Jordan

The New Seven(ish) Wonders of the World

At the turn of the millennium, an effort was launched by a Swiss foundation to identify the ‘New 7 Wonders of the World’, through a “decidedly unscientific” polling method allowing the public to vote – online or by phone –…

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Friday, 15th August 2014

Natural Arches

Natural arches – also known as natural bridges – are formed when relatively soft rock is worn away by the action of tides, rivers or weather erosion, leaving behind a bridge-like structure of harder rock. Although there are thousands around…

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Wednesday, 16th July 2014

Wadi Rum (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! The beautiful Wadi Rum is a mere 720 square km desert valley located in the southern part of Jordan.…

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Thursday, 18th June 2009

Petra, an ancient city hewn from the living rock

Completely unknown to the Western world until 1812, this is the ancient city of Petra in Jordan. Although nobody knows for sure when people first settled here, the incredible architecture that survives is thought to be at least 2,000 years…

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Thursday, 22nd May 2008

Planes Taking-off in Formation?

At this air base in Jordan we find six C101 jets on the runway, and although they’re not yet flying, they are in formation! These jets are actually Spanish-designed CASA C-101 Aviojets, which are currently in use by the air…

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Friday, 25th May 2007

Very Tall Flagpoles

We’ve previously featured Mexico’s giant flags but this is the world’s largest unsupported flagpole in Jordan. Narrowly beating the previous record holder in UAE, the flagpole is 126.8 metres tall, is illuminated at night and can apparently be seen from…

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Wednesday, 19th July 2006

Welcome to Google Sightseeing

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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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