Category: Egypt

Cairo is a feast for all the senses; Neeta Lal; Rediff

Egypt – Historic Cairo

Cairo is a feast for all the senses. Cairo, Egypt’s sprawling capital, is a maelstrom of sights, sounds and smells.

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Must visit: Scenic places that’ll disappear soon & remote islands around the world; MSN

Egypt – Abu Mena

More than 193 countries will show their support for environment protection on the occasion of Earth Day on April 22. This year, around 120 countries, including USA and China, are also expected to sign the landmark Paris Agreement to reduce greenhouse gas emissions around the world. Climactic change, rising sea levels, desertification, torrential monsoons and melting glaciers are rapidly altering the landscape of our planet. There are many scenic locations in the world that could disappear in the next few decades.

BELIZE BARRIER REEF RESERVE SYSTEM

The largest barrier reef in the Northern Hemisphere, the Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System is also a UNESCO world heritage site. The spectacular coastal lagoons, clear water and the intriguing ‘Great Blue Hole’ (pictured) make it a perfect adventure destination. But in 2009, UNESCO included it in the ‘danger list’ feeling that there needs to be a stricter control on the abated construction.

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Groundwater threatens to flood Abu Mena City; Al-Masry Al-Youm; Egypt Independent

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The archaeological city of Abu Mena, west of Alexandria, the only Coptic archeological site in Egypt registered on the UNESCO World Heritage list, is threatened by the 5.5 meter rise of groundwater levels in the area. Abu Mena, which is an important Christian pilgrimage destination, is located in the city of Borg al-Arab, about 120 kilometers west of Alexandria. The 970-acre city includes a monastery, a church, and an archaeological cemetery of Saint Abu Mena, which has been completely flooded by groundwater.

Source: Groundwater threatens to flood Abu Mena City – Egypt Independent

Evolution World Tour: Wadi Hitan, Egypt; Abigail Tucker; Smithsonian Magazine

Egypt – Wadi Al-Hitan (Whale Valley)

In Egypt’s Western Desert, evidence abounds that before they were the kings of the ocean, whales roamed the earth on four legs.

In 1902, a team of geologists guided their camels into a valley in Egypt’s Western Desert—a desolate, dream-like place. Centuries of strong wind had sculpted sandstone rocks into alien shapes, and at night the moonlight was so bright that the sand glowed like gold. There was no water for miles. A nearby hill was known as “Mountain of Hell” because of the infernal summer heat.

Yet in this parched valley lay the bones of whales.

Some of the skeletons were 50 feet long, with vertebrae as thick as campfire logs. They dated back 37 million years, to an era when a shallow, tropical sea covered this area and all of northern Egypt.

 

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