Islands

Nauru: the world’s smallest republic

At just 8.1 sq mi (22 sq km), the isolated Micronesian island nation of Nauru in the South Pacific is the world’s smallest republic. 80% of the island functions as a giant phosphate mine.

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Tuesday, 14th December 2010

Oddities in Washington, DC

Most residents of Washington, DC typically go about their daily lives removed from political machinations. Today we’re going to explore my hometown, but skip the monuments, the museums and the stereotypes to enjoy a more unusual geography. We have Exclaves…

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Monday, 22nd November 2010

The Ruins of the Aran Islands

The three Aran Islands are in Galway Bay on the west coast of Ireland and are named Inis Mór (Inishmore – Big Island), Inis Meáin (Inishmaan – Middle Island) and Inis Oírr (Inisheer – East Island). Like The Burren, which…

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Wednesday, 17th November 2010

Hawaiian Rock Graffiti

Take a look at the Queen Kaahumanu Hwy on the western coast of Hawaii’s Big Island, and for miles and miles you’ll see white graffiti laid out over the hardened, black lava fields! Not to worry however, the messages aren’t…

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Friday, 29th October 2010

Deception Island (Island Week 5)

Zoom in on the South Shetland Islands, just off the northern tip of the Antarctic Peninsula, and you’ll see what appears to be a giant Cheerio floating in the South Atlantic. This is actually Deception Island, an oddly shaped chunk…

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Monday, 4th October 2010

Vinpearl Land (Island Week 5)

The coastal Vietnamese city of Nha Trang is a well-known and well-traveled tourist destination. It is blessed with all the natural beauty a resort town could hope for: beautiful white sand beaches, crystal-clear water, and a bay full of unspoilt…

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Friday, 1st October 2010
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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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