Structures

Vigeland Sculpture Park, Oslo

A short distance from Oslo city centre is Vigeland Sculpture Park – home to more than 200 granite, bronze and iron sculptures mostly depicting naked human figures in a wide range of artistic forms, focusing on the freedom, joy and…

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Monday, 3rd August 2009

Apollo 11

Unless you’ve been living on the, er, Moon, you can hardly have failed to notice that today1 marks the 40th anniversary of the historic landing of the Apollo 11 mission – during which, Neil Armstrong became the first human being…

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Monday, 20th July 2009

Very Large Buddhas (Redux)

The world of gargantuan statuary has changed considerably since we published the original Very Large Buddhas post just over 3 years ago. The title of world’s largest statue is now held by the Spring Temple Buddha in Henan, China. The…

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Thursday, 16th July 2009

Topkapi Palace

Standing prominent above Old Istanbul and its waterfront, Topkapi Palace is an immense1 structure with a long and regal history – from its role as the centre of the Ottoman Empire, to its current operation as a museum housing sacred…

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Tuesday, 30th June 2009

Karnak Temple Complex

After the Pyramids of Giza, Egypt’s next most visited historical site is the Karnak temple complex just outside Luxor. Karnak was constructed over a period of 1300 years by approximately 30 different pharaohs, and eventually grew to become a collection…

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Tuesday, 23rd June 2009

Naval Communication Station Harold E. Holt

This enormous hexagon, a mile and a half in diameter, looks like some kind of massive occult symbol etched in the scrub on the remote western coast of Australia, 700 miles north of Perth. In fact, we’re looking at a…

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Monday, 22nd June 2009

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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…

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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