Canada - Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump

"In south-west Alberta, the remains of marked trails and an aboriginal camp, and a tumulus where vast quantities of buffalo (American Bison) skeletons can still be found, are evidence of a custom practised by aboriginal peoples of the North American plains for nearly 6,000 years. Using their excellent knowledge of the topography and of buffalo behaviour, they killed their prey by chasing them over a precipice; the carcasses were later carved up in the camp below." Source: UNESCO World Heritage

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Post Canada prepaid postcard of Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump in Alberta. Thanks to CJ23 of Canada.

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One of the largest and best preserved buffalo jumps in the world - Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump, Fort Macleod, Alberta, Canada. Thanks to Devan of Alberta, Canada.

United Kingdom - Heart of Neolithic Orkney

"The group of Neolithic monuments on Orkney consists of a large chambered tomb (Maes Howe), two ceremonial stone circles (the Stones of Stenness and the Ring of Brodgar) and a settlement (Skara Brae), together with a number of unexcavated burial, ceremonial and settlement sites. The group constitutes a major prehistoric cultural landscape which gives a graphic depiction of life in this remote archipelago in the far north of Scotland some 5,000 years ago." Source: UNESCO World Heritage

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Aerial view of Maeshowe Chambered Cairn, Orkney.  Thanks to Inez of Orkney, Scotland.

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Norse "dragon" carving in Maeshowe, Orkney, Scotland. Thanks to Inez of Scotland.

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View of Skara Brae prehistoric village, Orkney with individual houses linked by passages. Thanks to Andy of UK.

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Interior of a hut showing the hearth and dresser and box beds. Thanks again to Andy of UK.

France - The Loire Valley between Sully-sur-Loire and Chalonnes

"The Loire Valley is an outstanding cultural landscape of great beauty, containing historic towns and villages, great architectural monuments (the châteaux), and cultivated lands formed by many centuries of interaction between their population and the physical environment, primarily the river Loire itself." 

Source: UNESCO World Heritage

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A panoroma view of le Chateau of Saumur, Maine-et-Loire. Thanks to Jean-Pierre of France who visited Saumur.

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Equestrian at Chateau of Saumur. Thanks to Jean-Pierre of France.

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Azay-le-Rideau at Indre-et-Loire. Thanks to Jean-Pierre of France.

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Chateaux de la Loire - Amboise (top left); Azay-le-Rideau (middle left); Bois (middle right); Saumur (bottom middle left); Angers (bottom right). Thanks to YL who was travelling in Loire Valley.

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The French riverine town of Saumur, along the Loire River is one of the treasures of Loire Valley.

Mexico - El Pinacate and Gran Desierto de Altar Biosphere Reserve

"The 714,566 hectare site comprises two distinct parts: the dormant volcanic Pinacate Shield of black and red lava flows and desert pavements to the east, and, in the west, the Gran Altar Desert with its ever changing and varied sand dunes that can reach a height of 200 metres. This landscape of dramatic contrast notably features linear, star and dome dunes as well as several arid granite massifs, some as high as 650 metres. The dunes emerge like islands from the sea of sand and harbour distinct and highly diverse plant and wildlife communities, including endemic freshwater fish species and the endemic Sonoran Pronghorn, which is only to be found in northwestern Sonora and in southwestern Arizona (USA). Ten enormous, deep and almost perfectly circular craters, believed to have been formed by a combination of eruptions and collapses, also contribute to the dramatic beauty of the site whose exceptional combination of features are of great scientific interest. The site is also a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve."

Source: UNESCO World Heritage

El Pinacate - a national park in the Mexico Sonora Desert with unique fauna, flora and fields of volcano lava and where NASA astronauts trained here due to similarity to lunar surface. Thanks so much to Atenea of Mexico.

India - Mountain Railways of India

"This site includes three railways. The Darjeeling Himalayan Railway was the first, and is still the most outstanding, example of a hill passenger railway. Opened in 1881, its design applies bold and ingenious engineering solutions to the problem of establishing an effective rail link across a mountainous terrain of great beauty. The construction of the Nilgiri Mountain Railway, a 46-km long metre-gauge single-track railway in Tamil Nadu State was first proposed in 1854, but due to the difficulty of the mountainous location the work only started in 1891 and was completed in 1908. This railway, scaling an elevation of 326 m to 2,203 m, represented the latest technology of the time. The Kalka Shimla Railway, a 96-km long, single track working rail link built in the mid-19th century to provide a service to the highland town of Shimla is emblematic of the technical and material efforts to disenclave mountain populations through the railway. All three railways are still fully operational." Source: UNESCO World Heritage

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Darjeeling Himalayan Railway - DHR, was bulit between 1880-86. Thanks to Siddhart of India.

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Railway of India at Ooty. Thanks to Claus.

Myanmar - Pyu Ancient Cities

"Pyu Ancient Cities includes the remains of three brick, walled and moated cities of Halin, Beikthano and Sri Ksetra located in vast irrigated landscapes in the dry zone of the Ayeyarwady (Irrawaddy) River basin. They reflect the Pyu Kingdoms that flourished for over 1,000 years between 200 B.C and 900 A.D. The three cities are partly excavated archaeological sites. Remains include excavated palace citadels, burial grounds and early industrial production sites, as well as monumental brick Buddhist stupas, partly standing walls and water management features – some still in use - that underpinned the organized intensive agriculture."

Source: UNESCO World Heritage

Ancient Phyu Cities. Thanks to Jelli of Myanmar.

China - Cultural Landscape of Honghe Hani Rice Terraces, China

"The Cultural Landscape of Honghe Hani Rice Terraces, China covers 16,603-hectares in Southern Yunnan. It is marked by spectacular terraces that cascade down the slopes of the towering Ailao Mountains to the banks of the Hong River. Over the past 1,300 years, the Hani people have developed a complex system of channels to bring water from the forested mountaintops to the terraces. They have also created an integrated farming system that involves buffalos, cattle, ducks, fish and eel and supports the production of red rice, the area’s primary crop. The inhabitants worship the sun, moon, mountains, rivers, forests and other natural phenomena including fire. They live in 82 villages situated between the mountaintop forests and the terraces. The villages feature traditional thatched “mushroom” houses. The resilient land management system of the rice terraces demonstrates extraordinary harmony between people and their environment, both visually and ecologically, based on exceptional and long-standing social and religious structures."

Source: UNESCO World Heritage Tentative List

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Winter view of the rice terraces of Yuanyang, Southern Yunnan. Thanks to Zihu of China.

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Hani Terraces in Yuanyang County. I bought this postcard in Shanghai, China in October 2010.

Netherlands - Ir.D.F. Woudagemaal (D.F. Wouda Steam Pumping Station)

"The Wouda Pumping Station at Lemmer in the province of Friesland opened in 1920. It is the largest steam-pumping station ever built and is still in operation. It represents the high point of the contribution made by Netherlands engineers and architects in protecting their people and land against the natural forces of water." Source: UNESCO World Heritage

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Ir DF Woudagemaal with matching UNESCO 2014 stamp. Thanks to Mike of Netherlands.

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Ir.D.F.Woudagemaal of Netherlands. Thanks to Stephany of Netherlands.

Canada - Red Bay Basque Whaling Station

"Red Bay, established by Basque mariners in the 16th century at the north-eastern tip of Canada on the shore of the Strait of Belle Isle is an archaeological site that provides the earliest, most complete and best preserved testimony of the European whaling tradition. Gran Baya, as it was called by those who founded the station in 1530s, was used as a base for coastal hunting, butchering, rendering of whale fat by heading to produce oil and storage. It became a major source of whale oil which was shipped to Europe where it was used for lighting. The site, which was used in the summer months, includes remains of rendering ovens, cooperages, wharves, temporary living quarters and a cemetery, together with underwater remains of vessels and whale bone deposits. The station was used for some 70 years, before the local whale population was depleted."

Source: UNESCO World Heritage

Red Bay, Labrador - Home of the Basque Whalaers and UNESCO World Hertiage Site. Thanks to Cindy of Labrador, Canada.

Belarus, Estonia, Finland, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Norway, Russia, Sweden, Ukraine - Struve Geodetic Arc

"The Struve Arc is a chain of survey triangulations stretching from Hammerfest in Norway to the Black Sea, through 10 countries and over 2,820 km. These are points of a survey, carried out between 1816 and 1855 by the astronomer Friedrich Georg Wilhelm Struve, which represented the first accurate measuring of a long segment of a meridian. This helped to establish the exact size and shape of the planet and marked an important step in the development of earth sciences and topographic mapping. It is an extraordinary example of scientific collaboration among scientists from different countries, and of collaboration between monarchs for a scientific cause. The original arc consisted of 258 main triangles with 265 main station points. The listed site includes 34 of the original station points, with different markings, i.e. a drilled hole in rock, iron cross, cairns, or built obelisks." Source: UNESCO World Heritage

Wanted: I am still looking for Struve Geodetic Arc postcard from Latvia, Moldova  - anyone can help? Thanks.

Postcard 1 - Sweden
A multi-view postcard showing all of Sweden UNESCO World Heritage including Struve Geodetic Arc in the bottom middle picture. Thanks to Jeanette of Finland. Will be great to get a single view postcard in the future.

Postcard 2 - Norway - Hammerfest
Fuglenes, Hammerfest (1187-001) Struve Geodetic Arc  in Finnmark, Norway with aurora borealis in the sky. Thanks to Joey of Norway.

Postcard 3 - Russia - Gogland Island
Hogland (1187-016), Z Gogland, Tochka Z, Kingisepp, Leningrad Oblast in Russia. A Russian Struve Geodetic Arc site. Thanks to Galina of Russia.

Postcard 4 - Ukraine - Staraya Nekrasovka
Staraya Nekrasovka or Staro-Nekrassowka (1187-034), Odessa Region in Ukraine. Nice stamps of lighthouse used. Thanks to Veronika of Ukraine.

Postcard 5 - Lithuania
Struve Geodetic Arc of Lithuania. Thanks to Niina of Finland.

Postcard 6A - Finland - Oravivuori
Puolakka Oravivuori (1187-012) Korpilahti, Länsi-Suomen lääni in Finland. View of Oravivuori of Finland with commemorative stamp of Struve Geodetic Arc. Thanks to Heidi of Finland.

Postcard 6B - Finland - Alatornion Kirkko Church
Tornea Alatornion kirkko (1187-011) of Tornio, Lapin lääni, Finland. Struve Geodetic Arc goes through 10 European countries with 6 stations in Finland. This station of Alatornion Kirkko Church is one of them. View of the location of the church overlooking the river into Sweden. Nice stamps. Thanks to Sini of Finland.

Postcard 7A - Estonia - Stamp sheet showing map of Struve Geodetic Arc
Postcard of Tallinn, Estonia with stamp showing the map of Struve Geodetic Arc. Thanks to Heidi of Estonia.

Postcard 7B - Estonia
Dorpat Tartu Observatory (1187-019) View of Tartu Observatory. Nice stamps used. Thanks to Elina of Estonia.

Postcard 8 - Belarus
Struve Geodetic Ac in Belarus. Thanks to Byasanich of Belarus.