South America

Giant Man-Shaped Lake

It would seem that someone has spent a lot of time and money to create this lake, in the shape of an extremely happy looking man! I’m not sure what he’s got to be so happy about though. I mean,…

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Friday, 15th June 2007

Whale Spotting in Google Earth

There are about 80 known whale species around the globe, the largest of which is of course the Blue Whale, which can measure up to a massive 30m long. Such a giant beast should easily be visible on the aerial…

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Thursday, 22nd March 2007

Crash Landing

Nestled within the trees of this suburban park is a crashed plane, that’s been there since 1985! The story goes that the pilot ran out of fuel over the city of Sao Jose dos Campos and was forced to land…

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Sunday, 18th February 2007

Incan Geoglyphs of Chile

Here in Chile’s Atacama Desert, there are many examples of ancient Incan geoglyphs, similar to the Nazca Lines in neighbouring Peru, but spread over a much wider area. In the northern desert the Chiza geoglyphs were made by carefully arranging…

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Thursday, 8th February 2007

Moray (Inca Ruins)

Nearby to the previously posted Machu Picchu, Peru, is a very unusual archaeological site – the strangely beautiful Inca ruins of Moray. The concentric rings clearly visible were farming terraces with a sophisticated irrigation system, constructed inside enormous natural depressions…

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Thursday, 16th November 2006

Casas Bahia

Some classic ‘Large Type’ action in Brazil – Casas Bahia is the largest retail chain in Brazil, and proudly display their logo on the roof. They have a complex numbering scheme for their buildings – you’ll see that this is…

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Friday, 8th September 2006
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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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