Travel & Places
The movement or transfer of people from one location to another through a journey is travel. Planes and trains will take you far, but wherever you go, there you are! Whether you're traveling across a state or around the world, questions about locations, travel times, and anything related to traveling should be asked in this category. Happy traveling!
What is the difference between interstate and intrastate?
Asked in Travel & Places, Science
What does hypocaust mean?
It is Latin for Under (Hypo) Heat (Caust) It was the Roman method of underfloor heating. A hypocaust (Latin hypocaustum, Greek hypocauston) was an ancient Roman system of underfloor heating, used to heat houses with hot air. The word derives from the Ancient Greek hypo meaning "under" and caust-, meaning "burnt" (as in caustic). The Roman architect Vitruvius, writing about the end of the 1st century B.C., attributes their invention to Sergius Orata, but this is not fully confirmed. Hypocausts were used for heating hot baths (thermae), houses and other buildings, whether public or private. The floor was raised above the ground by pillars, called pilae stacks, with a layer of tiles then a layer of concrete then another of tiles on top; and spaces were left inside the walls so that hot air and smoke from the furnace would pass through these enclosed areas and out of flues in the roof, thereby heating but not polluting the interior of the room. Ceramic box tiles were placed inside the walls to both remove the hot burned air, and also to heat the walls. Rooms requiring the most heat were placed closest to the furnace, whose heat could be increased by adding more wood to the fire. It was labour-intensive to run a hypocaust as it required constant attention to tend the fire, and expensive in fuel, so it was a feature of the villa and public baths.
Asked in Travel & Places, Agriculture, Corn
Where is the world's largest corn silo located?
A "silo" is normally used for the storage of fodder such as corn silage or haylage. However, if you meant the largest grain bin, the largest one I know of is in Arthur, Iowa, USA. It has a diameter of 135 feet, a peak height of 131 feet, and holds over 1.2 million bushels of grain corn. See the related link below.
Asked in Travel & Places, Mexico, Electrical Wiring
What electrical converter do you need for Mexico?
Most places in Mexico adhere to the NEMA 1-15 (2 flat pins) standard. Some others use the American-adopted NEMA 5-15, which includes the third, ground pin. If you are from the U.S. you shouldn't have any trouble to plug your appliances/electronics, but in case your appliance has three pins, you should bring a converter just to be on the safe side. If you have the European Standard or any other type of connector, you should buy a power converter, as the power grid uses a 110-120 Volt and most European appliances would not charge or work properly.
Asked in Travel & Places
Definition of incentive and adhoc tour groups?
An "adhoc tour group" (also called "independent") describes people who end up traveling with each other by accident just because they wanted to see a particular tourist destination and they all happened to be going that way. They don't know each other when they board the plane. An "incentive tour group" on the other handle, describes people who have an incentive (or reason) not just to travel, but to travel with each other. A business team who are going to a conference - a church group visiting Israel - a group of scientists attending a colloqium. These people do know each other before they start the trip. At least - that's what I've found so far!
Asked in Travel & Places, Maldives
What country is the Maldives part of?
What is the safest form of travel?
If you are raising the issue of safe, then definitely air travel is the safest. Because 1. You can save your time easily. It means you have saved your life time. 2. You did not require to provide extra effort to travel so your energy would be intact. 4. Because the journey journey is more comfortable than train or bus or ship you would be more calmer than the bus commuter or the train or the ship. 5. And last but not least if accident occurs you are sure to die. So you can feel less pain than bus or train or ship commuters. :)
Asked in Travel & Places
What are different types of tourism?
Asked in Travel & Places, Seasons, Calendar
When was the first day of spring 2009?
Spring comes in between the 19th to the 23rd of March and at different times. It changes on a yearly basis because the first official day of spring is the (Spring) Vernal Equinox. This is when the sun is directly above the equator. It rises due East and sets due West and does not do so on the exact same day every year, since the calendar is not exactly 365 precise days every single year. In 2009, spring arrived on March 20; the sun was above the equator, and crossed to the northern hemisphere at approximately 11:47p.m. The first day of spring in the Northern Hemisphere this year (2009) was March 20. The equinox was at 5:48 GMT. In general, the four seasons correspond to the relative position of the sun to the earth. Meteorological determination of spring is calculated according to when the sun passes through the equatorial plane. When going from winter to spring, the sun is moving north; as soon as the sun crosses the equator, we call it spring. == == The above applies to places north of the equator. "Spring", a time of melting and new growth, occurs about September-November in places south of the equator, e.g., Australia, New Zealand, Africa, Brazil...). The official date of spring south of the equator (corresponding to the first official day of fall in places north of the equator) would be around September 20/21, depending on when the sun crosses the equator. Countries such as Australia and New Zealand, however, designate the first day of September as the official first day of spring.
Asked in Travel & Places, Airplanes and Aircraft
Can you carry plants on an airplane?
Depends on your destination and the plant(s). Plant materials are regulated by international phytosanitary regulations (which also includes CITES, which regulates the movement of endangered species). The normal process is to obtain an official plant Import Permit for the plant material from the country of destination prior to shipping or moving the plants. This is normally issued by a governmental body (such as the Department of Agriculture). The conditions and regulations for the particular plant that you are wanting to transport will be stated on the permit. The process then involves the applicant being able to meet or prove that the plant materials conform to the requirements on the import permit; this then involves obtaining a Phytosanitary Certificate from the exporting countries authorities. As you can see this is not really a simple process and can take days or weeks. Most certificates will prohibit the transport of plant materials in "naturally occurring soils" (basically digging a plant out of the ground and shipping it), this means that plants can normally only be shipped in an "artificial medium" or bear rooted - which normally applies to commercially cultivated horticultural plants. It is not advisable to simply take plant material with you in your luggage as some plants are banned in certain countries, and could earn you a spell in jail for even having them in your possession. Australia has particularly rigid regulations and penalties regarding this, while the movement of plant materials within EU countries is fairly easy and has few restrictions. It should also be noted that the movement of certain types of plants even within the same country is regulated; for example the movement of citrus plants between states in the USA. Note: This process also applies to seeds or packets of seeds
What are some cities that begin with the letter E?
Edmonton, Eldorado, Encino, Elk City, Easthampton, Edmond, El Reno, Elk City, Enid, Eufaula, East London East midlands Easter Islands East sound Eau Claire Edinburgh Edmonton Eindhoven Ekaterinburg El Centro El Dorado El fasher El paso El salvador Elat Elba Island Elim Elko Elliot Lake Elmira Ely Emerald Enid Enschede Entebbe Erfurt Erie Erzurum Esbjerg Escanaba Esperance Esquimalt Eugene Evansville Evenes Exter Edmonton, Edinburgh, El Paso, East Chicago, Eau Claire, many cities that begin with 'East'. Evansville, Indiana Emeryville, California. Escondido, California. East Lansing, Michigan. Edinburgh, Scotland Edmonton, Canada El Paso, US Eugene, US Exeter, England Essen, Germany
Asked in Travel & Places, Oman
What are two tourist attractions in Muscat Oman?
There is few tourist attractions places in Muscat Oman for Example - Fort of Nizwa, Nakhl Castle, Bahla Fort, Wadi Shab, Wahiba, Jabrin Castle, Wadi Daika, Wadi Ghu, Jabal Akhdar, Sohar, Samhuram, Salalah, Qalhat Etc. If you are new in Oman then you should hire a professional tour guide to enjoy all attractions Muscat Oman. Contact Smart Travels & Tourism and get a chance to visit professional Oman Tour Operator.