Natural Landmarks

Alaska’s Aleutian Islands (Volcano Week 6)

The Aleutian Islands are the northern boundary of the Pacific Ocean’s ‘ring of fire’. Starting just off the Alaska Peninsula, an arc of more than 300 volcanic islands stretches for almost 2,000km across the Pacific. While the majority of the…

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Thursday, 25th August 2011

The Wrekin – a false volcano (Volcano week 6)

The 400 metre hill known as the Wrekin is a familiar landmark across Shropshire. An isolated peak amid flat farmland, the Wrekin is visible from many miles away, and a popular belief has developed among Salopians (footnote: a Salopian is…

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Tuesday, 23rd August 2011

The world’s most southerly volcano – Mount Erebus (Volcano Week 6)

We all know Antarctica as the home of extreme cold and ice, but not everythingthere is cold, for the Ice Continent is also home to the world’s southernmost volcano. Rising out of the Southern Ocean at the centre of Ross Island, Mount Erebus sits just over 12 degrees north of the South Pole and has been in a state of eruption since 1972.

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Monday, 22nd August 2011

Pigtail Auto Loops

Routes can curve so completely that sometimes they loop all the way around and cross over themselves at a different elevation. Generally this happens in mountainous areas or in tightly-confined urban areas where there isn’t enough space to create a…

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Wednesday, 10th August 2011

South Sudan

It’s not every day that a new country is created, but that’s what happened on July 9th 2011 when The Republic of South Sudan came into existence. The nation is so new that Google Maps doesn’t yet show it. However,…

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Tuesday, 19th July 2011

Fetlar: The Garden of Shetland

One of the most remote places in all of Great Britain is the isle of Fetlar, known as the ‘Garden of Shetland’. The fourth-largest island of Shetland and surrounded by cliffs and beaches, sparsely-populated Fetlar has a population of just 70 residents.

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Thursday, 7th July 2011
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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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