Islands

Wake Island (Island Week)

Located in the North Pacific Ocean, Wake Island was an island of great strategic importance during World War II, and over the last few days it’s been in the news again, as is it was directly in the path of…

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Friday, 1st September 2006

James Island (Island Week)

No man is an island, but in Gambia I’ve found James Island and it even comes complete with Fort James! Thanks: Mememe

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Friday, 1st September 2006

Island of the Dead (Island Week)

At first glance Hart Island in the Long Island Sound, New York, seems a rather inconspicuous little island. Dig a little deeper… and things get a little more disturbing. In 1869 Hart Island was established as the City’s public cemetery…

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Thursday, 31st August 2006

Cockburn Island (Island Week)

Cockburn Island is a ‘ghost’ island in Ontario, which despite the apparent signs of life (there’s a small town and marina) has an official population of zero. The 1996 census listed a population of just two, but both people had…

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Wednesday, 30th August 2006

South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands (Island Week)

Welcome to the loose collection of islands in the southern Atlantic Ocean known as South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands. Currently an overseas territory of the United Kingdom, the glacier covered main island of South Georgia was invaded by…

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Tuesday, 29th August 2006

Iwo Jima (Island Week)

(It’s Island Week all this week at GGSS, which means we’ll mostly be posting about Islands. Catchy name, huh?) The tiny volcanic island of Iwo Jima, part of the Ogasawara Islands, is just over 1000km south of Tokyo. It was…

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Monday, 28th August 2006
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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.

Google Sightseeing writer set to climb Africa’s tallest volcano

Two years ago our very own Noel Ballantyne wrote an article for Volcano Week 5 about Mount Kilimanjaro, a dormant…

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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