Friday, 28 November 2008

What Is The Flattest Country In The World?

Everyone enjoys an interesting fact or two so I thought I would do some research into the flattest country in the world. After a Google search, it did not take me long to discover the country with the lowest high point (the flattest) is The Republic of Maldives with a maximum elevation of 2.4 meters ! This really surprised me. How can an entire 300 sq km country be so flat? If I went to the sandy beaches of The Maldives and built a 2.5 meter high sand castle I would probably create quite a stir.

However the lack of gradient in the country is a great concern especially with rising sea levels widely thought to be caused by global warming. If the water raised only a couple of feet we could see a large number of the islands disappear. As it stands it is estimated that the sea level will rise by 59 cm by the year 2100 offering an uncertain fate for future generations. The Tsunami in 2005 did offer a glimmer of the damage rising sea water could do to this small nation. Although the wave only reached 9 feet in The Maldives (relatively small compared to elsewhere), it was enough to submerge the islands and cause lasting structural damage and contaminate the freshwater stores with salt. Many of the islands may have been partially protected by their coral reefs acting as a break water but these could be slowly disappearing.

If anyone has any travel related interesting facts or questions post a comment and I will look into the answer.



At 29 November 2008 at 07:32 , Blogger Saadia said...

Hi Alex. Yes, yes, I asked a question which went unnoticed. Probably you missed it. Which are the more affordable hotel chains in the UK? Can one get better bargains than Travelodge or Holiday Inn Express?

At 29 November 2008 at 12:02 , Blogger Alex @ The Travel Blurb said...

Hello there. Sorry I missed your question, if I am honest I still cannot see where you asked it. Anyway, I confess I am not one to take a holiday in England because if you have not heard already we do not have a summer, just day after day of gloom and drizzle.

If you do feel compelled to visit England then yes Travelodge and Holiday Inn Express are cheap options. Alternatively, you can find some good bargains at good old British B&Bs (bed and breakfasts) especially if they are struggling to fill rooms. Best prices can be found when there are 2 sharing normally. I would imagine you would be hard pushed to find one in central London but if you were just outside or at the coast you would have plenty of options. Hope that is useful.

If you want london search for london, london

At 29 November 2008 at 16:35 , Blogger Saadia said...

:-) Haha. Alex, my friend, we get summers of about 45 degrees celcius here, so we don't mind the occasional cold weather!

I've been to London 4 times in the past, and I still don't tire of it. There are places I want to re-visit, and others that still need exploring. The one city alone is good enough for a week, at least.

Other than that, we hope to make day-trips to nearby cities like Oxford, Cambridge and Windsor. It would be lovely if you could recommend others at a stone's throw (or a little more!) from London.

We're also hoping on a few days in Scotland.

I am somehow scared of B&Bs. When we visited Europe last summers, we found our B&B accommodations in Rome and Florence to be a bit tricky! Ibis was a saviour at other destinations!

I posted my question at Is The Pound Actually Strengthening? Didn't know where else to ask!

At 29 November 2008 at 21:30 , Blogger Alex @ The Travel Blurb said...

45 degrees is far too hot for me. When I was in Luxor it got up to 50 degrees when walking up the valley of the kings and it was absolutely unbearable for a Brit like myself. However, a little more than 21 would be nice.

I agree London has loads to do. I have been to a lot of cities now and none had more than London in my opinion although New York came close.

A little further than a stone's throw I would recommend Canterbury and if you are heading to Scotland then you could stop at York, or Warwick.

Scotland has worse whether than England so go in the summer to maximise you chances of sunshine.


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