Deserts

N’dama Skull

In the desert of Mali, West Africa, we find the skull of an ex-cow, which was captured as part of the National Geographic Africa Megaflyover project. By the look of those horns, I’d say the skull probably once belonged to…

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Wednesday, 31st January 2007

The Real First & Largest Logo Visible From Space

First it got Dugg, and then it got Slashdotted – but the fact remains that the enormous KFC logo recently constructed in Nevada is not the first logo (or brand) visible from space. In fact, it’s debatable whether or not…

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Wednesday, 15th November 2006

Saharan Shipwrecks

Er, Saharan Shipwrecks? Yup, shipwrecks in the desert! Okaaaay, so it’s the beach, but it is the Sahara Just down the coast there’s another wreck, and as I zoomed out from there I found a third! Flickr has a picture…

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Friday, 11th August 2006

Giant Rock

This is Giant Rock in the Mojave desert, California, which is (wait for it)… the largest free-standing rock in the world. Er, right. But wait, there’s more! George Van Tassel (the dude that built the Integratron) carved a small room…

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Friday, 19th May 2006

Kebira Crater

Currently doing the rounds in the mainstream press, this is the recently discovered Kebira meteorite crater in the western desert of Egypt. At 31 kilometers across Kebira utterly dwarfs Arizona’s famous Barringer meteor crater (which is only 1.2 kilometres in…

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Monday, 6th March 2006

Desert Farming

Check out these bizarre circles of farmland smack-bang in the middle of the Libyan desert. This unlikely-seeming sight has been made possible by the construction of the Great Man Made River, possibly the largest water transport system ever built, consisting…

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Monday, 27th June 2005
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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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