The Lanzhou screw is a mysterious object discovered in recent years that seems to challenge mainstream archaeology and history. It was discovered in 2002, and has since then, generated great amount of attention among researchers. The most mysterious part of this object is that, within a piece of rock, a metal screw was discovered. The mysterious pear-shaped stone is about 6×8 cm and weighs around 466 grams. But it is not a common rock and the metal shaped screw inside just adds to the mystery of a rock, that according to researchers is around 300 million years old.

The mysterious black rock has geologists scratching their head. Tests have failed to show the exact composition of the mysterious rock, researchers that include geologists and physicists from the National Land Resources Bureau of Gansu Province, Colored Metal Survey Bureau of Gansu Province, the Institute of Geology and Minerals Research of China Academy, Lanzhou Branch, and the School of Resources and Environment of Lanzhou College, are unsure of the origin of the artifact and point out that at this time, all theories are possible.

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Tibetan live mainly in the Qinghai Tibet plateau area, mainly live in the Tibet autonomous region and Qinghai, Gansu, Sichuan, Yunnan province. China territory has a population of about more than 640 people (2013), to engage in agriculture, and animal husbandry. In addition, the territory of Pakistan, India, Bhutan, Nepal and other countries also have Tibetan distribution. Tibetan self proclaimed “fan Ba” (bod-pa)

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One of the last places outside of occupied Tibet where Tibetans, ethnic Chinese and Hui Muslims live harmoniously - Xiahe, Gansu province, China.

The Deadliest Places To Live On The Planet

The human capacity to survive in even the most dangerous situations can be fairly astonishing.

But because fact is often as strange as fiction, we’ve decided to collect the deadliest places in the world still inhabited by humans. You won’t believe what people are prepared to put up with, in order to have a place to call home…


Where Is It: Russia

Why It’s Deadly: Officially the coldest permanently inhabited settlement in the world, the Village of Oymyakon can hit temperatures of -51c during the day. Not that you’d know it was the daytime during the winter months, with just 15 hours of sunshine hitting the area in the whole of December.

Sudden Danger Rating: 6/10. Though double those odds if you have to make any kind of long trip on foot. No matter how many fur coats you pile on, the cold air is merciless and will get you in the end. In Yakutsk a snowball game can feel as deadly as a gunfight.

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Growth of Solar in the Gobi Desert

In August 2009, construction began on China’s first large-scale solar power station. Six years later, solar panels have expanded much deeper into the Gobi Desert, where sunlight and land are abundant.

The Advanced Land Imager (ALI) on the Earth Observing-1 satellite acquired these images of the solar farms, located on the outskirts of Dunhuang in northwestern China’s Gansu Province. In 2012 (top image), grids of photovoltaic panels are visible on land that was essentially bare in an image from October 2006. By 2015 (bottom image), panels appear to cover about three times the area since 2012. Turn on the image comparison tool to see the growth of land area covered by panels.

According to China Daily, Gansu Province’s total installed solar capacity in 2014 reached 5.2 gigawatts. Clean Technica reported that China’s National Energy Administration (NEA) had set the goal of increasing the province’s capacity by an additional 0.5 gigawatts in 2015.

Across the entire country, total installed capacity in 2014 was 28.05 gigawatts, according to PV Magazine. Of that, more than 10 gigawatts were newly added capacity in 2014, which led to a 200 percent increase in the kilowatt-hours of electricity produced via solar over the year before. And already in the first quarter of 2015, China is reported to have installed more than 5 gigawatts of new capacity.


После того как я где-то в инете увидел дорогу упирающуюся в дюны, я решил, что обязательно должен побывать там. Эта дорога ведет в платную пустыню - вход около $30. На территории находится знаметитое на весь Китай озеро. Меня больше впечатлили сумасшедшей высоты дюны. Высота над уровнем моря около 1500 метров, я забирался туда около часа - подъем был метров 400. Для туристов кроме оранжевых чехлов на ноги придумали лесенку как на седьмой фотографии. Подниматься без нее очень тяжело, я останавливался после каждого десятого шага. На последней фотографии двое крутых чуваков, которых я встретил там. Я думаю, что я путешествую, чтобы встречать таких вот людей - добрых и открытых. 

After I first saw pictures of the road that goes straight into the desert I firmly decided to go there one day. This road as it appeared leads to the crescent-shaped lake named Yueyaquan that is near to Dunhuang town. To see it you`ll have to pay about $30. The thing I liked much more were huge dunes. The highest one I climbed was 1500 meters. It is very difficult to walk up the dune. For that reason tourists walk in special oranges anti-sand shoes and climb using ladder like on the 7th picture. On the last pictures two great dudes I met there. I guess I travel to meet this kind of people - kind and open.


Это путешествие было похоже на фильм. Как буд-то я это уже все видел или просто после похожих увиденных кадров так сильно хотел сам там побывать, что это в итоге и произошло. Пустыня постепенно переходила в какие-то странные черных холмы и горы. Я видел парочку небольших торнадо, быстро приближаясь к очень необычному городу.

This trip was like I saw one in the movies or maybe after seeing something like that in some I wished so much that It finally happened. Desert`s landscapes gradually were transforming to the skyline with strange black hills and mountains. On the way to one very special town I saw couple tornados.


Приехав домой и начав читать о месте где побывал, я обнаружил, что Пустыня Гоби технически и не пустыня вовсе - это подтверждается количеством осадков выпадающих там. А  таких вот песков как на фотографиях там только лишь 3% от общей площади, остальное занято глиной и камнями. Главное твое восприятие - по-этому я все еще уверен, что я был в пустыне. А самая красота начинается на закате, когда появляется контраст. 

When I got home I started reading about places I`ve visited and realised that I haven`t been in desert. Technically Gobi desert is not actually a desert because of the precipitation amount is not enough to consider this place a desert. I don`t care about that - I know I have seen sand dunes and  for me it was desert. Only 3% of Gobi Desert is covered with sand dunes the one you see on the pictures. Time before sunset is the best one to enjoy desert`s beauty - you get everything so contrasting.