Natural Landmarks

The Blue lagoon

The Blue lagoon is a geothermic spa located just outside Reykjavik in Iceland. Surrounded by volcanic rock the pool is actually the run-off from the nearby Svartsengi power plant, although it is completely safe (it’s a geothermic power plant). The…

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Friday, 16th September 2005

Cabo Da Roca

This is Cabo Da Roca (Cape Roca), Portugal, which is the very westernmost point of mainland Europe. You can see the lighthouse perched on the cliff-top, and also what looks like a viewing area on the cliff-edge. Doesn’t look very…

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Wednesday, 7th September 2005

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

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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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