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30 July 2011

Rio de la Plata, Uruguay

Fresh water from the Paran· and Uruguay rivers collides with salt water from the South Atlantic Ocean in the muddy estuary of RÌo de la Plata. The estuary keeps the surrounding land rich and fertile and provides a natural habitat for a number of threatened species, including the rare La Plata dolphin. Changes in climate may lead to flooding of the coastal area.

27 July 2011

Recife, Brazil

This commercial center of northeastern Brazil is also a prime destination for tourists, who come for the pleasant weather and white beaches. Due to its dense coastal development, Recife—like Rio de Janeiro and Buenos
—is highly vulnerable to rising sea levels, hurricanes, and storm surges. The degradation of its coral reefs could also expose the city to flooding.

24 July 2011

Quelccaya Ice Cap, Peru

It’s an awe-inspiring sight: massive ice fields and blue-white glaciers span 27 square miles of the Cordillera Oriental mountain range. The Quelccaya Ice Cap, the largest body of ice in the tropics, feeds the streams and rivers of the valleys below. It has lost 20 percent of its surface area since 1978 and could disappear entirely by the end of the century.

21 July 2011

Caribbean Sea

Four types of endangered sea turtles feed and mate among the corals of the Caribbean. Rising sea levels and temperatures, acidification of the oceans, and extreme storms could erode the beaches where the females nest and could threaten the coral reefs upon which the turtles depend. Since temperature affects the gender of turtle hatchlings, scientists fear a decline in male turtles, which could threaten the survival of the species.

18 July 2011

Kauai, Hawaii, U.S.A

The fourth largest of the Hawaiian Islands, Kauai is one of the wettest spots on earth. Large parts of the mountainous island are swathed in cloud. These lush and mossy forests are home to the colorful Hawaiian honeycreeper, an endangered bird species. Even small shifts in rainfall patterns could cause major local changes, putting the islands’ distinct ecosystem under severe stress.

03 July 2011

Unusual Hotels in World: The Salt Hotel

Such hotels now appear in different countries around the world. But the Salt Hotel is the only hotel in the world built completely out of salt (salt bricks, salt roof, salt floor, etc.). It is located on the east coast of the famous Salt Flats in Bolivia.

01 July 2011

Unusual Hotels in World: Pavillon Des Lettres Hotel

This is the world’s first hotel designed for art and literature lovers. It is located in France. The walls of each hotel room provide good sound insulation for guests to read books in complete silence.