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Theme Week New England - Connecticut

Theme Week New England - Connecticut

[caption id="attachment_165774" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Hartford - Connecticut State Capitol © flickr.com - jglazer75/cc-by-2.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Connecticut is bordered by Rhode Island to the east, Massachusetts to the north, New York to the west, and Long Island Sound to the south. The state is named for the Connecticut River, a major U.S. river that approximately bisects the state. The word "Connecticut" is derived from various anglicized spellings of an Algonquian word for "long tidal river". The capital is...

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Magdeburg, the capital of Saxony-Anhalt

Magdeburg, the capital of Saxony-Anhalt

[caption id="attachment_160653" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Hundertwasser house 'The Green Citadelle' © Doris Antony[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Magdeburg is the largest city and the capital city of Saxony-Anhalt. Magdeburg is situated on the Elbe River and was one of the most important medieval cities of Europe. Emperor Otto I, the first Holy Roman Emperor, lived for most of his reign in the town and was buried in the cathedral after his death. Magdeburg's version of German town law, known as Magdeburg rights, sprea...

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Rennes in Brittany

Rennes in Brittany

[caption id="attachment_153756" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Republique Square and Palace of Commerce © Pline[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Rennes is a city in the east of Brittany in northwestern France. Rennes is the capital of the region of Brittany, as well as the Ille-et-Vilaine department. From 1954 onward, the city developed extensive building plans to accommodate upwards of 220,000 inhabitants, helping it become the third fastest-growing city in France, after Toulouse and Montpellier. Rennes is classified as a c...

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Theme Week New Zealand - The Marlborough Sounds

Theme Week New Zealand - The Marlborough Sounds

[caption id="attachment_151732" align="aligncenter" width="590"] The Marlborough Sounds, visible to the left of the Space Shuttle. Image taken from the International Space Station© NASA[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]The Marlborough Sounds are an extensive network of sea-drowned valleys created by a combination of land subsidence and rising sea levels at the north of the South Island of New Zealand. According to Māori mythology, the sounds are the prows of the sunken waka (canoe) of Aoraki. The Marlborough Sounds are connected to t...

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Battle in East Sussex

Battle in East Sussex

[caption id="attachment_152710" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Abbey Green, former market square © geograph.org.uk - Simon Carey/cc-by-sa-2.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Battle is a small town and civil parish in the local government district of Rother in East Sussex. It lies 49 miles (79 km) south southeast of London, 28.5 miles (46 km) east of Brighton and 21 miles (34 km) east of the county town of Lewes. Nearby towns include Hastings to the southeast and Bexhill-On-Sea to the south. It is the site of the Battle of Hastings,...

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Sailors for the Sea

Sailors for the Sea

[caption id="attachment_151697" align="aligncenter" width="590"] © www.sailorsforthesea.org[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Marine life and vital coastal habitats are straining under the increasing pressure of global use. The ocean, which was once considered inexhaustible and resilient, is, in fact, finite and fragile. Sailors for the Sea is a nonprofit organization that educates and empowers the boating community to protect oceans and local waters. The boating community has a profound passion for - and understanding of - the world's...

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The Coral Triangle in the Pacific Ocean

The Coral Triangle in the Pacific Ocean

[caption id="attachment_26117" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Christmas tree worms © Nick Hobgood/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]The Coral Triangle is a geographical term so named as it refers to a roughly triangular area of the tropical marine waters of Indonesia, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Solomon Islands and Timor-Leste that contain at least 500 species of reef-building corals in each ecoregion. This region encompasses portions of two biogeographic regions: the Indonesian-Philippines Region, and the F...

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Theme Week Malaysia - Kuala Lumpur

Theme Week Malaysia - Kuala Lumpur

[caption id="attachment_203626" align="aligncenter" width="590"] © flickr.com - naim fadil/cc-by-sa-2.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Kuala Lumpur, officially the Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur and commonly known as KL, is the national capital and largest city in Malaysia. As the global city of Malaysia, it covers an area of 243 km² (94 sq mi) and has an estimated population of 1.73 million as of 2016. Greater Kuala Lumpur, also known as the Klang Valley, is an urban agglomeration of 7.25 million people as of 2017. It is among ...

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