Netherlands

Flocking

“Flocking” is the term used to describe the collective motion of a number of creatures, and is best known as something that birds do together. So much so that the collective noun for birds is of course “flock”. A group…

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Wednesday, 7th January 2009

Complicated borders

Here’s a fairly long train travelling through an icy Moldova, eastern Europe. A train is hardly an uncommon sight on Google Earth – but this particular train will travel from one side of Moldova all the way to the other…

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Friday, 12th December 2008

Ski Dubai

Visitors to Dubai who suffer in the summer temperatures over 45°C can cool off at Ski Dubai. The resort offers the full winter experience, from building snowmen to taking ski lessons. There is even the ‘cozy mountain lodge’ where you…

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Thursday, 23rd October 2008

Bridges to Nowhere

Drivers on the A10 ring road in Amsterdam can be forgiven for any confusion experienced when they see this incomplete section of highway bridge. We’re not sure what happened – maybe the construction crew finished up early one Friday afternoon…

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Tuesday, 21st October 2008

Golf ball living at Bolwoningen

The Bolwoningen golf-ball-shaped buildings are an early-80s housing project reminicent of the previously featured “Kubuswoning” cube-housing. The stupendously-ugly (and presumably incredibly impractical) homes were designed in the late 70s by an architect going by the name of Dries Kreijkamp. Mr.…

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Friday, 26th September 2008

The Moving Island of the Grey Monks (Island Week 3)

It’s Island Week 3 here at GSS, which means we’ll mostly be posting about Islands. For about a week. Schiermonnikoog is a small island off the coast of the Netherlands, that only 758 years ago was actually 2 kilometres north…

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Monday, 1st September 2008
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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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