Was erected in 1958 for the World Exhebition. It represents a molecule of cristal iron and symbolizes the 9 provinces of Belgium. Each sphere has a diameter of 18 m.
It is 102m. high and weighs 2400 tons. The designer was Ingenior André Waterkeyn.
For its 5Oth anniversary, it was completely restaured,with partly by private gifts, for the inhabtants of Brussels consider it as part of their city and their memory. The World Fair “Expo 58” was an exceptional happy period after the second world war Europeans were thinking Science would solve everything and that there would be no war anymore, that there would be work and food for everyone…
Like usual people discovered far away countries.Belgian Congo showed life unhabitants(like in a zoo!!!), but had to send them back after 2 days !
One year and a half later, Congo was asking Independance and got it in June 1960 !!!
by : Claire
Location :15 km. South of Brussels
Last battle of Emperor Napoleon on June 18,1815 against the “allied” forces of Europe: Austria, Great-Britain, Prussia,Netherland(all old reigning families, while Napoleon wasn’t a noble man(although very intelligent), he crowned himself Emperor !
He almost won the battle, BUT his observers hadn’t noticed, many Prussian soldiers were hidden in a small valley covered by trees and bushes (le vallon d’Ohain).
They encercled SOUTH the French army, which couldn’t escape,because the rest of the Allied troops were NORTH.
Napoleon was taken prisonner and sent by Britain to the remote island of St Helena,where he finally died in 1821 (?)
In order NEVER to be invaded anymore by France, the Allied nations got together at the Congress of Vienna(1815),and remodeled the political map of Europe :Small Belgium was given to Nederland.But Belgium got rid of Nederland in 1830(Belgian revolution), because this country didn’t respect the Belgian population….!
The huge monument “Lion of Waterloo” was erected there where the King of Nederland had fallen from his horse
Peasants still do find remains(bones or pieces of uniforms) from this battle
Hanene Azzag, David Ratsimb, David Da Costa,
Gilles Venturini, Christiane Guinot
The aim of web pages visualization is to present in a very informative and interactive way a set of web documents to the user in order to let him or her navigate through these documents. In the web context, this may correspond to several user’s tasks: displaying the results of a search engine, or visualizing a graph of pages such as a hypertext or a surf map.
Digital Elevation Models and GIS for Watershed Modelling and Flood Prediction – A Case Study of Accra Ghana
by : D.D. Konadu and C. Fosu
Geographical Information Systems (GIS) and Digital Elevation Models (DEM) can be used to perform many geospatial and hydrological modelling including drainage and watershed delineation, flood prediction and physical development studies of urban and rural settlements. This paper explores the use of contour data and planimetric features extracted from topographic maps to derive digital elevation models (DEMs) for watershed delineation and flood impact analysis (for emergency preparedness) of part of Accra, Ghana in a GIS environment.
Dept. of Information and Computer Science, Kinki University, Iizuka 8208555, Japan
A high-resolution Digital Elevation Model (DEM) (2m mesh grid) has been used to analyze a river flood using Geographic Information Systems (GIS). In the past, the Onga River in Iizuka City on Kyushu Island in Japan has frequently overflowed its banks and the floodwaters flowed down to the downtown area of Iizuka City. The 2m DEM generated by the advanced airborne laser system has been used to analyze a river flood, which is quite fine compared with the conventional 50m DEM. A 3D surface model around the river is also used. The absolute values of several points are identified by GPS.