A closer look at UNESCO WHS: Golden Mountains of Altai

19 06 2009

Name: Golden Mountains of Altai
Country: Russian Federation
Type: Natural
Year of inscription: 1998
The site in Google Maps

Golden Mountains of Altai consists of the Altai and Katun Natural Reserves, Lake Teletskoye, Belukha Mountain, and the Ukok Plateau. As stated in the UNESCO description of the site, “the region represents the most complete sequence of altitudinal vegetation zones in central Siberia, from steppe, forest-steppe, mixed forest, subalpine vegetation to alpine vegetation”. While making its decision, UNESCO also cited Russian Altai’s importance for preservation of the globally endangered mammals, such as snow leopard and the Altai argali.

I have one postcard of Golden Mountains of Altai:

I haven’t visited the site myself but I’ve seen it from the airplane on the way to Beijing, China! 🙂



30 05 2009

This photo was taken by me for a sweet-themed photo project.

Some facts about honey and honeybees:

  • Honeybees have 4 wings and 5 eyes.
  • The queen bee is the busiest in the summer months, when the hive needs to be at its maximum strength. She will lay about 1,000 to 1,500 eggs per day.
  • A honeybee visits between 50 and 100 flowers during one collection flight from the hive.
  • An average worker bee makes only about 1/12 teaspoon of honey during its life.
  • Honey is the only food that includes all the substances necessary to sustain life, including water.
  • Honey speeds the healing of open wounds and also combats infection.
  • Honey and beeswax form the basics of many skin creams, lip-balms, and hand lotions.

Maps on postcards: Hawaiian Islands

15 05 2009

Another cool postcard subject, maps! This card shows a map of the islands of Hawaii. Hawaii is the 50th state of the United States of America and is situated in the Pacific Ocean, Honolulu is the capital of the state.

Hawaii is an archipelago. There are eight main islands and many small islands, they are the tops of underwater volcanoes. The main islands are Niihau, Kauai, Oahu, Molokai, Lanai, Kahoolawe, Maui and Hawaii. The island Niihau is owned by one family and not governed by the local state government.

Interesting places to visit are, amongst some others, Waikiki Beach, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park (I’ll feature this site in another blog entry soon) and the Pearl Harbor memorial.

The postcard! 😉

Hawaii in Google Maps

A closer look at UNESCO WHS: Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

13 05 2009

Name: Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
Country: Australia
Type: Mixed
Year of inscription: 1987, extended in 1994
The site in Google Maps

Uluru, also known as Ayers Rock, is a large sandstone rock formation located in the Northern Territory of central Australia. Uluru is sacred to the Aboriginal people of the area. It has many springs, waterholes, rock caves and ancient paintings. Uluru is listed as a World Heritage Site for both its natural and man-made qualities.

This is the postcard of Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in my collection, this card shows actually only Uluru. Kata Tjuta is a site nearby but they are listed together:

Due to the lack of a postcard of Kata Tjuta, a photo. I will replace as soon as I receive a card of Kata Tjuta.

I have also visitid both sites myself. 🙂 We didn’t climb Uluru, because the place is sacred to the Aboriginal people, but we did the 10 km base walk early in the morning. At Kata-Tjuta we walked some kilometers on and between the rocks.