Benka Pulko is a Slovenian world traveler, Guinness World Record holder, motivational speaker and photographer. Pulko has a university degree in biology, and specialized training in massage therapy and she gained media attention for traveling to all seven continents on her motorcycle. On 19 June 1997 Benka Pulko departed from her hometown of Ptuj, in the process she became the first female motorcyclist to reach Antarctica, and the first woman to ride solo across Saudi Arabia. After returning to her home, Pulko was chosen as Slovenian Woman of the Year for 2003 by readers of Jana and she was rated by Playboy magazine at 16th place among Slovenias most influential woman for 2003. In Slovenia, she continues to be a contributor to national magazines and newspapers such as Jana, Dnevnik, Večer, 7D, Primorske novice, Štajerski tednik. During her record-setting journey, Pulko began photographing the people and places she experienced, since her return, she has presented these photographs in more than 40 solo exhibitions.
Pulkos first book, Po Zemlji okoli Sonca, a large format book chronicling her journey in photos and words, at the 19th National Book Fair in Ljubljana, it took home the top prize for Best Overall Publication, as well as the award for Prepress. In 2005, Pulko provided the cover photo and co-authored the book Biseri sveta v očeh slovenskih popotnikov along with other Slovene adventurists like Zvone Šeruga and Arne Hodalić. Obrazi sveta / Faces of the World is an exhibition catalog, Pulkos most successful book to date, Pocestnica was published in 2007. At the books launch the President of Slovenia Danilo Türk, Mayor of Slovenias capital, Zoran Janković, dve ciklami ali Na svetu je dovolj prostora za vse marks Pulkos first foray into childrens literature. The book was awarded at the International Childrens Literature Competition in Schwanenstadt, otroci sveta is a collaboration with well-known Slovene young adult literature author Janja VIdmar. While traveling through Dharamsala, Pulko was moved by the plight of the children of the Tibetan diaspora, as a result, she launched the humanitarian organization Believe in Yourself and Kickstart the World.
The primary goal of the foundation is to promote, the organization primarily focuses on providing scholarships to students of Tibetan Childrens Village, and ensuring female students have equal educational opportunity. Black and White Rainbow / Črno - bela mavrica, recorded in both English and Slovene languages, presents a glimpse into the life of the exiled Tibetan community and it compliments Pulkos similarly named exhibition, which includes hand painted Buddhist mandalas. Others Before Self / Drugi pred menoj, focuses on the educational and social philosophy behind the Tibetan Childrens Village system of schools, the film includes Pulkos interview with His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama
A drainage basin or catchment area is any area of land where precipitation collects and drains off into a common outlet, such as into a river, bay, or other body of water. Drainage basins connect into other drainage basins at elevations in a hierarchical pattern, with smaller sub-drainage basins. Other terms used to describe drainage basins are catchment, catchment basin, drainage area, river basin and water basin. In closed drainage basins the water converges to a point inside the basin, known as a sink, which may be a permanent lake. The drainage basin acts as a funnel by collecting all the water within the covered by the basin. Each drainage basin is separated topographically from adjacent basins by a perimeter, drainage basins are similar but not identical to hydrologic units, which are drainage areas delineated so as to nest into a multi-level hierarchical drainage system. Hydrologic units are defined to allow multiple inlets, outlets, or sinks, in a strict sense, all drainage basins are hydrologic units but not all hydrologic units are drainage basins.
Drainage basins of the oceans and seas of the world. Grey areas are endorheic basins that do not drain to the oceans, the following is a list of the major ocean basins, About 48. 7% of the worlds land drains to the Atlantic Ocean. The two major mediterranean seas of the world flow to the Atlantic, The Caribbean Sea and Gulf of Mexico basin includes most of the U. S. The Mediterranean Sea basin includes much of North Africa, east-central Africa, Southern and Eastern Europe and the areas of Israel, Lebanon. Just over 13% of the land in the world drains to the Pacific Ocean, the Indian Oceans drainage basin comprises about 13% of Earths land. It drains the eastern coast of Africa, the coasts of the Red Sea and the Persian Gulf, the Indian subcontinent, antarctica comprises approximately eight percent of the Earths land. The five largest river basins, from largest to smallest, are the basins of the Amazon, the Río de la Plata, the Congo, the Nile, and the Mississippi. The three rivers that drain the most water, from most to least, are the Amazon, endorheic drainage basins are inland basins that do not drain to an ocean.
Around 18% of all land drains to endorheic lakes or seas or sinks, the largest of these consists of much of the interior of Asia, which drains into the Caspian Sea, the Aral Sea, and numerous smaller lakes. Some of these, such as the Great Basin, are not single drainage basins but collections of separate, in endorheic bodies of standing water where evaporation is the primary means of water loss, the water is typically more saline than the oceans. An extreme example of this is the Dead Sea, drainage basins have been historically important for determining territorial boundaries, particularly in regions where trade by water has been important
City Municipality of Ptuj
The City Municipality of Ptuj is a municipality in northeastern Slovenia. The seat of the municipality is the town of Ptuj, traditionally the area was part of the Styria region. The entire municipality is now included in the Drava Statistical Region, the population of the municipality is about 23,700. Ptuj municipal site City Municipality of Ptuj on Geopedia
Ptuj is a town in northeastern Slovenia. Traditionally the area was part of the Styria region, Ptuj is the oldest city in Slovenia. There is evidence that the area was settled in the Stone Age, in the Late Iron Age it was settled by Celts. By the 1st century BC, the settlement was controlled by Ancient Rome as part of the Pannonian province, in 69 AD, Vespasian was elected Roman Emperor by the Danubian legions in Ptuj, and the first written mention of the city of Ptuj is from the same year. Poetovium was the base-camp of Legio XIII Gemina where it had its legionary fortress or castrum, the name originated in the times of Emperor Trajan, who granted the settlement city status and named it Colonia Ulpia Traiana Poetovio in 103. The city had 40,000 inhabitants until it was plundered by the Huns in 450, in 570 the city was occupied by Eurasian Avars and Slavic tribes. Ptuj became part of the Frankish Empire after the fall of Avar state at the end of 8th century, between 840 and 874 it belonged to the Slavic Balaton Principality of Pribina and Kocelj.
Between 874 and 890 Ptuj gradually came under the influence of the Archbishopric of Salzburg, as Pettau, it was incorporated into the Duchy of Styria in 1555. Pettau was a battleground during the Ottoman wars in Europe and suffered from fires in 1684,1705,1710, according to the 1910 Austro-Hungarian census, 86% of the population of Pettaus Old Town was German-speaking, while the population of the surrounding villages predominantly spoke Slovenian. After the invasion of Yugoslavia in April 1941, Ptuj was occupied by Nazi Germany, from 1941 to 1944 the towns Slovenian population was dispossessed and deported. Their homes were taken over by German speakers from South Tyrol and Gottschee County and these German immigrants, along with the native German Pettauer, were expelled to Austria in 1945, many settled in North America. Since 1945 Ptuj has been populated almost completely by Slovenes and it is a three-naved Gothic building from the 13th and early 14th century, but the structure incorporates parts of a much earlier structure, dating to the mid-9th century.
Ptuj is the place of a ten-day-long carnival in the spring. Kurent is believed to be the name of an ancient god of hedonism - the Slavic counterpart of the Greek god Priapos, although there are no written records. Kurenti or Koranti are figures dressed in sheep skin who go about the town wearing masks, a red tongue, cow bells. The Kurenti from Ptuj and the villages wear feathers, while those from the Haloze. Organized in groups, Kurents go through town, from house to house, making noise with their bells and wooden sticks, to scare off evil spirits. The nearest airports are Ptuj Sport Airfield, which is seven kilometers away, and Maribor Edvard Rusjan Airport, which is eighteen kilometers away
The Hudinja is a river in Styria, Slovenia. The river is 32 kilometres in length and its source is on the Pohorje Massif southwest of Mount Rogla, about 1350 m above sea level, near the source of Dravinja River. The river passes Vitanje, Socka Castle and Celje, a district of Celje named Hudinja lies on the river. Media related to Hudinja at Wikimedia Commons
St. George's Church (Ptuj)
St. Georges Church is a parish church in Ptuj, northeastern Slovenia. It was built in the 12th century and in the 15th century redesigned in the Gothic style, viewed from Slovene Square, it is located behind the monolithic Roman tombstone, the Monument of Orpheus, and the free standing Town Tower. There are Renaissance and Baroque gravestones on the walls of the church. The paintings in the interior were made from the late 13th to the end of the 15th century, in 1863 the church became Provost. Media related to St. Georges Church at Wikimedia Commons
Fishing is the activity of trying to catch fish. Fish are normally caught in the wild, techniques for catching fish include hand gathering, netting and trapping. Fishing may include catching aquatic animals other than fish, such as molluscs, crustaceans, the term is not normally applied to catching farmed fish, or to aquatic mammals, such as whales where the term whaling is more appropriate. According to United Nations FAO statistics, the number of commercial fishermen. Fisheries and aquaculture provide direct and indirect employment to over 500 million people in developing countries, in 2005, the worldwide per capita consumption of fish captured from wild fisheries was 14.4 kilograms, with an additional 7.4 kilograms harvested from fish farms. In addition to providing food, modern fishing is a recreational pastime, Fishing is an ancient practice that dates back to at least the beginning of the Upper Paleolithic period about 40,000 years ago. Isotopic analysis of the remains of Tianyuan man, a 40.
Archaeology features such as middens, discarded fish bones, and cave paintings show that sea foods were important for survival. During this period, most people lived a lifestyle and were, of necessity. However, where there are examples of permanent settlements such as those at Lepenski Vir. The British dogger was a type of sailing trawler from the 17th century. The Brixham trawler that evolved there was of a build and had a tall gaff rig. They were sufficiently robust to be able to tow large trawls in deep water, the great trawling fleet that built up at Brixham, earned the village the title of Mother of Deep-Sea Fisheries. The small village of Grimsby grew to become the largest fishing port in the world by the mid 19th century, an Act of Parliament was first obtained in 1796, which authorised the construction of new quays and dredging of the Haven to make it deeper. It was only in the 1846, with the expansion in the fishing industry. The foundation stone for the Royal Dock was laid by Albert the Prince consort in 1849, the dock covered 25 acres and was formally opened by Queen Victoria in 1854 as the first modern fishing port.
The elegant Brixham trawler spread across the world, influencing fishing fleets everywhere, by the end of the 19th century, there were over 3,000 fishing trawlers in commission in Britain, with almost 1,000 at Grimsby. These trawlers were sold to fishermen around Europe, including from the Netherlands, twelve trawlers went on to form the nucleus of the German fishing fleet
Ivan Ratkaj, Ivan Rattkay, was a Croatian Jesuit missionary and explorer. He wrote the first detailed description of the Tarahumara, a Native Mexican people, Ivan was born in Ptuj to the Ratkaj noble family, barons of Veliki Tabor. After graduating from the Gymnasium, he joined the Society of Jesus, there he studied philosophy and theology. When he graduated, his superiors wanted him to teach, but they granted his wish. He drew a map of the region with missions and Spanish forts, Ratkaj provided the first ethnographic and geographic presentation of the Tarahumara. He learned the language in a month and moved to Tutuaca. His reports betray an open curiosity, he noted all kinds of details, not only of nature and he mostly tries to show the Tarahumara in an objective light. He presents the Tarahumara as a mild and civilized people as opposed to some neighboring tribes, but they are fiercely addicted to magic like other tribes. He describes his role as spreading Gods name among the pagans and he urged them to abstain from drinking and dissolution
Slovenia, officially the Republic of Slovenia, is a nation state in southern Central Europe, located at the crossroads of main European cultural and trade routes. It is bordered by Italy to the west, Austria to the north, Hungary to the northeast, Croatia to the south and southeast, and it covers 20,273 square kilometers and has a population of 2.06 million. It is a republic and a member of the United Nations, European Union. The capital and largest city is Ljubljana, the Dinaric Alps and the Pannonian Plain meet on the territory of Slovenia. The country, marked by a significant biological diversity, is one of the most water-rich in Europe, with a river network, a rich aquifer system. Over half of the territory is covered by forest, the human settlement of Slovenia is dispersed and uneven. Slovenia has historically been the crossroads of South Slavic, Romance, although the population is not homogeneous, the majority is Slovene. South Slavic language Slovene is the language throughout the country.
Slovenia is a largely secularized country, but its culture and identity have been influenced by Catholicism as well as Lutheranism. The economy of Slovenia is small and export-oriented and has strongly influenced by international conditions. It has been hurt by the Eurozone crisis, started in the late 2000s. The main economic field is services, followed by industry and construction, the current territory of Slovenia was part of many different state formations, including the Roman Empire and the Holy Roman Empire, followed by the Habsburg Monarchy. In October 1918, the Slovenes exercised self-determination for the first time by co-founding the State of Slovenes, Croats, in December 1918, they merged with the Kingdom of Serbia into the Kingdom of Serbs and Slovenes. During World War II, Slovenia was occupied and annexed by Germany and Hungary, with a tiny area transferred to the Independent State of Croatia, in June 1991, after the introduction of multi-party representative democracy, Slovenia split from Yugoslavia and became an independent country.
Present-day Slovenia has been inhabited since prehistoric times, and there is evidence of habitation from around 250,000 years ago. A pierced cave bear bone, dating from 43100 ±700 BP, in the 1920s and 1930s, artifacts belonging to the Cro-Magnon such as pierced bones, bone points, and needle were found by archaeologist Srečko Brodar in Potok Cave. It shows that wooden wheels appeared almost simultaneously in Mesopotamia and Europe, in the transition period between the Bronze age to the Iron age, the Urnfield culture flourished. Archaeological remains dating from the Hallstatt period have been found, particularly in southeastern Slovenia, among them a number of situlas in Novo Mesto, in the Iron Age, present-day Slovenia was inhabited by Illyrian and Celtic tribes until the 1st century BC
The Dragonja is a 30-kilometre long river in the northern part of the Istrian peninsula. It is a river with a very branched basin and a small quantity of water. It has the pluvial regime and often dries up in summer and it features very diverse living environments and is home to a number of animal and plant species. The Dragonja has been a matter of a dispute between Croatia and Slovenia, with its lowest portion de facto the border of the two countries. The river is the third longest river in Istria, after the Raša and it is the largest river of the Slovenian coast that flows into the Adriatic Sea. It is the only Slovenian river that does not flow through settlements, the Dragonja originates in several sources in Šavrini Hills and flows west to the Gulf of Piran, part of the northern Adriatic Sea. It gets two larger tributaries from the side and one larger from the left side. The Sečovlje Salina Landscape Park with the Sečovlje Saltworks is located at its mouth, the lowest part of the Dragonja in the Municipality of Piran has been protected since 1990 as a natural monument.
The Dragonja River was first attested in sources as Argao, and in sources as Argaone, per Argaonem, Dragugne. The modern Slovene and Italian names are derived from Slavic *Dorgon’a, the name is of pre-Romance origin, presumably based on the Proto-Indo-European root *h2arg’- shining. Non-linguistic accounts explain the name as based on the course of the river. As of 2012, the last 7 kilometres of Dragonjas course is de facto border of Croatia and Slovenia, the disputed territory contains four hamlets and Croatias Plovanija border crossing. Dragonja River became a border river after World War II. After dissolution of the FTT in 1954 and transfer of its former Zone B to Yugoslavia, Koper district became a part of Slovenia while Buje district was attached to Croatia