South America

The Atacama Desert – Another World

We previously featured the fascinating Atacama Desert in 2008’s desert week, but to round off this year’s Desert Week we’ve decided to take another tour for those that missed this unique location the first time around. The Atacama desert in…

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Monday, 28th June 2010

Very Large Christs

Back to his very origins, humans have chosen to worship physical representations of their deities. Currently the most popular religion (in terms of current number of followers) is this Christian faith, with around 2,000 million followers. We’ve previously covered Very…

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Tuesday, 18th May 2010

Virtual Photography with Google Street View

Today we’ve got a special guest post by Matt Bucher, a writer living in Austin, Texas who publishes a blog of photographic images taken from Google Street View, called Apres Garde. We love Matt’s choice of images, and he agreed…

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Monday, 10th May 2010

World Fair Trade Day

Tomorrow is World Fair Trade Day, an annual global event held by by producers, retailers and supporters of this alternative trading system.1 To celebrate, we’re taking a tour of the Fair Trade Google Earth layer. Full instructions on how to…

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Friday, 7th May 2010

Mount Everest no longer world’s highest mountain

Which is closer to the surface of the moon, the summit of Mount Everest or Ecuador? Contrary to popular belief, the answer is Ecuador, as the Earth isn’t a perfect sphere. As the Earth is constantly spinning, centrifugal force causes…

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Monday, 8th February 2010

The world’s largest salt flat, Salar de Uyuni

Salar de Uyuni in south-west Bolivia was once part of a massive prehistoric lake but today is the world’s largest salt flat. When dry it’s a barren landscape, so featureless that it’s great for perspective tricks – but during the…

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Thursday, 19th November 2009
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On October 21, 1797, the USS Constitution was launched in Boston Harbor. Nicknamed ‘Old Ironsides’, the vessel has far outlived…

On this day: Sydney Opera House Opened

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On this day: First British Open Golf Championship

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