Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Vertical Panoramic Photography: 15 Breathtaking Examples


Vertical Panoramic Photography: 15 Breathtaking Examples

The Worlds 5 most strangest places

The Worlds 5 most strangest places

The world is full of the most bizarre and the weirdest things. Who knows it better than us infact, right? From unusual cults to odd traditions, weird looking animals and creatures to wacky human creations, there is an unending list of the strangest things that remain hidden in the farthest corners of the world. Giving you a glimpse of such out of the ordinary world of dead and live, we are here yet again to take you for a tour to top five worst places in the world, that will undoubtedly take you by surprise and may be sometimes horror!

Truk Lagoon in Micronesia

The mysterious Ghost Fleet of Truk Lagoon has always been favorite amongst the explorers and divers. There lay dead the Japanese naval fleet and debris of their naval vessels and aircraft-carriers that drowned in 1944. While swimming through the wrecks, one can spot gas masks, sake cups, and the odd human remains. For almost 25 years no one was allowed to dive here as the area quietly conceals thousands of unexploded bombs.

Museum of Medical History Myuttera, Philadelphia

Like watching creepy skeletons and bones hanging off from cupboards and shelves? Museum of Medical History Myuttera is just the perfect place. The Mütter Museum is a collection of pathological specimens, antique medical equipments and biological exhibits. This museum is famous for its vast collection of skulls and unique displays like a female corpse, which turned into a soap in the land where she was buried, Siamese twins with combined liver , celebrity body parts and all kind of eerie things.

Manchac Swamp in Louisiana

Known as the haunted swamps, Manchac Swamp in Louisiana is said to be cursed by a woodoo queen when she was take a prisoner in the beginning of the 20th century. This resulted in disappearance of three hamlets in a hurricane in 1915. The place is only visited by few tourists that float in their torch boats under the shady and quite scary looking ancient Cyprus tress and their hanging long threading moss.

Parisian Catacombs, France

The Parisian Catacombs are a famous underground ossuary in Paris, France with bones and skulls placed on both sides of the ling corridor as the goods in stock. The walls of the long stretch that measures about 187 kilometers under the whole city, narrate the stories of the Great French Revolution. The air here is dry and has only a subtle hint of decay. It is said that the closed areas are patrolled by the special legendary underground police, though most likely the legions of the dead or vampires that although haven't been seen by any.

Chernobyl in the Ukraine

The abandoned town of Pripyat in northern Ukraine, Kiev Oblast was founded in 1970 to house the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant workers. The Chernobyl tragedy that struck the city in 1986 was the worst power plant disaster in history that released severe radioactivity into the environment following a massive power excursion which destroyed the reactor. Scattered toys and utensils, opened apartments and swing still creaking with the wind all make the city look creepy and dead.

There’s a Giant Hole in this Dam Water! [Bell-Mouth Spillways]

There's a Giant Hole in this Dam Water! [Bell-Mouth Spillways]

 

At first glance you might mistake a bell-mouth spillway for a watery vortex into another dimension. What can only be described as a giant hole in the water is actually a method for controlling the release of flows from a dam or levee into a downstream area. These spillways help prevent floods from 'dam'-aging or destroying a dam.

 

SPILLWAYS

- A spillway is a structure used to provide for the controlled release of flows from a dam or levee into a downstream area, typically being the river that was dammed
- Spillways release floods so that the water does not overtop and damage or even destroy the dam. Except during flood periods, water does not normally flow over a spillway
- In contrast, an intake is a structure used to release water on a regular basis for water supply, hydroelectricity generation, etc.
- Floodgates and fuse plugs may be designed into spillways to regulate water flow and dam height
- Other uses of the term "spillway" include bypasses of dams or outlets of a channel

SPILLWAYS

- A spillway is a structure used to provide for the controlled release of flows from a dam or levee into a downstream area, typically being the river that was dammed
- Spillways release floods so that the water does not overtop and damage or even destroy the dam. Except during flood periods, water does not normally flow over a spillway
- In contrast, an intake is a structure used to release water on a regular basis for water supply, hydroelectricity generation, etc.
- Floodgates and fuse plugs may be designed into spillways to regulate water flow and dam height
- Other uses of the term "spillway" include bypasses of dams or outlets of a channels used during highwater, and outlet channels carved through natural dams such as moraines

PILLWAYS

- A spillway is a structure used to provide for the controlled release of flows from a dam or levee into a downstream area, typically being the river that was dammed
- Spillways release floods so that the water does not overtop and damage or even destroy the dam. Excep

overtop and damage or even destroy the dam. Except during flood periods, water does not normally flow over a spillway
- In contrast, an intake is a structure used to release water on a regular basis for water supply, hydroelectricity generation, etc.
- Floodgates and fuse plugs may be designed into spillways to regulate water flow and dam height
- Other uses of the term "spillway" include bypasses of dams or outlets of a channels used during highwater, and outlet channels carved through natural dams such as moraines

BELL-MOUTH SPILLWAYS

- Some spillways are designed like an inverted bell so that water can enter all around the perimeter. These uncontrolled spillway devices are also called: morning glory, plughole, glory hole, or bell-mouth spillways
- In areas where the surface of the reservoir may freeze, bell-mouth spillways are normally fitted with ice-breaking arrangements to prevent the spillway from becoming ice-bound

LADYBOWER RESEVOIR

- The images above are from the spillways located at the Ladybower Resevoir
- The Ladybower Reservoir is a large Y-shaped reservoir, the lowest of three in the Upper Derwent Valley in Derbyshire, England
- The River Ashop flows into the reservoir from the west; the River Derwent flows south, initially through Howden Reservoir, then Derwent Reservoir, and finally through Ladybower Reservoir
- Its longest dimension is just over 3 miles (5km), and at the time of construction it was the largest reservoir in Britain (1943)

MONTICELLO DAM

- The Monticello Dam is a dam in Napa County, California, United States constructed between 1953 and 1957
- It is a medium concrete-arch dam with a structural height of 304 ft (93 m) and a crest length of 1,023 ft (312 m)
- It contains 326,000 cubic yards (249,000 m³) of concrete. The dam impounded Putah Creek to cover the former town of Monticello and flood Berryessa Valley to create Lake Berryessa, the second-largest lake in California
- The capacity of the reservoir is 1,602,000 acre•ft (1,976,000 dam³). Water from the reservoir is supplied mostly to the North Bay area of San Francisco
- The dam is noted for its classic, uncontrolled spillway with a rate of 48,400 cubic feet per second (1370 m³/s) and a diameter at the lip of 72 ft (22 m).

The World’s 5 Weirdest Animal Races

The World's 5 Weirdest Animal Races

Strikingly odd or unusual sporting event with the use of animals are practiced in different parts of the world. It has its own tradition where in a particular region it has gained momentum. It is a matter of fun and joy among the kids and adult who have a great time in applaud and encouragement.

Camel racing

Camel racing is a popular professional and tourist attraction sports mainly in Arab countries like Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Oman, Bahrain, Qatar and Jordan. This event is also held in Mongolia and Australia too. This racing involves lot of betting too so it is a great crowd puller event in the desert. In short sprints, camel usually run at speed up to 65 km/hour. The camels also maintain a speed of more than 40km/hour with good training. Child jockey are used to control the camels. A grand annual event is organized for Camel cup at Alice Spring in Australia.

Pig racing

Pig racing is a popular sport in which juvenile pigs are used. The pigs are raced around the tract of which is enclosed with grass and dirt or small gravels. This event is usually held in the countryside as an entrainment sports and draws in quite good tourist too. In the Southern region of United States, it is a popular racing event. In United Kingdom, Cresswell in Northumberland is the unique centre for pig racing. Among the show traveling event of the USA, Ugly Pig and Wee Pigs are much crowd gatherers.

Turtle racing

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n the Central United States, Turtle racing is a favorite event commonly held in the countryside picnics and fairs. In this event the adults and kids participate with joy by placing the turtles at the centre of the circle. They allow the turtles to walk freely around the given circle until one of the turtles successfully crosses out of the drawn circle. Sometimes the turtles are placed on the track lined up and cross the finishing line. In order to distinguish the turtles are numbered with paints or taped on their colorful shells.

Hamster racing

Hamster racing is a popular sport in which hamsters are placed in miniature racing vehicles fitted with wheels and balls. It is raced often down a 30 feet course track. The winner and runner up are selected on the bases of completing the finishing mark within a shortest duration of time. The miniature racing vehicle may be single sphere or designed according to better performance and speed. It is more popular in United Kingdom where a lot of activities of betting also take place.

Snail racing

Snail racing is a unique sport which involves a group or two to three snails on a given platform or table. In most cases, common garden snails are used in the sporting event. United Kingdom is known for its sporting activities in the world. It is a huge hit among the kids and adults in the countryside. In village fair and exhibitions, these sporting activities are conducted with much interest.

In this event, the snails are placed at the centre on a sheet on a raised platform or table. The snail which successfully crosses the given perimeter is selected as the winner. It is a time consuming sports but patience and thrill are part and parcel of this sport.