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Jose Luis Perez
Las Nubes Waterfall
Olavur Frederiksen www.faroephoto.com
Boats At The Harbour Of Torshavn
vasinbkk
Ruenthai Dimsum Restaurant Trang
Tina Gauer & Oli Burle - www.360tourist.net
Night Shops in Old Market
Miguel Angel
Rojadillo bridge
Marc Gruber
Bad Rans Abbruch
Andrea Biffi
view from city walls of Bergamo
Jose Luis Perez
Mezabok's Community School
Roland Raele
Germany Oberstdorf Nebelhorn
Seungsang Yoo(유승상)
Prerup
Alexandre Duret-Lutz
Pillar field
Seungsang Yoo(유승상)
Preahkhan
More About Middle East

Modern civilization began right here in the Tigris-Euphrates river valley. Also known as the Fertile Crescent or Mesopotamia, this is the place where, six thousand years ago, agriculture, writing and mathematics were brought into widespread use.The term "Middle East" comes from the British navy, which used it to describe the countries on the trade route from Europe to India and China. Everything from Afghanistan to Morocco may possibly be classified as "middle eastern", depending on whom you ask -- and when.Only a partial list of past Empires in the middle eastern territory includes Sumeria, Babylonia, Persia, the Ottoman Empire and the Roman Empire!When northern Europe was still lurking about in slimy cold stone castles playing chess, the Middle East was enjoying the flowers of poetry, luxurious craftsmanship, music and literature. In fact, the Renaissance in Europe was partly inspired by stories brought back from the middle east by travelers along the trade route.Strategic location, religious history and the world's largest supply of crude oil have kept the Middle East at the center of world activity for centuries. The saga continues.Text by Steve Smith.