Quarta-feira, 15 de Agosto de 2007

Mais Socotra!

Alarab online-Yahya Arhab-Yemen urged its people to back the nomination of Socotra Island to become one of the New7Wonders of natural monuments and sites to be announced on August 08, 2008.

Socotra is a 3625 km² island located in the Indian Ocean, some 450 km south of the Yemeni economic city of Aden but it is a part of Hadramout province of Yemen.

With estimated population 45,000, Socotra Island has three geographical terrains: the narrow coastal plains, a limestone plateau permeated with karstic caves, and the Haggier Mountains which rise to 5000 feet.

The climate is generally tropical desert, with rainfall being light, seasonal (winter) and more abundant at the higher ground in the interior than along the coastal lowlands.

The monsoon season brings strong winds and high seas causing a difficult marine accessibility from June to September.

However, in July 1999 a new airport opened Socotra to the outside year round.

The long geological isolation of Socotra and its fierce heat and drought have combined to create a unique and spectacular endemic flora.

Thanks to its strategic site, Tourism Minister Nabil al-Faqih stated that Socotra Island has been chosen to participate in a competition on the New 7 Wonders of nature run by the Swiss foundation "New 7 wonder" via the Internet.

Al-Faqih said that the ministry had finished necessary procedures to register Socotra on the nominations list of the Swiss foundation for rivaling on the list of new 7 Wonders of nature.

Hadramout's governor Abdullah Hajir affirmed that the nomination of Socotra to become one of the new7wonders of nature would create more opportunities for tourist investment and development particularly after surveys have revealed that more than a third of the 800 or so plant species of the island are found nowhere else. Botanists rank the flora of Socotra too among the ten most endangered island flora in the world.

One of the most striking of Socotra's plants is the dragon's blood tree (Dracaena cinnabari), which is a strange-looking, umbrella-shaped tree. Its red sap was the dragon's blood of the ancients, sought after as a medicine and a dye.

The island also has a fairly rich bird fauna, including a few types of endemic birds, such as the Socotra Starling Onychognathus frater, the Socotra Sunbird Chalcomitra balfouri, Socotra Sparrow Passer insularis and Socotra Golden-winged Grosbeak Rhynchostruthus socotranus.

Fourteen mammal and 175 bird species that live today on the island have been recorded as endemic species. Being virtually isolated from the rest of the world for a long period, Socotra remains one of the most fascinating places on earth.

Its unique character with greatest Biological diversity makes Socotra a potential candidate for designation as one of the new 7 wonders of nature.

The nominations will actually go on for one year and then a panel of experts will create a list of 21 natural wonders from which voters worldwide will elect the new7wonders of nature.

The voters could nominate Socotra on the Swiss foundation's website www.natural7wonders.com from now until 08.08.08.
publicado por mh às 19:33
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Terça-feira, 7 de Agosto de 2007

Das novas sete maravilhas às sete maravilhas da Natureza

Um vídeo fantástico que um amigo meu me recomendou...Obrigado Carlos...onde está lá todo o processo...digamos assim...lol

Va, Abraço e Viva à Natureza!

publicado por mh às 22:11
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E algumas das maravilhas da natureza serão...(já temos a lista)


Bem, vocês já devem ter ido ao site das 7 maravilhas mas não encontraram maravilha em que votar... só vos pediram a opinião. Pois então a equipa N7W.blogs.sapo.pt decidiu dar-vos umas dicas que claramente entraram na lista e segundo a CNN podem ser as novas sete maravilhas da natureza:

-Áuroroas Boreais
-Grand Canyon
-Grande Barreira do Recife
-Porto do Rio de Janeiro
-Monte Evareste
-Vulcão Páricutin
-Cataratas Victoria
publicado por mh às 21:56
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Quarta-feira, 1 de Agosto de 2007

As maravilhas da natureza conquistam até os jovens mais aborrecidos!

Mary Haupt, jornalista da Connections considera que as maravilhas da natureza podem mudar o mundo. Sengundo o seu artigo de opinião, ela conta a história de ir passear a um lago/mar e floresta onde vê crianças a pesquisar na natureza. Ela compara o normal e o anormal da vida das crianças. Pois o normal seria eles estarem em casa com os olhos fixos nos videojogos e o anormal é aquilo que ela vê. Crianças jovens a divertirem-se com a maravilhosa natureza.

Leiam o artigo: 

Nature's wonders engage even the most jaded youth

Mary Haupt

Electronic gadgets have become so pervasive that, whenever I see young people just passing the time away, I expect to see them fiddling with a hand-held video game or adjusting the volume on their iPod or text-messaging some other young person on their cell phone.

So it was especially heartening when, a few days ago, I noticed some children aboard a boat I was riding on doing nothing but staring at the water.

We were returning to the coast of Maine from Monhegan Island aboard a boat that ventures back and forth between the two a few times a day. It was an especially calm day on the water, so as many people as could fit were sitting above deck and, like the children, staring at the water.

We'd been told by the boat's captain that we might see anything from the occasional seal or porpoise to, if we were really lucky, whales -- albeit small ones. But when you live in upstate New York, even a small whale is a very big deal.

Back to those children.

They represented a range of ages, but most of them appeared to be of middle-school age. Some of them dozed in the midday sun. But some were genuinely engaged in a search for whatever marvel from the deep might suddenly appear before them. A few peered through binoculars. Others scanned the water and waited.

They were not disappointed. About halfway back to the mainland, a crew member spotted a whale off the boat's starboard side. The children were quickly at attention, pressing against the rails and staring out to sea in hopes of another sighting. A minute or two passed, then there it was again -- the dark back of a small whale, breaking above the surface for a precious few seconds and becoming for, many of us, the first whale we had ever seen.

I tend to think of young adolescents as a bit jaded -- a little too exposed to all that life has to offer, so much so that they bore easily and expect to be entertained. Thus the popularity of gadgets, especially whatever new bit of plastic and wire has just hit the market.

But in one moment on a gloriously clear day off the coast of Maine, no gadget could match the thrill and the simple beauty of one undersea creature bursting through the water and disappearing again in a heartbeat.

I hope those children will never forget what they saw that day -- and never forget that the natural world still has the power to amaze us if we're just willing to pay attention. Like the parents and grandparents who took those children aboard that boat, we adults can provide the opportunities.

Nature will take it from there.

Connections runs Monday. Haupt teaches journalism at Binghamton University and is a copy editor for the Press & Sun-Bulletin. Write to her at mhaupt@pressconnects.com or c/o Press & Sun-Bulletin, P.O. Box 1270, Binghamton, NY 13902-1270.
publicado por mh às 15:57
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