Australia / Oceania

The world’s steepest streets

Obscure geography trivia time: where would you find the steepest street in the world? You might guess San Francisco. If you’re a Guinness Book of Records-reading smart alec, you might say New Zealand. As it turns out, you’d be wrong…

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Wednesday, 3rd June 2009

Old Rat’s Nest Island, Australia

Peering out the window of the little airtaxi that has brought you to The Rat’s Nest, or Rottnest Island, 18 km southwest off the coast of Australia, you’ll notice the island’s name spelled out in trees. This little island, only…

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Wednesday, 13th May 2009

Elephant Rocks

In The Lion, the Witch, & the Wardrobe, when the three Pevensie children (minus Edmund) arrived at Aslan’s camp, they were happening upon what we (of the other world) know as Elephant Rocks. Looking from above, the boulders look like…

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Thursday, 7th May 2009

Clipperton Island

Clipperton Island, a remote coral atoll, is a place of mysterious geography with a disturbing history.

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Thursday, 9th April 2009

Street View Comes Unstuck

Even a company as all-powerful as Google occasionally needs a helping hand, as the driver of this Street View car in Australia discovered. Give him credit though: despite getting stuck in the mud, he kept his camera running to record…

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Wednesday, 8th April 2009

Ghost Towns: Underwater Edition

This is the second in an occasional series where we’ll be travelling to some of the world’s most interesting abandoned places. Fuelled by the ancient myth of the lost continent of Atlantis, underwater cities have always been the subject of…

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Wednesday, 18th February 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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