Kanji: 麓. Radical: 鹿. Number of strokes: 19. Meaning: “ foot of a mountain”. Pronunciation: ロク、ふもとroku, fumoto - (new list: 2010).

Kanji: 山. Radical: 山. Number of strokes: 3. Meaning: “ mountain”. Pronunciation: サン、やまsan, yama.

Mount Nimba

Mount Nimba

Mount Nimba Strict Nature Reserve – A geographically unique area located in Guinea and Côte d'Ivoire including exceptional numbers of single-site endemic species - Covers significant portions of the Nimba Range UNESCO World Heritage Site 1981 - “…Located on the borders of Guinea, Liberia and Côte d’Ivoire, Mount Nimba rises above the surrounding savannah. Its slopes are covered by dense forest at the foot of grassy mountain pastures. They harbour an especially rich flora and fauna, with endemic species such as the viviparous toad and chimpanzees that use stones as tools.”

Réserve naturelle intégrale du Mont Nimba - Une zone géographiquement exceptionnelle située en Guinée et Côte d'Ivoire comprenant un grand nombre d'espèces endémiques - Site du patrimoine mondial de l'UNESCO 1981 - « ...Situé aux confins de la Guinée, du Liberia et de la Côte d’Ivoire, le mont Nimba domine les savanes environnantes. Ses pentes, couvertes d’une forêt dense au pied d’alpages de graminées, recèlent une flore et une faune particulièrement riches, avec des espèces endémiques comme le crapaud vivipare ou les chimpanzés qui se servent de pierres comme d’outils. »

Yellow gentian

Yellow gentian

Great yellow gentian (Gentiana lutea) - In the mountains of central and southern Europe - Depicted on the reverse of the Albanian 2000 lekë banknote (with the Amphitheatre at Butrinto) - On its obverse, the Illyrian king Gentius 2nd century BCE, the last Ardiaei ruler.

Gentiane jaune (Gentiana lutea) - Dans les montagnes d'Europe centrale et méridionale - Au verso du billet de banque albanais de 2000 lekë (aux côtés de l'amphithéâtre de Butrint) - Au verso, figure le dernier roi illyrien Gentius qui régna de 180à 168 av.J.-C.

Kanji: 峠. Radical: 山. Number of strokes: 9. Meaning: “ mountain peak”. Pronunciation: とうげtōge.



Kilimanjaro (Mount) – A mountain constituted of three volcanic cones, Kibo, Mawenzi, and Shira, in Tanzania - The highest mountain in Africa, (19,341 ft) – Also known for its shrinking glaciers.

Kilimanjaro (mont) - Une montagne en Tanzanie composée de trois cônes volcaniques, Kibo, Mawenzi et Shira - La plus haute montagne d'Afrique (5 895 mètres) - Également connue pour la fonte de ses glaciers.

Tabei Junko

Tabei Junko

Born in Miharu 三春町, Fukushima
Junko Tabei 田部井 淳子 (1939 –2016)
First woman to match Norgay and Hillary climbing the Everest
First woman to complete the Seven Summits
the highest mountains of each of the seven continents

In 1975, wind, snow
And avalanche
Did not stop her
On Mount Everest

"Do not give up. Keep on your quest."


Lieu élevé dont l’ascension se caractérise par sa difficulté plus ou moins marquée (et son dénivelé) □ Par cette élévation, il peut ainsi rapprocher d’une entité (divinité), ou de soi-même □ Ce lieu est diversement habité (en collectivité, ou en ermitage) □ Il peut s’opposer à la vallée, ou à tout autre espace environnant (mer, désert, etc.), définissant ainsi un mode d’existence référentiel.

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Shirakawa-go and Gokayama

Shirakawa-go and Gokayama

Shirakawa-go 白川郷and Gokayama 五箇山
Traditional Japanese villages
In Gifu and Toyama Prefectures

Cultivation of mulberry trees
And rearing of silkworms

Known for their building style
Named gasshō-zukuri 合掌造り
UNESCO world heritage site 1995
Steeply pitched thatched roofs
Only examples of their kind in Japan

The name “Ararat” in the Bible

“The name “Ararat” is mentioned four times in the Bible’s original manuscripts (Genesis 8:4; 2 Kings 19:37; Isaiah 37:38; Jeremiah 51:27). This was the name of a country. On one of its mountains Noah’s ark rested after the Flood subsided (Genesis 8:4). Most researchers believe that the “mountains” mentioned were probably the Kurdish range of South Armenia in Turkey. In the King James Bible, 2 Kings 19:37 and Isaiah 37:38 translate the word “Ararat” as “Armenia.” However, other versions, including the New King James Version, simply say “land of Ararat.” […] In this area of modern Turkey, near the Russian and Iranian borders, there is a large mountain named Mount Ararat. It is made entirely of volcanic rock and is an extinct volcano that rose during Noah’s flood. The highest point is almost 17,000 feet above sea level, and the mountain consists of two peaks, Great Ararat and Little Ararat. It rises a majestic 14,000 feet from the plain of Aras (Araxes). The higher peak is perpetually covered in snow. […] It is believed that the land of “Ararat” is the Hebrew equivalent of Urardhu, or Urartu, which was the Assyrian-Babylonian name of the Vannic or Chaldean kingdom (between the Aras River and the Tigris River).” (christiananswers.net)

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