South America

The Perito Moreno glacier

The giant Perito Moreno glacier in the Patagonian region of Argentina is notable for a couple of reasons. First of all, it is one of only three in the area that are not currently retreating. Secondly, it actually advances right…

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Monday, 13th July 2009

Ghost Towns: Underwater Edition

This is the second in an occasional series where we’ll be travelling to some of the world’s most interesting abandoned places. Fuelled by the ancient myth of the lost continent of Atlantis, underwater cities have always been the subject of…

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Wednesday, 18th February 2009

Ni Pena Ni Miedo (No Shame Nor Fear)

Written in the sands of the Atacama Desert, Chile, are the words “ni pena ni miedo” which translate more or less as “No shame nor fear”, and together they form what must surely be the world’s largest poem. While we’ve…

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Monday, 19th January 2009

Band of Holes

In south-western Peru, on a plain called Cajamarquilla is the band of holes.   Running for about a mile across the barren rock is this line of holes of varying depths and sizes, with occasional clear gaps, for which locals…

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Monday, 17th November 2008

The Atacama Desert (Desert Week)

We’re continuing the first annual GSS Desert Week! We’re mostly posting about deserts and it’s lasting about a week! The Atacama Desert is a virtually rainless plateau in Chile, South America. Made up of salt basins, sand and lava flows,…

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Friday, 20th June 2008

Sea Reclamation

Across the globe there are various land reclamation projects which aim to create new building sites by dredging up the seabed. However, in the small English town of Happisburgh that process is being reversed, as the waves tear apart the…

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Monday, 7th April 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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