Natural Landmarks

Australia Shrunk Shocker!

It seems that some evil genius has invented a shrink-ray, and the first thing he shrunk was the whole of Australia! Well, it was too big anyway. Thanks to a very tiny Adam Lewis.

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Friday, 3rd March 2006

The Aral Sea

Sandwiched between Kazakhstan to the north and Uzbekistan to the south, this is the dying Aral Sea. Wikipedia says: Since the 1960s the Aral Sea has been shrinking, as the rivers that feed it (the Amu Darya and the Syr…

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Thursday, 5th January 2006

Taum Sauk Reservoir Bursts

It seems that the reservoir of the Taum Sauk pumped storage plant in Missouri burst today. The reservoir sits on top of Proffit Mountain, some 800 feet above the hydroelectric plant, and when a section of the reservoir collapsed, it…

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Wednesday, 14th December 2005

Christmas Trees

I’m not sure what it’s like where you are… but here in Edinburgh, Christmas seems to be well underway, despite the fact that at time of writing we’re still 19 days away… Presumably the U.S. National Christmas Tree (a 40-foot…

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Monday, 5th December 2005

The Flatirons

These are the Flatirons, an incredible rock formation near Boulder, Colorado. Don’t quite see what you’re looking at? Tilt your head 90 degrees to the left… More information on the Wikipedia page. Thanks to Geoff.

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Friday, 25th November 2005

Rama’s/Adam’s Bridge

A 30 mile chain of limestone shoals connect the islands of Mannar, near Sri Lanka, and Rameswaram, off the coast of India. The bridge is known as Rama’s bridge in Hindu mythology and Adam’s bridge in Christian mythology. Some archaeologists…

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Tuesday, 22nd November 2005

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