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.
As we ring in 2012 here at Google Sightseeing, we know that you, too, are celebrating the New Year. Of course, depending on where you are around the globe, you’re celebrating it at very different times – sometimes more than a day apart! With that in mind, here’s your guide to the first – and the last – places on Earth to enter 2012.
Monday, 9th January 2012
It’s Island Week 4 here at GSS, which means we’ll mostly be posting about Islands. For about a week. On September 29, 2009, just south of the islands that make up the Independent State of Samoa in Polynesia, an earthquake…
Friday, 2nd October 2009
Previously on Google Sightseeing
Once a volcanic island centered in Japan’s Kagoshima Bay, during an eruption in 1914 the Sakura-jima volcano decided to change…
Two years ago our very own Noel Ballantyne wrote an article for Volcano Week 5 about Mount Kilimanjaro, a dormant…