Iceland’s Whooper Swans~ —

Whooper Swans are the Eurasian cousin of North American Trumpeter swans. They breed all over Iceland, and some overwinter in the thermally heated parts of Lake Myvatn. Interestingly, their North American Trumpeter Swan cousins do the same thing, spending winter in the thermally heated parts of the Yellowstone River. These beauties are aptly named as […]

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+ DUST STORMS ON TITAN SPOTTED BY CASSINI FOR THE FIRST TIME

MISSION NEWS AS OF MONDAY 24 SEPTEMBER 2018

+ DUST STORMS ON TITAN SPOTTED BY CASSINI FOR THE FIRST TIME

Data from the international Cassini spacecraft that explored Saturn and its moons between 2004 and 2017 has revealed what appear to be giant dust storms in equatorial regions of Titan.

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+ ANTENNA’S EUROPEAN JOURNEY TO JOIN SOLAR ORBITER

On any spacecraft, the antennas are key pieces of hardware, being the all-important links with Earth. After several years of development, the main communications dish on ESA’s Solar Orbiter is now ready to be integrated with the pioneering spacecraft.

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awe inspiring natural sights in vietnam that arent ha long bay.

When it comes to natural wonders in Vietnam, you have to talk about Ha Long Bay. There’s no other place like it in the world, which is why hordes of tourists visit every year. But Vietnam has so much more to offer nature lovers, so let’s take a look at the mountains, rice paddies, lakes, waterfalls, caves and spectacular beaches you should also check out.

Hang Sơn Đoòng

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Tours into the cave—the world’s biggest, by volume—aren’t cheap. The descent is tricky as well, so only experienced guides are allowed to take tourists inside. You also have to climb over the The Great Wall of Vietnam. This isn’t an excursion for a casual hiker, but it’s an experience to remember.

Côn Đảo

These lesser-known islands lie off the southern coast of Vietnam. In days long gone, political prisoners and other undesirables were sent here to be tortured for information. Nowadays, however, there are prime scuba diving spots and amazing hikes, plus you can check out some local wildlife such as the Crab-Eating Macaque and the Black Giant Squirrel. Sea turtles breed on these islands as well, and you can arrange with local park rangers to watch newly hatched babies as they start their harrowing adventures.

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Aerial view of Bắc Sơn valley, Lạng Sơn, Vietnam

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Aerial view of Bắc Sơn valley, Lạng Sơn, Vietnam

In this far northern province of Vietnam, craggy karst mountains rise from green valleys, and fertile flatlands are mostly a patchwork of cultivated fields. A full 80 percent of the province’s economy is agriculture-based, and we see evidence of that from our overhead view of the Bắc Sơn valley. If you’re visiting a bit closer to terra firma, you won’t get quite this bird’s-eye view, but the high mountains rising above the valley provide visitors with expansive vistas of the spectacular landscape. The scene resembles the better-known and heavily touristed karst mountain regions of the neighboring Chinese province of Guangxi, but Lạng Sơn is still relatively undiscovered.
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Lạng Sơn Province
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Sunrise mountain at Bac Son town Lang Son province vietnam

Lạng Sơn (About this sound listen) is a province in far northern Vietnam, bordering Guangxi province in China. Its capital is also called Lạng Sơn, which is a strategically important town at the border with China and is 137 kilometres (85 mi) northeast of Hanoi connected by rail and road.[1][2] Lạng Sơn Province is bounded by China in the north, Cao Bằng Province borders the northwest, Ha Bac Province to the south, Quảng Ninh Province starting on the south and extending to the eastern border and Thái Nguyên Province to the west.[3] The province covers an area of 8,327.6 square kilometres and as of 2008 it had a population of 759,000.[4]

Lạng Sơn Province, Hà Giang, Lào Cai, Bắc Giang, Bắc Kạn, Cao Bằng, Phú Thọ, Quảng Ninh, Thái Nguyên, Tuyên Quang and Yên Bái of the Northeast (Đông Bắc) region) are all part of the 59 administrative provinces and five municipalities in Vietnam.[5]

Ancient history of the province is linked to the Bronze Age when the trade route that existed between China and India that passed from the Red River Delta through Nanning to Guangzhou. The province was one of the 13 original provinces in northern Vietnam created under the reign of Emperor Minh Mạng in 1831.

Source – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/L%E1%BA%A1ng_S%C6%A1n


Patagonia

Patagonia

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Patagonia, as usually defined.

Patagonia (Spanish pronunciation: [pataˈɣonja]) is a sparsely populated region located at the southern end of South America, shared by Argentina and Chile. The region comprises the southern section of the Andes mountains as well as the deserts, pampas and grasslands east of this southern portion of the Andes. Patagonia has two coasts: western facing the Pacific Ocean and eastern facing the Atlantic Ocean.

The Colorado and Barrancas rivers, which run from the Andes to the Atlantic, are commonly considered the northern limit of Argentine Patagonia.[1] The archipelago of Tierra del Fuego is sometimes included as part of Patagonia. Most geographers and historians locate the northern limit of Chilean Patagonia at Reloncaví Estuary.[2]

 

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