South America

Itaipú

Damming the Paraná River on the border between Brazil and Paraguay sits an incredible engineering achievement – the largest hydroelectric power plant in the world, Itaipú. Itaipú is 196 metres high and contains enough iron and steel to build 380…

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Thursday, 20th July 2006

Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu, the “Lost City of the Incas”, is an ancient ruined city found at the top of a mountain. It was probably built around 1440 and the most impressive thing is that it’s all still there, despite being constructed…

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Friday, 14th July 2006

Nazca Lines

The bizarre Nazca Lines were created thousands of years ago (between 200BC and 600AD) using simple tools to scrape away the dark pebbles and reveal the light sand underneath. Although they’re called the Nazca lines, the famous geoglyphs also feature…

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Thursday, 29th June 2006

Masaya Volcano, Nicaragua

Last year we mentioned that Nicaragua has loads of volcanoes, but that they weren’t yet in high-resolution. Since then Nicaragua’s most active volcano Masaya, has received fantastic coverage of its multiple nested pit craters Masaya, Santiago, Nindiri and San Pedro…

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Tuesday, 20th June 2006

Pedra Bonita

Rio de Janeiro’s location within steep mountains makes it perfect for the sports of hang and paragliders. Here on Pedra Bonita (“Beautiful Rock”) is one of over 50 launch ramps in Rio where those who are brave enough leap off…

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Tuesday, 2nd May 2006

World’s Largest Cotton Bud

Yes, you heard me right – that’s the world’s largest cotton swab! (Of course, this is actually a member of the South American Cotton Ball Army in disguise). Thanks to me & Kyle French.

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Tuesday, 25th April 2006
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