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North Sentinel Island

We’ve tagged this sight as “India”, but in truth North Sentinel Island is hardly even a part of the world as we know it. Although it is barely 40km away from the well populated South Andaman Island, North Sentinel is…

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Thursday, 25th June 2009

Auroville

Auroville is an experimental town and self-proclaimed “universal city in the making” near the South-Indian city of Puducherry1. Built around a massive gold-plated meditation dome known as the Matrimandir, Auroville was created in hopes that it would be a model…

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Tuesday, 5th May 2009

Maharashtra Coastal Forts

The western Indian state of Maharashtra has more than 80 strategically-located coastal forts – the result of a long history of warfare in which it faced threats from other Indian emperors and a number of colonial invaders. One of the…

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Monday, 27th April 2009

World’s Largest Sundial

Jantar Mantar is a centuries old astronomical observatory that sets the world’s record for the having the largest sundial, which stands at over 27 meters tall.

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Thursday, 23rd April 2009

Border Ceremony as a Spectator Sport

The road between the Indian city of Amritsar and the Pakistani city Lahore crosses the border through the village of Wahga (or Wagah, depending on which side of the border you’re on), which was divided in half when the subcontinent…

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Wednesday, 18th March 2009

The Golden Temple, Amritsar

In the Indian state of Punjab, Harmandir Sahib (The Temple of God) – commonly known as the Golden Temple – is the most sacred place of worship for the Sikh religion. In the 1570s the fourth Sikh guru created a…

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Wednesday, 7th January 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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