Africa

Prison on a Roundabout

Beaufort West is a town in South Africa, which must be the only town in the world to claim that it has a prison in the middle of a roundabout. The town lies at the intersection of the N1 and…

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Monday, 29th September 2008

Dead Sperm Whale

The latest imagery update has now arrived on Google Maps, and with it comes this rather sad image of a beached Sperm Whale on the island of Hjelmsøya, which is off the coast of the extreme north of Norway. According…

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Thursday, 18th September 2008

Sand Tornado (Desert Week)

We’re continuing the first annual GSS Desert Week! In time-honoured tradition, we’ll mostly be posting about deserts. For about a week! The Sahara is probably the world’s most famous desert, and covers much of northern Africa. However today we’re only…

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Tuesday, 17th June 2008

The Namib Desert (Desert Week)

Welcome to the first annual GSS Desert Week! In time-honoured tradition, we’ll mostly be posting about deserts. For about a week! The Namib Desert in Namibia and Angola forms part of the Namib-Naukluft National Park, and covers an area of…

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Monday, 16th June 2008

Star Fort Megapost

A star fort or trace italienne is a type of military fortification first introduced in Italy around the mid-fifteenth century. Traditional medieval castles, towers and ring forts had proved extremely vulnerable to increasingly mobile cannons, and star forts were introduced…

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Thursday, 1st May 2008

Animal Tracks

I wonder what kind of animal left these tracks on these salt flats in South Africa? Are there any animal trackers out there who can identify the creatures responsible? Part of the National Geographic African Megaflyover Project, this particular image…

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Friday, 25th April 2008
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On this day in 1906, Devils Tower in Wyoming was declared a National Monument by President Theodore Roosevelt. Seventy years…

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