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The Atlantropa

Atlantropa was a huge construction and colonization idea produced by the German architect Herman Sörgel in the 1920s. He intended to connect the continents of Europe and Africa throughout the partial evaporation of the Mediterranean Sea (drain 1/5 of the Mediterranean sea), allowing millions of Europeans to get a new life in what would become the Eurafrican supercontinent (Atlantropa). The new supercontinent would provide food for 150 million people. The idea was caused by the then-new understanding of the  Messinian salinity crisis , a pan-Mediterranean geological event that took place 5- 6 million years ago. The basin of the Mediterranean Sea is hydrologically deficient, which means that it loses water by evaporation rather than gains by the supplying of rivers. Its primary object was a hydroelectric barrier to be built crossed the Strait of Gibraltar, which would have produced enormous amounts of hydroelectricity (365.000MW) and would have led to the lowering of the surface of the M

A large, rural tiny house on wheels

The large and rural Denali XL tiny house has 399 square feet of floor space plus the 65-square-foot attic above the bathroom. The company 'Timbercraft Tiny Homes' has expanded the standard Denali from 37 feet long to 42 feet long on a full trailer with wheels to better get this comfortable tiny house from point A to point B. High ceilings and window-filled walls give this home an atmospheric feel. Powered windows in the living room open automatically via timers, rain sensors, or manually with a wall switch. Thoughtfully-designed shiplap walls, tinted wood ceilings, oak floors and Sierra Pacific wood-clad skylights fill the space. In the kitchen, a 24-inch four-burner gas range with a full stove makes it comfortable to cook a complete meal. The kitchen also features a summit refrigerator with a large freezer on the bottom, a trash compactor and dishwasher.   The tiny home is heated and cooled with two interior mini-split units placed in both the bedroom and kitchen.  The bathroo

The happiest countries in the world

What is happiness? The word happiness is related not only in the meaning of mental or emotional states but also used in the sense of life satisfaction and personal well-being. The king of Bhutan, Jigme Singye Wangchuck, said, “We do not believe in Gross National Product. Gross National Happiness is more important.” There is truth in his words. Wealth is not an end in itself. Why do you need a lot of money if you are unhappy? Since then, many trials have been made to evaluate happiness. One such effort is a World Happiness Report. How to evaluate happiness? The World Happiness Report is a benchmark survey of the state of happiness that ranks countries by how happy their citizens see themselves to be. The happiness rating correlates with various life factors: GDP per capita, social support, healthy life expectancy, freedom to make life choices, generosity, and the absence of corruption. Well-being inequality significantly reduces average life evaluations, meaning that people are celebrat

The atlas of the U.S. in the style of Joy Division

Profiles have long been used to show a change in slope by depicting the variations in height along as if the terrain has been sliced open. Vivid Maps tried to use the same method to depict the variation in any measurable value across a surface, with lines representing a value of data vertically, such as in this extract of altitude, precipitation, population, or whatever. The name ‘Joy Plot’ was created by Jenny Bryan in 2017 and related to the original presentation album “Unknown Pleasures,” published in 1979 by Joy Division, from England. Joy Division became one of the most famous post-punk groups. The album’s cover “Unknown Pleasures” was a reinterpretation of the image of radio waves from the first observed pulsar. Cornell student Harold Craft showed the original model in 1970 in his thesis, and then the image was printed in the Cambridge Encyclopedia of Astronomy. The atlas of maps in the style of Joy Division shows elevation, precipitation and population density in the United St

The spread of the olive tree in the Mediterranean Basin

The olive ( Olea europaea ) is a small evergreen tree native for the Mediterranean Basin. The olive was originally planted seven thousand years ago in the eastern part of the Mediterranean region.  It is supposed to have first been planted in early times by autochthonous Middle Eastern people. Presumably indigenous to Syria, between 4000 and 1400 BCE, it expanded to Egypt, Crete, and Attica and then to the rest of the Mediterranean basin with the help of the Greeks, Phoenicians, and Carthaginians, where its cultivation was favoured by especially suitable climate and soils. As a result, the olive tree has coexisted with people for nearly 5 000 years. Spanish colonials carried the olive to the Nort and South America, where its horticulture prospered in now in Argentia, Chile, and Peru. Later Spanish missionaries planted the tree in the 18th century in California. As a native to the dry subtropical Mediterranean region, it adapts very well to severe environmental and agricultural conditio