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Touring Earth’s Impact Craters

Looking up at the moon, one of the most striking visible features has to be the sheer number of impact craters around its surface. These giant holes in the ground are made by asteroids and comets flying through space and…

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Wednesday, 17th March 2010

Landlocked Enclaves

Roughly 1 out of every 5 countries in the world are completely surrounded by land, or landlocked. In a handful of cases a country can be completely surrounded by another single country. These landlocked enclaves are such a rare geographic…

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Monday, 15th March 2010

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
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Lesotho: Kingdom in the Sky

Lesotho is one of the most unique countries on the planet. It’s the southernmost landlocked country, the largest country that’s entirely surrounded by another country, and the highest country on Earth. Yet, it doesn’t really show up on too many people’s radar. With the arrival of Google Street View imagery this month to Lesotho, it’s time to shed some light on the world’s largest enclave.

On this day: Mary Queen of Scots escaped Loch Leven castle

On May 2, 1568, Mary Queen of Scots escaped from Loch Leven Castle. After having been imprisoned on this isolated…

On this day: The Empire State Building was dedicated

On May 1, 1931, the Empire State Building was dedicated. The 103-storey skyscraper was the tallest building in the world…

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