Top 10 Magic things about The blood dragon Island - Elegant Writer


الخميس، 5 ديسمبر 2019

Top 10 Magic things about The blood dragon Island

 By/Younes Hazza'a

Journey to Home of the blood dragon is the most interesting way to found out the best natural  place to spent a wonderful weeks in a wonderful Island . It is Socotra Island located on the Southern of Yemen, Stands on compound of unique creatures ( Trees, birds, rare animals,  and sea species) in addition to the unique weather and unique beach . Only in Socotra you can practice diving in a very pure water under pure blue sky . It is the Indian Ocean's Paradise. 
The Island is historically famous for its unique and spectacular vegetation—botanists rank  the  flora of Socotra among the ten  most endangered  island flora in the world . It is not mere island , but the  Home of the blood dragon and  the most beautiful  place I've ever seen .


1.     Unspoiled :  Most people would struggle to place it on a map, but Socotra is one of the world's last unspoiledisland chains -- an archipelago off the coast of Yemen that has wildlife so diverse it has been described as the Galapagos of the Indian Ocean.

2.     Natural beauty : Galapagos of the Indian Ocean ,Socotra is famed for its natural beauty. Its startling biodiversity has earned it the nickname "Galapagos of the Indian Ocean" - a nod to Ecuador's famous Pacific island chain whose ecosystem is so unique it inspired Charles Darwin's theory of evolution.

The link to the famed Galapagos is not purely marketing either. Since it was first surveyed by United Nations' biologists in 1997,   

3.     Fascinated landscape, German photographer Claudius Schulze had been fascinated by Socotra since reading about it in a magazine, but he was led there by an old proverb.

"I had a project that didn't work out and we have a proverb in Germany about being 'ready for the island' if you are exhausted -- so I thought it was time to go to Socotra," he said. "I started looking up flights and applying for a visa straight away."
When Schulze, 27, finally made it there he was captivated by both the scenery and the people he met.
"It blew my mind. It's incredibly amazing and other-wordly," he said. "The landscape is bizarre, with mountains, valleys that cut 600 meters into the landscape, moon-like desert plains and huge sand-dunes and endemic plants that are completely different from anything I've seen." 

4.     Socotra is home to myrrh trees:        Frankincense and myrrh, Frankincense is an oil made from the resin of the Boswellia tree, while myrrh oil comes from myrrh trees. The oils and perfumes made from them were once considered very valuable, and the trees are still rare but still grow on the Socotra islands. So Socotra not only the right place to tourism but it is also the natural hospital to treat yourself  Psychologically and biologically . that is why many tourists prefer to go there aimed to improve their mood and to change their sight toward life positively . In addition to frankincense, Socotra is home to myrrh trees and several rare birds. Its marine life is a unique hybrid of species from the Red Sea, the Indian Ocean and the western Pacific. In the 1990s, a team of United Nations biologists conducted a survey of the archipelago’s flora and fauna. They counted nearly 700 endemic species, found nowhere else on earth; only Hawaii and the Galapagos Islands have more impressive numbers. 

5.      Desert-Rose It is unbelievable for many people that roses grow  in the desert , but it is happened in Socotra Island where the trees are twenty years old and the desert rose stores water in its huge trunk and hardly grows any leaves or flowers , the desert rose  also called a bottle tree, and also known as Sabi Star or  Kudu their lumpy, bulbous trunks have been compared to rehinoceros legs.

6.      Dragon’s blood tree : Legend has it the otherworldly dragon’s blood tree first grew on the spot where two brothers, Darsa and Samha, fought to the death. In Arabic, it is known as dam al akhawain – “the blood of the two brothers”.The most famous of Socotra’s plants, a striking, umbrella-shaped tree with a thick trunk. have large round branches shaped like umbrellas. 

It gets its name from the deep red sap within, which is gathered as a resin - and  has been used for centuries in a wide range of uses including as a dye, as incense, and in traditional medicine.
 The Dragon Blood tree is unique to the Socotra island .

7.     Diversity : Socotra has been considered one of the most biologically diverse and distinct places on Earth.  Home to some interesting animals .There are 192 different bird species that either live on the islands or visit during migration. The only mammals native to Socotra are bats, which live in  many rocky caves.

there are lots of different kinds of reptiles on the islands, including the Socotran chameleon and several types of skinks, which are lizards that look more like snakes, but with very small limbs. The marine life is also very diverse, with 300 species of crab, lobster and shrimp, over 700 species of coastal fish as well as 253 species of reef-building corals. It's estimated that 37% of its plants and 90% of its reptiles (along with almost all of its snails) are found nowhere else on earth, and the entire island chain is a registered Unesco World Heritage site.  

8.     Unique Language  and Unique Wildlife : Socotra  people are very proud of their homeland also they are proud of their unique language and traditional foods , It is thought that Socotrian language is one of the oldest Yemeni language and some people still think it is itself the Hemirian language . A group of Russian linguists under the direction of a correspondent of RAS, Director of the Institute of Oriental Studies Vitaly Naumkin developed a writing system for the archaic language of the Yemeni island of Socotra.

“We have created a system of Socotra letters based on Arabic script, which is a welcome event for more than 100 thousand islanders. It will contribute to the development of education and culture of the Socotra language, including the development of local media,” said the head of the Department of History and Philology of the Ancient Near East of the Institute of Oriental and Classical Russian State Humanitarian University Leonid Kogan.
During the expedition, Russian linguists held a photo documentation of materials related to the life of the islanders and their way of life and customs. These unique materials have intrinsic value and are compelling illustrations of complex, difficult to clear European, words and concepts.
The indigenous population of Socotra speaks a dialect of the local Socotra unwritten language, related to the modern Semitic Modern South Arabian languages, as well as in Arabic. 
 The islands have been part of trade routes for centuries, with artifacts from sailors having been found dating back to the 1st century BC. But because it’s so far away from everything else, the archipelago has largely been left to itself, which is a good thing for the unique wildlife that lives there.

9.     Two  hurricanes  battered Socotra :

The island's status as an ecological gem, however, has caused some problems for its residents.
As its population battles the torrential floods left behind by Cyclone Mekunu, reaching those in need is a major problem - partly because Socotra has few roads stretching into its biodiversity areas.
A 2007 travel article in the New York Times said a journey in a four-wheel-drive vehicle with an expert local driver as guide was "a struggle to the death", covering five miles in an hour and a half. It was, the author writes, worth it.
But plans to build and expand access roads on Socotra's main island have been controversial for years.
Unesco considers the building of roads in the protected areas "a serious threat" to the island's value, and no improvements have been made since 2010.

Chapala and Megh Two  hurricanes  battered Socotra in November 2015. Cyclone Chapala brought powerful winds similar to a category four hurricane, damaging homes, vehicles, and injuring dozens.
Less than a week later, Cyclone Megh passed directly over the main island, triggering flash floods and killing another two people. Thousands were displaced from their homes.
The damage was not limited to buildings and infrastructure. Soil erosion and habitat damagewere also probable

10.                        Complex war and the worst humanitarian disaster: The mainland continues to be plagued by a complex war involving several regional titans.

The result is Yemen is suffering the worst humanitarian disaster on Earth, according to the United Nations. The humanitarian situation in Yemen is still the worst in the world Now in its fourth year of conflict, more than 22 million people—or three-quarters of the population—need humanitarian aid and protection, making Yemen the world’s worst humanitarian crisis .  

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