South America

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

Death Road

Yungus Road, or “Death Road” as it is known to the locals, has often been described as the most dangerous road in the world. Running from Bolivia’s capital La Paz into a rainforest region known as the Yungas, the road…

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Wednesday, 23rd January 2008

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Lesotho: Kingdom in the Sky

Lesotho is one of the most unique countries on the planet. It’s the southernmost landlocked country, the largest country that’s entirely surrounded by another country, and the highest country on Earth. Yet, it doesn’t really show up on too many people’s radar. With the arrival of Google Street View imagery this month to Lesotho, it’s time to shed some light on the world’s largest enclave.

On this day: The Eiffel Tower Opened

On May 6, 1889, the Eiffel Tower was opened to the public. Serving as the entry gate to the World’s…

On this day: Napoleon Died In Exile on Saint Helena

On May 5, 1821, Napoleon died on Saint Helena. Following his defeat in the Battle of Waterloo six years earlier,…

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