Take a virtual tour of… DRAGON FALLS, VENEZUELA I’ve defined a…

Take a virtual tour of…
DRAGON FALLS, VENEZUELA

I’ve defined a “Geowonder” as a place on the Earth seems to have joined forces with nature and the skies to create a landform of such beauty as to take your breath away. Certainly the virtual tour of the Dragon Falls (Churun-Meru) Venezuela by Dmitry Moiseenko demonstrates the essence of a Geowonder and makes its accessible to the “armchair” traveler of today.
Dragon Falls is one of many near Angel Falls, all part of the intricate system of waterfalls that plunge from the flat-topped mountains called Tepuys or Tepuis: these rise a thousand meters from the Venezuelan jungle with extraordinary vertical cliffs. This waterfall has a plunge of about 300m, only about a third that of Angel Falls.

The Tepuys and their spectacular falls are found in Canaima National Park. The mountains themselves are sandstones from the world of Pangea.

Do take the virtual tour of the falls at http://www.airpano.ru/files/Angel/2-2

Annie R

Source: www.airpano.com
And the Canaima Park is one of UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites: http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/701
And read Dmitry’s story of making this and other films in the vicinity of Angel Falls at: Dmitry Moiseenko @ AirPano.ru

Norway’s Way of Preparing for the Climate Change. Norway…

Norway’s Way of Preparing for the Climate Change.

Norway recently pledged an amount of a US equivalent of $23.7 million to address the global sustainability issue. The current statistics predicts that in the next 10 years, the world can easily reach another billion in human population while the crops, such as rice, can decrease drastically along with it. Institutions that are involved with these global sustainability projects are closing down as they are losing out on funding and are also battling against the issues that come with crop production issues and climate changes. Current climate changes have caused difficulty in crop growth due to drastic temperature changes, crop diversity dwindles due to some form of crops not being able to thrive in the environment that it once was able to thrive in, and plant pests and diseases runs rampant in those conditions killing off more crops than what farmers can fight off.

Noble attempts such as Norway’s can help these projects along with assisting in moving these crops to certain locations that can tolerate the new environments are caused by climate changes while investing more into genetic engineering. Norway already has supported the project for many years as they host land for the Svalbard Global Seed Vault and even funded the operations and the construction of the Global Seed Vault. The Svalbard Global Seed Vault is one of the solutions for possible global sustainability disaster. It plays a vital role of being the back up for our world’s crops hence the name, “seed vault”. It is also built and located to withstand natural or man-made disasters.

What are your opinions on the sustainability issues? Comment below and tell us!

~era

Photo Credit: Gallery from the Svalbard Global Seed Vault

Source:
http://bit.ly/MnqYrf (General information on the Seed Vault in Norway)
http://bit.ly/177S3Nv (World watch.org)
http://bit.ly/19s0tvY (news on Norway’s investment)