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A stunning set of photographs show the amazing sunken forest rising out of a 400-metre long crystal clear mountain lake in Kazakhstan.

Lake Kaindy, located in the Tian Shan Mountains some 130km from the city of Almaty, was created after an earthquake in 1911 that triggered a huge landslide blocked the gorge, forming a natural dam.

Eventually, rainwater filled the valley and created the lake, which has become famous for its scenic beauty and in particular the submerged forest and the imposing trunks of spruce trees that rise out of the lake water.

Above water, the sunken trees have been compared to large masts from lost ghost ships and the spears of a mysterious army hiding and waiting for the right time to emerge.

The trees can be seen growing underwater, unscathed from the huge earthquake in 1911 which created the unique lake

The trees can be seen growing underwater, unscathed from the huge earthquake in 1911 which created the unique lake

One of the trees, pictured here in the centre, can be seen rising from the base of the lake and piercing the water's surface

One of the trees, pictured here in the centre, can be seen rising from the base of the lake and piercing the water’s surface


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Greater Middle East

Greater Middle East (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Will Central Asia Replace the Middle East as Prime Oil Source?

One of the prime reasons why the Middle East holds such importance to the West is partiality because it is the main supplier of oil and natural gas to countries in the West. Over the past several decades Western countries had few, if any, options other than to purchase its oil and gas from Middle Eastern oil producing  despite the headaches that came with it. Headaches, for example, that’s included political unrest, turmoil and strife.

But now with the newly found fields of oil and gas in Central Asian countries such as Kazakhstan and more recently Turkmenistan, as well as the oil from Azerbaijan are only the beginning of what may lie in these vast oil fields of the steppes and the Caucuses.

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Central banks are among the shrewd investors who buy gold bullion on dips.  When gold was weak during May to July of 2012, central banks actively bought nearly 71 tonnes.

Russia and Kazakhstan’s bought 12.2 and 1.5 tonnes in January, but until the IMF reports official activity, may help the very poor sentiment towards gold today. Central banks utilize gold bullion to diversify their holdings and limit their foreign exchange exposure.
It was reported that South Korea bought 20 tonnes of gold last month rumoured to be below the $1,600/oz mark. This is the first purchase this year for South Korea, after they purchased 30 tonnes in 2012.  Previously they purchased in July 2012 at the same price levels. [Read more…]

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Via: Daily Ticker:

“The term ‘food unrest’ will become part of our daily vocabulary,” Brown tells The Daily Ticker.

It reflects the imbalance between the supply of food and demand for food globally.

On the demand side, says Brown, is a growing global population — 80 million more people born each year — and more people moving up the food chain, which means as many as 3 billion people are consuming more “grain intensive products” like meat, milk and eggs. “Rising affluence may have eclipsed population growth” as a major demand factor for food prices, says Brown.

And in the U.S. about one-third of the corn crop is diverted to produce ethanol for gasoline. “We’re now using more grain to fuel cars than to feed livestock and poultry” says Brown.

On the supply side, severe drought in the U.S., Russia, the Ukraine, Pakistan and Kazakhstan have crushed grain harvests at a time when crop yields are stagnating in many countries. “Rice yields in Japan haven’t increased at all and the same is true for wheat yields in France, Germany and the U.K,” says Brown. He doesn’t expect that “glass ceiling” will be broken anytime soon.

“We’re doing everything we know how to do. We’ve eliminated nutrient constraints, moisture constraints and we’ve designed the most efficient plans we can….there’s not much else to do.”

The impact of all this are higher food prices in the U.S. and more competition for U.S. grains from China—which dominates soybean consumption now, says Brown. But in countries like Ethiopia, India, Nigeria, Peru and The Republic of the Congo the effect is much more dramatic.

“There are now millions of families in the world that plan foodless days. They can’t afford to buy enough food at inflated prices to maintain their consumption levels,” says Brown.

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