Sunday, July 24, 2011

World’s Largest Free-Standing Aquarium

The AquaDom was created by Union Investment Real Estate GmbH and is the world’s biggest free-standing aquarium. It weighs 2,000 tonnes and comprises a 14 metre high cylinder filled with a million litres of water and 1,500 tropical fish. A special feature of the aquarium is the glazed, two-floor elevator at its centre which can transport up to 48 people through a fascinating underwater world to the top of the building.


It is operated by Berliner Gesellschaft für Großaquarien (BGG), which received the Blue Starfish Award for the first time in 2009 in recognition of the company’s outstanding work for the protection of marine fauna. State-of-the-art sustainability standards were also applied to the AquaDom, where BGG is currently propagating coral in breeding tanks. In a test run, coral was suspended in the aquarium in a specially constructed acrylic glass bell with water flow. The aim behind converting the marine world into a reef aquarium is to create a shared space for fish and coral in the AquaDom.

Pencil Vs Camera Art By Ben Heine - Part 2

Ben Heine is back with a new collection of imaginative art from his Pencil vs. Camera series. Just recently, Heine made few pieces for the Art Official Concept, an art gallery in Cape Verde, West Africa. The Republic of Cape Verde is an island country, spanning an archipelago of 10 volcanic islands located in the central Atlantic Ocean, off the coast of Western Africa. Though tiny in area, the islands have beautiful landscapes including barren flats, verdant valleys, and a single volcanic peak whose slopes are streaked with rivers of frozen lava.


Though at first glance one might find Heine's work simplistic (funny doodles placed in front of a background), it's actually far from it. Heine melds his love and passion for illustration and photography to come up with pieces that stretch our imagination. His work is fresh and original and could only come from a person who truly experiences life - who appreciates the world's varying landscapes and diverse backgrounds. Now, take a look at some more creative work of Ben Heine...

















27 Amazing View of the nature in Asia

[1] Astola Island [near Pasni Baluchistan 40 km from shore].


Astola is the largest offshore island and the only significant offshore island in the northern Arabian Sea.

[2] Arror Rock [near Rohri in Sindh]


The shape of rock was caused by unknown natural forces. There is also a Shrine on the top

[3] TUNNEL AND BRIDGE


This is an amazing view of a tunnel and bridge over a river on the railway track from "Rohri to Quetta". This track passes through 20 tunnels and over 368 bridges. It's the longest Railway gradient of world, and most scenic Railway ride of Asia.

[4] Marala Headworks, Sialkot


Mountains of Jammu & Kashmir in the background.

[5] Attabad Lake


Also known as Hunza Lake is a lake in the Hunza Valley of northern Pakistan. The beautiful lake was formed due to a massive landslide at Attabad village in Gilgit-Baltistan, 9 miles (14 km) upstream (east)
of Karimabad that occurred on January 4, 2010.

[6] WALL OF SINDH


RESEMBLING THE Great Wall of China. It's Wall of Sindh in Ranikot (3 hrs drive from Karachi). It's the part of one of the Largest Fort in World, Fort of Ranikot.

[7] Kalam Valley.


It is a valley along the upper reaches of the Swat River in Swat. Kalam Valley is known for its waterfalls, lakes and lush green hills, and is a 270 km drive from Islamabad.

[8] Kachura Lake.


The Kachura Lakes are two lakes in the Skardu District of Gilgit-Baltistan, Northern Pakistan. The lakes, at 2,500 metres (8,200 ft) in elevation, are Upper Kachura Lake and Lower Kachura Lake.

[8] This is a 'Mud Volcano'.


In Pakistan there are more than 80 active mud volcanoes, all of them in Baluchistan province; there are about 10 locations having clusters of mud volcanoes. In this region, the heights of mud volcanoes range between 800 to 1,550 feet (243.8 to 472.4 m). The most famous is Chandaragup.

[9] The Great Trango Tower. 6,286 m (20,608 ft).


The east face of the Great Trango Tower features the world's greatest nearly vertical drop. [aka Tallest vertical mountain of world] Located in Gilgit-Baltistan Region. This is one of the most difficult mountains to climb.

[10] Laila Peak, Hushe, Karakoram Range.


It has a distinctive spear-like shape. One of the most beautiful & scenic snow covered mountain of the world. The Laila peak has been climbed only twice.

[11] This is Biafo Glacier


It's a 63 km long glacier in the Karakoram Mountains meets the 49 km long Hispar Glacier at an altitude of 5,128 m (16,824 feet) at Hispar La (Pass) to create the world's longest glacial system outside the polar regions.

[12] Makran


The present day Makran derived its name from Maka, a satrap of Achaemenid Empire. Maka was an important early eastern satrapy of Cyrus the Great, founder of the Achaemenid Empire.

[13] K2.


It is the second-highest mountain on Earth, only after Mount Everest. It has a peak elevation of 8,611 m [28,251 feet]

[14] Concordia Base Camp


This is the view from Concordia towards the valley of the Baltoro Glacier at dawn. On the left [Paiju peaks], middle ,[Trango towers] & on the right [Grand Cathedra]

[15] The epic Lake Saiful Muluk


It is located at the northern end of the Kaghan Valley near Naran, Pakistan. The clarity of the water comes from the multiple glaciers all around the high basin which feed the lake.

[16] Village Halmet, Neelum Valley.


Neelum Valley is definitely another hidden pearl. No other valley in Kashmir can compare this valley and even
most of the People know little about it, gets very few visitors.

[17] Lansdowne Bridge of Rohri


A marvel of nineteenth century engineering, the 'longest "rigid" girder bridge in the world' at that time, was begun in 1887. Designed by Sir Alexander Meadows Rendel, the girder work weighing a massive 3,300 tons was erected by F.E. Robertson, and Hecquet.

[18] Hingol National Park of Baluchistan


It got Mysterious Mud mountains, beautiful blue water Hingol river, desert and deep blue Arabian sea. [3.5 hrs drive from Karachi on Makran coastal highway]

[19] Cold Desert of Skardu


white sand or icy land? This is one of the most beautiful tourists attraction of Northern areas. There are huge sand plains in Skardu.

[20] Passu Peaks, Hunza


Mysterious mountains stand like a wall between Hunza river and valley.

[21] Uli Biaho Tower


It is a peak near Trango Towers and Baltoro Glacier in the Northern Areas of Pakistan. It consists of two main peaks, Uli Biaho Tower (listed by Roskelley as 19,957 feet, and by Kopold as 6109 m (20,058 feet)); and Uli Biaho Peak (Kopold: 6417 m), which as of 2006 was unclimbed.

[22] Rakaposhi MOUNTAIN


Rakaposhi is also known as Dumani [Mother of Mist]. It is situated in the Nagar valley.

[23] Nanga Parbat.


It is the ninth highest mountain on Earth and among the eight-thousanders with a summit elevation of 8,126 meters (26,660 ft). It is also an immense, dramatic peak that rises far above its surrounding terrain.

[24] Karamber Lake.


Karambar Pass marks the boundary between the Chitral and Ishkoman Districts of Pakistan. The Karmabar Lake is almost 3 km long approx and it is 4300 meters above sea level. The flowers of autumns are worth seeing on this lake.

[25] Deosaid plains, Skardu


[26] Bara Pani, Deosai


[27] Dudiptsar Lake


Dudipat Lake is a lake encircled by snow clad peaks in Lulusar-Dudipatsar National Park. The lake lies in the extreme north of the Kaghan Valley.

The Ralph Lauren Classic Car Collection

1. Visitors look at vintage sports cars during the press day of the exhibition The Art of the Automobile, Masterpieces from the Ralph Lauren Collection at Les Arts Decoratifs Museum in Paris April 27, 2011. The exhibition, which will run from April 28 to August 28, presents a selection of the most prestigious sports cars from the 1930s to the present day and outlines the main phases of the European automobile history. REUTERS/Charles Platiau


2. Visitors look at vintage sports cars during the press day of the exhibition The Art of the Automobile, Masterpieces from the Ralph Lauren Collection at Les Arts Decoratifs Museum in Paris April 27, 2011. The exhibition, which will run from April 28 to August 28, presents a selection of the most prestigious sports cars from the 1930s to the present day and outlines the main phases of the European automobile history. REUTERS/Charles Platiau


3. Visitors look at vintage sports cars during the press day of the exhibition The Art of the Automobile, Masterpieces from the Ralph Lauren Collection at Les Arts Decoratifs Museum in Paris April 27, 2011. The exhibition, which will run from April 28 to August 28, presents a selection of the most prestigious sports cars from the 1930s to the present day and outlines the main phases of the European automobile history. REUTERS/Charles Platiau


4. A Jaguar XK120 Roadster 1950 vintage sport car is seen during the press day of the exhibition The Art of the Automobile, Masterpieces from the Ralph Lauren Collection at Les Arts Decoratifs Museum in Paris April 27, 2011. The exhibition, which will run from April 28 to August 28, presents a selection of the most prestigious sports cars from the 1930s to the present day and outlines the main phases of the European automobile history. REUTERS/Charles Platiau


5. A dashboard of a Jaguar XK120 Roadster 1950 vintage sport car is seen during the press day of the exhibition The Art of the Automobile, Masterpieces from the Ralph Lauren Collection at Les Arts Decoratifs Museum in Paris April 27, 2011. The exhibition, which will run from April 28 to August 28, presents a selection of the most prestigious sports cars from the 1930s to the present day and outlines the main phases of the European automobile history. REUTERS/Charles Platiau


6. Visitors look at an Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 Monza, 1931 (bottom) and an Alfa Romeo 8C 2900 Mille Miglia, 1938 (top) vintage sports cars during the press day of the exhibition The Art of the Automobile, Masterpieces from the Ralph Lauren Collection at Les Arts Decoratifs Museum in Paris April 27, 2011. The exhibition, which will run from April 28 to August 28, presents a selection of the most prestigious sports cars from the 1930s to the present day and outlines the main phases of the European automobile history. REUTERS/Charles Platiau


7. A Ferrari 250 LM, 1964, vintage sport car is seen during the press day of the exhibition The Art of the Automobile, Masterpieces from the Ralph Lauren Collection at Les Arts Decoratifs Museum in Paris April 27, 2011. The exhibition, which will run from April 28 to August 28, presents a selection of the most prestigious sports cars from the 1930s to the present day and outlines the main phases of the European automobile history. REUTERS/Charles Platiau


8. A detail of a Ferrari 250 GTO 1962 vintage sport car is seen during the press day of the exhibition The Art of the Automobile, Masterpieces from the Ralph Lauren Collection at Les Arts Decoratifs Museum in Paris April 27, 2011. The exhibition, which will run from April 28 to August 28, presents a selection of the most prestigious sports cars from the 1930s to the present day and outlines the main phases of the European automobile history. REUTERS/Charles Platiau


9. A man takes a picture of a Mercedez-Benz 300SL 'Papillon', 1955, vintage sport car during the press day of the exhibition The Art of the Automobile, Masterpieces from the Ralph Lauren Collection at Les Arts Decoratifs Museum in Paris April 27, 2011. The exhibition, which will run from April 28 to August 28, presents a selection of the most prestigious sports cars from the 1930s to the present day and outlines the main phases of the European automobile history. REUTERS/Charles Platiau


10. A Dunlop wheel rim of a Jaguar XKD 1955 vintage sport car is seen during the press day of the exhibition The Art of the Automobile, Masterpieces from the Ralph Lauren Collection at Les Arts Decoratifs Museum in Paris April 27, 2011. The exhibition, which will run from April 28 to August 28, presents a selection of the most prestigious sports cars from the 1930s to the present day and outlines the main phases of the European automobile history. REUTERS/Charles Platiau


11. The logo of a Mercedes Benz SSK 'Comte Trossi' 1930 vintage sport car is seen during the press day of the exhibition The Art of the Automobile, Masterpieces from the Ralph Lauren Collection at Les Arts Decoratifs Museum in Paris April 27, 2011. The exhibition, which will run from April 28 to August 28, presents a selection of the most prestigious sports cars from the 1930s to the present day and outlines the main phases of the European automobile history. REUTERS/Charles Platiau


12. Detail of a Bugatti 57 S(C) Atlantic 1938 vintage sport car is seen during the press day of the exhibition The Art of the Automobile, Masterpieces from the Ralph Lauren Collection at Les Arts Decoratifs Museum in Paris April 27, 2011. The exhibition, which will run from April 28 to August 28, presents a selection of the most prestigious sports cars from the 1930s to the present day and outlines the main phases of the European automobile history. REUTERS/Charles Platiau


13. An Alfa Romeo 8C 2900 Mille Miglia 1938 vintage sport car is seen during the press day of the exhibition The Art of the Automobile, Masterpieces from the Ralph Lauren Collection at Les Arts Decoratifs Museum in Paris April 27, 2011. The exhibition, which will run from April 28 to August 28, presents a selection of the most prestigious sports cars from the 1930s to the present day and outlines the main phases of the European automobile history. REUTERS/Charles Platiau


14. The logo of a Porsche vintage car is seen during the press day of the exhibition The Art of the Automobile, Masterpieces from the Ralph Lauren Collection at Les Arts Decoratifs Museum in Paris April 27, 2011. The exhibition, which will run from April 28 to August 28, presents a selection of the most prestigious sports cars from the 1930s to the present day and outlines the main phases of the European automobile history. REUTERS/Charles Platiau


15. A detail of a Bugatti 57 S(C) Atlantic 1938 vintage sport car is seen during the press day of the exhibition The Art of the Automobile, Masterpieces from the Ralph Lauren Collection at Les Arts Decoratifs Museum in Paris April 27, 2011. The exhibition, which will run from April 28 to August 28, presents a selection of the most prestigious sports cars from the 1930s to the present day and outlines the main phases of the European automobile history. REUTERS/Charles Platiau


16. A visitor looks at a Mercedes-Benz SSK 'Comte Trossi' 1930 vintage sport car during the press day of the exhibition The Art of the Automobile, Masterpieces from the Ralph Lauren Collection at Les Arts Decoratifs Museum in Paris April 27, 2011. The exhibition, which will run from April 28 to August 28, presents a selection of the most prestigious sports cars from the 1930s to the present day and outlines the main phases of the European automobile history. REUTERS/Charles Platiau


17. A visitor pictures a Bugatti 57 S(C) Atlantic 1938 vintage sport car during the press day of the exhibition The Art of the Automobile, Masterpieces from the Ralph Lauren Collection at Les Arts Decoratifs Museum in Paris April 27, 2011. The exhibition, which will run from April 28 to August 28, presents a selection of the most prestigious sports cars from the 1930s to the present day and outlines the main phases of the European automobile history. REUTERS/Charles Platiau


18. Visitors look at a Bentley 'Blower' 1929 vintage sport car during the press day of the exhibition The Art of the Automobile, Masterpieces from the Ralph Lauren Collection at Les Arts Decoratifs Museum in Paris April 27, 2011. The exhibition, which will run from April 28 to August 28, presents a selection of the most prestigious sports cars from the 1930s to the present day and outlines the main phases of the European automobile history. REUTERS/Charles Platiau


19. Visitors look at a Bugatti 57 S(C) Atlantic 1938 vintage sport car during the press day of the exhibition The Art of the Automobile, Masterpieces from the Ralph Lauren Collection at Les Arts Decoratifs Museum in Paris April 27, 2011. The exhibition, which will run from April 28 to August 28, presents a selection of the most prestigious sports cars from the 1930s to the present day and outlines the main phases of the European automobile history. REUTERS/Charles Platiau


20. Visitors look at vintage sports cars during the press day of the exhibition The Art of the Automobile, Masterpieces from the Ralph Lauren Collection at Les Arts Decoratifs Museum in Paris April 27, 2011. The exhibition, which will run from April 28 to August 28, presents a selection of the most prestigious sports cars from the 1930s to the present day and outlines the main phases of the European automobile history. REUTERS/Charles Platiau


21. The logo of an Alfa Romeo 8C 2900 Mille Miglia 1938 vintage sport car is seen during the press day of the exhibition The Art of the Automobile, Masterpieces from the Ralph Lauren Collection at Les Arts Decoratifs Museum in Paris April 27, 2011. The exhibition, which will run from April 28 to August 28, presents a selection of the most prestigious sports cars from the 1930s to the present day and outlines the main phases of the European automobile history. REUTERS/Charles Platiau


22. The dashboard of a Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa 1958 vintage sport car is seen during the press day of the exhibition The Art of the Automobile, Masterpieces from the Ralph Lauren Collection at Les Arts Decoratifs Museum in Paris April 27, 2011. The exhibition, which will run from April 28 to August 28, presents a selection of the most prestigious sports cars from the 1930s to the present day and outlines the main phases of the European automobile history. REUTERS/Charles Platiau


23. The logo of an Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 Monza 1931 vintage sport car is seen during the press day of the exhibition The Art of the Automobile, Masterpieces from the Ralph Lauren Collection at Les Arts Decoratifs Museum in Paris April 27, 2011. The exhibition, which will run from April 28 to August 28, presents a selection of the most prestigious sports cars from the 1930s to the present day and outlines the main phases of the European automobile history. REUTERS/Charles Platiau


24. The logo of an Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 Monza 1931 vintage sport car is seen during the press day of the exhibition The Art of the Automobile, Masterpieces from the Ralph Lauren Collection at Les Arts Decoratifs Museum in Paris April 27, 2011. The exhibition, which will run from April 28 to August 28, presents a selection of the most prestigious sports cars from the 1930s to the present day and outlines the main phases of the European automobile history. REUTERS/Charles Platiau


25. A detail of a Bugatti 59 Grand Prix 1933 vintage sport car is seen during the press day of the exhibition The Art of the Automobile, Masterpieces from the Ralph Lauren Collection at Les Arts Decoratifs Museum in Paris April 27, 2011. The exhibition, which will run from April 28 to August 28, presents a selection of the most prestigious sports cars from the 1930s to the present day and outlines the main phases of the European automobile history. REUTERS/Charles Platiau


26. The logo of a Jaguar XKSS 1958 vintage sport car is seen during the press day of the exhibition The Art of the Automobile, Masterpieces from the Ralph Lauren Collection at Les Arts Decoratifs Museum in Paris April 27, 2011. The exhibition, which will run from April 28 to August 28, presents a selection of the most prestigious sports cars from the 1930s to the present day and outlines the main phases of the European automobile history. REUTERS/Charles Platiau