The Pamban Bridge is a cantilever bridge on the Palk Strait which connects Rameswaram,Tamilnadu on Pamban Island to mainland India. This engineering marvel, which was opened to public on 24 Feb 1914, has withstood world's second highly corrosive environment, and a cyclone-prone high wind velocity zone for a century. The railway bridge is 6,776 ft and it has a double-leaf bascule bridge section that can be raised to let ships pass under the bridge.
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The elephant's truck is one of the great multi-tools of the natural world. It is made up of approximately 40,000 different muscles and can stretch or contract at will. Using its trunk, an elephant can knock over a tree and pick up an egg without cracking the shell. It is a tool of strength, or gentleness.
Perhaps the most interesting fact about the elephant's trunk is that the elephant has to learn how to use it. Watch an elephant during its first year and it will look like a scene out of the 3 stooges. The trunk will drag across the ground and get in the way as the baby walks. It will twist the wrong way, dropping food before it reaches the baby's mouth. It is such a challenge that during the first 2 years of life, most elephants drink water by lying down and slurping the water like a dog.
This might sound funny, but it is actually the beginning of something amazing. Because they have to learn to use their trunks, elephants become very adept at using the trunk in a wide variety of ways. Its use is not genetically programed, so the elephant can adapt its use to different situations and conditions.
This image was photographed in Tarangire National Park, Tanzania. The image was created using a Canon 1Ds mark III and a 120-300mm lens. The camera settings were 1/80 sec @ f/2.8, 800 ISO.
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