Protea

There are so many interesting flowers.

  • Proteas are also known as sugarbushes.
  • Protea flowers are native to South Africa.
  • Proteas are named after the Greek mythology god ‘Proteus’ who can change it’s form, as there are many different looking proteas.
  • Proteas were introduced to Europe in the 1700s by keen botanists.
  • Proteas are from the family Proteaceae.

Protea, Vase, Three, Bunch, Red, Pink, Sugarbush, Flower, Australia, Ten Random Facts

  • The South African cricket team is named after the protea; calling themselves ‘The Proteas’.
  • The protea genus has approximately 100 species, all evergreen, ranging from small shrubs to large trees.
  • Proteas flower in autumn, winter and spring and are very popular as cut flowers and are widely used by florists.
  • Protea leaves often feel like leather.
  • Protea flowers are pink, cream or red in colour.
Bibliography:
Plant Profile: Protea 2011, Gardening Australia, <http://www.abc.net.au/gardening/stories/s1866643.htm>

Kilimanjaro National Park

Game park, forest park, national park.

  • Kilimanjaro National Park is located in Tanzania, Africa, near the equator.
  • Kilimanjaro National Park contains the famous volcano, Mount Kilimanjaro, one of the world’s largest volcanos which is also the tallest African mountain.
  • Kilimanjaro National Park covers an area of over 750 square km (290 square miles).
  • In 1910, Kilimanjaro National Park was declared a game reserve by the German and in 1921, the park was declared a forest reserve.
  • Many animals are found in the vicinity of Kilimanjaro National Park , and the Kilimanjaro tree hyrax (a small nocturnal mammal) and Abott’s duiker (small antelope) are exclusive to the park’s region.
Mount Killimanjaro National Park, Grassland, Moore, Scenary, Landscape, Savanna, Arusha, Africa, Ten Random Facts, Flickr, Hotel DephilKilimanjaro National Park
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  • Part of the setting of the popular children’s film, “Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa”, is of Kilimanjaro National Park.
  • Kilimanjaro National Park was opened to the public in 1973 and declared a World Heritage site in 1987.
  • Approximately 52,000 people visit Kilimanjaro National Park every year.
  • In Kilimanjaro National Park there is the opportunity to view wildlife, hike or bush walk, and climb Mount Kilimanjaro, and to fish for trout in the park.
  • The African Chagga people live in Kilimanjaro National Park.
Bibliography:
Kilimanjaro National Park n.d., UNESC, <http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/403>

Ancient Egypt

Ancient Egypt is a dazzling place with 10 dazzling facts!

  • Ancient Egypt was established in 3100BC and fell to the Romans in 30BC.
  • The Ancient Egyptians invented Hieroglyphs, a symbolic language, around 3100BC.
  • The Karnak temple is the largest religious structure, which is still standing inEgypt, in the world. The full structure measures 80ha/200acres/809371m2 and took 500 years to complete.
  • The biggest pyramid in the world is the largest pyramid of Giza. It’s base measures 53,000m2.
  • The pyramids of Giza contain approximately 2,300,000 stone bricks.

Pyramids, Egypt, free digital photos, ten random facts

 Pyramids in Egypt

Image courtesy of Arvind Balaraman / Free Digital Photos
  • Each stone brick in an Egyptian pyramid weighs about 2.5t/2500Kg.
  • The Rosetta stone, a slab of granite found at Rashid (Rosetta), contains the language of the Ancient Egyptians – hieroglyphs, demotic script and Ancient Greek. You can find the stone at the British Museum.
  • Ancient Egyptian pharaohs where known as sons of the gods, with royalty and power.
  • The Ancient Egyptians mastered ship building around 3000BC.
  • Slaves were never used to construct the Ancient Egyptian pyramids.
Bibliography:
Ancient Egypt 6 October 2012 , Wikipedia, <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ancient_Egypt>
Macdonald, F 2003, Ancient Egyptians-an ancient civilisation brought vividly to life, HarperCollins, London

A History of Ancient Egypt: From the First Farmers to the Great Pyramid Ancient Egypt

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