Australia / Oceania

Google Earth Can Make You Famous

A geologist with the Geological Survey of Western Australia, Dr. Arthur Hickman, was using Google Earth to look for iron ore when he noticed an unusually circular structure within the landscape. After a visit by a colleague this huge dent…

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Thursday, 27th March 2008

Crane Crash

On 17th January, 2007, a freight train from Brisbane to Melbourne derailed in Sydney, Australia. Four days later, the crane that was being used to recover the train also toppled over! The crane fell onto one of the workers who,…

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Wednesday, 5th March 2008

John Frum Day

Today on the island of Tanna, Vanuatu, in the South Pacific, it’s John Frum Day. Each year on the 15th of February, hundreds of people come to the tiny village of Lamakara from all over the island to celebrate their…

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Friday, 15th February 2008

The Longest Trains in the World

Despite being widely touted as the longest trains in the world, the up-to 2.5 kilometre-long freight trains which bring iron ore to Nouadhibou, Mauritania may not be particularly unique in their length. On the day these images were captured, the…

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Thursday, 1st November 2007

Stromatolites

This is Hamelin Pool in Shark Bay, Western Australia, and in our thumbnail you can see the kite-shaped observation jetty where visitors can observe some of the world’s oldest creatures – Stromatolites. Looking for all the world like rocks which…

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Monday, 22nd October 2007

Easter Island (Island Week 2)

(It’s Island Week 2 here at GSS, which means we’ll mostly be posting about Islands. For about a week.) Located in the south eastern Pacific Ocean, almost four thousand kilometers from continental Chile, Easter Island – or locally Rapa Nui…

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Thursday, 30th August 2007
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Lesotho: Kingdom in the Sky

Lesotho is one of the most unique countries on the planet. It’s the southernmost landlocked country, the largest country that’s entirely surrounded by another country, and the highest country on Earth. Yet, it doesn’t really show up on too many people’s radar. With the arrival of Google Street View imagery this month to Lesotho, it’s time to shed some light on the world’s largest enclave.

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