Natural Arches

Natural arches – also known as natural bridges – are formed when relatively soft rock is worn away by the action of tides, rivers or weather erosion, leaving behind a bridge-like structure of harder rock. Although there are thousands around…

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Wednesday, 16th July 2014

On this day: Mont Blanc Tunnel Opened

On July 16, 1965, the Mont Blanc tunnel between France and Italy opened. Following 8 years of construction, the 11.6km (7.2mile) tunnel significantly reduced driving times between France and northern Italian cities. A deadly 1999 fire closed the tunnel for…

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Wednesday, 16th July 2014

On this day: Inigo Jones Was Born

On July 15, 1573, British architect Inigo Jones was born. He had parallel careers in theatrical staging and architecture, with the latter producing many notable buildings around London. One fine example is the Banqueting House in Whitehall, the first neo-classical…

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Tuesday, 15th July 2014

On this day: St Mark’s Campanile Collapsed

On July 14, 1902, after a couple of weeks of ominous cracking, St Mark’s Campanile in Venice collapsed. Apparently the caretaker’s cat was the only victim of the building’s failure. Council swiftly approved funds to rebuild the tower, which opened…

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Monday, 14th July 2014

On this day: The Hollywood Bowl Opened

On July 11, 1922, the Hollywood Bowl opened. Although less formal performances had been held in this natural amphitheatre for a few years (Wikipedia has a photo of a female duo playing on a stage consisting of a barn door),…

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Friday, 11th July 2014

On this day: Camille Pissarro Was Born

On July 10, 1830, painter Camille Pissarro was born on the island of St Thomas, then part of the Danish West Indies. He spent his teenage years at boarding school in France, and returned there at age 25, quickly developing…

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Thursday, 10th July 2014
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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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