India

The World’s Most Expensive House

Perhaps proving that money can’t buy taste, an Indian billionaire will soon occupy what is being described as the world’s most expensive house. Antilia1 is estimated to have cost up to $70million (US) to construct2 and manages to squeeze 27…

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Monday, 10th January 2011

The Skeletons of Roopkund Lake

Roopkund Lake lies tucked amongst the towering peaks of the Indian Himalayas at an elevation of more than 5,000 metres. Frozen almost year-round and extremely remote, this frigid alpine lake can only be reached on foot, four days walk from…

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Thursday, 16th September 2010

Global Vipassana Pagoda

The Global Vipassana Pagoda, found north of Mumbai in India, is a copy of the Shwedagon Pagoda visited by Google Sightseeing a couple of years ago, though somewhat more restrained with regards to the ‘bling’ factor. The reduced attention to…

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Thursday, 1st July 2010

World Fair Trade Day

Tomorrow is World Fair Trade Day, an annual global event held by by producers, retailers and supporters of this alternative trading system.1 To celebrate, we’re taking a tour of the Fair Trade Google Earth layer. Full instructions on how to…

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Friday, 7th May 2010

Hampi

The village of Hampi is a site of Hindu pilgrimage and the location of the former capital city of the Vijayanagara empire. Its temples and ruins are a World Heritage Site collectively known as The Group of Monuments at Hampi.…

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Wednesday, 10th March 2010

The Taj Mahal (or is it?)

The marble tomb of the Taj Mahal is supposedly the ultimate symbol of love, being built by the fifth Mughal emperor, Shah Jahan, for his second wife. However, despite a striking resemblance, this is not the Taj Mahal. Rather, it’s…

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Wednesday, 9th September 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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