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The half-timbered and university town of Schmalkalden

The half-timbered and university town of Schmalkalden

[caption id="attachment_161118" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Timber-framed houses on Salzbrücke © TOMMES-WIKI[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Schmalkalden is a town in the Schmalkalden-Meiningen district, in the southwestern portion of Thuringia state in Germany. It is situated on the southern slope of the Thuringian Forest at the Schmalkalde river, a tributary to the Werra. The town has a population of 20,000. In 2004, the title "college town" was officially awarded to the city. The FH Schmalkalden University of Applied...

The Greek island of Hydra

The Greek island of Hydra

[caption id="attachment_151637" align="aligncenter" width="590"] © Herbert Ortner[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Hydra is one of the Saronic Islands of Greece, located in the Aegean Sea between the Saronic Gulf and the Argolic Gulf. It is separated from the Peloponnese by narrow strip of water. In ancient times, the island was known as Hydrea (derived from the Greek word for "water"), which was a reference to the springs on the island. The municipality Hydra consists of the islands Hydra (area 50 km2), Dokos (pop. 13, area 12.5 km2)...

Theme Week United Arab Emirates

Theme Week United Arab Emirates

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The Geysers, north of San Francisco

The Geysers, north of San Francisco

[caption id="attachment_4049" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="© geysers.com"][/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]The Geysers is a complex of 22 geothermal power plants, drawing steam from more than 350 wells, located in the Mayacamas Mountains 72 mi (116 km) north of San Francisco, California. The largest in the world, the Geysers has 1517 MW of active installed capacity with an average production factor of 63 % (955 MW). Calpine Corporation operates and owns 19 of the 22 active plants in the Geysers and is currently the United...

Wipperfürth, the oldest town in the Bergisches Land

Wipperfürth, the oldest town in the Bergisches Land

[caption id="attachment_160535" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Town Hall © J. Berger[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Wipperfürth is a municipality in the Oberbergischer Kreis of North Rhine-Westfalia, Germany, about 40 km north-east of Cologne, and the oldest town in the Bergischen Land. Wipperfürth lies on the flow Wupper which is designated in the upper reaches to the east of the town Wipper. Today Wipperfürth has 24,000 inhabitants, half of them living in the town itself, the other half living in the nearby villages a...

The research vessel Polarstern

The research vessel Polarstern

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