghanistan, from 1979 to 1989. It was also used by the military forces of the former President of Afghanistan, Mohammad Najibullah, until 1992. It fell in the hands of local mujahideen forces for several years and then was taken over by the Taliban until late 2001 when they fled the city after the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan. Due to international sanctions during the Taliban government, the airport was closed in the late 1990s, with very limited international flights.
As professional and amateur cameras reveal more of the world at an increasingly rapid pace, the field of photojournalism is becoming a harder place to make a living. Yet many young photographers are pursuing careers as visual storytellers, despite a market in transition. Some study the craft at universities, others carve their own path. While building their portfolios, they have the luxury of time to explore intimate stories about relevant issues and develop a personal vision. Without the pressures of the 24-hour news cycle, these photographers are learning to make images that shout rather than whisper. Covering issues near and far, often out-of-pocket and on their own time, they posses a deep affection for people and a common goal of building a better understanding of our world. The future of photojournalism may be uncertain, but this generation of photographers will have a hand in writing the new rulebook. The following are images from students of photojournalism and photographers aged 25 and under. The featured images are peak moments captured through eager eyes, personal visions, or intimate glimpses into long-term projects about topics that matter to the photographers and their community.
Lake Hillier is a pink-colored lake on Middle Island, the largest of the islands and islets that make up the Recherche Archipelago, Western Australia. From above the lake appears a solid bubble gum pink. It is such a significant distinguishing feature of the archipelago that air passengers often crane their necks to take a glimpse of it.
The lake is about 600 meters long, and is surrounded by a rim of sand and a dense woodland of paperbark and eucalyptus trees. A narrow strip of sand dunes covered by vegetation separates it to the north from the Southern Ocean.
In the first and a long-awaited day of spring is very appropriate to remember how the world experienced last winter. It turns out that even for extreme weather events, we try to treat with more positive than the fact that we create ourselves. Here is the winter 2012-2013 on the planet Earth. Have a look of cold ice beauty and say good bye…
Friday, 8 March 2013
Bangkok, is a huge city with a lot of one million population of 15 million people. Bangkok - It can drive you crazy and charge and common sense, and shock and appeased. The city is very developed water transport it includes several routes water buses plying on the Chao Phraya River. On the river, also developed carting in taxi mode, having both transport and tourism value, and performs mostly typical Thai-dlinnohvostkami boats. Tour price from 10 to 30 baht (10 - 30 rubles). Through the channels on the east bank of the river Chao Phraya Get directions speedboats large capacity. The low cost of the trip, the small intervals of movement (about 5 minutes), and independence from the mirrors make "quick bots' attractive alternative to land transport.
World's oldest marathon runner Faudzha Singh on Sunday February 24 came on the last world marathon distance in his career. In Hong Kong, a famous athlete, who on April 1 will turn 102 years, overcame a distance of 10 km in 1 hour 32 minutes and 28 seconds.February 24 in Hong Kong was Standart Chartered Hong Kong Marathon. Sponsor of the event for many years is the bank Standart Chartered. These competitions include the marathon and half-marathon distance and sprint at 10 km. It is in this race once again took part Faudzha Singh
Faudzha Singh - Indian origin, now living in London. At the moment it 101 years. He holds multiple world records in marathon races in the age groups "90 and over" and "100 years of age and older."Living in the UK comes from the Punjab proudly bears the nickname "tornado in a turban", given to him for traditional Sikh headdress, which selects an athlete in competition.
Faudzha Singh became a marathoner in the 89 years after the death of his wife and one of his sons. He took part in the 9 world marathons, including London, New York and Toronto. Faudzha participated in the Olympic Torch Relay in Athens (2004) and London (2012).Guinness World Records the world's oldest marathon runner to get failed because it has no official documents on the date of his birth.Ceasing to compete, Faudzha Singh will not give up their habit to run over 15 miles a day to maintain tone.
Thursday, 7 March 2013
Top 10 natural phenomena mentioned in this list are ten magnificent wonders that created unparalleled influence of nature, physics, biology, chemistry, etc. All they can see and experience for yourself, for this you just need to go to a particular region of the planet called Earth.
In the world there are many natural wonders. There are some natural events and phenomena that cause emotions and admiration of people. In this collection contain 10 natural events and phenomena, which are spread throughout the world and create a wonderful atmosphere of immersion in the sheer pleasure of the world. During your romantic travel, try to visit the places where you can admire these impressive natural phenomena. Aurora Borealis is definitely the highest on the list, both literally and figuratively, just because it is a natural wonder in the sky. On many wonders of this list, we have already mentioned in separate articles. By following links, you will learn a lot of new and interesting facts about our Planet. Read, share your impressions and pictures in the comments.
The Pinnacles are located in Nambung National Park, about 25 kilometres south from the town of Cervantes and about 250 kilometres north of Perth, Western Australia. The Pinnacles were sculptured by wind, rain, vegetation, sun and time for many thousands of years from limestone. These limestone formations reach four metres tall of sand of varying colours. It is a favourite subject for photographers.About 250,000 tourists visit the Pinnacles Desert every year. The entrance to the park costs AUS$10.00 per car. The park opens from 9AM till 5PM, but you can stay longer to take some sunset or night shots. Or you can arrive at night to capture sunrise and pay later at daytime. But bear in mind that camping is not permitted in the park.
Wednesday, 6 March 2013
Tolbachik is a volcanic complex on the Kamchatka Peninsula in the far east of Russia. It consists of two volcanoes, Plosky (flat) Tolbachik (3,085 m) and Ostry (sharp) Tolbachik (3,682 m), which as the names suggest are respectively a flat-topped shield volcano and a peakedstratovolcano. As Ostry is the mountain's highest point, the entire mountain is often referred to as "Ostry Tolbachik", not to be confused with Ostry a separate volcano to the north also on the Kamchatka Peninsula.
Its eruptive history stretches back thousands of years, but the most notable eruption occurred in 1975, commonly known as "The Great Tolbachik Fissure Eruption". It was preceded by an earthquake swarm, which led to a successful prediction of the eruption by scientists from the Russian Institute of Volcanology. The eruption created several new cinder cones, and in terms of volume of lava emitted was Kamchatka's largest basaltic eruption in historic times.
On November 27, 2012 an eruption started from 2 fissures of a strombolian type. Basaltic lava flows move relatively fast and already flooded some buildings 4 km away. Eruption continued for more than a month, as lava continued to flow from the fissures. Lava flowed up to 20 kilometers (12 miles) from a line of fissures on the volcano’s southern flank. This satellite imag was collected on December 22, 2012. According to the Kamchatka Volcanic Eruption Response Team (KVERT), the eruption continued through February 2013.
Tuesday, 5 March 2013
British photographer David Chensellor visited Zimbabwe, most of whose population is starving. In a national park, David photographed the process of cutting a dead elephant: in just two hours, local completely carried off huge carcass.The events unfolded in the national park Gonarezhu (Gonarezhou), the second largest reserve in Zimbabwe (an area of about 505,000 hectares), located in the southeast of the border with Mozambique.
Local residents found the carcass of a dead elephant that died of old age. Elephants live approximately the same as men, and in the wild, they usually die at the age of sixty years, and like many ruminants, from hunger. Now in Zimbabwe more than 2 million people need food aid. President Robert Mugabe's reforms led to economic disaster: in 2000-2009 the economy of Zimbabwe is experiencing a continuous decline.
Unemployment in the country exceeds 94%, constant shortage of essential goods. GDP per capita (purchasing power parity) - $ 200 This is the lowest of all the countries and territories worldwide. In addition, in Zimbabwe, more than a year rampant cholera.The locals took just two hours to leave the carcasses of shestitonnoy pile of bloody bones.After 24 hours of bone also died. All that remains - is a dark spot in the sand and fresh tracks of elephants that night went to a neighboring Mozambique.
Monday, 4 March 2013
Bring you the release of photographs by Alexander Nemenov the First Chechen War and the history of this conflict.First Chechen War (1994-1996 Chechen conflict, the first Chechen campaign, the restoration of constitutional order in the Chechen Republic) - Fighting between troops of Russia (BC and the Interior) and the unrecognized Chechen Republic of Ichkeria in Chechnya, and some communities of the neighboring regions of Russia's North Caucasus in order to take control of the territory of Chechnya, which in 1991 was proclaimed Chechen Republic of Ichkeria.
Right near the village of Bamba in the northern part of the county Dogon, Mali, there is a small sacred lake where fishing is permitted only once a year, during a unique ritual, which is called Antogo. At one time this area was a haven of green, and the lake is completely provided by the local population of fish. Despite the fact that as a result of climate change area near Bamba became a barren desert, in a small lake with fish yet. Authorities establish a special day, when everybody can catch fish themselves. The lake is emptied completely in fifteen minutes.
Famous American tightrope walker Nik Vallenda (Nik Wallenda) went over Niagara Falls on the rope, stretched at a height of over 50 meters. One end of the rope was attached to the United States, the other - in Canada. Kanatahodtsu had to overcome on the way to the raging waters of the length of 550 meters, in that it took him nearly half an hour.
Two regimes are allowed to violate the ban that exists on the holding of such stunts at Niagara Falls, to the hereditary kanatahodtsa, which six times found himself in the Guinness Book. Thus, Nick Vallenda the first person in 128 years to cross the waterfall is so risky way.
Two regimes are allowed to violate the ban that exists on the holding of such stunts at Niagara Falls, to the hereditary kanatahodtsa, which six times found himself in the Guinness Book. Thus, Nick Vallenda the first person in 128 years to cross the waterfall is so risky way.
Sunday, 3 March 2013
The Autostadt is a visitor attraction adjacent to the Volkswagen factory in Wolfsburg, Germany, with a prime focus on automobiles. It features a museum, feature pavilions for the principal automobile brands in the Volkswagen Group, a customer centre where customers can pick up new cars, and take a tour through the enormous factory, a guide to the evolution of roads, and cinema in a large sphere. One of the prime attraction at the Autostadt is the two gleaming car parking towers of glass and galvanized steel where cars are automatically moved from the Wolfsburg plant and on to the customer centre where they are collected by their owners.
Each tower is 60 meter tall and houses 400 cars each and are the heart of vehicle delivery at the Autostadt. The two towers are connected to the Volkswagen factory by a 700 metre underground tunnel. A conveyor belt system transports finished cars directly from the adjacent manufacturing plant to the towers' basement. From there they are lifted into position via mechanical arms that rotate and run along a central beam, moving vehicles in and out of their bays at a speed of two meters per second. When a customer purchases a car from Autostadt the car is picked from the silo and transported out to the customer without having driven a single meter, and the odometer is thus on "0".