Germany

World’s most leaning towers

A small German church has laid a bold claim to the title of “World’s most squinty building“. Located in the town of Bad Frankenhausen, the bell tower of a 14th century church has been measured at an angle of 4.5…

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Tuesday, 24th July 2007

Floating Swimming Pool

This is the Badeschiff or “bathing ship” in Berlin, Germany – an old barge which has been converted into an outdoor swimming pool, actually in the River Spree. Opened in the summer of 2004, the facilities have proved highly popular…

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Monday, 23rd July 2007

East Germany, in the Caribbean

This is the small island formerly known as Cayo Blanco de Sur, Cuba. The island is around 15 km long, about 500 metres wide, and is uninhabited save for the indigenous birds and iguanas. In 1972 while on a state…

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Thursday, 17th May 2007

Synchrotrons

Synchrotrons are just a fancy type of particle accelerator. I’m not the world’s greatest physicist but, as far as I understand it, they are circular accelerators that use an electricity field to speed up sub atomic particles to something near…

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Tuesday, 8th May 2007

Bucket-Wheel Excavators

Continuing this week’s theme of mining, today we’re visiting Germany’s lignite mining area to find some of the largest land vehicles on Earth! Lignite (or “brown coal”) is found in 3 nearby open cast mines in the Rhineland; Hambach, Bergheim…

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Thursday, 19th April 2007

Get Off The Road!

This madman is walking down the middle of a motorway! Hmmm, on second thought… maybe he’s not in any danger. I wonder what he’s up to though? Thanks: ledzepmet

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Tuesday, 3rd April 2007

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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.

Google Sightseeing writer set to climb Africa’s tallest volcano

Two years ago our very own Noel Ballantyne wrote an article for Volcano Week 5 about Mount Kilimanjaro, a dormant…

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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