Sunday, October 13, 2013

10 Astonishing Viewing Platforms and Skywalks

Collection of the most spectacular lookouts, observation decks, and viewing platforms from all over the world. You’ll find the world’s most scary, bereathtaking, and awesome, the 10 astonishing viewing platforms and skywalks.
10. Grand Canyon Skywalk – United States
10 Astonishing Viewing Platforms
The Grand Canyon Skywalk is a transparent horseshoe-shaped cantilever bridge and tourist attraction in Arizona near the Colorado River on the edge of a side canyon in the Grand Canyon West area of the main canyon.
This steel and glass walkway extends 70 feet (21 meters) over the lip of the Grand Canyon, almost one mile above the valley floor. The 90 tons of glass were imported from Germany. The Skywalk, which is bolted to the canyon’s rim, can support the weight of 70 747 passenger jets.
9. The View from The Shard – England
10 Astonishing Viewing Platforms
London’s highest and best view. The Shard is the tallest building in Western Europe and The View From The Shard is located on floors 68, 69 and 72.
The best panoramas are from floor 72, at a height of 800 feet (244 meters).
This open-air observation deck offers 360-degree views of the city.
Visitors can also look up into the “shards” of glass that form the top of the skyscraper.
8. Stegastein Lookout – Norway
Scary skywalks
This lookout platform provides mind-blowing views of the surrounding mountains and Aurlandfjord. A must do if you’re not afraid of heights.The glass panel at the end of this walkway gives visitors the impression they could simply fall off the end.
Commissioned by the Norwegian Highway Department as part of a project to improve the appearance of the country’s tourist routes, the lookout allows visitors to look straight down into the Aurlandsfjord, 2,000 feet (609 meters) below.
7. Matteo Thun’s Viewing Platform – Italy
10 Astonishing Viewing Platforms
The best views of Italy’s Merano region are from this binocular-shaped viewing platform, high above the gardens’ huge oak forest.
The viewing platform is just one of several within the gardens, which were recently named Italy’s most beautiful gardens.
The platform is suspended over the Gardens of Trauttmansdorff and was designed by architect Matteo Thun in 2005.
6. Cliffwalk – Canada
Scary Viewing
The Cliffwalk is a 700-feet (213 meter) walkway attached to a granite cliff face above the Capilano River in British Columbia, Canada. The highest point is 300 feet (90 meters) above the river.
To attach the Cliffwalk, 16 anchor points were drilled 19 feet (six meters) into the rock face using 1,825 bolts, and 40 tons of steel were used.
The Cliffwalk also features two glass panels that have an anti-skid finish and were shipped over from Austria.
5. The Ledge – United States
10 Astonishing Viewing Platforms
At 1,353 feet and 110 stories above the streets of downtown Chicago, The Ledge at Willis Tower’s Skydeck will transform any visitor’s–or local’s for that matter–experience with the Windy City. The four boxes that make up The Ledge experience in Willis Tower, are made from half-ton panels of glass. The walls consist of three layers, each half an inch thick.
Visitors who step into one of the boxes can see for 50 miles across four states. Six million people have ventured into the boxes since 2009, 500 people have proposed in them and visitors can now even get married in them. The boxes retract into the building when the windows need cleaning.
4. EdgeWalk CN Tower – Canada
10 Astonishing Viewing Platforms
EdgeWalk is CN Tower’s most thrilling attraction in its history, and the first of its kind in North America. Located on the roof of the CN Tower’s restaurant at a height of 1,168 feet (356 meters), it is the world’s highest full circle hands-free walk.The EdgeWalk allows visitors to slip into climbing harnesses and walk around the edge of Canada’s tallest structure.
There’s also a glass floor 1,122 feet (342 meters) above ground level, and although the glass is only 2.5 inches thick, it’s reportedly strong enough to hold 14 hippos — if they could fit in the elevator. CN Tower also has glass-floored observation deck and outdoor SkyTerrace.
3. AlpspiX Viewing Platform – Germany
10 Astonishing Viewing Platforms
At the base of Alpspitze peak, visitors will find the AlpspiX Viewing Platform hovering 13 meters (42 feet) over an empty void in the shape of an ‘X’ with two protruding platforms.
The towering structure is situated in the Garmisch-Partenkirchen region of the country and provides panoramic views of surrounding Hoellental and Garmisch.
Visitors brave enough to walk to the end of the glass-walled platforms can look 3,281 feet (1,000 meters) down into the valley. The platform remains open in winter, when the grid flooring allows snow and ice to pass through.
2. Tokyo Skytree Observation Decks – Japan
10 Astonishing Viewing Platforms
The Tokyo Skytree is the world’s tallest tower, third-tallest structure, with a height of 2,080 feet (634 meters), and has Japan’s two tallest observation decks: the lower one is located at 1,148 feet (350 meters) and has a section of glass flooring. The upper one, which has floor-to-ceiling windows and 360-degree-views of the city, has a height of 1476 feet (450 meters). On a clear day, Mount Fuji can be seen from the observation decks.
1. Dachstein Stairway to Nothingness – Austria
10 Astonishing Viewing Platforms
Situated near the town of Schladming. The 100m long suspension bridge offers spectacular views of the Alps, but at such dizzying heights only the bravest are likely to test their mettle.
Visitors to Dachstein’s Stairway to Nothingness must first cross Austria’s highest bridge, with a 1,300ft drop to the bottom of the mountains. They then face 14 steps that descend from the cliff face and which are surrounded by glass walls.
The entire structure took six months to build and was created by an engineering firm specializing in high-altitude construction.The bridge that leads to the steps is the highest in Austria.

10 Beutiful Infinity Pools That Will Make You Want To Swim

Visually stunning and always situated on a gorgeous backdrop, Infinity pools are surely the most beautiful man-made pools in existence. They are definitely the most luxurious water feature you can have at home.An infinity pool (disappearing edge pool) is a swimming or reflecting pool that produces a visual effect of water extending to the horizon, vanishing, or extending to “infinity.” According to one version the infinity pool progenitor was the French fountain “Deer” (Stag Fountain), built in the early 17th century, the Palace of Versailles. According to other reports, the infinity pool was invented on the Indonesian island “Bali”. Infinity pools are often seen at exotic resorts and exclusive estates, in advertisements and in other luxurious places.
Here we present a list of world’s best, 10 stunning infinity pools that will make you want to swim.
An Infinity Edge Swimming Pool, Skypark at Marina Bay Sands Hotel – Singapore.
10 Stunning Infinity Pools
Stunning Infinity Pool at Golden Triangle Resort – Chiang Rai, Thailand.
10 Stunning Infinity Pools
An Infinity Edge Pool at Hotel Irotama – Santa Marta, Colombia.
Stunning Infinity Pool at Golden Triangle Resort – Chiang Rai, Thailand.
Beautiful Reflection Infinity Pool – Los Cabos, Mexico.
Los Cabos, Mexico beautiful pool
Amazing Infinity Pool by the Sea – Phuket, Thailand.
10 Stunning Infinity Pools
Rangali Island Infinity Pool – Maldives.
10 Stunning Infinity Pools
Infinity Pool Reflecting the Sky at Hotel Villa Mahal – Turkey.
10 Stunning Infinity Pools
Infinity Pool Aerial Shot at Alila Ubud Hotel – Bali, Indonesia.
10 Stunning Infinity Pools
Natural Infinity Pool Tat Kuang Si Waterfall – Luang Prabang, Laos.
10 Stunning Infinity Pools
Lake Manyara Serena Lodge Infinity Pool – Tanzania, Africa.
10 Stunning Infinity Pools
Stunning Infinity Pool Murni’s Villa – Ubud, Bali.
10 Stunning Infinity Pools

Top 10 Best Cars in The World

The best cars on the world’s market have always held a great fascination for automobile enthusiasts throughout the decades. We spend so much time looking at and drooling over these cars for a number of reasons. For most of us, actually driving these cars (let alone owning them) is nothing more than a beautiful daydream. But that doesn’t mean we can’t spend time looking closely at some of the best and most expensive vehicles in the world and how they’re changing the face of the automobile industry.
Here is the list of the top 10 Best Cars in the world today. The following cars are listed according to their quality, drivability, features, and value—not necessarily on price alone. Because when it comes to the best, price isn’t always the most trustworthy indicator.Top 10 Best Cars in The World Market Today.

10.  Aston Martin Vanquish

10 Best Cars
The Aston Martin Vanquish is a grand tourer that was introduced in 2001 as a successor to the ageing Virage range. The first-generation V12 Vanquish was unveiled at the 2001 Geneva Motor Show. It featured as the official James Bond car in the film Die Another Day. The Vanquish S was unveiled in 2004 with a more powerful engine and improved aerodynamics. The Vanquish S and V12 Vanquish were replaced by the DBS in 2007. In 2012 the Vanquish name was revived for the successor to the DBS. In 2013, Aston Martin reveals 183-mph Vanquish droptop. With a carbon-fiber body and huge 12-cylinder engine, there is no holding back the performance of Aston Martin’s new convertible, the Vanquish Volante. The droptop coupe has a top speed of 183 miles an hour.

9.  SSC Ultimate Aero

10 Best Cars
The SSC Ultimate Aero is an American-built mid-engine sports car by SSC North America. This American car is actually the 3rd fastest street legal car in the world with a top speed of 257 mph and reaching 0-60 mph in 2.7 seconds. It is estimated that only 25 of this exact model will be produced.

8.  Maybach Landaulet

10 Best Cars
The Landaulet is the most expensive sedan on the market and it can go from 0-60 mph in 5.2 seconds. It is one the most luxurious cars ever made, this comes with a convertible roof that fully opens at the rear. This Maybach is made especially for CEOs and Executives who have their own personal driver.

7.  Porsche Carrera GT

10 Best Cars
The Porsche Carrera GT is a mid-engined sports car. It was manufactured by Porsche between 2004–2007 in Leipzig, Germany. Sports Car International named the Carrera GT number one on its list of Top Sports Cars of the 2000s, and number eight on Top Sports Cars of All Time list.

6. Pagani Zonda C12 F

10 Best Cars
The Pagani Zonda C12 F is a sports car built by the Italian manufacturer Pagani. The Pagani Zonda C12 F is the one of most expensive car in the world. It promises to deliver a top speed of 215 mph and go from 0-60 mph in 3.5 seconds.

5. Enzo Ferrari

10 Best Cars
Named after the company’s founder, Enzo Ferrari, this car is a 12 cylinder mid-engine berlinetta. It was built in 2002 using Formula One technology. The most popular supercar ever built. The Enzo has a top speed of 217 mph and able to go from 0 to 60 mph in 3.4 seconds. Only 400 were produced and it is currently being sold for over $1,000,000 at auctions.

4.  McLaren F1

10 Best Cars
The McLaren F1 is a sports car designed and manufactured by McLaren Automotive. The car features numerous proprietary designs and technologies. It is lighter and has a more streamlined structure than many modern sports cars. In 1994, the McLaren F1 was the fastest and most expensive car. Even though it was built more than 15 years ago, it still has an unbelievable top speed of 240 mph and reaching 60 mph in 3.2 seconds. Even today, the McLaren F1 is still top on the list and outperforms other supercars.

3. Koenigsegg CCXR

10 Best Cars
The Koenigsegg CCXR is a mid-engined roadster from Swedish car manufacturer Koenigsegg. The CCXR is powered by a modified twin-supercharged V8 engine from the CCX, converted to use E85 or E100 ethanol fuel as well as standard 98 octane petrol. Purpose of modification is to make the engine flexible with different fuels.
It achieved top speed of over 400 km/h while running on bio fuels like E85 and E100. CCXR is successor to Koenigsegg’s first hyper car CCX with modified flexfuel engine, capable of burning both of normal gasoline and ethanol fuels. The designer of the CCXR, and founder of Koenigsegg, Christian von Koenigsegg is quoted as saying, “Our engineers couldn’t quite believe the figures when we tested the car”. In March 2009 the CCXR was chosen by Forbes as one of the ten most beautiful cars in history.
2. Lamborghini Reventon
10 Best Cars
The Lamborghini Reventón is a mid-engine sports car that debuted at the 2007 Frankfurt Motor Show. It was the most expensive Lamborghini road car until the Lamborghini Veneno was launched, costing two million dollars. Its top speed was recorded in Dubai, UAE at 221 miles per hour (355.7 km/h).
The most powerful and the most expensive Lamborghini ever built is the 2nd on the list. It takes 3.3 seconds to reach 60 mph and it has a top speed of 211 mph. Its rare (limited to 20) and slick design are the reasons why it is expensive and costly to own. It is a car with seating capacity of two persons. It was produced in a limited number totaling around 27 including 7 for museums.

1. Bugatti Veyron

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The Bugatti Veyron is, by every measure, the world’s most extreme production road car. It’s the quickest to 60, has the highest top speed, and can absolutely dominate a track. The Bugatti Veyron EB 16.4 is a mid-engined grand touring car, designed and developed by the Volkswagen Group and manufactured in Molsheim, France by Bugatti Automobiles S.A.S.
This is by far the most expensive street legal production car available on the market today (the base Veyron costs $1,700,000). Capable of reaching 0-60 mph in 2.5 seconds, the Veyron is the fastest street legal car when tested again on July 10, 2010 with the 2010 Super Sport Version reaching a top speed of 267 mph. On 6 April 2013, Bugatti set the record for the fastest roadster in the world with the Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse, reaching on average a top speed of 408.84 km/h (254.04 mph).

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Cyclonic Storm Phailin

Very Severe Cyclonic Storm Phailin is a tropical cyclone in October 2013 that has affected Thailand, Myanmar and the Indian states of Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Odisha, Andhra Pradesh and West Bengal.The system was first noted as a tropical depression within the Gulf of Thailand, to the west of Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam. Over the next few days, the system moved westwards within an area of low to moderate vertical wind shear, before as it passed over the Malay Peninsula, it moved out of the Western Pacific Basin on October 6. The system emerged into the Andaman Sea during the next day and moved west-northwest into an improving environment for further development.


The system was subsequently named Phailin on October 9, after it had developed into a cyclonic storm and passed over the Andaman and Nicobar Islands into the Bay of Bengal. After it was named, Phailin rapidly intensified and developed an eye, and became a very severe cyclonic storm on October 10, equivalent to a category 1 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson hurricane wind scale (SSHWS). On October 11, Phailin became equivalent to a category 5 hurricane on the SSHWS before it started to weaken during the next day as it approached the Indian state of Orissa. The system subsequently made landfall later that day, near Gopalpur on Odisha coast at around 2130 IST (1600 UTC).

Officials said around 12 million people may be affected, 600 buildings have been identified as cyclone shelters, and people are being evacuated from areas near the coast, including Ganjam, Puri, Khordha and Jagatsinghapur districts in Odisha. The cyclone has prompted India's biggest evacuation in 23 years with more than 550,000 people moved up from the coastline in Odisha and Andhra Pradesh to safer places.


Meteorological history
On October 4, the Japan Meteorological Agency began monitoring a tropical depression that developed in the Gulf of Thailand, about 400 km (250 mi) west of Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam. Over the next couple of days the system moved westward within an area of low to moderate vertical wind shear. As it passed over the Malay Peninsula, it moved out of the Western Pacific Basin on October 6. The system subsequently emerged into the Andaman Sea during the next day, before the India Meteorological Department (IMD) started to monitor the system as Depression BOB 04 early on October 8. During that day the system moved towards the west-northwest into an environment for further development. The IMD reported that the system had become a deep depression early on October 9 as it intensified and consolidated further. The United States Joint Typhoon Warning Center subsequently initiated advisories on the depression and designated it as Tropical Cyclone 02B, before the system slightly weakened, as it passed near to Mayabunder in the Andaman Islands and moved into the Bay of Bengal. After moving into the Bay of Bengal, the system quickly reorganized as it moved along the southern edge of a subtropical ridge of high pressure. The IMD reported that the system had intensified into a cyclonic storm and named it Phailin.

After it was named, Phailin rapidly intensified further, and became equivalent to a category 1 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson hurricane wind scale (SSHWS) early on October 10, after bands of atmospheric convection had wrapped into the systems low level circulation center and formed an eye feature. Later that day the IMD reported that the system had become a very severe cyclonic storm, before the JTWC reported that Phailin had become equivalent to a category 4 hurricane on the SSHWS, after it had rapidly intensified throughout that day. Early the next day the system underwent an eyewall replacement cycle and formed a new eyewall which subsequently consolidated. After the new eyewall had consolidated the system slightly intensified further with the JTWC reporting that the system had reached its peak intensity, with 1-minute sustained windspeeds of 260 km/h (160 mph) which made it equivalent to a category 5 hurricane on the SSHWS. Early on October 12, the system started to weaken with Phailins eye starting to rapidly deteriorate as the system moved towards the Indian coast.The system subsequently made landfall later that day near Gopalpur in the Indian state of Odisha, between 20:30 – 21:30 IST (15:00 – 16:00 UTC) as a very severe cyclonic storm.

Preparations and impact
 Phailin while undergoing its second Eyewall replacement cycle and nearing landfall on 12 October 2013.

Andaman and Nicobar Islands
On October 8, the IMD warned the Andaman and Nicobar Islands that squally to gale force windspeeds would be recorded over the islands and surrounding sea areas during the next two days.[8] They also warned that heavy to very heavy rainfall would occur over the islands while some damage to thatched huts, power and communication lines was expected.[8] These warnings were continued until October 11, when the IMD noted that no further adverse weather, would occur over the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.[25] Within the islands the Directorate of Health Services opened a Medical Camp in Rangat, while the Deputy Commissioner, Police and Fire Services all ensured there were no casualties.[26] Rainfall totals of over 335 mm (13.2 in) were recorded in Mayabunder and on the Long Island on 9th October in 24 hrs.[26] In 72 hrs Mayabunder got 735 mm rainfall.
Government issued a high alert to the districts of Balasore, Bhadrak, Mayurbhanj, Keonjhar, Dhenkanal, Jajpur, Cuttack, Jagatsinghpur, Kendrapara, Puri, Khurda, Nayagarh, Ganjam and Gajapati; and cancelled the Dusshera holidays of employees of all 30 districts of the state, asking them to ensure safety of people. Food and relief materials were stocked-up at storm shelters across the state.[30] Distant storm warning signal was raised to two at the ports of Paradip and Gopalpur. The Chief Minister of Odisha wrote to the Union Defence Minister seeking support from defence personnel, particularly the Air Force and Navy, for rescue and relief operations. Indian Air Force choppers were kept on standby in West Bengal to move in for help at short notice. Odisha (formerly known as Orissa) government has made arrangements for over 100,000 food packets for relief.
Heavy rainfall led to the death of a man in Bhubaneswar after a tree fell on him. Gusty winds led to many downed trees and powerlines.[34] Due to high winds, seven other people were killed in Odisha due to falling trees.

Andhra Pradesh
The Andhra Pradesh government and the Chief Minister met representatives of the Army and Navy seeking their assistance if required.[36] Utility workers striking against the division of Andhra Pradesh called off their strike, partly in view of the cyclone threat to the coastal districts.[37]The state government ordered the evacuation of 64,000 people living in low-lying areas.

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