Deserts

Bir Tawil Triangle

While history is full of conflicts waged between countries over territories large and small, there is one place on earth1 that is specifically not wanted by countries which border it, who in fact are convinced that this place should belong…

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Tuesday, 17th November 2009

Chinese military weirdness

There aren’t many sights that puzzle us here at Google Sightseeing, but this one has us stumped. In a remote desert area of Gansu province in northern China is this mysterious maze-like pattern. The “streets” are about 20 metres wide,…

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Tuesday, 18th August 2009

Cloud-shapes in the Sand

Remember lying on the grass when you were younger, staring up at the sky, allowing your imagination to twist and shape the clouds into an elephant being chased by a mouse or a dragon being slain by a cat? Now…

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Wednesday, 8th July 2009

The Door to Hell

The Darvaza (Darweze) natural gas crater is an endlessly smoldering geological anomaly located in the isolated Karakum Desert of Turkmenistan.

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Friday, 3rd July 2009

Shiprocked on the Highway to Hell (Desert Week 2)

Welcome to the second annual GSS Desert Week! In time-honoured tradition, we’ll mostly be posting about deserts. For about a week! It appears that snow has fallen in hell! At least it has along “The Devil’s Highway“. Let’s take a…

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Friday, 19th June 2009

Death Valley (Desert Week 2)

Welcome to the second annual GSS Desert Week! In time-honoured tradition, we’ll mostly be posting about deserts. For about a week! Death Valley National Park, part of the greater Mojave Desert, is an expansive 13,630 square kilometre natural preserve located…

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Friday, 19th June 2009
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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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