Thursday, October 23, 2014

Ben Bulben at County Sligo, Ireland

Executive summary by darmansjah

From the north side, it looks like a table mountain, from the other sides, it merges with the neighboring hills forming a single entity. Climbing up, the landscape changes, the bare peaks give the impression of a different, alien world. The ubiquitous peat bogs, collapsing and creating all sorts of shapes, pits and grooves in the ground, emphasize this feeling even more.

While climbing Benbulben, you have to be prepared for changeable weather conditions. Heavy showers interspersed with sunny spells may occur several times within one hour, not to mention unceasing winds. Sometimes you can observe helicopters flying below the level of the mountain over the neighboring woods.
Although Benbulben is the biggest and most distinctive object in the Sligo area, the whole Dartry mountain range is worth visiting. Not far from Benbulben, while coming back to Sligo, if you follow the road alongside the mountain, you will reach the Glencar Lake and Glencar Waterfall.


Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Elafonisi Beach, Crete

Executive summary by darmansjah

Elafonisi (deer island) is an island located close to the southwestern corner of the Mediterranean island of Crete, of which it is administratively a part, in the regional unit of Chania. The island is a protected nature reserve.At the highest point on the island there is a plaque that commemorates a tragic event. On Easter Sunday of 24 April 1824 several hundred Greeks, mostly women and children, were killed on Elafonisi by Ottoman soldiers. To avoid advancing Ottoman troops, forty armed men had taken refuge on the island with women, children and old folk where they were waiting for a ship to take them to the Ionian Islands. The Ottoman soldiers had decided to camp on the beach opposite the island. One of their horses walked along the shallow water to the island and the people hiding on the island were discovered.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Kaieteur Falls - World’s Largest

Executive summary by darmansjah

Kaieteur Falls is a waterfall on the Potaro River in central Essequibo Territory, Guyana. It is located in Kaieteur National Park. It is 226 metres (741 ft) high when measured from its plunge over a sandstone and conglomerate cliff to the first break. It then flows over a series of steep cascades that, when included in the measurements, bring the total height to 251 metres (822 ft). While many falls have greater height, few have the combination of height and water volume, and the falls are among the most powerful waterfalls in the world with an average flow rate of 663 cubic metres per second (23,400 cubic feet per second). 

Kaieteur Falls is about four times higher than Niagara Falls, located on the border between Canada and the United States and about two times the height of the Victoria Falls located on the border of Zambia and Zimbabwe in Africa. It is a single drop waterfall which is the 123rd tallest (single and multi-drop waterfall) in the world, according to the World Waterfall Database. The same web site lists it as 19th largest waterfall in terms of volume , and in their estimation, Kaieteur is the 26th most scenic waterfall in the world.

Upriver from the falls, the Potaro Plateau stretches out to the distant escarpment of the Pakaraima Mountains. The Potaro river empties into the Essequibo River which is one the longest and widest rivers in South America.