Africa

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

Cloud-shapes in the Sand

Remember lying on the grass when you were younger, staring up at the sky, allowing your imagination to twist and shape the clouds into an elephant being chased by a mouse or a dragon being slain by a cat? Now…

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Wednesday, 8th July 2009

Karnak Temple Complex

After the Pyramids of Giza, Egypt’s next most visited historical site is the Karnak temple complex just outside Luxor. Karnak was constructed over a period of 1300 years by approximately 30 different pharaohs, and eventually grew to become a collection…

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Tuesday, 23rd June 2009

UTA Flight 772 Memorial (Desert Week 2)

Welcome to the second annual GSS Desert Week! In time-honoured tradition, we’ll mostly be posting about deserts. For about a week! Even by Saharan standards, the Ténéré region of northern Niger is pretty desolate: a vast sea of sand, broken…

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Monday, 15th June 2009

The Rock Churches of Lalibela

Nestled amongst the highlands of Northern Ethiopia, the town of Lalibela is a destination for Orthodox Christian pilgrims drawn to its famed monolithic Churches. Dated to the 12th and 13th centuries, but still actively used for worship, the Churches are…

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Monday, 1st June 2009
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On this day: Blondin Crossed Niagara Gorge on a Tightrope

On June 30, 1859, The Great Charles Blondin became the first person to cross the Niagara Gorge on a tightrope.…

On this day: The Battle of Berne

On June 27, 1954, a World Cup Quarter Final game between Hungary and Brazil turned ugly with increasingly aggressive play…

The World’s Longest Bridge

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