Sunday, 20 October 2013

Gisborne Airport; Railway Line Intersecting the Runway

Gisborne Airport is a undersized regional airport that is situated on the western outskirts of Gisborne, the East Coast of the North Island of New Zealand. The unique thing about this airport is one of the very few airports in the world that has a railway line intersecting the runway. The beautiful Gisborne airport covers a land of 160 hectares has three grass runways and one main runway that are intersected by the Palmerston North - Gisborne Railway Line. The airport has a single terminal with two tarmac gates.

The Tasmania’s North Western Coast, Wynyard Airport also had a railway crossing on the runway but moribund rail traffic forced the closure of rail traffic in early 2005, and thus the Wynyard airport rail crossing is no more operational. At Gisborne Airport on the other hand, the rail route functions actively and so does the airport everyday between 6:30 in the morning and 8:30 at night. After that, the runway is sealed off till morning.

One of the more appealing aspects of the Napier-Gisborne railway line is when the line passes directly on top of the Gisborne Airport runway; trains have to stop and look for clearance from the air traffic control tower to cross the runway and continue down the line. The railway tracks splits the runway approximately in the middle and very often trains or aircraft are stopped until one of them moves on.
Indeed it is a very challenging job for the airport authorities to manage landing at the intersecting runway along the operational rail route which has scheduled departures and arrivals itself. The Gisborne airport is a main link to enter the little region of Gisborne and hosts more than 60 domestic flights, and over 150,0000 passengers fly through this airport each year.

Tuesday, 15 October 2013

World's Most Beautiful Glacier Waterfall in Svalbard Norway

There’s nothing more beautiful than seeing a tons of melted ice cascading into sea. Svalbard is the most striking place on earth, where the arctic cold formed an exclusive flora and fauna, and massive glaciers and crystal waterfalls attract anyone who is able to visit it. Svalbard is an archipelago in the Arctic, constituting the northernmost part of Norway as well as of Europe. It is situated about 400 miles north of mainland Europe, midway between mainland Norway and the North Pole. In spite of being so close to the North Pole, Svalbard is comparatively warm, thanks to the warming effect of the Gulf Stream, which makes it habitable. In fact, Svalbard is the northernmost everlastingly inhabited region on the planet.

The stunning islands cover a total area of 62,050 square KM, approximately 60% of which is covered by glacier with many outlet glaciers terminating in the sea. A few of these glaciers have small waterfalls formed from melting snow and ice. Most of Svalbard is barren rock but during the short summer, the melting snow in the milder parts of the islands give place to vast stretches of tundra vegetation, sometimes dotted with delicate flowers. Svalbard which “means cold coasts” is home to 7 national parks and 23 nature reserves cover 2/3 of the archipelago, protecting the largely untouched, yet frail, environment.

Svalbard is a breeding ground for a lot of seabirds, and also features polar bears, short legged reindeer, polar foxes, whales, seals and walruses. Svalbard is renowned for its variety of birds, including Arctic Terns, Arctic Fulmar and Puffins. Whales can be spotted off the coastlines particularly during late summer. Humpback whales, Orcas, Beluga Whales, and Narwhals all frequent the ocean waters near Svalbard?

Monday, 14 October 2013

Jested Tower is a unique piece of architecture in Europe, Czech Republic

The hyperboloid shape of the structure is called Ještěd Tower a 94 meter-tall television transmitter and hotel integrated into one, built on the top of Ještěd Mountain near Liberec in the Czech Republic. It was designed by architect Karel Hubáček who received the Perret´s Prize of the International Union of Architects for it.

It naturally extends the silhouette of the hill as well as resists the severe climate conditions on the top of the hill. In the Tower's lower sections it houses a hotel and a tower restaurant. It was well built in the middle of 1960s and.

The tower and the mountain are situated approximately 6 kilometers from the center of Liberec and serves as a leading attraction in the city. 

The monument is accessible by cable car & by road from the foot of the mountain. The hyperboloid shape tower consist of two concentric tubes of varying height in diameters of 5m and 13m, on which individual floors are suspended on a steel structure, starting with the third story above ground. 

On the outer perimeter of the first floor a glazed gallery opens directly tied in to a spiral access ramp. An internal annulus of the first floor forms the entrance hall and reception to the hotel, which is liberated by a suspended staircase leading to an observation restaurant on the second floor. 

The next two floors, clad in aluminum, are used for accommodation. And on the 3rd floor are 14 hotel rooms for a total of 56 guests. On the 4th floor fixed for the rooms for employees of the transmitter and the hotel and two three-roomed flats. However; the area of the 5th to 7th floors are set aside for the aerials of the transmitting technology. 

There is especially developed laminated cladding, against extreme weather conditions, in the shape of a revolving hyperboloid. On the 7th and 8th floors there is a tank for drinking water and battery-operated back-up power supply. The ninth floor contains the lift plant room. Above it a unique pendulum is installed, whose movement absorbs the transverse oscillation of the tower?

Jested Tower is a unique piece of architecture in Europe, Jested-Kozakov ridge, Liberec, Czech Republic. A variety of cycling and hiking possibilities are available in the near vicinity. Babylon Water Park is 10 km away, while the Zoo and the Botanical Garden are 15 kilometer away.

Saturday, 12 October 2013

Lake Chargoggagoggmanchauggagoggchaubunagungamaugg United States

This is not a typo error, or didn’t jumping fingers on the keyboards, in reality it is a actual name of a lake which is situated in the town of Webster in Massachusetts, United States, few people call it by its alternate name “Lake Chaubunagungamaug” while many of them prefer to call it simply Lake Webster, after the name of the town.
The 45-letter name actually one of longest place name in the world & United States. The place name is so bizarre that although the authorities couldn’t spell it. Many road signs pointing to Lake Chargoggagoggmanchauggagoggchaubunagungamaugg have spelling mistakes in them.
The lake has been known, from early times, by a variety of names such as Chaubanagogum, Chabanaguncamogue,  and Chaubunagungamaug, but historians believes that all these names stand the same meaning - "Fishing Place at the Boundary". This great pond, actually divided by narrow channels into three larger bodies of water, was famous throughout the area and was the central gathering place for the Nipmuc Indians and their friends.
The current name came from when English colonist arrived in the area, an Englishman Samuel Slater started operating a mill at the nearby village of Manchaug, a corrupted version of “Monuhchogoks”. The Indians began calling the lake Chargoggaggoggmanchoggagogg which meant "Englishmen at Manchaug." And soon after, the name found its way into the map of 1795 showed the town of Dudley.
In 1831, both Dudley and Oxford, which adjoined the lake, given the pond as Chargoggagoggmanchoggagogg, but a survey of the lake had done in 1830 lists the name as Chaubunagungamaugg, the ancient name. After that someone is decided to added the original Indian descriptive name Chaubunagungamaug to the newer name Chargoggagoggmanchoggagogg, and the entire designation becomes "Englishmen at Manchaug at the Fishing Place at the Boundary" or Chargoggagoggmanchauggagogg chaubunagungamaugg.
The Lake actually was formed by the retreat of glaciers during the last ice age and is replenished from underwater springs and streams. Anyway visiting the vicinity is a great way to spend some time with nature. A hiking trail called the Walkabout Trail in the area with some great views. Many tourists often enjoy the swamps around the edges of the lake as good spots to look for wildlife. Moreover; swimming and boating are very popular activities on the lake. If you're looking for something a little more thrilling, there is whitewater rafting on the Quinebaug River. Go in the springtime for the fastest water.
The greatest resort period in the Lake's history most likely occurred from 1895 to 1930 when a fleet of boats was in operation each summer to take thousands of passengers to the cool spots where picnics, clambakes, bowling, dancing, swimming and canoeing flourished.