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Gorazd Bajt
Tolminka gorge - Devils bridge - under
Kengo Shimizu
Rokko Shidare Observatory
Brian Carey
Cape Spear and the Milky Way 360 by Brian Carey
Mohamed Attef
Petra Treasury - Al Khazneh Jordan
Veros Plakiotis
347 Rome Piazza San Pietro The Square Was Designed By Gian Lorenzo Bernini In 1667 Basilica Di San Pietro Entrance
Sebastian Bauer
Atatürk giant Monument under Construction on 30 November 2011
Marcio Cabral
Sao Bento Waterfall Startrail Vortex
Sebastian Bauer
Atatürk giant Monument under Construction on 26 November 2011 with Photographer
Four Sides Media
Eau Claire, Calgary
Martin Broomfield
Kivukoni Fish Market, Dar es Salaam
Maxim Ritus
Tartakov. Lyantskoronskih palace.
Pawel Rozenek
South Stack Lighthouse
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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.