Archive for May, 2007

Ometepe Island, Nicaragua

Tuesday, May 29th, 2007

The Island of Ometepe was formed by two volcanoes rising from Lake Nicaragua in the Republic of Nicaragua. Its name derives from the Nahuatl words Ome = two and Tepetl = mountain, meaning two mountains. The Volcanoes, Concepción and Maderas, are joined by a low isthmus to form one island, giving it the form of an hourglass. Ometepe has an area of 276 km². It is 31 km long and 5 to 10 km wide. The island has a population of 35,000, and an economy based on livestock, agriculture, and tourism. Plantains are the major crop.

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Largest drain hole in the world (The Morning Glory Spillway, Monticello Dam), California, USA

Sunday, May 27th, 2007

The Morning Glory Spillway and Monticello Dam is a dam in Napa County in California.
The dam is notable for its classic, uncontrolled “glory hole” spillway with a rate of 48,400 cubic feet per second (1370 m³/s) and a diameter at the lip of 72 feet (22 m). The eerie appearance of the spillway in operation attracts visitors, and when the spillway is dry the outlet downstream is popular with skateboarders (although using the spillway for this purpose is illegal).

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World’s steepest street, New Zealand

Tuesday, May 15th, 2007

Baldwin Street, in a quiet suburban part of New Zealand’s southern city of Dunedin, is reputed to be the world’s steepest street. It is located in the suburb of North East Valley, 3.5 kilometres northeast of Dunedin’s city centre.

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