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Shibam, the 16th-century city in Yemen, consisted entirely of over 500 high-rise tower houses. Why were the houses built that way? For defense! The houses of Shibam are all made out of mud brick and rise 5 to 11 stories high, with each floor having one or two rooms. This architectural style was used in order to protect residents from Bedouin attacks. Shibam is listed as UNSECO World Heritage Site.

Shibam, the 16th-century city in Yemen, consisted entirely of over 500 high-rise tower houses. Why were the houses built that way? For defense! The houses of Shibam are all made out of mud brick and rise 5 to 11 stories high, with each floor having one or two rooms. This architectural style was used in order to protect residents from Bedouin attacks. Shibam is listed as UNSECO World Heritage Site.

Who is the city of St. Louis named after? King of France! Louis IX (1214 – 1270) is the only canonised king of France, mostly due to his support and participation in the crusades. There are many places named after him, including the city of St. Louis, Missouri, and both the state and city of San Luis Potosí in Mexico.

Who is the city of St. Louis named after? King of France! Louis IX (1214 – 1270) is the only canonised king of France, mostly due to his support and participation in the crusades. There are many places named after him, including the city of St. Louis, Missouri, and both the state and city of San Luis Potosí in Mexico.

If you sail due east from New York City, which European country do you land in? Portugal! Generally, most of the Western Europe is located more to the north than the United States. New York has pretty much the same latitude as Naples, Madrid or Istanbul.  If you sail west from Great Britain (no matter which point you start at), you will land in Canada - the latitude of London corresponds to the southernmost shore of the Hudson Bay!

If you sail due east from New York City, which European country do you land in? Portugal! Generally, most of the Western Europe is located more to the north than the United States. New York has pretty much the same latitude as Naples, Madrid or Istanbul. If you sail west from Great Britain (no matter which point you start at), you will land in Canada - the latitude of London corresponds to the southernmost shore of the Hudson Bay!

This is Sable Island, known as the graveyard of the Atlantic. It is about 109 miles southeast of Nova Scotia. What is the island origin? Post-glacial! Sable Island is believed to have formed from a terminal moraine deposited on the continental shelf near the end of the last Ice Age.  It emerges from vast shoals and shallows which, in tandem with frequent fog and sudden storms, have caused over 350 recorded shipwrecks

This is Sable Island, known as the graveyard of the Atlantic. It is about 109 miles southeast of Nova Scotia. What is the island origin? Post-glacial! Sable Island is believed to have formed from a terminal moraine deposited on the continental shelf near the end of the last Ice Age. It emerges from vast shoals and shallows which, in tandem with frequent fog and sudden storms, have caused over 350 recorded shipwrecks

In which country practicing Buddhists constitute the largest part of population? In Thailand! It is estimated that 93% of population in Thailand and Cambodia are practicing Buddhists. There are also a lot of practicing Buddhists in Burma, Bhutan, Laos and Sri Lanka, while only 36% in Japan and 9% in Nepal.

In which country practicing Buddhists constitute the largest part of population? In Thailand! It is estimated that 93% of population in Thailand and Cambodia are practicing Buddhists. There are also a lot of practicing Buddhists in Burma, Bhutan, Laos and Sri Lanka, while only 36% in Japan and 9% in Nepal.

Whose heads are lying in Mount Nemrut, a major tourist attraction in Turkey? Various Greek and Iranian gods! Mount Nemrut is a 2,134 m (7,001 ft) high mountain in southeastern Turkey. Near the summit, a number of large statues of Greek and Iranian gods are erected around the royal tomb, which King Antiochus I Theos of Commagene built for himself in 62 BC. The heads of the statues have at some stage been removed from their bodies, and they are now scattered throughout the site.

Whose heads are lying in Mount Nemrut, a major tourist attraction in Turkey? Various Greek and Iranian gods! Mount Nemrut is a 2,134 m (7,001 ft) high mountain in southeastern Turkey. Near the summit, a number of large statues of Greek and Iranian gods are erected around the royal tomb, which King Antiochus I Theos of Commagene built for himself in 62 BC. The heads of the statues have at some stage been removed from their bodies, and they are now scattered throughout the site.

Which European city has the largest number of skyscrapers? Moscow! In 2012, seven of the fifteen tallest skyscrapers in Europe were located in Moscow. There are also several high-rise buildings under construction there.

Which European city has the largest number of skyscrapers? Moscow! In 2012, seven of the fifteen tallest skyscrapers in Europe were located in Moscow. There are also several high-rise buildings under construction there.

Which direction are Easter Island moai facing? Inland! There is only one ahu (group of statues), Ahu Akivi, with moai facing the ocean. It is unusual also by being one of the few inland ahus. At all other ahus (including all coastal ones) moai face inland.

Which direction are Easter Island moai facing? Inland! There is only one ahu (group of statues), Ahu Akivi, with moai facing the ocean. It is unusual also by being one of the few inland ahus. At all other ahus (including all coastal ones) moai face inland.

In which body of water sea currents reverse their directions twice yearly? Indian Ocean! Two large circular currents, one in the northern hemisphere flowing clockwise and one south of the equator moving anticlockwise, constitute the dominant flow pattern. During the winter monsoon, however, currents in the north are reversed

In which body of water sea currents reverse their directions twice yearly? Indian Ocean! Two large circular currents, one in the northern hemisphere flowing clockwise and one south of the equator moving anticlockwise, constitute the dominant flow pattern. During the winter monsoon, however, currents in the north are reversed

Which sea is the most saline in the world? Red Sea! The Red Sea is very saline due to high evaporation, very little precipitation, almost no river inflow and isolation from the rest of the Indian Ocean. Salinity reaches 41 ‰ in the northern part (Average for the world's seawater is ~35 ‰).

Which sea is the most saline in the world? Red Sea! The Red Sea is very saline due to high evaporation, very little precipitation, almost no river inflow and isolation from the rest of the Indian Ocean. Salinity reaches 41 ‰ in the northern part (Average for the world's seawater is ~35 ‰).

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