Vietnam is a veritable ocean of natural resources of all kinds – from rich forest, sea and mineral resources (800 timber, 60 bamboo and more than 1500 medicinal plant species to 275 mammal, 180 reptile, 100 amphibian and 826 bird species and more) to high potential energy resources such as oil, hydropower, natural gas and coal, besides mineral resources like copper, iron ore, gold and so much more!
Let’s take a look at some of the most interesting facts about the natural resources in Vietnam.
Wood flooring gives off warmth and a sweet natural beauty to the decor of your house. It creates a timeless style, and it can also potentially increase your home’s value.
For a lot of homeowners, getting hardwood floors installed is a dream come true. And they can’t wait to enjoy all the perks it entails.
However, when you’re going hardwood flooring shopping, ask these top 3 critical questions before making the final purchase.
Question #1 – Should you go for engineered wood or solid wood?
Expert Answer – To answer this correctly, you need to figure out the location of the wood floor. This is because solid wood is ideal for any room which is above the ground in your house; whereas engineered works best for all any location – regardless of where it is – above or below the ground.
Both kinds of wood are composed of real wood and are eco-friendly. Know this though, solid wood can be sanded and refinished multiple times over the duration of its usage, but engineered wood has a limit to how many times it can undergo refinishing.
Question #2 – What type of finish should I choose?
Expert Answer – Ultimately, it depends on your personal preference, but we can help you out by listing out the merits of all the options you have:
- Satin gloss – For maximum shine and maximum reflection of light.
- Semi-gloss – For a little less shine and slightly reduced reflection.
- Satin or matte – For the least amount of shine and reflection.
The biggest advantage of choosing less sheen is that it doesn’t show up tiny scratches, and the daily wear and tear of wood surfaces.
Question #3 – What is the best type of wood flooring for pets parents?
Expert Answer – Pet owners who’re buying hardwood flooring have to face some tough issues. Because the wood floor they choose will have to suffer through dents, scratches, claw marks, gouges, poop and urine stains and maybe more.
Is the investment truly worth it?
It is, provided that you shop smartly. Here’s how:
- Harder woods are less scratch-prone. Opt for oak or Brazilian cherry, rather than softer pine wood.
- Pick flooring with an oil-based polymer finish, not a water poly.
- Get an extra layer of protection after the installation for long-term wood moisture.
- Think light-colored satiny finish rather than darker finishes to prevent the daily wear and tear from showing up.
Trim your pet’s nails and use some good-looking to prevent claw-marks and scratches on your new wood flooring.
1. Vietnam has an incredibly huge level of biological diversity and it is an ide place for researches from the biological and ecological fields.
2. It is a major producer of coal. The Vietnamese government holds all the power over the coal and owns it.
3. Vietnam exports coal to Asia Pacific countries and according to a 2009 report, the US Geological Survey gave an estimate of the coal production to be about 43,715 tons.
4. You can find over 13,766 species of plants in Vietnam, and approximately 10% of them are endemic – this means they cannot be found anywhere else on the planet.
5. When it comes to fishes, Vietnamese can boast of having more than 2000 types of marine fish species, and about 550 kinds of freshwater fish. There are a lot of endemic fish species as well.
6. Did you know that tigers are the largest cats in the whole world? There are 9 species of tigers – out of which 3 are already extinct and 6 are considered critical ally endangered. The wilderness of Vietnam is host to less than 200 tigers. Sadly, these beautiful beasts were hunted mercilessly in the 80s and 90s to make up for the demand for skin, claws and tiger bones that were utilized to make Chinese medication.
7. Bauxite is found in Vietnam in abundance and its presence makes it the third-largest reserves of bauxite ore in the world. Bauxite is mainly utilized in the conception of aluminum. According to the Ministry of Industry and Trade in Vietnam, bauxite ore is present in the amount of 5.4 billion tonnes!
8. Who is one of the three leading production countries of oil? Vietnam, that’s who.
Over $22 billion in revenue is generated every year, but the state-owned PetroVietnam has monopolized the oil production and is responsible for 20% of the GDP – national Gross Domestic Product.
9. The slow loris is present in Vietnam, Cambodia, and China. This nocturnal creature moves from branch to branch, searching for prey such as insects, fruits, tree sap, and floral nectar.
The Vietnam War massively affected its habitat by the clearing and consistent hunting. Today, its habitat is threatened by poachers, hunters, destruction, and trade.
10. Some of the rarest primates are a significant part of Vietnamese wildlife, particularly because they are found in large numbers.
The eastern black crested gibbon is one such super rare primate – it is actually the second rarest primate in the whole world, after the Hainan gibbon. A black and white primate monkey, on the edge of extinction, has less than 300 members of its kind left.
11. There are a lot of interesting species of snakes in Vietnam, like the pythons, cobras, and kraits. But one unique snake species is the rhinoceros snake. It is not poisonous and has many names – the green unicorn, the rhino rat snake and more. Oriental pit viper is a snake breed that is endemic to Vietnam.