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Visiting Bruny Island (Island Week 3)

It’s Island Week 3 here at GSS, which means we’ll mostly be posting about Islands. It’ll probably last about a week. Bruny is one of 20 islands and island groups in the Australian state of Tasmania, the largest island of…

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Tuesday, 2nd September 2008

Tinsley Towers

Tinsley Viaduct is a two-tier road bridge in Sheffield, England; the first of its kind in the UK. It carries the M1 motorway over a 1033 metre section of the Don Valley, and is one of Sheffield’s most prominent landmarks.…

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Thursday, 28th August 2008

The Perfect Liberty Peace Tower

This bizarre tower is the Perfect Liberty Peace Tower in Tondabayashi, Japan, and from up here it looks like it might be constructed entirely from cotton-wool. Completed in 1970 this incredibly oddly-shaped tower stands at 180 m, and was actually…

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Tuesday, 19th August 2008

Alton Towers

Rounding off our totally unplanned week of obscure towers is… Alton Towers, which is very obscure, being that it’s actually a theme park. Located in the grounds of a former stately home in Staffordshire, England, Alton Towers opened as a…

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Friday, 25th July 2008

Shot Towers

The Phoenix Shot Tower in Baltimore was erected in 1828 and stands at 71.3m, which at that time made it the tallest structure in the United States, as well as the world’s largest free-standing masonry tower1. The shot tower was…

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Thursday, 24th July 2008

Hokkaidō Centennial Memorial Tower

This is supposedly the Hokkaidō Centennial Memorial Tower in Nopporo Forest Park, Hokkaidō, Japan. The official site claims it’s 100m tall, and was completed in 1970 to honour the 100th anniversary of Hokkaidō’s official colonisation1. Of course dear geeky-reader, you…

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Wednesday, 23rd July 2008
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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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