Deserts

The Namib Desert (Desert Week)

Welcome to the first annual GSS Desert Week! In time-honoured tradition, we’ll mostly be posting about deserts. For about a week! The Namib Desert in Namibia and Angola forms part of the Namib-Naukluft National Park, and covers an area of…

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Monday, 16th June 2008

Trona Pinnacles

The Searles Lake basin, deep within California’s desert conservation area, is a dry lake bed featuring more than 500 rock spires known as the Trona Pinnacles. The pinnacles are formed from a rock-like substance known as “tufa”, a calcium carbonate…

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Thursday, 13th December 2007

Google Sightseeing Safari

There have been many creatures found on Google Earth, but the most impressive ones are mostly there as part of the National Geographic African Megaflyover Project, which brought us thousands of super-high-resolution aerial photographs of Africa. So to highlight the…

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Friday, 9th November 2007

Trail of Desert Dust

Check out this car absolutely rocketing through the desert in Afghanistan – the dust plume it’s kicking up is over a kilometre long! This is actually Afghanistan’s Helmand Province, which as well as playing a pivotal part in the War…

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Thursday, 2nd August 2007

Mystery Egyptian Desert Spiral

Update: Thanks to cowens and others who informed us that this is actually an absolutely massive piece of land art called desert breath. Click through for some images and a way better description than I gave it! What on earth…

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Friday, 11th May 2007

Ships in the Desert

We previously featured the dying Aral Sea back in January 2006, but since then much of the area has been updated with high resolution satellite imagery. Which means we can now see several ships, abandoned in the middle of a…

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Friday, 20th April 2007
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