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40 Interesting Facts About Bahrain

Bahrain is a small island country on the southwestern coast of the Persian Gulf. It is the third smallest country in Asia after the Maldives and Singapore. Bahrain consists of over 30 natural and artificial islands . The country has planned to build five new luxury artificial islands that can increase its landmass by 60%. However, it can devastate marine life and create several environmental problems. ( Source ) The largest island in this Gulf country is Bahrain Island . It contains nearly 85% of the total land area of Bahrain. Saudi Arabia and Qatar are the nearest countries to Bahrain. The 15-mile-long King Fahd Causeway, opened in 1986, links Bahrain to Saudi Arabia . Bahrain was the seat of the ancient Dilmun civilization nearly 5,000 years ago and acted as a trade route between the Indus Valley and Mesopotamia. It declined around 2000 BC due to cutting off trade from India . Bahrain came under Muslim rule in the 7 th Century, and most of its inhabitants converted to Islam .

25+ Interesting Facts About Barbados

Barbados is an island country in the southeastern Caribbean Sea . This easternmost Caribbean island is close to but not part of the Lesser Antilles, an archipelago in the Caribbean Sea. Its nearest countries are St. Lucia and St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Barbados has the highest number of  people above 100  per capita among sovereign countries. There are 71 centenarians per 100,000 people in this Caribbean island country. Comparatively,  Japan  and  Uruguay  jointly hold the second place, with 62 centenarians per 100,000 people. ( Source ) Barbados is the  most water-scarce country  in the Caribbean, having annual renewable water resources of only 350 cubic meters per capita. The country receives all its internal water resources through rainfall, while the region faces rising temperatures and low rainfall. ( Source ) According to historical records, humans from northern South America settled in Barbados by 1600 BC . The initial Europeans to reach the island were Spaniards in the 16

20+ Interesting Facts About Tapirs

Tapirs are large, herbivorous mammals that belong to one of the three branches of odd-toed ungulates. Tapirs are the only living member of their family. They have four recognized species in Central America, South America, and Southeast Asia. The heavy bodies and short legs in tapirs make them look like pigs , while their protruding nose is slightly similar to the trunk of elephants. However, their closest extant relatives are horses , zebras , rhinos, and other odd-toed ungulates. Apart from elephants, tapirs are the only living vertebrates that possess a prehensile (capable of grasping) trunk . Compared to elephants , they have a short proboscis, an extension of the nose and upper lip. ( Source ) Tapirs have  poor eyesight and monocular vision  (see with a single eye at a time). These nocturnal  mammals  compensate for this deficiency through their strong senses of smell and hearing. Captive tapirs, particularly Malayan tapirs, often have corneal cloudiness due to excessive exposur