Friday, December 24, 2010

On a clear day in Jamaica you can see forever :)

By Vasudev Ram

I saw a reference to the Blue Mountains of Jamaica in the NY times article mentioned in my previous post about Bob Marley's son Rohan making coffee nowadays, and remembering that I had read a National Geographic article about the Blue Mountains and Jamaica some years ago, I googled the name and got a Wikipedia article about the Blue Mountains. Was an interesting read.

Excerpts from the article:

The Blue Mountains form the longest mountain range in Jamaica. They include the island's highest point, Blue Mountain Peak, at 2256 m (7402 ft). From the summit, accessible via a walking track, both the North and South coasts of the island can be seen. On a clear day, the outline of the island Cuba, 210 km (130 mi) away, can be seen. As one of the longest continuous mountain ranges in the Caribbean, the Blue Mountains dominate the eastern third of Jamaica]

Where the higher elevations of the Blue Mountains catch the rain from the moisture-laden winds, rainfall exceeds 5,080 millimetres (200 in) per year with some areas have totals of over 7,620 millimetres (300 in)].

Wow, that's pretty high. I love rainy places and have lived in some ...

This climatic diversity has enabled the high rainfall that feeds the lush vegetation, which includes towering trees and over 500 species of flowering plants, of which half are found nowhere else on earth.

I hope to be able to go there some day ...

- Vasudev Ram - Dancing Bison Enterprises

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