Unguja, Zanzibar (Island Week 6)

The name ‘Zanzibar’ evokes an air of exotic wonder. For thousands of years, this archipelago off the coast of East Africa has been the continent’s gateway to Asia and the Middle East. Over the centuries, great empires such as Sumeria,…

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Wednesday, 23rd November 2011

Abandoned Stadiums of Europe, South America, and Africa

Every day around the world, millions of people gather in giant stadiums to watch their favourite sporting events and performance acts. But what happens when time inevitably catches up with these facilities? Today we begin our tour of abandoned stadiums from around the world with a look at old arenas in Europe, South America, and Africa.

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Friday, 18th November 2011

Mauna Loa: The World’s Largest Volcano

Covering an astounding 5,200 km2 (2,000 sq. mi.) Mauna Loa is not only the world’s largest volcano, but is actually the largest mountain by area and by volume on the planet. In fact, when measured from its ocean base, it’s actually higher than Mount Everest!

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Tuesday, 8th November 2011

Landslide!

Landslides, landslips, and land slumps are hazards the world over. Some occur over weeks or even months; others occur in a matter of seconds. The end result, however, is universal: a large chunk of land collapses, everything in its path…

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Thursday, 3rd November 2011

Valleys of Valais: Lötschental and Belalp

The Street View trike’s been at it again, this time in the Swiss Alps visiting the slopes of eleven different alpine resort areas to put you right in the middle of slopes of famed ski resorts, towering mountains, and bucolic trails. Join us for a look at two beautiful valleys in the canton of Valais that surround the largest glacier in the Alps.

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Friday, 14th October 2011

Naypyidaw, An Unconventional Capital

In 2005, the military government of Burma (Myanmar) made one of its most curious moves yet when it gave its ministerial officials less than a day’s notice that they were to pack up and move to a new capital almost 400 km north of the old capital, Rangoon, under threat of arrest or imprisonment. The government had secretly been constructing a capital in the middle of the nowhere called Naypyidaw; a way for the government to escape the congestion and chaos of Rangoon in a purpose-built capital in which everything would be under their control. Naypyidaw covers a sprawling 4,800 km2 – that’s 78 times the size of Manhattan!

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Wednesday, 5th October 2011
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Volcanoes of the Northern Marianas (Volcano Week 7)

The Mariana Islands are part of a great submerged mountain range that extends all the way from Guam north to Japan. While the southern Marianas are known worldwide as tourist destinations, the uninhabited northernmost islands are actually a long string of active volcanoes fed by the subduction of the Pacific Plate into the Mariana Trench, the deepest location on Earth.

Quirky Border Towns of North America

Have you ever walked through the front door of a building in one country and walked out the back door…

Sakura-jima (Volcano Week 7)

Once a volcanic island centered in Japan’s Kagoshima Bay, during an eruption in 1914 the Sakura-jima volcano decided to change…

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