Volcanoes

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

San Francisco Volcanic Field (Volcano week 6)

There’s a hidden fact about northern Arizona that many non-residents don’t know. The landscape is littered with more than 600 volcanoes, many of which tourists drive right by without a passing glance, as they continue on their way to any…

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Wednesday, 24th 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

Mojave Desert and Owens Valley (Desert Week 2011)

I recently took a weekend trip up to Yosemite National Park from Los Angeles, and typically for me, I took the an unusual route to get there. Along the way, I passed through some stunning scenery, and also learned some…

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Thursday, 23rd June 2011

Google Sightseeing Awards 2010

As we wave farewell to another successful year of Google Sightseeing, let us cast our minds back to some of the best posts of 2010, all summarised neatly into some arbitrary made-up categories!   Most comprehensive sightseeing tour We like…

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Wednesday, 5th January 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…

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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