Goodmorning Bahrain

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F1 helmets

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Arad fort, Bahrain

Vroeger

Oil from the desert

Formule 1 Test Bahrain

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Tree

Beauty

Back in time …..

Clouds

At the beach

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Bahrain, evening

Bogen

In the desert

Loneley

Bahrein, officieel het Koninkrijk Bahrein (Arabisch: مملكة البحرين Mamlakat al-Bahrayn), is een eilandstaatje in de Perzische Golf. Het is een archipel met 33 eilandjes, waarvan het grootste zo’n 55 km lang en 18 km breed is, gelegen voor de kust van Saoedi-Arabië waarmee het is verbonden via de Koning Fahddijk. In het zuidoosten ligt het schiereiland Qatar. Deze 40 km lange verbinding is in aanbouw. 200 Kilometer aan de overkant van de Golf ligt buurland Iran. Als centraal gelegen golfstaatje vervult Bahrein een belangrijke economische en financiële positie binnen de oliewereld.

De naam Bahrein betekent letterlijk twee zeeën in het Arabisch. Bahrein werd op 16 december 1971 onafhankelijk van het Verenigd Koninkrijk. Het koninkrijk is militair zeer belangrijk als standplaats en steunpunt van de Amerikaanse vijfde vloot in Perzische Golf. De hoofdstad Manamah fungeert als centrum van de United States Navy in de regio, de marine van deVerenigde Staten van welke Bahrein een belangrijke bondgenoot is.

 

Tree of life, Bahrain: A miraculous survival in the desert.

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The Tree of Life or Shajarat-al-Hayat in Bahrain is a remarkable tree. Located 10 km from Askar and some 3.5 km west from Jaww, this 32-feet tallProsopis cineraria has been making a seemingly impossible living out of dry sand for approximately 400 years. There is no apparent source of water and other vegetation for miles around. The mystery of the survival of the tree has made it a legend.

Most members of Prosopis genus are native to America and they have a common name – mesquites. Prosopis cineraria however is native to Asia. These trees are known to adapt extremely well to dry deserts and thrive in arid conditions, with rainfall as low as 150mm annually. But they have deep root systems – sometimes going up to 50 meters down – capable of reaching deep beds of underground water.

The mystery status of the Tree of Life in Bahrain is somewhat exaggerated. The ground, where the tree grows, is just some 9 – 12 m above the sea level and groundwater level in this location is higher than the sea level. Not too far from the tree are seen ponds with water. The air here often is also humid – and mesquite is well adapted to gain the moisture from the air as well. Closer inspection of the area shows other trees nearby. One smaller tree grows some 850 meters to the north from the Tree of Life.

Local stories tell that Tree of Life was planted here in 1583. The tree survived up to this day. It looks very healthy and has fresh, green leaves. It grows on a small sand hill looking majestic in the harsh desert and is visible from far away.

The tree is a local tourist attraction, as it is the only major tree growing in the area. It is visited by approximately 50,000 tourists every year and the tree often is damaged by graffiti carvings. Recently, an iron fence has been put around to protect the tree from vandals.

 

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