Africa

Voortrekker Monument

The Voortrekker Monument was built in honour of the Voortrekkers (Pioneers), who left the Cape Colony in their thousands between 1835 and 1854. The monument was inaugurated on 16 December 1949, the anniversary of the “Battle of Blood River“, and…

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Friday, 18th November 2005

Leaky Ships

This is the port of Tripoli in Libya, which appears to have a leaky tanker or two… Yuk! Thanks to Twombly.

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Monday, 1st August 2005

Waw An Namus

This is Waw an Namus, a 1200 metre extinct volcano in the Sahara desert, Libya. The volcano itself is surrounded by a huge area of deposited ash which stands out strikingly against the desert sands. Zoom in closer to see…

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Friday, 29th July 2005

More Scotch Tape

Remember our giant piece of Scotch Tape holding Canada together? Well our ever-helpful readers have since turned up several more pieces of this gargantuan sticky-tape… Firstly we have this enormous length of tape, which is actually holding Ghana and Ivory…

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Monday, 25th July 2005

The Richat Structure

The Richat Structure in central Mauritania is a stunning geological structure 50 kilometres across (Wikipedia entry). Once thought to be an impact crater, it is actually a sedimentary formation that has eroded flat over many eons. Apparently there’s a hotel…

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Tuesday, 19th July 2005

‘Net Jesus Red’

Some large type. ‘Net Jesus Red‘ is seen here written on the side of a hill in Pretoria, the administrative capital of South Africa. I assume the language is Afrikaans, but unfortunately none of the online tools I could find…

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Tuesday, 19th July 2005
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