A Trip to Trout Lake

It only figures that on the heels of my friends’ trip to Washington’s abandoned Central Ferry Park last month, I wound up taking one of my own trips into an abandoned rural locale of the Pacific Northwest not long after. One of the perks of working in an archives is the trips you get invited…

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Google Sightseeing: The Crowsnest Pass

Those of you who read last autumn’s two-part article (Part I, Part II) on the various tragedies of Canada’s Crowsnest Pass may be interested in the Google Sightseeing post that goes along with it, which was posted today. While touching on some of the tragic history of the pass, the GSS post more focused on…

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The Hierapolis-Pamukkale Complex: The ‘Holy City’ and the ‘Cotton Castle’

Over the past 400 000 years, a complex of seventeen separate hot springs in southwestern Turkey has been depositing snow white travertine limestone in a series of terraces and petrified waterfalls that have accumulated to create a sprawling limestone formation 2 700 m (8 860 ft) long, 600 m (1 970 ft) wide and 160 m (525 ft) high.  Known…

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The Longest Train Ride in the World

In March 2010, news sites were abuzz with the announcement of a proposed Chinese-backed high-speed Eurasian rail line that could whip passengers between London and Beijing at speeds of up to 345 km/h (215 mph), completing the 17-country, 8 160 km (5 070 mi) journey in just two days. While such a fantastical project is…

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La Palacio de Sal: The Salt Hotel

Every year around this time, we start hearing the usual news stories about the various ice hotels constructed around the world, most notably the Jukkasjärvi Icehotel in Sweden and the Hôtel de Glace in Quebec.  These hotels and others like them are built from scratch every year using nothing but snow and ice reinforced with…

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Salar de Uyuni: The Flattest Place on Earth

Imagine an area 130 km (80 mi) long and 100 km (60 mi) wide – larger than 30 separate countries – that is blanched completely white and so flat that the variance in height from any single point to another is less than metre.  Such an area exists – the world’s largest salt flat, the…

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Deception Island

Hot tubs. Volcanism.  Cruise tourism.  Graffiti. Century-old gravestones.  Not exactly the first things which come to mind when someone says ‘Antarctica’.  But not only can these things be found on the frozen continent, they can be found in one place. Source: Treehill, http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Deception_Island_Map.svg.  Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported licence. Just off the northern tip of the Antarctic…

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Anholt: Cast Adrift in the Kattegat

Source: J. Gao, http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Anholt_Island_Denmark.jpg.   Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported licence. Halfway between Denmark and Sweden in the middle of the Kattegat, the small sea that helps join the Baltic to the Atlantic, lies what is a very isolated island by European standards.  A three-hour boat ride from Jutland on the Danish side or Halland on the…

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