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Tuesday marks the National Pavilion Day of Comoros at the 2010 Shanghai World Expo. One interesting fact about the country of Comoros is that it came into existence as a result of volcanic activity.
Today, let's step closer to the pavilion of Comoros, to discover more about this African country and its people.
Visitors to the Comoros Pavilion are welcomed with traditional song and dance performances by Comoran students who are in China.
The Comoros Pavilion is located in the Zone C of Expo Park. With a focus on the "Coexistence of Cities and Eco-tourism," the pavilion introduces visitors to the country's uncanny creatures, unique landscapes, and cultural achievements. This theme reflects the Comoran people's sincere wish for a harmonious relationship between humans and nature, as well as the pursuit of sustainable development practice.
|Visitors to the Comoros Pavilion are welcomed with traditional song and dance |
performances by Comoran students who are in China.
The Comoros Pavilion is highlighted by its exhibition of wildlife and unique terrain features. The Karthala Volcano, located in Comoros, is one of the most famous active volcanos in the world. It is featured at the rear part of the pavilion in a multi-media presentation that helps to demonstrate the origin of the country's civilization.
Comoros is an archipelago island nation in the Indian Ocean, located off the eastern coast of Africa. Its name "Comoros" derives from the Arab word Qamar, which means Moon. It's also the third-smallest African country by area, with an estimated population of around 780-thousand people.
Apart from its active volcanos and impressive mosques, the country of Comoros boasts one of the few living fossils on the planet - the Coelacanth. It's a large lobe-finned fish with a hollow spine that was believed to have gone extinct at the end of the Cretaceous period. It was not until 1938 when living Coelacanths were found off the coast near Comoros that the rare specimen was still known to exist today.