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Falkland Islands

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Here is a fun vacation idea Falkland Islands

The Falkland Islands consist of two main islands and several hundred smaller islands in the South Atlantic, 300 miles off the east coast of southern South America.

Most visitors to the islands come in summer, between October and March, to enjoy the spectacular wildlife and quaint rural lifestyle.

The Falklands are a United Kingdom Overseas Territory and are an associated territory of the European Union. The Falklands have been claimed by Argentina as the Islas Malvinas for more than 180 years and were the site of a major conflict between the two countries after Argentina invaded in 1982.

Although first sighted by an English navigator in 1592, the first landing did not occur until almost a century later in 1690, and the first settlement was not established until 1764. Since that time the islands have been the subject of ongoing territorial disputes, first between Britain and Spain, then between Britain and Argentina. Since 1833 the islands have been under British control.

Although first sighted by an English navigator in 1592, the first landing did not occur until almost a century later in 1690, and the first settlement was not established until 1764. Since that time the islands have been the subject of ongoing territorial disputes, first between Britain and Spain, then between Britain and Argentina. Since 1833 the islands have been under British control.

Open conflict between Britain and Argentina began on 2 April 1982 when Argentina landed troops on the islands. The British responded with an expeditionary force that landed seven weeks later. After fierce fighting in what is often known as the Falklands War, the Argentine occupation force was forced to surrender on 14 June 1982. Nonetheless, today Buenos Aires still refuses to give up Argentina’s claim to the territory.

The economy of the Falklands was formerly based on agriculture but today fishing contributes the bulk of economic activity. Income from licensing foreign trawlers totals more than $40 million per year with squid accounting for 75% of the fish taken. Agricultural activities mainly support domestic consumption with the exception of high grade wool which is exported. Surveys have revealed oil deposits within a 200 mile oil exploration zone around the islands and exploratory drilling is under way. The British military presence provides a sizeable economic boost.

Sound like a fun vacation idea ? Falkland Islands

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Introducing Comet Garradd

Introducing Comet Garradd

Originally from 07 / 27 / 11
Image Credit & Copyright: John Chumack (Galactic Images)

Explanation: Another large snowball is falling toward the Sun. Comet Garradd was discovered two years ago by Gordon Garradd in Australia, and is currently visible through a small telescope at visual magnitude nine. Officially designated C/2009 P1 (Garradd), the comet will likely continue to brighten, with recent projections placing it at peak magnitude six or seven in February 2012, just below naked eye visibility. Comet Garradd is already showing a short tail and is seen as the elongated fuzzy patch in the above negative image recorded earlier this month from Yellow Springs, Ohio, USA. Other comets are also currently falling into the C/2010 X1 (Elenin), expected to peak near magnitude six in early September, 45P/Honda-Mrkos-Pajdusakova expected to peak brighten past magnitude eight in mid-August, and C/2011 L4 (PANSTARRS) which may become visible to the unaided eye during the early months of 2013.


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NGC 1316: After Galaxies Collide

NGC 1316: After Galaxies Collide

Originally from 09 / 02 / 08
Credit & Copyright: Martin Pugh

Explanation: Astronomers turn detectives when trying to figure out the cause of startling sights like NGC 1316. Their investigation indicates that NGC 1316 is an enormous that started, about 100 million years ago, to devour a smaller NGC 1317, just above it. Supporting evidence includes the dark characteristic of a spiral galaxy, and faint swirls of stars and gas visible in this wide and deep image. What remains unexplained are the unusually small seen as faint dots on the image. Most elliptical galaxies have more and brighter globular clusters than NGC 1316. Yet the observed created by the recent hypothesis is that these globulars survive from an even earlier galaxy that was subsumed into NGC 1316.


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Chiang Mai

Vacation Idea Chiang Mai

Here is a fun vacation idea Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai is the hub of Northern Thailand. With a population of over 170,000 in the city proper , it is Thailand’s fifth-largest city. Located on a plain at an elevation of 316 m, surrounded by mountains and lush countryside, it is much greener and quieter than the capital, and has a cosmopolitan air and a significant expat population, factors which have led many from Bangkok to settle permanently in this “Rose of the North”.

Founded in 1296 CE, Chiang Mai is a culturally and historically interesting city, at one time the capital of the ancient Lanna kingdom. Located among the rolling foothills of the Himalayan Mountains 700 km north of Bangkok, it could only be reached by an arduous river journey or an elephant trek until the 1920s. This isolation helped keep Chiang Mai’s distinctive charm intact.

Chiang Mai’s historical centre is the walled city Sections of the wall dating to their restoration a few decades ago remain at the gates and corners, but of the rest only the moat remains.

Inside Chiang Mai’s remaining city walls are more than 30 temples dating back to the founding of the principality, in a combination of Burmese, Sri Lankan and Lanna Thai styles, decorated with beautiful wood carvings, Naga staircases, leonine and angelic guardians, gilded umbrellas and pagodas laced with gold filigree. The most famous is Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep, which overlooks the city from a mountainside 13 km away.

Inside Chiang Mai’s remaining city walls are more than 30 temples dating back to the founding of the principality, in a combination of Burmese, Sri Lankan and Lanna Thai styles, decorated with beautiful wood carvings, Naga staircases, leonine and angelic guardians, gilded umbrellas and pagodas laced with gold filigree. The most famous is Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep, which overlooks the city from a mountainside 13 km away.

Modern-day Chiang Mai has expanded in all directions, but particularly to the east towards the Ping River , where Chang Klan Rd, the famous Night Bazaar and the bulk of Chiang Mai’s hotels and guest houses are located. Loi Kroh Rd is the centre of the city’s night life. The locals say you’ve not experienced Chiang Mai until you’ve seen the view from Doi Suthep, eaten a bowl of kao soi, and purchased an umbrella from Bo Sang. Of course this is touristic nonsense, but the Kao Soi, Bo Sang umbrellas, and Doi Suthep are important cultural icons for Chiang Mai residents. Ratchadamneon Rd hosts the main Sunday night walking street market from Tha Phae Gate to the popular Wat Phra Singh.

Chiang Mai’s northern location and moderate elevation results in the city having a more temperate climate than that of the south.

Sound like a fun vacation idea ? Chiang Mai

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Moat ChiangMai.

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