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Canary – cute little bird

Canary – cute little bird

Canary – cute little bird

The canary is a small bird. Canaries are known for their singing. These birds are found wild in the Canary, Azores, and Madeira islands off the coast of northwestern Africa. They live in the forests, located mainly in mountainous areas. However, canaries can be found in places where people live – in the gardens and parks, small towns or villages. Many years ago people began breeding these wild birds. Today the canary is one of the most popular pet songbirds in the world.
The canary is closely related to goldfinches, siskins, redpolls, finches, cardinals, and sparrows.
In the wild, canaries are about 14 centimeters in length. Pet canaries differ in size, form, feather color, and song.
These birds have short, cone-shaped bills. They eat seeds and fruits.
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Sunflowers – Golden Giants

Sunflowers - Golden Giants

Sunflowers – Golden Giants

Sunflower is one of the largest and most splendid of flowers. It is valuable for its economic uses as well as for its beauty. The sunflower gets its name from the way it turns its head from east to west to follow the Sun, and its bloom looks like the Sun. The Latin name, Helianthus annum, is derived from the Greek words meaning “sun” and “flower” and from the Latin word meaning “annual.”
The flower usually grows to about two meters in height.
The bloom of a sunflower has two parts. The central disk flowers packed closely together are dark. When pollinated by insects, these smaller flowers develop into the seeds. The flowers around the outside are called ray flowers and they are golden yellow. A disk can vary from 5 to 50 centimeters in diameter and may produce from 100 to 8,000 seeds.
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Hedgehog – prickly mammal

Hedgehog – prickly mammal

Hedgehog – prickly mammal

Hedgehogs are small mammals. They live in the wild in Europe, Africa, and Asia. Some people keep them as pets. Hedgehogs are found in deserts, forests, grasslands, marshes, and gardens. They are nocturnal animals. During the day they sleep in holes and come out at night to eat insects, especially earthworms, slugs, spiders, small reptiles. Their strong claws are useful for digging insects out of the ground. They are popular in gardens, where they eat insect pests.
There are 15 species of hedgehog.
The hedgehogs have thousands of sharp spines that cover everything except the belly, legs, face, and ears. They curl into a ball to protect themselves from predators. If attacked, a hedgehog will fight quite noisily, screaming in fury. Spines are updated every three years.
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Sponge – Plant or Animal?

Sponge - Plant or Animal?

Sponge – Plant or Animal?

Sponges are animals, but very strange. They don’t have the body parts and don’t even move around. They stay attached to an underwater rock or coral reef and look like plants. That’s why for a long time people thought sponges were plants.
There are nearly 5,000 different kinds of sponges. Most of them live in the ocean, but a few live in freshwater.
They are different in shapes: may be flat like spreading moss or like trees with branching arms.
A sponge’s body is a soft mass of cells supported by a skeleton. Holes in a sponge’s skin let water flow inside.
A sponge gets oxygen to breathe from water through its body. They eat by straining the water around them. All sponges feed on tiny plankton. On average, they eat about 2/3 of their own weight. The water enters the body through a large number of openings, but it always leaves through a single opening.
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Yakutia – Russian Easter Island

Yakutia – Russian Easter Island

Yakutia – Russian Easter Island

The majority of the ancient scriptures say that a mysterious ancestral home of mankind – Hyperborea, was in Russia. Today, many researchers are looking for the actual proof of its real existence. And some of them are considered mysterious stone giants, located in Yakutia, and on a number of islands of the Arctic Ocean.
In a number of interviews famous Russian traveler Valentine Efremov has repeatedly pointed out that during the expedition to the North he had seen stone statues that might be man-made. If the tradition of the existence of Hyperborea, marked on the map of Gerard Mercator, is true, so, only this civilization in ancient times could erect such giants. Strong winds, heavy rainfalls and constant temperature changes turned monuments of antiquity into the cracked stone pillars.
Hyperborean continent consisted of four islands, separated by the Straits. According to one version, after the disaster that destroyed their world Hyperboreans moved to the continent. Their way, according to Valentine Efremov, passed through the islands of Anjou, named in honor of the famous polar explorer P.F. Anjou. During one of the expeditions Efremov managed to take photos of the stone figures on Kigilyakh peninsula.
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Issyk-Kul Lake – pearl of Kyrgyzstan

Issyk-Kul Lake – pearl of Kyrgyzstan

Issyk-Kul Lake – pearl of Kyrgyzstan

Issyk-Kul Lake for many years attracts romantics and treasure hunters. According to some reports, there might be up to 200 treasures at the bottom of the lake. In addition, there are many legends about sunken cities and about burial place of Genghis Khan in the waters of this wonderful lake.
Issyk-Kul is one of the largest lakes in the world and more than 50 rivers fall into it. It is situated in the northern Tien Shan and its area is 6236 square meters. The lake is 182 km long and 700 m deep. It is surrounded by ridges, that’s why there is no exhausting heat and severe frost here, and the water in the lake does not freeze even in winter.
There are many legends about how the lake was formed, but here is the most beautiful of them, about the girl who gave her life for the sake of love. Once there was a city where the castle of the powerful and cruel khan towered. Khan learned that the poor nomad had a beautiful daughter and decided to possess the girl. But the heart of the beauty belonged to another man. One day a handsome man appeared in front of her on a white horse. They walked all day long and in the evening he took off his ring and put on her finger.
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Botswana – Jewel of the Kalahari

Botswana - Jewel of the Kalahari

Botswana – Jewel of the Kalahari

Botswana is located in southern Africa. Its area is 600,370 square kilometers. It is bordered by Zimbabwe, South Africa, Namibia, and Zambia.
Gaborone is its capital city. The official language is English, but most people speak Setswana.
The Kalahari Desert covers most of the south and west (500,000 square km). It is known as the “thirstland”, because it has some grass and trees.
The Okavango River, which flows in from Namibia, is in the northwest. It ends in Botswana instead of flowing into the ocean that’s why it is called “the river that never finds the sea”. It is the largest inland delta system in the world and provides a habitat for African mammals, birds, fish, amphibians, and reptiles.
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