Reading Test: Beautiful Natural Places II

Argentino Lake, Patagonia, Argentina

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Tassili n’Ajjer, the Sahara, Algeria.

Tassili n'Ajjer, the Sahara, Algeria
Tassili n’Ajjer, the Sahara, Algeria

Spreading all across North Africa, Sahara is the largest hot desert in the world. Its borders are the Red Sea in the east, the Mediterranean Sea in the north, and the Atlantic Ocean in the west. In Arabic, sahara means “deserts”.

People have lived on the more fertile edges of the Sahara for thousands of years. The desert used to be much wetter and, for this reason, richer in animal and plant life. Fossils and 12,000 years old rock art formations found in Tassili n’Ajjer serve as a proof.

Tassili n’Ajjer is in fact a large sandstone rock formation, composed of more than 300 arches, pillars, and steep cliffs. Several endangered plant species unique to the region can be found here.

Argentino Lake, Patagonia, Argentina.

Located within the Los Glaciares National Park, Lake Argentino is the biggest freshwater lake in Argentina. Its waters flow to the Atlantic Ocean through a river, and are known for large glaciers.

This beautiful lake is located in the region of Patagonia, which comprises the entire southern section of the South American continent. Its name derives from the word patagón, first used Ferdinand Magellan, a Portuguese explorer, to describe the native people of that region.

Being near to the South Pole, Patagonia in fact has a very cold climate. That said, Patagonia is home to several types of penguins. The most common are the Magellanic, named after the same explorer who saw them there in 1520. They usually arrive at the Patagonian coast in September and stay until March to breed.

Railay Beach, Krabi, Thailand.

Krabi is a true gem of Thailand. This province consists a long white sand coastline, a jungle, and more than 200 small islands. This place is warm all year long, although it is subject to the rainy season which lasts for six months.

Accessible only by boat, Railay is a small peninsula near the city of Krabi. The Railay beach is famous for the large cliffs which surround it. For a long time, these cliffs have been attracting adventurous rock climbers.

There are no roads, cars or city noises, so Railay is a very cut off location. Tourists can go to Railay to relax on the beach and go on rock climbing tours.

Pamukkale, Turkey.

Pamukkale, Turkey

In Turkish, pammuk kale means “cotton castle”, however, this purely white natural site is not made of cotton. From afar, Pamukkale looks like it is the only spot covered in snow in the entire region, but what makes it white is actually travertine, a mineral.

Natural pools with hot water are spread out all over Pamukkale. The underground volcanic activity keeps the water hot at all times. The visitors were once free to relax in these hot water springs, however, nearly all of them are now they are closed for bathing due to pollution.

The hill of Pammukale hides another secret – behind it, there are a well-preserved theater and other remnants of the ancient Greco-Roman city of Hierapolis.

St. Mary’s Cape, Newfoundland, Canada.

St. Mary’s Cape, Newfoundland, Canada

The Canadian island of Newfoundland has many capes. St. Mary’s Cape is known for its wildlife reserve, being home to one of the largest seabird colonies on the island. Tens of thousands of different kinds of birds can be found all over this small place.

Newfoundland, located on the southeastern edge of Canada, was first visited by an Icelandic Viking in the 11th century, and only discovered by European explorers in the late 15th century.

The island is also Britain’s oldest colony, having been claimed by Sir Humphrey Gilbert in 1583. Today, native species like the Newfoundland beaver and black bear enjoy this wonderful island.

 

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