South America

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

Peru (heart) Large Type

Nowhere in the world do they like putting large type on the hills as much as they do in Peru. A lot of these messages refer to political parties such as the UPP (Union for Peru) and Somos Peru so…

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Thursday, 15th December 2005

Ilamatepec

This is Ilamatepec, the Santa Ana Volcano in El Salvador which erupted at the beginning of the month. It hadn’t previously erupted since 1904, and there were reports of lava rocks the size of cars, and villagers fleeing from a…

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Thursday, 20th October 2005

Brazilian Supertanker

Here’s a totally awesome image of an enormous supertanker speeding along just off the coast of Rio de Janeiro. Only ships above 250,000 tonnes are considered true supertankers, and due to their massive size and weight, their stopping distances are…

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Monday, 17th October 2005

Arrrr! Pirate Ship Ahoy!

To celebrate this week’s talk like a pirate day (ok we missed it, but heck, we were close), here’s a rather cool looking three masted schooner nestled in amongst some modern day warships. Now where did I leave me grog…?…

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Friday, 23rd September 2005
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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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