Deserts

Frozen Plane Wreckage

These buildings are what make up Molodyozhnaya, one of the original Soviet research stations in Antarctica, and the site of an unusually large number of plane crashes. The research station was established way back in 1962 to study meteorology, and…

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Wednesday, 4th March 2009

Ni Pena Ni Miedo (No Shame Nor Fear)

Written in the sands of the Atacama Desert, Chile, are the words “ni pena ni miedo” which translate more or less as “No shame nor fear”, and together they form what must surely be the world’s largest poem. While we’ve…

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Monday, 19th January 2009

Ghost Towns: Kolmanskop

This is the first in an occasional series where we’ll be looking at some of the world’s most interesting abandoned places. In 1908, diamonds were discovered in the Namib Desert, and one of the towns that sprang up to provide…

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Friday, 7th November 2008

Concrete Art

Here in Marfa, TX, we can see the patterns of 15 Untitled Works in Concrete, a massive concrete installation at the Chinati Foundation, a contemporary art museum conceived and founded by the artist responsible – Donald Judd. Judd was a…

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Thursday, 30th October 2008

The Sapphire Mines of Madagascar

In 1998, the tiny truck-stop village of Ilakaka in Madagascar was transformed into a bustling mining town, and one of the most dangerous places in the country. The reason for this dramatic change was the discovery of massive sapphire deposits…

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Thursday, 2nd October 2008

Road Train

When Google recently added street view for vast stretches of empty road across the middle of Australia, most people didn’t expect to find much of interest out there. To be fair, those people were mostly right. However, every now and…

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Friday, 15th August 2008
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Trollstigen (Troll’s path)

In a country renowned for its natural beauty, one of the most spectacular landscapes is found along the Trollstigen (Troll’s…

Fill ‘er Up!

In the early days of mass automotive travel, fuel stations often resorted to some wacky gimmicks to differentiate themselves from the pack and lure in customers, such as novelty architecture that made the station building even more of a roadside attraction than the fuel they were selling. Today, many of these wacky 1930s-era stations are icons to thousands of visitors every year.

Google Snow View

Over the past few years Google has captured imagery of ski resorts and other snowy locations using Street View snowmobiles…

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