Puerto Princesa Subterranean River

It seems that every other year or so, an organisation or publication tries to come up with a new version of the Seven Wonders of the World in an attempt to replicate the Seven Wonders of antiquity. One of the more notable efforts of recent years is the New7Wonders website, which solicited over 100 million…

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Following Up: A September 2013 Update on Previous Articles

It’s been quite a while since our last follow-up post, so here are a few mini-updates and additional tidbits on some topics from previous articles here at The Basement Geographer: UVB-76: 30 Years of Radio Mystery (originally posted 26 December 2011): On 24 January of this year, the mysterious Russian shortwave radio ‘numbers’ station known of UVB-76…

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The Flannan Isles

Marooned all alone in the Atlantic Ocean are Scotland’s Flannan Isles, a very small and profoundly lonely archipelago that is isloated evey by the standard of the Outer Hebrides with which they are associated. The ‘isles’ are more like islets: seven small islands surrounded by a dozen or so outcrops of breccia rocks poking above…

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Geoglyphs of the Andes

The Atacama Desert and the Altiplano directly to its east are filled with geoglyphs – there are over 5 000 recorded in the Atacama alone, preserved in dry, largely windless landscapes. There are large drawings and paintings, there are petroforms made from piles of rock, and most famously there are petroglyphs: giant figures incised into…

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Counting Down the Largest Lake Islands in the World, Part I: #10-#6

Lists of the world’s largest islands can be found in pretty well any encyclopedia, world atlas, desktop reference book, or geography website. Lists of the world’s largest islands inside lakes, however, aren’t nearly as common in reference guides, generally being relegated to Wikipedia, WorldAtlas.com, or geo-oddity websites. Even if you’re a geo-oddity hunter, you probably…

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Doggerland: Ancient Europe Underwater

Ideas of a ‘lost continent’ where humans used to dwell that became submerged underwater such as Atlantis have long permeated myth and fables, but there actually are submerged lands where humans previously lived for thousands of years.  Take, for example, Doggerland, the land mass that occupied the southern half of the North Sea for thousands…

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The Carcross Desert

Source: bigweasel, http://www.flickr.com/photos/weasel-on-wheels/4759692158/.  Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic licence. View Larger Map Behold, the ‘world’s smallest desert’, located in the unlikely northern locale of Carcross, Yukon; a balmy six degrees south of the Arctic Circle in the northern edge of Canada’s Coast Mountains.  A mere 260 ha (642 acres) in size, the…

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