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Video ยป Noor

The Noor is a short aerial film by Vadim Sherbakov, of the beautiful winter landscapes of frozen Baikal Lake in the Eastern Siberia region of Russia.

Noor (ะัƒัƒั€) is a Buryat word for lake, and Buryat is ethos people who have populated this area for many years, so it was appropriate to use their beautiful word for this short film.

Nowadays, the region the world’s largest pure water lake is popular with tourists.

The 15 Northernmost Capital Cities of the World are all in Europe

15 Most Northern Capitals in the World are all in Europe

15 Most Northern Capitals of Europe (via MapPorn)

At a latitude of 64.1466ยฐ N, Reykjavik is the worldโ€™s northernmost capital city. Only Nuuk, the capital city of Greenland, which sits at 64.1814ยฐ N, is further north than Reykjavรญk. However, Greenland is an autonomous territory within the Kingdom of Denmark. Geographically, Greenland is part of the continent of North America.

  1. Reykjavik, Iceland (Latitude ยป 64.1466ยฐ N)
  2. Helsinki, Finland (60.1699ยฐ N)
  3. Oslo, Norway (59.9139ยฐ N)
  4. Tallinn, Estonia (59.4370ยฐ N)
  5. Stockholm, Sweden (59.3293ยฐ N)
  6. Riga, Latvia (56.9496ยฐ N)
  7. Moscow, Russia* (55.7558ยฐ N)
  8. Copenhagen, Denmark (55.6761ยฐ N)
  9. Vilnius, Lithuania (54.6872ยฐ N)
  10. Minsk, Belarus (53.9006ยฐ N)
  11. Dublin, Ireland (53.3498ยฐ N)
  12. Berlin, Germany (52.5200ยฐ N)
  13. Amsterdam, Netherlands (52.3676ยฐ N)
  14. Warsaw, Poland (52.2297ยฐ N)
  15. London, England, UK (51.5074ยฐ N)

In comparison, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada sits at a latitude of 45.4215ยฐ N.

Fun Face ยป Reykjavรญk is the only Western European capital without a McDonaldโ€™s or a Starbucks. The only other European capital without a McDonaldโ€™s is Tirana, Albania. Rome, Italy is also Starbucks-free.

*Russia, is so vast, being the largest country in the world, and most of it within the continent of Asia. However, Moscow is considered part of eastern Europe.

The Newcomers’ Guide to The Seven Summits and the continental conundrum

Seven Summits (Source ยป Wikipedia)

Seven Summits (Source ยป Wikipedia)

Martin Walsh, Explorersweb ยป

The Seven Summits has become part of the adventure lexicon, shorthand for the highest mountain on each continent.

The most commonly accepted list is:

  • Mount Everest, Asia, 8,849m
  • Aconcagua, South America, 6,961m
  • Denali, North America, 6,194m
  • Kilimanjaro, Africa, 5,895m
  • Mount Elbrus, Europe, 5,642m
  • Mount Vinson, Antarctica, 4,892m
  • Puncak Jaya/Carstensz Pyramid, Oceania, 4,884m

Mountaineers have sought to climb the highest peak on each continent since at least 1956 when American William Hackett completed five of the seven. However, he climbed Mont Blanc rather than Mount Elbrus and Mount Kosciuszko rather than Puncak Jaya, as these were considered the highest peaks in Europe and Oceania respectively at the time.

Read more at Explorersweb ยป

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The Peopleโ€™s Congress in Beijing formally announced it will construct the โ€œPolar Silk Roadโ€ through the Arctic, despite not being an Arctic nation

Heiner Kubny writing for the Polar Journal ยป

China has been steadily increasing its presence in the Arctic since it defined the far north as a โ€œnew strategic frontierโ€ in 2015 and began promoting a โ€œPolar Silk Roadโ€ three years later. Moreover, in 2018, Beijing declared itself a โ€œNear Arctic State,โ€ a move that primarily served to underscore the interests of its Arctic claim.

The government in Beijing has its eye on lucrative minerals and other raw materials in addition to the Arctic transport link. There is particular interest in interests in the Canadian Arctic and in mining rights in Greenland. This is because the Arctic is rich in natural resources such as fish, precious metals and fossil fuels.

Read the whole article at Polar Journal ยป

Related ยป China pushing itโ€™s vision for โ€˜Polar Silk Roadโ€™ across the Arctic

China is pushing it’s vision for ‘Polar Silk Road’ across the Arctic

Reuters is reporting that China has unveiled its ambitions to extend President Xi Jinpingโ€™s signature Belt and Road Initiative to the Arctic by developing shipping lanes opened up by global warming. The Chinese are calling it the Polar Silk Road.

โ€œChina hopes to work with all parties to build a โ€˜Polar Silk Roadโ€™ through developing the Arctic shipping routes,โ€ the paper, issued by the State Council Information Office, said.

China, despite being a non-Arctic state, is increasingly active in the polar region and became an observer member of the Arctic Council in 2013.

Among its increasing interests in the region is its major stake in Russiaโ€™s Yamal liquefied natural gas project which is expected to supply China with four million tonnes of LNG a year, according to the state-run China Daily.

Shipping through the Northern Sea Route would shave almost 20 days off the regular time using the traditional route through the Suez Canal, the newspaper reported last month. COSCO Shipping has also previously sailed vessels through the Arcticโ€™s northeast passage.

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Updated 2021.03.09

Related ยป The Peopleโ€™s Congress in Beijing formally announced it will construct the โ€œPolar Silk Roadโ€ through the Arctic, despite not being an Arctic nation

UNESCO designates 15 new Geoparks

UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization) on July 10, 2020 at it’s meeting in Paris, designated 15 new Geoparks. There are now 162 designated sites across 44 countries.

UNESCO said ยป

These sites of exceptional geological and cultural significance showcase the beauty and diversity of planet Earth. Today 162 sites across the world document our planetโ€™s evolution over 4.6 billion years, unlocking our history preserved in the rock record to learn from the past and support local communities.

More ยป UNESCO

More ยป Wikipedia entry for UNESCO Global Geoparks

 

Switzerland remains the best country in the world ยป Canada has moved up to the second spot ยป U.S. News 2020 Best Countries rankings

For Switzerland, the 2020 ranking is the the fourth consecutive yearhas been judged No. 1 by residents of 36 countries. Canada was chosen second, overtaking Japan in the U.S. News’ fifth annual survey.

The Best Countries report, produced from an annual global survey of more than 20,000 people in 36 countries including the United States, reflects increasingly negative views of the world and within countries. Nearly half of survey respondents say conditions around the world have worsened in the past year. Likewise, an increased percentage of people say the gap between the rich and poor has grown and that nationalism is increasing.

According to the ranking, here are the Top 25 Countries in the World

  1. Switzerland
  2. Canada
  3. Japan
  4. Germany
  5. Australia
  6. United Kingdom
  7. United States
  8. Sweden
  9. Netherlands
  10. Norway
  11. New Zealand
  12. France
  13. Denmark
  14. Finland
  15. China
  16. Singapore
  17. Italy
  18. Austria
  19. Spain
  20. South Korea
  21. Luxembourg
  22. United Arab Emirates
  23. Russia
  24. Portugal
  25. India

The Bottom 5 of the U.S. News 2020 Best Countries rankings are

  • Lebanon
  • Serbia
  • Oman
  • Belarus
  • Tunisia

See the full report.

 

 

Chernobyl’s infamous Reactor 4 Control Room is now open to tourists ยป but you’ll have to wear a hazmat suit

Jack Guy, writing for CNN ยป

The Chernobyl nuclear power plant has seen a huge increase in visitor numbers in recent years as part of a growing global interest in dark tourism.

And now, intrepid travelers be able to get inside the control room where the world’s worst nuclear accident unfolded, Chernobyl tour companies confirmed to CNN.

Those who venture inside the highly radioactive area at the infamous Reactor 4 will be provided with white protective suits, helmets and masks for the brief visits. After leaving, they will be subject to two radiology tests to measure exposure.

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Watch ยป The Icebreaker in the Arctic Ocean

This video was shot in the Arctic Ocean in March 2018.

For 7 days the crew passed through the Barents Sea to Karsky around the Novaya Zemlya archipelago on the nuclear icebreaker Yamal. They witnessed the northern lights, polar bears, watched the ships stuck in the ice being towed, and were very cold.

In the video you can see two Russian icebreakers – โ€œ50 Years of Victoryโ€ and โ€œYamalโ€ with a capacity of 75,000 horsepower.

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