Want to feel winter with snow and see buildings from ice sculptures? January is the right time to fly to Heilongjiang Province in China. The Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival, which was named the world’s largest ice and snow festival, was officially opened. With an area of 600,000 square meters, visitors can see 100 iconic buildings from 12 countries made of ice at this festival. The entire ice building is obtained from the cold water of the Songhua River in winter.
It took 110,000 cubic meters of ice and 120,000 cubic meters of snow to make the entire building in the Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival.
In addition to buildings of ice, visitors can also see giant Buddha statues made from 4,500 cubic meters of ice, 3D light shows reflected in the ice building, and a 340 meter long artificial aurora borealis.
To enter the Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival, a fee of 330 RMB is equivalent to Rp. 700,000. Around the location of the festival there are also many free activities, such as making snowmen of various sizes and shapes beside the river. The target is 2,019 snowmen who want to be made.
Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival was first held in 1985, inspired by Heilongjiang regional traditional lanterns made from ice and then put on ice. Besides the International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival, another world-famous ice festival is the Sapporo Snow Festival in Japan, Canada’s Quebec Winter Carnival and Norway’s Holmenkollen Ski Festival.
The Sahara Desert The Climate Changes Every 20,000 Years
Sahara is a dry and unfriendly desert that is human. However, 20,000 years ago this area was an oasis for various living things and so was the fate of another 20,000 years. Researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) analyzed dust deposits that have been on the coast of west Africa for the past 240,000 years. In particular, they studied a rare isotope called thorium at each layer to find out how fast it accumulated on the ocean floor. The results of the analysis of the researchers, published in the journal Science Advances, revealed that the Sahara and North Africa change their climate between wet and dry every 20,000 years.
This change is caused by changes in the earth’s axis when it orbits the sun. Because, changes in the earth’s axis affect the distribution of sunlight between seasons. Read also: Researchers Call the Sahara Desert Can Be Green, Origin … When the earth was in a position to receive maximum sunlight in the summer, monsoon activity in the North African area became increasingly intense so the Sahara turned green. Conversely, if the position of the earth reduces the arrival of summer sunlight, then the Sahara becomes dry as it is today. Reporting from Xinhua, MIT Associate Professor, David McGee said that this discovery revealed more about the history of the Sahara desert, especially to find out when humans live in the area and cross it to get out of Africa
Architecture of Floating House Design Like a Luxury Cruise Ship
Amid the threat of global warming that has an impact on changes in extreme weather, what is the most appropriate shelter to build? For Arkup, a Florida-based company, multi-level cruises that double as modern homes are the answer. Arkup designed a residence that could float where at the same time it also functioned as a cruise ship. This residence is equipped with hydraulic legs that can lift the building to reach a height of 20 feet or about 6 meters. In addition, immersed solar panels can produce power up to 30 kW which can later be used to turn on double wheels, electricity, and various other electronic equipment.
“Floating houses are a residential concept popular in several parts of the world,” Arkup wrote as quoted by the New Atlas. Even though it functions like a ship, Arkup believes that anyone who enters it will not feel drunk. Because, the building that was designed as large as 404 meters was judged to be as sturdy as a house, although it can run at speeds of seven knots, resisting storms and waves, including winds up to speeds of 155 mph
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