Thursday, May 7, 2009

So Sad!!!

The Aral Sea

The Aral Sea was once the fourth-largest body of inland water in the world. During the 1960s, Sovietcentral planners diverted two main rivers feeding the sea -- the Amu-darya and the Sir-darya -- to irrigate cotton fields. As a result, Uzbekistan became one of the largest cotton producers in the world. But agricultural success came at a heavy cost -- the sea began to shrink, the local fishing industry completely collapsed, and the region's climate began to change. The air became saturated with chemical dust and salt left behind as the increasingly polluted sea retreated, contributing to the misery of the local population. Ailments -- such as cancer, anemia, and allergies -- became widespread, causing average life expectancy to plummet from 64 years to 51. The Aral disaster has been described as the worst man-made environmental catastrophe of the 20th century.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

What I have learned in USA

First of all my name is Angelica, I am from Brazil and I am currently living in USA, North Carolina, my life is all about learning! My first language is Portuguese. English is a new language to me. So, please sorry for my mistakes.

You are probably asking why she is writing in English, if she is Brazilian. The answer is simple, I want and I definitely need to practice my English writing skills. So here we go!

1- Greek theories were amazing, but not really perfect!

Some people who considerer themselves very smart talk about Greek art and philosophies like they were beyond everything. What to tell about the fact that around 500 BCE in Athens slavery was considered natural and women were excluded from political life? In fact Geek culture had developed many theories very interest about education, social, political relations, and aesthetic pleasure, but they were not perfect!

2-Nike - I am not talking about shoes!

Nike was goddess of victory. The relief of Nike, from the balustrade of the temple of Nike is an example of Phidian style in Greek art.