Monday, September 22, 2008

43 - Zhaksylyk, Khazakhstan

N of the sweet- salt Ballhash lake.

Saturday, September 20, 2008

42 - Yerema River, Russia

400mi. N of Lake Bailal

Sunday, September 7, 2008

41 - Alas, no Xs in Siberia

Friday, September 5, 2008

40 - Wu-chi-Li, China

Thursday, September 4, 2008

39 - Voyampolka, Russia

On the W coast of Kamchatka.

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

38 - Uliastay, Mongolia

Main western city.

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

47 - Tunceli, Turkey

SE of the Munzur Silsilesi mountains.

Tunceli (Zazaki: Dêrsım, is a province in the Eastern Anatolia region of Turkey. The province was named Dersim until 1936 (Dersim meaning 'silver door' in Kurdish), and some still call the region by this name. The province's population is predominantly Zaza. Its adjacent provinces are Erzincan to the north and west, Elazığ to the south, and Bingöl to the east. The province covers an area of 7,774 km² and has a population of 76,401. It has the lowest population density of any province in Turkey, just 9.8 inhabitants/km². Tunceli is the only Turkish province with an Alevi majority.
The name of the provincial capital, Kalan, was then officially changed to match with the province's name. Tunceli is known for its old buildings (though mainly destroyed by Hamidiye Alays in the late 19th century and Turkish army in 1936-37 military operations against the last remaining Armenians and Alevi Derebeys-local rulers), and impressive scenery, especially along the Munzur Nehri

Thursday, August 28, 2008

36 - Salihli, Turkey

In W Anatolia.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

35 - Regba, Israel

N of Akko.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

34 - Qal'at Salih, Iraq

On the Tigris S of Al 'Amarah

Monday, August 25, 2008

33 - Pip, Iran

100mi. N of Chah Bahar.

Sunday, August 24, 2008

32 - Oxus River

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

31 - Nvadwip, India

Upstream from Calcutta.

Nabadwip (নবদ্বীপ) (also Navadwip, Navadvipa or Nabadwipdham) is a city and a municipality in Nadia district in the Indian state of West Bengal. Its name means "9 islands" in the Bengali language. The islands are named Antardwip (Sri Mayapur), Simantadwip, Rudradwip, Madhyadwip, Godrumdwip, Ritudwip, Jahnudwip, Modadrumdwip, and Koladwip. It is a place of many lilas (or "pastimes of God" in Hinduism) of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu. Many pilgrims from origins worldwide adhering to Gaudiya Vaishnavism come to Navadwip every year on pilgrimage and for festivals like Sri Navadvipa-mandala Parikrama and holidays like Gaura Purnima.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

30 - Meerut, India

NE of Delhi.

Monday, August 18, 2008

29 - Libasi, India

SW of Ahmadabad.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

28 - Kolar, India

In Karnataka, E of Bangalore.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

27 - Jampur, Pakistan

On the Indus R.

Saturday, July 26, 2008

26 - Île de Milieu, île Saint-Paul, France

On the E coast of the S Indian ocean island.

In the 1880s Charles Lightoller was shipwrecked here. He accurately describes the island in his autobiography, Titanic and Other Ships. During French rule of Mauritius, Saint-Paul as well as île Amsterdam were administered from Port Louis, but they were transferred to Réunion prior to British invasion of Mauritius.
In 1871 a British frigate, HMS Megaera, was wrecked on the island. Most of the 400 persons on board had to remain upwards of three months on the island.
Lightoller suggested that pirates may have used the island and their treasure could be buried in its caves. There is also speculation that officers from the German auxiliary cruiser Atlantis hid treasure near the entrance of the bay during World War II.
In 1928, an ill-fated spiny lobster cannery was established on Île Saint-Paul. Seven employees of the cannery were abandoned to their fate on the island when the company went bankrupt in 1931; they later came to be known as Les Oubliés de Saint-Paul ("the forgotten ones of St. Paul"). Five died; the two survivors were finally rescued in 1934.

Friday, July 25, 2008

25 - Ha Tien, Vietnam

On the coastal border with Cambodia.

Thursday, July 24, 2008

24 -Guma (P'i-Shan), China

Just over the mountains from Kashmir.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

23 - Feng-huang, China

County in W Hunan province.
Fenghuang are mythological Chinese birds that reign over all other birds. The males are called Feng and the females Huang. In modern times, however, such a distinction of gender is often no longer made and the Feng and Huang are blurred into a single feminine entity so that the bird can be paired with the Chinese dragon, which has male connotations. The Fenghuang is also called the "August Rooster" (traditional Chinese: 鶤雞; pinyin: kūnjī) since it sometimes takes the place of the Rooster in the Chinese Zodiac. In the West, it is commonly referred to as the Chinese phoenix.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

22 - Erh-t'ai, China

In Xinjiang, W of the Mongolian frontier.

Monday, July 21, 2008

21 - Dozen Nishino-shima

Town on a small island N of the lower arc of Honshu.

Sunday, July 20, 2008

20 - Chofu, Japan

Outer district of Tokyo, on the bank of Tama-gawa.

Chōfu (調布) is a western suburb of Tokyo, and the main draws are Jindaiji Temple and Jindai Botanical gardens. These twin attractions are next to each other, making a reasonable day trip from central Tokyo. Beyond these two, Chōfu feels like the suburb that it is, particularly on the the weekends when the train platform is crowded with parents and their children.

Saturday, July 19, 2008

19 - Bicoli, Halmahera, Indonesia

On the E peninsula of the big island W of New Guinea. Here's a butterfly native to the island:

Friday, July 18, 2008

18 - Arjasa, Indonesia

On Kangeon island, on the N edge of the Bali Sea.