Africa

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

Leptis Magna

The spectacular Leptis Magna is an exceptionally well-preserved Roman city on the coast of Libya which has a history dating back over 3,000 years. Today the archaeological site is protected as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. With a history dating…

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Thursday, 28th May 2009

Robben Island

Robben Island is a prison island off Capetown, South Africa, best known as the jail where Nelson Mandela was incarcerated for eighteen years. The island has a dubious history as a place of imprisonment and exile long before the rise…

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Monday, 25th May 2009
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Piton de la Fournaise (Volcano Week 7)

On the island of Réunion in the Indian Ocean, there are two volcanoes: Piton des Neiges has been inactive for…

Colima (Volcano Week 7)

Colima is an active volcano in Mexico — one of the most active in North America. With an elevation of…

Volcano Week 7

For the seventh year running, volcano week is back!. We have a fascinating line-up of volcano posts scheduled, where we’ll…

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