Natural Landmarks

Pão de Açúcar (Sugarloaf Mountain)

This is Pão de Açúcar (Sugarloaf Mountain) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Jutting out into the Atlantic Ocean, this peak rises 396 metres above Guanabara Bay. An absolutely awesome sight from up here. The blue structure on the peak is…

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Tuesday, 6th September 2005

Chaco Canyon

Chaco Culture National Historical Park is in north-western New Mexico and was the heart of the ancestral Puebloan culture between AD 850 and 1250. During that time they built monumental “great houses” from the yellow-orange sandstone that permeates the region,…

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Tuesday, 9th August 2005

Red Rocks Ampitheater

Red Rocks Amphitheatre is considered by many as the greatest music venue in the world (including most of the people who submitted it). The naturally occurring amphitheatre is between two 320 foot monoliths, Ship Rock to the south and Creation…

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Thursday, 4th August 2005

Kata Tjuta

Next to Uluru are 36 are smaller monoliths known as Kata Tjuta (or ‘The Olgas’). The highest of the monoliths is Mount Olga which is 546 metres tall. Kata Tjuta used to be one gigantic monolith many times the size…

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Wednesday, 3rd August 2005

Heart Shaped Things

In French New Caledonia there’s a natural heart shaped swamp which featured on the cover of ‘Earth from Above‘, a collection of photographs by Yann Arthus Bertrand. The photo was titled ‘HEART IN VOH’. In Taipei there’s a heart shaped…

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Monday, 1st August 2005

Waw An Namus

This is Waw an Namus, a 1200 metre extinct volcano in the Sahara desert, Libya. The volcano itself is surrounded by a huge area of deposited ash which stands out strikingly against the desert sands. Zoom in closer to see…

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Friday, 29th July 2005

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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.

Quirky Border Towns of North America

Have you ever walked through the front door of a building in one country and walked out the back door…

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…

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