@San Francisco Bay -- #City Fans 8021 and 0 are talking about this page San Francisco Bay is a shallow estuary in the U.S. state of California. It is surrounded by a contiguous region known as the San Francisco Bay Area (often simply "the Bay Area"), dominated by the large cities San Francisco, Oakland, and San Jose.San Francisco Bay drains water from approximately 40 percent of California. Water from the Sacramento and San Joaquin rivers, and from the Sierra Nevada mountains, flow into Suisun Bay, which then travels through the Carquinez Strait to meet with the Napa River at the entrance to San Pablo Bay, which connects at its south end to San Francisco Bay. It then connects to the Pacific Ocean via the Golden Gate strait. However, this entire group of interconnected bays is often called the San Francisco Bay.The bay was designated a Ramsar Wetland of International Importance on February 2, 2013.SizeThe bay covers somewhere between 400and, depending on which sub-bays, estuaries, wetlands, and so on are included in the measurement. The main part of the bay measures 3to wide east-to-west and somewhere between 48mi1 and 60mi2 north-to-south. It is the largest Pacific estuary in the Americas.
@Captiva Island -- #Island Fans 8198 and 0 are talking about this page Captiva Island is an island in Lee County in southwest Florida, located just offshore in the Gulf of Mexico. Captiva Island is just north of Sanibel Island.HistoryAccording to local folklore, Captiva got its name because the pirate captain José Gaspar (Gasparilla) held his female prisoners on the island for ransom (or worse). However, the supposed existence of José Gaspar is sourced from an advertising brochure of an early 20th-century developer, and may be a fabrication.Around 3000 B.C., the sands of Captiva started to erode, resulting in the eventual formation of Sanibel Island. The Gulf of Mexico waters were eight feet lower than they are today. It is said that the first inhabitants of Captiva were The Calusa Indians. The population of the Calusa is believed to have reached as many as 50,000 people. "Calusa" means "fierce people", and they were described as a war-like people. The Calusa Indians were resistant to colonization and attacked any explorers who came into their territory. Calusa Indians built their houses on stilts without walls. They wove palmetto leaves together to build roves (twisted strands of fibers). The Calusa Indians fished for food on the coast, bays, rivers, and waterways. They did not farm. “The men and boys of the tribe made nets from palm tree webbing to catch mullet, pinfish, pigfish, and catfish. They used spears to catch eels and turtles. They made fish bone arrowheads to hunt for animals such as deer. The women and children learned to catch shellfish like conchs, crabs, clams, lobsters, and oysters.” The Calusa Indians used the shells on the island for utensils, jewelry, tools, weapons, and ornaments.
@Pulau Nias -- #Region Fans 3907 and 0 are talking about this page Nias adalah kepulauan yang terletak di sebelah barat pulau Sumatera, Indonesia, dan secara administratif berada dalam wilayah Provinsi Sumatera Utara. Pulau ini merupakan pulau terbesar dan paling maju di antara jejeran pulau-pulau di pantai barat Sumatera, dihuni oleh mayoritas suku Nias yang masih memiliki budaya megalitik. Daerah ini memiliki objek wisata penting seperti selancar, rumah tradisional, penyelaman, fahombo . Pulau dengan luas wilayah 5.625 km² ini berpenduduk hampir 900.000 jiwa.Agama mayoritas di daerah ini adalah Kristen Protestan dimana 90% penduduknya memeluk agama ini, sedangkan sisanya beragama Katolik, Islam, dan Budha. Penduduk yang memeluk agama Islam pada umumnya berada di wilayah pesisir Kepulauan Nias.Pulau Nias yang sebelumnya adalah hanya 1 kabupaten saja, saat ini telah dimekarkan menjadi empat kabupaten dan 1 kota, yaitu Kabupaten Nias, Kabupaten Nias Selatan, Kabupaten Nias Barat, Kabupaten Nias Utara, dan Kota Gunungsitoli.Pembagian Daerah PemerintahanKota GunungsitoliKabupaten Nias UtaraKabupaten Nias Barat
@Rohtang Pass -- #Tour Agency Fans 14016 and 0 are talking about this page http://chotikashitravels.com/ Rohtang Pass , is a high mountain pass on the eastern Pir Panjal Range of the Himalayas around 51km from Manali. It connects the Kullu Valley with the Lahaul and Spiti Valleys of Himachal Pradesh, India.GeographyThe pass provides a natural divide between the Kullu Valley with a primarily Hindu culture (in the south), and the arid high-altitude Lahaul and Spiti valleys with a Buddhist culture (in the north). The pass lies on the watershed between the Chenab and Beas basins. On the southern side of this pass, the Beas River emerges from underground and flows southward and on its northern side, the Chandra River (flows from the eastern Himalayas), a source stream of the river Chenab, flows westward.OverviewThe pass is open from May to November. It is not particularly high or difficult to cross on foot by Himalayan standards, but it has a well-deserved reputation for being dangerous because of unpredictable snowstorms and blizzards.This pass is an ancient trade route between the people on either side of Pir Panjal. The local name for this pass is a generic name of pass. There are many other passes in Lahaul and Spiti which have specific names (Kunzam La, Baralacha La, etc.). This is suggestive of the fact that this must have been the oldest and most frequented pass in the region, or the fact that it is the main pass leading from one cultural region to another, quite different one, to the north.
@Ko Lanta Yai -- #Travel Service Fans 371 and 0 are talking about this page http://pl.wikipedia.org/wiki/index.html?curid=1125619 Ko Lanta Yai is in the Andaman Sea off the west coast of Thailand, between the Phi Phi Islands and the mainland. It is administratively part of Krabi Province, most of which is on the mainland. Together with neighboring Ko Lanta Noi which forms Ko Lanta archipelago and several other islands it forms the amphoe of Ko Lanta District. The island is 25km long and 6km wide, with an area of 81km2, and a small portion of it belongs to the Mu Ko Lanta National Park. The area was designated as the 62nd national park of Thailand in 1990.Recently it has become well known, especially in Sweden. The island is relatively less developed with most of the accommodation available being basic bamboo huts. In 2015 a new bridge was built connecting it to the island of Ko Lanta Noi. There are very few paved roads on the island, mostly in the north, and they deteriorate gradually towards the south.Ban Saladan, the main town and port, is at the northern tip of the island and is served by ferries from Krabi, Phuket, and Phi Phi. The main beaches are on the western shores of the island, the largest being Klong Dao, Pra-Ae, and Klong Khong Beach. There are other, much less accessible, beaches at the southern end.Lanta escaped the worst of the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake. Although there was widespread devastation along the west coast, significantly fewer injuries and fatalities were reported in comparison to the Phi Phi Islands. It is thought 11 people lost their lives. Assisted by tourists, most businesses were up and running within a few days.
@Sumatra -- #Geographical Place Fans 2506 and 0 are talking about this page Sumatra is a large island in western Indonesia that is part of the Sunda Islands. It is the largest island that is entirely in Indonesia and the sixth-largest island in the world at 473,481 km2 .Sumatra is an elongated landmass spanning a diagonal northwest-southeast axis. The Indian Ocean borders the west, northwest, and southwest sides of Sumatra with the island chain of Simeulue, Nias and Mentawai bordering the southwestern coast. On the northeast side the narrow Strait of Malacca separates the island from the Malay Peninsula, an extension of the Eurasian continent. On the southeast the narrow Sunda Strait separates Sumatra from Java. The northern tip of Sumatra borders the Andaman Islands, while on the lower eastern side are the islands of Bangka and Belitung, Karimata Strait and the Java Sea. The Bukit Barisan mountains, which contain several active volcanoes, form the backbone of the island, while the northeast sides are outlying lowlands with swamps, mangrove and complex river systems. The equator crosses the island at its center on West Sumatra and Riau provinces. The climate of the island is tropical, hot and humid with lush tropical rain forest once dominating the landscape.
@Roanoke Island -- #Landmark & Historical Place Fans 805 and 0 are talking about this page Roanoke Island is an island in Dare County on the Outer Banks of North Carolina, United States. It was named after the historical Roanoke Carolina Algonquian people who inhabited the area in the 16th century at the time of English exploration.About eight miles (12 km) long and two miles (3 km) wide, Roanoke Island lies between the mainland and the barrier islands near Nags Head, with Albemarle Sound on its north, Roanoke Sound at the eastern end, Croatan Sound to the west, and Wanchese CDP at the southern end. The town of Manteo is located on the northern portion of the island, and is the county seat of Dare County. Fort Raleigh National Historic Site is on the north end of the island. There is a land area of 17.95sqmi and a population of 6,724 as of the 2000 census.Located along U.S. Highway 64, a major highway from mainland North Carolina to the Outer Banks, Roanoke Island combines recreational and water features with historical sites and an outdoor theater to form one of the major tourist attractions of Dare County.
@Port Stephens -- #Arts & Entertainment Fans 539 and 0 are talking about this page Port Stephens, an open youthful tide dominated drowned valley estuary, is a large natural harbour of approximately located in the Hunter Region of New South Wales, Australia.Port Stephens lies within the Port Stephens-Great Lakes Marine Park and is situated about 160km north-east of Sydney. The harbour lies wholly within the local government area of Port Stephens; although its northern shoreline forms the boundary between the Port Stephens and Mid-Coast local government areas.According to the 2006 Census, more than people lived within 3km of its 113km long shoreline and more than lived within 10km.GeographyPort Stephens is formed through the confluence of the Myall and Karuah rivers, Tilligerry Creek, and the Tasman Sea of the South Pacific Ocean. The lower port has a predominantly marine ecology and the upper port an estuarine ecology. The area to the east of Port Stephens comprises the Tomago/Tomaree/Stockton sand beds.
@Tablas Island -- #Restaurant Fans 292 and 0 are talking about this page Tablas is the largest of the islands that comprise the province of Romblon in the Philippines. The name of the island was of Spanish origin. Before the colonization of the Philippines, Tablas was known as the Island of Osigan. At the time of contact with Westerners, Osigan had a population of two hundred and fifty people living in small villages. Wax was produced in this island.Odiongan, on the west central coast of the island, is a major port and the largest municipality of Romblon in terms of population. Tablas is administratively subdivided into the municipalities of Alcantara, Calatrava, Ferrol, Looc, Odiongan, San Agustin, San Andres, Santa Fe, and Santa Maria.GeographyThe island lies about 50km east from the southern part of Mindoro Island. The northern tip of Tablas is about 12km from Romblon Island. Mount Payaopao (also known as Tablas Summit on old maps) at the northeastern extremity of the island, is the highest peak on the island at 2182ft high and the second highest in the province (after Mount Guiting-Guiting).
@Isla Riesco -- #Region Fans 193 and 0 are talking about this page La isla Riesco es una isla de Chile localizada en el extremo meridional de América del Sur, en la ribera septentrional del estrecho de Magallanes. Administrativamente, la isla pertenece a la comuna de Río Verde, Región de Magallanes y de la Antártica Chilena. Tiene una superficie de 5.005 km², que la convierten en la cuarta mayor isla del país.GeografíaLa isla tiene los siguientes límites: al suroeste, las aguas del estrecho de Magallanes, frente a la isla Santa Inés; al oeste, el seno Skyring, que la separa de la isla Gamero y del continente; al noeste, el canal Fitz Roy, que la separa del continente; al sureste, el seno Otway, cuyas aguas la separan de la península Brunswick, también continente; Habitada primeramente por los kawéskar, hoy la isla se caracteriza por la presencia de una decena de estancias, todas en manos de particulares, en las que la crianza de ovejas es una de las principales labores que allí se realiza. Esto gracias a sus amplias llanuras, sin perjuicio de que algunos de los sectores, como cabo León, poseen relieve irregular que mezcla el paisaje montañoso de los Andes Patagónicos, bosque de coigüe de Magallanes y planicie. Además, en la isla hay un importante reducto de huemules en estado salvaje.