Monthly Archives: October 2010

“Desert Tourism” – for the seasoned !

For many across the world, the word ‘desert’ means large chunk of dry lifeless land. But that not all, deserts are, in reality, fascinating places with diversified characteristics. The range includes, snow-covered one, salt lakes desert, white desert, red desert, black stone desert, driest desert, elephant desert…. to the driest and most humid one.

Here are the top 10 types of deserts that span all over the globe…

1. Taklamakan Desert (Xinjiang, China), the snow-covered desert

Taklamakan is one of the largest sand deserts in the world. In 2008, a heavy 11-day snow covered the desert and transformed it into a white world.

2. Lencois Maranhenses National Park (Brazil), the desert with salt lakes

Every year from July to September, heavy rainfall creates thousands of ponds in the desert. The white sand dunes mixed with blue lakes will leave you wondering if you’re in a desert or by the sea!

3. Uyuni Desert (Bolivia), the world’s largest salt-lake desert

As the world’s largest salt lake, Uyuni has 65 billion tons of salt, with many salt beds spanning more than 10 meters. The surface of the lake reflects the sun’s light like a mirror, and the body of the lake is colorful because of the mineral deposits at the bottom. But with an altitude of 3,700 meters and 10,000 square kilometers of uninhabited lake area, it can be difficult to be reached.

4. Farfara Desert (Egypt), the white desert

In contrast to the yellow deserts in most other places, this desert 45 kilometers north of Farafara, Egypt, is a creamy white.

5. Atacama Desert (Chile), the driest desert

According to the “Guinness Book of World Records”, the Atacama Desert is the driest in the world. A 400-year drought recorded here lasted from the late 16th century to 1971.

6. Kunene Desert (Namibia), the elephant desert

The sandy desert in the Kunene Region (northwest Namibia) is the habitat desert-elephants. In fact, this is one of the only two groups of desert-dwelling elephants in the world – the other live in Mali, North Africa.

7. Simpson Desert (Australia), the red desert

Simpson Desert is famous for its red color, caused by ferric oxide rust covering the sand and then turning to powder and mixing with the sand.

8. Black Desert (Egypt), the black stone desert

Located in an area formed by volcano eruptions that is just 100 kilometers northeast of the Farafara white desert, the Black Desert is littered with small black stones.

9. Antarctica, the world’s driest but most humid desert

The average rainfall in Antarctica is less than 5 millimeters, but at the same time, 98 percent of the land is covered with ice and snow. The result of these extreme weather conditions is dryness, humidity and cold temperatures that make Antarctica uninhabitable for humans.

10. Sahara, the world’s largest desert

At over 9 million square kilometers, the Sahara covers most of North Africa and is home to a number of peoples and languages. The desert stretches from the Red Sea, including parts of the Mediterranean coasts, to the Atlantic Ocean.

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The Christmas ‘Crab’ Island

A territory of Australia in the Indian Ocean, ‘Christmas Island’ is located 2,600 kms northwest of the Western Australian city of Perth and 500 kms south of the Indonesian capital, Jakarta.

However, it is not the island’s geographic isolation or, bare-minimal human disturbance to its flora and fauna that makes this islet unique… It is…. the “Red Crab(s)” – the real masters of this outlet !!!

A photo-tour to the daily life of Christmas ‘Crab’ Island…………


Christmas Island rainforest


Red crabs begin their march from the forest to the sea, where they will reproduce


During the migration, the island’s human inhabitants just have to adapt


There are around 120 million crabs on the march


The crabs navigate the same pathways year after year


For the islanders, encounters with crabs during the migration are just part of island life


Most of the time we just work around the crabs and take them for granted


After two weeks of marching, the first wave of crabs reaches the ocean


The weary travellers dip in the ocean to replace body fluids and salts


The eggs hatch immediately on contact with the water


Baby crabs navigate their way into the rainforest …


Hey ! No room for “intruders” in our land…………