Deserts

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

Millions and millions of tyres

Within the Sonoran Desert National Monument, Arizona, is one of the largest stockpiles of discarded vehicle tyres1 in the US – perhaps as many as 10 million individual tyres. Despite being just south of a town called Goodyear, this is…

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Wednesday, 16th July 2008

Desert Week Roundup

And so, we come to end of our first ever desert week. It turns out that we only featured two actual deserts over the week, and we even failed to mention the world’s largest desert! Despite these we think it’s…

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Saturday, 21st June 2008
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The Wrekin – a false volcano (Volcano week 6)

The 400 metre hill known as the Wrekin is a familiar landmark across Shropshire. An isolated peak amid flat farmland,…

Britain’s Beach Huts

It has been a pretty good summer here in Britain (by our standards at least), and people have been flocking…

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