U.S. States

Monument Valley

Monument Valley, located along the Utah – Arizona border, is in the Colorado plateau (an area containing deserts, forests, mountains and canyons). It is the home of the Navajo Nation and other tribes. It is probably best known due to…

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Wednesday, 31st July 2013

Return to Mount St. Helens

It was the site of the deadliest volcanic eruption in the history of the United States, but even after two GSS visits spread over the past 7 years, it’s not until now that we have a chance to revisit Mount…

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Wednesday, 17th July 2013

The Wide World of Ice Hockey

It’s April, and that means ice hockey fans around the world are gearing up for the highlight of the year, the National Hockey League (NHL)’s playoffs for the Stanley Cup, which teams have been competing for since 1892. From its…

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Thursday, 11th April 2013

Spaceport America: The world’s first commercial spaceport

In southern New Mexico, the world’s first commercial spaceport – Spaceport America – has been built as a launch facility for private space ventures, including Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic space tourism initiative. After a couple of decades of fundraising…

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Thursday, 14th March 2013

Sculptures by Jonathan Borofsky

Jonathan Borofsky (b. 1942) is an American sculptor and printmaker who is best known for his Hammering Man series of kinetic sculptures which are installed in various cities around the world (some of which we visited briefly in 2006). Today,…

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Wednesday, 13th February 2013

Groundhog Day

Today is Groundhog Day, a North American festival which reckons that “if a groundhog emerges from its burrow on this day and fails to see its shadow because the weather is cloudy, winter will soon end. If the groundhog sees…

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Saturday, 2nd February 2013
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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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