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.
The Al-Askari shrine in Samarra, Iraq was one of the holiest sites for Shia Muslims. Sadly this distinctive gold dome was destroyed last week by bombers hoping to escalate tension in the area (BBC News Report). Thanks: Tom & Adam
Monday, 27th February 2006
This is the striking (and huge) Ryugyong Hotel in Pyongyang, North Korea. It’s a 330-metre-tall pyramid-shaped building with 3,000 rooms, and was supposed to have 7 revolving restaurants, except they never actually finished it. Wikipedia says: newspapers estimated the cost…
Thursday, 23rd February 2006
This is the incredible Atomium in Brussels, Belgium. It is (if you hadn’t already guessed…) a 103-metre-tall representation of “a unit cell of an iron crystal” magnified 165 billion times. This thing is huge – it’s 16 metres taller than…
Friday, 17th February 2006
Previously on Google Sightseeing