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Sites of Japan's Meiji Industrial Revolution Michael Novins

Sites of Japan's Meiji Industrial Revolution by Michael Novins

In June 2017 I visited Nagasaki, where I stayed at Hotel Monterey Nagasaki, which is located a very short walk from the departure point for the Gunkanjima Concierge Company (https://www.gunkanjima-concierge.com/en/). I joined one of their tours to visit Hashima Island, commonly called Gunkanjima (or Battleship Island), an abandoned island lying 15 kilometers from Nagasaki. Its nickname comes from the resemblance of its profile to a Japanese battleship. The island was known for its seabed coal deposits, which were mined, sometimes by forced labor during World War II, from 1887 until 1974, when the mine was closed, leaving the island abandoned. The island was added to the list of UNESCO World Heritage sites in 2015 as one of the Sites of Japan’s Meiji Industrial Revolution, and has only been open to tourists since 2009.

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Ceremonial Centres of the Early Micronesian States: Nan Madol and Lelu (T) Michael Novins

Ceremonial Centres of the Early Micronesian States: Nan Madol and Lelu (T) by Michael Novins

In June 2017, I spent five days visiting Kosrae, one of four states in the Federated States of Micronesia. With my visits to Yap in December 2008 and Pohnpei and Chuuk in December 2015, I have now spent at least a couple of days in each of the four states and each of them has at least one site that either has been, or should be, inscribed on the list of World Heritage Sites. Kosrae might be the most underrated of all of them. While it might lack a world-renowned site like the stone money in Yap, Nan Madol in Pohnpei and the wreck diving in Chuuk Lagoon, there is plenty to do in Kosrae and there is at least one site that should be much better recognized, especially by UNESCO.

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Jeju Michael Novins

Jeju by Michael Novins

In June 2017 I spent a couple of days visiting Jeju, where I stayed at Hotel RegentMarine, which is located in Jeju City on the waterfront between Black Pork Street and Raw Fish Street (those are the actual names in translation). On my first day, I visited Jeju City, where I had lunch on Black Pork Street at Restaurant Dombedon, probably the world's only Michelin-starred pork barbecue restaurant. For dinner, I ate on Raw Fish Street, where my abalone was likely harvested by a Haenyeo, free-diving women who can descend for up to three minutes and reach depths of nearly 65 feet. For my second day, I arranged for a car and driver (Kimi9461 (at) hanmail.net) and visited the Manjanggul lava tube and Seongsan Ilchulbong tuff cone, components of the Jeju Volcanic Island and Lava Tubes UNESCO WHS.

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Grand Canal Michael Novins

Grand Canal by Michael Novins

In June 2017 I made a day trip by train from Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station to Suzhou Railway Station and then took Suzhou Rail Transit to Binhe Lu Station since it was the nearest station to the Suzhou Fengqiao Scenery Spot, one of the more scenic and easily-reachable parts of the Grand Canal of China UNESCO World Heritage SIte. From the Suzhou Fengqiao Scenery Spot, it was a 30-minute walk along a canal to the Lingering Garden, one of the Classical Gardens of Suzhou. But the best site was the plate of xiaolongxia (spicy crayfish), only available during the summer season and perhaps the most flavorful dish I've ever eaten.

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Noréas de Hama (T) Michael Novins

Noréas de Hama (T) by Michael Novins

In May 2009, the Baron Hotel in Aleppo organized a car and driver to take me and another guest on a day tour to visit Serjilla and Al-Bara, two of the Dead Cities, and Apamea. Since the other guest was continuing to Hama, we visited a few of the remaining 17 original norias (water wheels) before I returned to Aleppo.

The norias move water from a lower to a higher elevation and do not provide mechanical power to any other process, unlike the water wheels at mills.

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Lists

  1. Galapagos Islands
  2. Brazilian Atlantic Islands
  3. Mount Qingcheng and Dujiangyan
  4. Longmen Grottoes
  5. Imperial Tombs
  6. Cape Floral Region
  7. Notre-Dame Cathedral in Tournai
  8. Echmiatsin and Zvartnots
  9. Ephesus
  10. Val di Noto
  11. Villa d'Este
  12. Dorset and East Devon Coast
  13. Vienna
  14. Masada
  15. Old City of Acre
  16. Aranjuez
  17. Tugendhat Villa
  18. Lamu Old Town
  19. Mazagan
  20. Kenya Lake System
  21. Calakmul
  22. Upper Middle Rhine Valley
  23. Stralsund and Wismar
  24. Trebic
  25. Kew Gardens
  26. Town Hall and Roland, Bremen
  27. White City of Tel-Aviv
  28. Novodevichy Convent
  29. Rio de Janeiro
  30. Incense Route of the Negev
  31. Biblical Tells
  32. Macao
  33. Kaiping Diaolou
  34. Lagoons of New Caledonia
  35. Royal Exhibition Building
  36. Luis Barragán House and Studio
  37. Lopé-Okanda
  38. Ilulissat Icefjord
  39. Liverpool
  40. Thingvellir
  41. Pitons Management Area
  42. Vredefort Dome
  43. Gulf of California
  44. Wadi Al-Hitan
  45. Harar
  46. Qal'at al-Bahrain
  47. Nesvizh
  48. Tiya
  49. Syracuse
  50. Central Highlands
  51. Tequila
  52. Kathmandu Valley
  53. Genoa
  54. Sichuan Giant Panda Sanctuaries
  55. Vizcaya Bridge
  56. Bahá’i Holy Places
  57. Rideau Canal
  58. Aapravasi Ghat
  59. Crac des Chevaliers
  60. Mijikenda Kaya Forests
  61. León Cathedral
  62. Berlin Modernism Housing Estates
  63. Nisa
  64. Lavaux, Vineyard Terraces
  65. San Marino and Mount Titano
  66. Kotor
  67. Central University City Campus of the UNAM
  68. Rainforests of the Atsinanana
  69. Teide National Park
  70. Le Morne
  71. Jeju
  72. São Francisco Square
  73. Wooden Churches of the Slovak Carpathians
  74. San Miguel de Allende
  75. Hiraizumi
  76. Fortifications of Vauban
  77. Mantua and Sabbioneta
  78. Copan
  79. Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve
  80. Fort Jesus
  81. Stoclet House
  82. La Chaux-de-Fonds / Le Locle
  83. Dengfeng
  84. Australian Convict Sites
  85. Valletta
  86. Cidade Velha
  87. Tower of Hercules
  88. Pitons of Reunion
  89. Royal Joseon Tombs
  90. Megalithic Temples of Malta
  91. Hahoe and Yangdong
  92. Turaif Quarter
  93. West Lake
  94. Jantar Mantar
  95. Redwood
  96. Al Ain
  97. Ancient villages of Northern Syria
  98. Amsterdam Canal Ring
  99. Camino Real
  100. Yagul and Mitla
  101. Historic Jeddah
  102. Prehistoric Pile Dwellings
  103. Selimiye Mosque
  104. Fagus Factory
  105. Bridgetown
  106. Rock Islands
  107. Mount Carmel Caves
  108. Levuka
  109. Grand Pré
  110. Red Bay Basque Whaling Station
  111. Bergpark Wilhelmshöhe
  112. Fujisan
  113. Mount Etna
  114. Namib Sand Sea
  115. Okavango Delta
  116. Bethlehem
  117. Poverty Point
  118. Namhansanseong
  119. Silk Roads
  120. Grand Canal
  121. Tomioka Silk Mill
  122. Champagne
  123. San Antonio Missions
  124. Speicherstadt and Kontorhaus District
  125. Kakadu National Park
  126. Necropolis of Bet She'arim
  127. Old City of Jerusalem
  128. Sites of Japan's Meiji Industrial Revolution
  129. Arab-Norman Palermo
  130. Quirigua
  131. Antigua Naval Dockyard
  132. Aksum
  133. Mammoth Cave
  134. Nan Madol
  135. Olympic National Park
  136. Great Barrier Reef
  137. ǂKhomani Cultural Landscape
  138. Serengeti
  139. Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump
  140. Fontainebleau
  141. Amiens Cathedral
  142. Arles
  143. Sydney Opera House
  144. Speyer Cathedral
  145. Medina of Fez
  146. Stone Town of Zanzibar
  147. Florence
  148. Lalibela
  149. Tasmanian Wilderness
  150. Leptis Magna
  151. Sabratha
  152. Lord Howe Island
  153. Hildesheim Cathedral and Church
  154. Olinda
  155. Fasil Ghebbi
  156. Djémila
  157. Tipasa
  158. Timgad
  159. Cahokia Mounds
  160. Quito
  161. Damascus
  162. Anuradhapura
  163. Polonnaruva
  164. Sigiriya
  165. Royal Saltworks of Arc-et-Senans
  166. Old Havana
  167. Angra do Heroismo
  168. Aleppo
  169. Rila Monastery
  170. Palmyra
  171. Humayun's Tomb
  172. Qutb Minar
  173. Khajuraho Group of Monuments
  174. Ajanta Caves
  175. Ellora Caves
  176. Elephanta Caves
  177. Hill Forts of Rajasthan
  178. Mahabalipuram
  179. Agra Fort
  180. Taj Mahal
  181. Fatehpur Sikri
  182. Great Smoky Mountains
  183. Vallée de Mai
  184. Belem
  185. La Fortaleza
  186. Old City of Berne
  187. Abbey of St Gall
  188. Mesa Verde
  189. Lübeck
  190. Cuzco
  191. Machu Picchu
  192. Jesuit Missions of the Guaranis
  193. Yellowstone
  194. Chitwan National Park
  195. Cartagena
  196. Vatican City
  197. Castles of Augustusburg and Falkenlust
  198. Cracow
  199. Cologne Cathedral
  200. Anjar
  201. Baalbek
  202. Byblos
  203. Aachen Cathedral
  204. Warsaw
  205. Québec
  206. Iguazu National Park
  207. Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks
  208. Statue of Liberty
  209. Yosemite National Park
  210. Salvador de Bahia
  211. Auschwitz Birkenau
  212. Altamira Cave
  213. Segovia
  214. Asturian Monuments
  215. Cordoba
  216. Granada
  217. Burgos Cathedral
  218. El Escurial
  219. Wieliczka and Bochnia Royal Salt Mines
  220. Works of Antoni Gaudí
  221. Royal Palaces of Abomey
  222. Petra
  223. Medina of Marrakesh
  224. Forts and Castles Gold Coast
  225. Pont du Gard
  226. Santiago de Compostela
  227. Avila
  228. Painted Churches in the Troödos Region
  229. Chaco Culture
  230. Waterton Glacier International Peace Park
  231. Istanbul
  232. Göreme NP
  233. Medina of Tunis
  234. Evora
  235. Trier
  236. Gondwana Rainforests
  237. Site of Carthage
  238. Stonehenge
  239. Mudejar Architecture of Aragon
  240. Toledo
  241. Amphitheater of El Jem
  242. Salamanca
  243. Seville
  244. Caceres
  245. Studenica Monastery
  246. Ngorongoro
  247. Skocjan Caves
  248. Venice and its Lagoon
  249. Piazza del Duomo (Pisa)
  250. L'Anse aux Meadows
  251. Budapest
  252. Acropolis
  253. Hawaii Volcanoes
  254. Sian Ka'an
  255. Palenque
  256. Mexico City and Xochimilco
  257. Teotihuacan
  258. Oaxaca and Monte Alban
  259. Puebla
  260. Gros Morne National Park
  261. Potosi
  262. Lake District
  263. Blenheim Palace
  264. Westminster
  265. City of Bath
  266. Great Wall
  267. Imperial Palace
  268. Mogao Caves
  269. Mausoleum of the First Qin Emperor
  270. Monticello
  271. Ksar of Aït Ben Haddou
  272. Uluru
  273. Kandy
  274. Old Town of Galle
  275. Sundarbans National Park
  276. Luang Prabang
  277. Guanajuato
  278. Chichen-Itza
  279. Tower of London
  280. Epidaurus
  281. Taos Pueblo
  282. Rhodes
  283. Canterbury
  284. Medina of Sousse
  285. Lima
  286. Victoria Falls
  287. Neolithic Orkney
  288. Abbey and Altenmünster of Lorsch
  289. Poblet Monastery
  290. Santo Domingo
  291. Kiev
  292. Potsdam
  293. Garden Kingdom of Dessau-Wörlitz
  294. St. Petersburg
  295. Vilnius
  296. Kremlin and Red Square
  297. Maulbronn Monastery
  298. Te Wahipounamu
  299. Whale Sanctuary of El Vizcaino
  300. Skogskyrkogarden
  301. Drottningholm
  302. Golden Temple of Dambulla
  303. Kasbah of Algiers
  304. Sucre
  305. Tiwanaku
  306. Berat and Gjirokastra
  307. Butrint
  308. Ayutthaya
  309. Sammallahdenmäki
  310. Old Rauma
  311. Fortress of Suomenlinna
  312. Morelia
  313. Borobudur
  314. Paris, Banks of the Seine
  315. Reims
  316. Bukhara
  317. Samarkand
  318. Komodo National Park
  319. Ruins of León Viejo
  320. Prague
  321. Cesky Krumlov
  322. Banska Stiavnica
  323. Telc
  324. Rammelsberg and Goslar
  325. Mir Castle
  326. El Tajin
  327. White Monuments of Vladimir and Suzdal
  328. Church of the Ascension, Kolomenskoye
  329. Tikal National Park
  330. Prambanan
  331. Antigua Guatemala
  332. Trinity Sergius Lavra
  333. Himeji-jo
  334. Mérida
  335. Santa Maria de Guadelupe
  336. Angkor
  337. Matera
  338. Joya de Ceren
  339. Zacatecas
  340. Baroque Churches
  341. Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
  342. Völklingen Ironworks
  343. Ancient Kyoto
  344. Roskilde Cathedral
  345. Kronborg Castle
  346. City of Luxembourg
  347. Popocatepetl monasteries
  348. Potala Palace
  349. Mtskheta
  350. Dinosaur Provincial Park
  351. Gelati Monastery
  352. Vicenza
  353. Rock Paintings of the Sierra de San Francisco
  354. Rapa Nui
  355. Glacier parks
  356. Messel Pit
  357. Carlsbad Caverns
  358. Sintra
  359. Medieval Monuments in Kosovo
  360. Naples
  361. Edinburgh
  362. Bauhaus Sites
  363. Kutna Hora
  364. Seokguram Grotto and Bulguksa Temple
  365. Jongmyo Shrine
  366. Schokland
  367. Old Town Lunenburg
  368. Colonia del Sacramento
  369. Grand Canyon
  370. Medina of Essaouira
  371. Lake Baikal
  372. Oporto
  373. Defence Line of Amsterdam
  374. Everglades
  375. Fertö/Neusiedlersee
  376. Genbaku Dome
  377. Itsukushima Shrine
  378. Mount Emei, including Leshan Giant Buddha
  379. Independence Hall
  380. Cuenca
  381. La Lonja de la Seda
  382. Luther Memorials
  383. Salzburg
  384. Semmering Railway
  385. Schönbrunn
  386. The trulli of Alberobello
  387. Paphos
  388. Panamá
  389. Uxmal
  390. Querétaro
  391. Meknes
  392. Dougga/Thugga
  393. Maritime Greenwich
  394. Verona
  395. Palau de la Musica Catalana and Hospital de Sant Pau
  396. Yuso and Suso Monasteries
  397. Euphrasian Basilica in Porec
  398. Chartres Cathedral
  399. Classical Gardens of Suzhou
  400. Morne Trois Pitons
  401. Hospicio Cabañas
  402. Changdeokgung Palace Complex
  403. Hwaseong Fortress
  404. Willemstad
  405. Tallinn
  406. Residences of the Royal House of Savoy
  407. Botanical Garden, Padua
  408. Pompei
  409. Versailles
  410. Agrigento
  411. Villa Romana del Casale
  412. Su Nuraxi di Barumini
  413. Volubilis
  414. Classical Weimar
  415. Malbork Castle
  416. Choirokoitia
  417. Riga
  418. Flemish Béguinages
  419. Grand Place, Brussels
  420. Holy Trinity Column
  421. Pyramids (Memphis)
  422. Gardens and Castle at Kromeríz
  423. Holasovice
  424. Tlacotalpan
  425. L'viv
  426. Ir. D.F. Woudagemaal
  427. Ancient Thebes
  428. Ancient Nara
  429. Lyon
  430. Provins
  431. Tarraco
  432. Alcala de Henares
  433. Summer Palace
  434. Temple of Heaven
  435. Bellinzone
  436. Ancient Merv
  437. Kuk
  438. Historic Cairo
  439. Campeche
  440. Museumsinsel (Museum Island)
  441. Beemster Polder
  442. Simien National Park
  443. Litomysl Castle
  444. Villa Adriana (Tivoli)
  445. Rome
  446. Brimstone Hill Fortress
  447. Dazu Rock Carvings
  448. Nikko
  449. iSimangaliso Wetland Park
  450. Fossil Hominid Sites
  451. Robben Island
  452. Greater Blue Mountains
  453. San Cristobal de La Laguna
  454. Santa Maria delle Grazie
  455. Palmeral of Elche
  456. Graz
  457. Laurisilva of Madeira
  458. Xochicalco
  459. Paramaribo
  460. Mycenae and Tiryns
  461. Belfries
  462. Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus
  463. Mostar
  464. Dubrovnik
  465. Ambohimanga
  466. Saint Catherine Area
  467. Walled City of Baku
  468. Stari Ras and Sopocani
  469. Monastery of Geghard
  470. Rietveld Schröderhuis
  471. Wachau Cultural Landscape
  472. Gusuku of Ryukyu
  473. Gyeongju
  474. Corfu
  475. St. George, Bermuda
  476. Blaenavon Industrial Landscape
  477. Maloti Drakensberg
  478. Roman Walls of Lugo
  479. Atapuerca
  480. Ohrid Region
  481. Curonian Spit
  482. Brugge
  483. Grand-Bassam
  1. Amritsar
  2. Bagan
  3. Chicago School of Architecture
  4. Copper Canyon
  5. Death Valley National Park
  6. Devils Island (on French Guiana)
  7. Dzongs of Bhutan
  8. Ephesus
  9. Historic University Towns of Oxford and Cambridge
  10. Kaieteur National Park, Iwokrama Forest and the Kanuku Mountains
  11. Major Buildings of Frank Lloyd Wright
  12. Minoan palaces of Crete
  13. Nan Madol
  14. Okavango Delta
  15. Plain of Jars / Sites Mégalithiques de la province de Xieng Khouang
  16. Scrovegni's Chapel
  17. Tanna Island
  18. The Soviet Architecture of Moscow
  19. Torres del Paine National Park
  20. Varanasi
  1. Galapagos Islands
  2. Lower Valley of the Awash
  3. Brazilian Atlantic Islands
  4. Longmen Grottoes
  5. Cape Floral Region
  6. Ephesus
  7. Vienna
  8. Three parallel rivers of Yunnan
  9. Rio de Janeiro
  10. Persepolis
  11. Ilulissat Icefjord
  12. Djenné
  13. Tropical Rainforest Sumatra
  14. West Norwegian Fjords
  15. Sagarmatha National Park
  16. Kathmandu Valley
  17. Sichuan Giant Panda Sanctuaries
  18. Melaka and George Town
  19. Crac des Chevaliers
  20. Ouro Preto
  21. Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve
  22. Megalithic Temples of Malta
  23. Redwood
  24. Ancient villages of Northern Syria
  25. Amsterdam Canal Ring
  26. Selimiye Mosque
  27. Rock Islands
  28. Fujisan
  29. Decorated cave of Pont d'Arc
  30. Namib Sand Sea
  31. Okavango Delta
  32. Bethlehem
  33. Kakadu National Park
  34. Old City of Jerusalem
  35. Great Barrier Reef
  36. Serengeti
  37. Fontainebleau
  38. Amiens Cathedral
  39. Sydney Opera House
  40. Medina of Fez
  41. Stone Town of Zanzibar
  42. Florence
  43. Lalibela
  44. Tasmanian Wilderness
  45. Leptis Magna
  46. Sabratha
  47. Aldabra Atoll
  48. Timgad
  49. Quito
  50. Damascus
  51. Sigiriya
  52. Old Havana
  53. Aleppo
  54. Rila Monastery
  55. Palmyra
  56. Qutb Minar
  57. Churches and Convents of Goa
  58. Khajuraho Group of Monuments
  59. Ajanta Caves
  60. Ellora Caves
  61. Hill Forts of Rajasthan
  62. Mahabalipuram
  63. Agra Fort
  64. Taj Mahal
  65. Mesa Verde
  66. Cuzco
  67. Machu Picchu
  68. Yellowstone
  69. Cartagena
  70. Vatican City
  71. Lake Malawi
  72. Cracow
  73. Cologne Cathedral
  74. Baalbek
  75. Iguazu National Park
  76. Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks
  77. Statue of Liberty
  78. Salvador de Bahia
  79. Auschwitz Birkenau
  80. Altamira Cave
  81. Segovia
  82. Granada
  83. Wieliczka and Bochnia Royal Salt Mines
  84. Works of Antoni Gaudí
  85. Petra
  86. Medina of Marrakesh
  87. Pont du Gard
  88. Istanbul
  89. Göreme NP
  90. Great Zimbabwe Ruins
  91. Giant's Causeway
  92. Durham Castle and Cathedral
  93. Stonehenge
  94. Amphitheater of El Jem
  95. Seville
  96. Sana'a
  97. Ngorongoro
  98. Venice and its Lagoon
  99. Piazza del Duomo (Pisa)
  100. Budapest
  101. Kilimanjaro National Park
  102. Acropolis
  103. Hawaii Volcanoes
  104. Palenque
  105. Mexico City and Xochimilco
  106. Teotihuacan
  107. Oaxaca and Monte Alban
  108. Westminster
  109. City of Bath
  110. Great Wall
  111. Imperial Palace
  112. Mogao Caves
  113. Mausoleum of the First Qin Emperor
  114. Monticello
  115. Ksar of Aït Ben Haddou
  116. Uluru
  117. Nemrut Dag
  118. Old Town of Galle
  119. Meteora
  120. Luang Prabang
  121. Guanajuato
  122. Chichen-Itza
  123. Tsingy de Bemaraha
  124. Canterbury
  125. Lima
  126. Victoria Falls
  127. Cliff of Bandiagara
  128. St. Petersburg
  129. Kremlin and Red Square
  130. Whale Sanctuary of El Vizcaino
  131. Sucre
  132. Borobudur
  133. Paris, Banks of the Seine
  134. Bukhara
  135. Samarkand
  136. Komodo National Park
  137. Prague
  138. Cesky Krumlov
  139. El Tajin
  140. Tikal National Park
  141. Antigua Guatemala
  142. Himeji-jo
  143. Mérida
  144. Angkor
  145. Ha Long Bay
  146. Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
  147. Ancient Kyoto
  148. Nasca Lines
  149. Potala Palace
  150. Dinosaur Provincial Park
  151. Rapa Nui
  152. Siena
  153. Rice Terraces of the Philippine Cordilleras
  154. Naples
  155. Edinburgh
  156. Colonia del Sacramento
  157. Grand Canyon
  158. Lake Baikal
  159. Everglades
  160. Volcanoes of Kamchatka
  161. Genbaku Dome
  162. Schönbrunn
  163. The trulli of Alberobello
  164. Panamá
  165. Maritime Greenwich
  166. Mont-Saint-Michel
  167. Palau de la Musica Catalana and Hospital de Sant Pau
  168. Chartres Cathedral
  169. Pompei
  170. Versailles
  171. Agrigento
  172. Villa Romana del Casale
  173. Su Nuraxi di Barumini
  174. Volubilis
  175. Grand Place, Brussels
  176. Pyramids (Memphis)
  177. Ancient Thebes
  178. Temple of Heaven
  179. Historic Cairo
  180. Rome
  181. Peninsula Valdes
  182. Mountain Railways of India
  183. Dubrovnik
  184. Saint Catherine Area
  185. Island of Saint-Louis
  186. Brugge
  187. Central Amazon Conservation Complex
  188. Pantanal
  189. Virunga National Park
  190. Sub-Antarctic Islands
  191. Socotra Archipelago
  192. Meroe