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Saturday, 31 January 2015

The Royal Rock Tombs at Naqsh-e Rostam, Iran

Naqsh-e Rostam or The Throne of Rustam is an ancient burial site for Persian Kings located 12 km northwest of Persepolis in Fars Province, Iran. There are four tombs carved in the cliffs in cross shapes, all lying about 10-20 meters above the ground. The tombs are said to be those of Darius II, Artaxerxes I, Darius I and Xerxes I. At the Naqsh-e Rostam site there are also some bas-reliefs carved in the rock representing war scenes and royal events. The Kaba-ye Zartosht tower is a cubical structure thought to be either a royal tomb, a calendar or a treasury.

Hillside Tombs, Naqsh-E Rostam

Friday, 30 January 2015

The Ochopee Post Office, Florida | The Smallest Post Office in United States

The Ochopee Post Office is the smallest post office in the United States. A regular stop on the south Florida tourist circuit. The historical marker at the post office offers up its history. The original Ochopee post office, established in 1932, was housed in a general store. When fire destroyed the store in 1953, Postmaster Sidney H. Brown opened a temporary post office in an irrigation pipe shed on a tomato farm. But temporary became permanent, and the erstwhile pipe shed has been a post office ever since. 

The Ochopee Post Office is the smallest post office in the United States. A regular stop on the south Florida tourist circuit.

The Hoba meteorite | The World's Largest Meteorite in Namibia

The Hoba meteorite has this name because it is lies on the farm "Hoba West" not far from Grootfontein, in the Otjozondjupa Region of Namibia. It has been uncovered but, because of its large mass, has never been moved from where it fell. The main mass is estimated at more than 60 tonnes, making it the largest known meteorite "as a single piece" and the most massive naturally occurring piece of iron known at the Earth's surface. The Hoba meteorite is thought to have fallen more recently than 80,000 years ago. It is inferred that the Earth's atmosphere slowed the object to the point that it fell to the surface at terminal velocity, thereby remaining intact and causing little excavation. Hoba is a tabloid body of metal, measuring 2.7×2.7×0.9 meters. The meteorite is composed of about 84% iron and 16% nickel and 0.76% cobalt.

The Hoba meteorite is thought to have fallen more recently than 80,000 years ago. It is inferred that the Earth's atmosphere slowed the object to the point that it fell to the surface at terminal velocity, thereby remaining intact and causing little excavation.

Thursday, 29 January 2015

Surreal Oil Paintings by Joel Rea

The Australian artist Joel Rea uses oil paint on canvas for in hyper-realistic images depict scenes of men confronting forces of nature, beyond the challenge against the man himself. 31 years old Hyper-realistic Australian artist also defined as a painter of contemporary surrealism. Play with power, with the dualisms of our society, but also with the fragility of life before nature gives us and takes us. Skies, seas and large natural sculptures narrate the existential metaphor of the artist encounter an aesthetic of the sublime. So, landscapes, animals and people in contexts where these spaces and stimuli beyond their control are magnified. He says, "It's so easy to smile when you are winning but I guess in life it's what you do in your darkest hours that are the most interesting because that's where you are really challenged as a person and that's where truth can really come out."

Hyper-realistic Australian artist also defined as a painter of contemporary surrealism.

The Uros, Floating Islands of Lake Titicaca, Peru

Uros Floating Islands on the lake of Titicaca, Peru — One of the earliest pre-Inca cultures of Peru. The Uros Island is one of the most famous islands of Lake Titicaca , is located 6 km from the port of Puno and located at a height of about 3,800 meters, is an amazing archipelago of 40 islands of totora, inhabited by the Uros, direct from one of the oldest cultures of the continent descendants. The origin of the town Uro was lost in the labyrinths of history, but presumably descended from Pukinas , one of the oldest communities in South America. The men of this floating community claim to be the owners of the waters of Lake Titicaca. The lake Titicaca is one of the most enigmatic and popular. Natural border between Bolivia and Peru, but, nevertheless, does not freeze due to salinity level, Good size and height. Its deep blue color of because of its depth, reaches 280 meters in some places and its landscape surrounded by mountains make it a wonder of nature. 

The totora reed is plentiful along the edges of lake Titicaca. The Uru people use them to make their homes, their furniture, their boats, and the islands they live on. Its dense roots support the top layer, which rots and must be replaced regularly by stacking more reeds on top of the layer beneath.