Rabat- King Mohammed VI is spending his vacation in the Seychelles, islands in the Indian Ocean, following his visit to the UAE.The king arrived on Sunday, September 2, after a five-hour plane ride from the United Arab Emirates to the Seychelles’ capital Victoria, located on Mahe, the largest island in the Seychelles. The island country lies in the Indian Ocean, northeast of Madagascar and approximately 1,600 kilometers east of Kenya. The 115 islands which make up the Seychelles are called “the land of perpetual summer” and enjoy a warm, tropical climate all year. The islands are a popular destination for beach lovers. The Seychelles has attracted the King for a second visit after his first visit to the islands in April 2015.King Mohammed VI’s visit to the UAEThe monarch visited the UAE on August 29. There he met internet chef sensation Salt Bae, who posted a picture of the meeting on Instagram.The King’s previou visit to the country was in November 2017 to operate as a mediator amid tensions between Gulf countries and Qatar, known as the “Gulf crisis.”The UAE and Morocco have already established strong economic and diplomatic relations.The Emirati minister of foreign affairs, Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, commended the “distinguished” bonds between the two countries, emphasizing that the ties are at “their best.”He pointed out in 2017 that non-oil trade exchange between the two countries rose from $464 million in 2013 to $524 million in 2017.
A fossilized fern leaf has been found in a recent core sample taken from a project in Tumbler Ridge, BC. Sonic Drilling had been contracted to drill to 48.7 m, provide core samples and assist with soil penetration testing every 1.5 m. Bill Fitzgerald, General Manager of Sonic Drilling said “The drillers just arbitrarily picked up a piece of the core sample and found the leaf inside. It was pretty exciting to see something that old.”The engineer on site estimated the leaf to be approximately 80 million years old. It was cored at 48.7 m below the surface and embedded in coal. Sonic drill rigs are often used on projects like this due to their ability to provide undisturbed, continuous core samples to over 90 m. Using patented sonic drilling technology, samples, ranging from 76 mm to 203 mm in diameter, can be obtained from a variety of overburden including boulders, clays, silts, sand and gravel which can often get jammed with other types of drilling.The core samples are placed into clear plastic sleeves and neatly laid out allowing detailed visual examination and analysis, followed by sampling, photographing and archiving for a permanent record of existing conditions.