Google Sightseeing: Lesotho, Kingdom in the Sky

Lesotho is the southernmost landlocked country, the largest country that’s entirely surrounded by another country (South Africa), the highest country on Earth (the lowest elevation in Lesotho is 1,400 m (4,593 ft) above sea level), and also carries the distinction of being one of the most deforested countries on Earth. Yet, it doesn’t really show…

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A Gallery of Contrasts Along International Borders

We may think of borders as merely invisible lines on maps, but over time these ‘imaginary’ lines can become very real indeed. Countries regulate (or fail to regulate) the usage of their lands in very different ways. US astronaut and former NASA Chief Scientist John Grunsfeld remarked earlier this year how the differences in land…

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The Highest of Low Points: The 15 Most Elevated Countries on Earth

There is a special place reserved in respective national consciousnesses for the highest point in a country. Everest, McKinley, Kilimanjaro, Mont Blanc, Fuji, Olympus, Ben Nevis – the towering peaks that can be seen for miles across the countryside and are held up as national symbols. They form the basis for religious myths (and political…

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