Afghanistan

Trail of Desert Dust

Check out this car absolutely rocketing through the desert in Afghanistan – the dust plume it’s kicking up is over a kilometre long! This is actually Afghanistan’s Helmand Province, which as well as playing a pivotal part in the War…

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Thursday, 2nd August 2007

Omar’s Public Service Announcements

In the hills over Afghanistan a man named Omar has very kindly chosen to let the whole world know exactly where he is standing. Just to the left of the arrow under the giant word “ME“. Omar is probably also…

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Friday, 10th November 2006

Soviet Tank Graveyard

To the North of Afghanistan’s capital Kabul is the “Tank Graveyard“. Here there are hundreds of Soviet tanks, left there since the end of the Soviet war in 1989, slowly rusting away. Apparently the Taliban used this field for collecting…

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Tuesday, 7th March 2006

Afghan Royal Palace : Revisited

Remember the Afghan Royal Palace? Well David Quin from Melbourne had seen it from ground level and took photos! He writes: I was in Kabul in September 2003 working with the UN, writing the software for the voter’s registration system…

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Sunday, 13th November 2005

Bagram Airbase

Bagram Airbase in Afghanistan is currently being used by US forces as part of operation “Enduring Freedom” (geez, who makes up these names?). The Airbase played a key role during the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan back in the ’70s, serving…

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Sunday, 10th July 2005

Afghan Royal Palace

The old Royal Palace in Afghanistan is a bombed out shell of a building which must have been quite impressive in its time. The palace was designed by a French architect and originally built in 1923 by King Amanullah. The…

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Sunday, 10th July 2005

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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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