Africa

20 Years of a Free Nelson Mandela

Exactly 20 years ago today, on the 11th February 1990, the anti-apartheid activist Nelson Mandela was released from a 27-year incarceration in an event that was broadcast live all over the world. The South African courts convicted Mandela on charges…

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Thursday, 11th February 2010

Bir Tawil Triangle

While history is full of conflicts waged between countries over territories large and small, there is one place on earth1 that is specifically not wanted by countries which border it, who in fact are convinced that this place should belong…

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Tuesday, 17th November 2009

The Equator

We featured the Greenwich meridian two years ago on Google Sightseeing, so it’s about time we had a closer look at the other global zero: the equator. Although it is more than 40,000km long, there are surprisingly few towns along…

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Thursday, 5th November 2009

Luzamba airport: plane-wreck central

If you’re a nervous flier, you’d do well to avoid Luzamba airport in northern Angola1. It’s not so much that lots of aircraft crash here (although it seems it’s hardly a rare occurence) — more the fact that the wrecked…

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Wednesday, 7th October 2009

The source of the Nile

For centuries, the source of the mighty River Nile was shrouded in mystery in the dark heart of Africa. In Roman times, the phrase caput Nili quærere, “to search for the head of the Nile”, was used as a metaphor…

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Friday, 11th September 2009

Erta Ale (Volcano Week 4)

It’s Volcano Week 4 here at GSS. Volcanoes, about a week. You know the drill! Volcanoes probably aren’t the first thing you associate with Ethiopia, but Erta Ale is a particularly fine specimen. It may only be a little over…

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Thursday, 30th July 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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