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Uganda – Country of Lakes and Rivers

Uganda - Country of Lakes and Rivers

Uganda – Country of Lakes and Rivers

Uganda is a beautiful African country with many lakes and rivers. There are eight main rivers and six major lakes. Lake Victoria is the world’s second largest freshwater lake, after Lake Superior in North America. Uganda shares borders with Sudan, Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Its area is 236,040 square kilometers. Its official name is Republic of Uganda.
Kampala is the capital city, which is built on seven hills. In the local language, Kampala means “the hill of antelopes.”
Uganda is home to many kinds of animals. There are hippopotamuses and crocodiles, zebras, giraffes, antelope and many others exotic animals. The country has several national parks to protect its animals. The Bwindi Impenetrable National Park contains nearly half the world’s population of mountain gorillas. Ruwenzori Mountains National Park covers the main part of the Ruwenzori mountain chain in the west. The park contains glaciers, waterfalls, and lakes and also serves as a habitat for many endangered species.
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Castle of the Holy Angel – Wonderful Castle

Castle of the Holy Angel

Castle of the Holy Angel

At the request of the Emperor Hadrian people began to build his tomb in 130. Emperor was fifty-four years old and it was time to think about the last resting place. He ordered to build a magnificent tomb for himself and his family.
The Roman, like the Greek, funerals had always been considered a sacred ritual. The Romans believed in the sad fate of unburied men. Therefore, many emperors had wonderful tombs. The imperial funeral processions were luxurious, with musicians, actors and mourners.
Hadrian was called the Restorer, because during the years of his reign a number of buildings were built in Rome. The most interesting of them are the temple of Venus and Circus Maximus. Hadrian decided to build a mausoleum and surround it with a wall. The building was supposed to reflect the greatness of the emperor. They decided to build it on the right bank of the Tiber. But Hadrian did not see his mausoleum completed. His tomb was fully completed only a year after his death. Since then Hadrian’s mausoleum became the burial place of the emperors.
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Ireland – The Emerald Isle

Ireland - The Emerald Isle

Ireland – The Emerald Isle

Ireland occupies five-sixths of the island of Ireland in the eastern part of the North Atlantic. Its area is 70,280 square kilometers. It lies at the westernmost edge of Europe, to the west of Great Britain. The smaller northern part of the island is called Northern Ireland and is part of the United Kingdom.
Ireland is bounded on the east by the Irish Sea, on the southeast by St. George’s Channel, on the south by the Celtic Sea, and on the north and west by the Atlantic Ocean.
The land is covered with grasslands and green mosses. Some people call Ireland the Emerald Isle because it is so beautifully green.
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Huang He – Yellow River

Huang He – Yellow River

Huang He – Yellow River

The Huang He is the second longest river in China after the Yangtze River. The name Huang He means “Yellow River” in Chinese. It got its name from the color of its muddy waters. The river is 5,464 kilometers long. It begins in mountains in western China. Much of it runs through the Loess Plateau and a lot of soil washes into the river. The river runs across the North China Plain and flows into the Yellow Sea. The chief tributaries of the Huang River are the Wei and Fen Rivers.
The Huang River has made at least five major direction changes from 602 B.C.E. to today. In the 1200s the river changed its course from northern to southern Shandong Province, flooding 7,769 square kilometers of farmland. In 1850s the river again began flowing through northern Shandong Province, destroying large areas of farmland. In 1938 General Chiang Kai-shek ordered to destroy the levees to flood a valley to stop the advance of Japanese troops. Many of the enemies were killed and more than 1 million Chinese civilians drowned.
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Grand Canyon – Nature’s Masterpiece

Grand Canyon - Nature’s Masterpiece

Grand Canyon – Nature’s Masterpiece

The Grand Canyon is in northern Arizona in the United States. It is the most beautiful and spectacular canyon in the world. It is known for its fantastic shapes and colors. It is a natural symbol of North America. Each year, nearly 5 million people visit the Grand Canyon.
The word ‘canyon’ comes from the Spanish word cañón, which means ‘tube’.
The Grand Canyon is 446 kilometers long and about 0.2 to 29 kilometers wide. It has been carved by the Colorado River and stretches in a zigzag course. Wind and rain have helped the erosion process. Some of the rock towers look like castles and temples. The canyon is of different colors – red, yellow, gray, green, pink, and violet.
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Chile – Long and Narrow Land

Chile - Long and Narrow Land

Chile – Long and Narrow Land

The Republic of Chile stretches for nearly 4,350 kilometers along the west coast of South America, but its average width is only 180 kilometers. Its total area is 756,950 square kilometers. Chile claims a piece of Antarctica. It also controls several islands in the South Pacific, including Easter Island. Easter Island is situated more than 3,218 kilometers west of the mainland. It is volcanic land mass with an area of 117 kilometers.
Chile borders the South Pacific Ocean, and the curved southernmost portion of its coast reaches to the Atlantic Ocean at the Strait of Magellan.
Santiago is the capital of the country.
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Alhambra – Red Castle

Alhambra - Red Castle

Alhambra – Red Castle

From VIII to XVI century during the Arab rule in Spain there was a mixture of styles, ways of life of the Spaniards, the Visigoths and the Moors. The Arab influence is strongly reflected in the exterior of the city of Granada. It was the most typical representative of Arab life in Spain, but the most typical expression of the Arab architecture was the Alhambra, which translates as “Red Castle”.
The Moors who conquered the city in the VIII century named it Granada. They freed it from the Visigoth and established an Islamic domination. A large number of pomegranate trees – one of the main fruit in that hot area, determined the name of the city. The Moors brought not only the African language, but also a new culture. However, they did not destroy the Christian churches and synagogues, and built their houses and castles.
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