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Chuquicamata - largest open pit copper mine in the world, Chuquicamata, Chile

August 30th, 2006 / / Links: Google Earth, Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, Virtual Earth / Nearest places
 

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Chuquicamata, or "Chuqui," as it is commonly called, is currently the largest open pit copper mine in the world. It was named after a small city in the north-west of Chile. It began copper production on May 18, 1915.

This article in its current state refers to the mine located near the former location of the city of Chuquicamata.

Chuquicamata is located 15 km north of the city of Calama in the region of Antofagasta. The mine is elliptical in form, with a surface of almost 8,000,000 m2, and it is 900 m deep.

The place has been exploited since pre-Hispanic times. The word Chuquicamata comes from the Aymara language and refers to the first inhabitants of the zone. The territory where the mine is located passed to Chilean control and sovereignty due to the War of the Pacific and the subsequent treaties.

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A railway bridge with transporter bridge, Rendsburg, Germany

August 27th, 2006 / / Links: Google Earth, Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, Virtual Earth / Nearest places
 

[Currently only low quality pictures available]

A railway bridge made of steel, 2500 m in length and 41 m in height, was constructed in 1913. Mounted on the railway bridge, the Kiel Canal is also traversed by a transporter bridge, one of only twenty ever built.

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HMCS Sackville (K181), Halifax, Canada

August 27th, 2006 / / Links: Google Earth, Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, Virtual Earth / Nearest places
 

HMCS Sackville (K181) was a Flower-class corvette of the Royal Canadian Navy. She was laid down at Saint John, New Brunswick on May 28, 1940, launched on May 15, 1941 and commissioned on December 30, 1941. Like several other Canadian Flower-class corvettes, Sackville was named after a Canadian town, in this case Sackville, New Brunswick.

In World War II she protected transatlantic convoys as part of the Second Battle of the Atlantic, escorting merchant ships and troop ships between St. John's, Newfoundland and Londonderry, Northern Ireland. In September 1943 she took part in the battle of convoys ON-202 and ONS-18 and was damaged, possibly by a torpedo detonated by one of her depth charges. Because of this damage, she was retired from active service and used as a training ship.

She was decomissioned on April 8, 1946. Most Flower-class corvettes were scrapped after the war. But Sackville had a long career. She spent a long time serving the Canadian Department of Fisheries. Later she was restored to her World War II appearance, and now serves as a floating museum in Halifax, Nova Scotia, one of the ports where escorts met their convoys.

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Estonian Ice-breaker “Suur Toll”, Tallin, Estonia

August 27th, 2006 / / Links: Google Earth, Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, Virtual Earth / Nearest places
 

Estonian Ice-breaker "Suur Toll" build in 1914 in Szczecin, Poland.

Nowadays she is a museum in Tallin harbour.

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Large rocket destroyer ORP Warszawa, Gdynia, Poland

August 26th, 2006 / / Links: Google Earth, Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, Virtual Earth / Nearest places
 

ORP Warszawa (Polish for Warsaw, Pendant 271), formerly Smelyi - Valiant) was a large rocket destroyer of the Polish Navy, one of the last ships of the modified Kashin class. She was built in the 61st Communard's Shipyard in Nikolayev, Soviet Union, for the Soviet Navy. Commissioned in 1969, she was one of the ships of the CKB-53 class, dubbed Kashin class destroyers in NATO code.

The ship was among the largest destroyers of the time; with 4950 tonnes of displacement she had similar displacement to many of the World War II cruisers. The flexible design allowed the ships of her class to serve as a multi-purpose vessel rather than a standard rocket destroyer. Among the capabilities of the class were anti-surface and anti-submarine missions, convoy escort, long-range bombardment and a variety of other roles. Ship's armament was almost fully automated and was one of the first such ships in the Eastern Bloc.

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Ladd Peebles Stadium, Mobile, USA

August 26th, 2006 / / Links: Google Earth, Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, Virtual Earth / Nearest places
 

Ladd Peebles Stadium (formerly Ladd Memorial Stadium) is a stadium in Mobile, Alabama. It is primarily used for American football, and is the home field for the Senior Bowl and the GMAC Bowl. It opened in 1948 and holds 40,646 people.

In 1997 Ladd Peebles Stadium underwent a $8.1 million renovation that resulted in a new press box featuring a 120-seat club level and luxury suites, new scoreboards, a new artificial turf field, new PA and lighting systems, new locker rooms, new restrooms, an expansion of the concourse areas, and new concession stands, as well as the stadium offices.

In addition to football, the stadium is also used for concerts (maximum capacity 50,000), boxing matches, high school graduations, trade shows, and festivals. Ed Sullivan, Jimmy Buffett, Elvis Presley, the Rolling Stones, and countless other celebrities have performed at Ladd Peebles Stadium.

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PETCO Park, San Diego, USA

August 26th, 2006 / / Links: Google Earth, Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, Virtual Earth / Nearest places
 

(on satellite photo stadium is under construcion)

PETCO Park is an open-air stadium in downtown San Diego, California. Opened in 2004, it replaced Qualcomm Stadium as the home park of the San Diego Padres. It also hosts the USA Sevens international event every year. The stadium is named after the animal and pet supplies retailer PETCO, which is based in San Diego and paid for the naming rights. Since the retailer spells its name in all capital letters, mere initial capitalization as "Petco Park" is not correct. The construction cost of over $450 million was partially funded by the Centre City Development Corporation, the San Diego Redevelopment Agency, and the stadium is intended to be part of a comprehensive plan to revitalize San Diego's aging downtown, particularly the East Village area east of the Gaslamp Quarter. The stadium is located across Harbor Drive from the San Diego Convention Center.

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Legion Field, Birmingham, USA

August 26th, 2006 / / Links: Google Earth, Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, Virtual Earth / Nearest places
 

Legion Field is a large stadium in Birmingham, Alabama primarily designed to be used as a venue for American football, but is occasionally used for other large outdoor events. The stadium is named in honor of the American Legion, a U.S. organization of military veterans. At its peak it seated approximately 81,000 people for football. Today, after the removal of the upper deck, Legion Field seats approximately 71,594 spectators.

Until the 1990s the University of Alabama played the majority of their home football games at Legion Field, a practice that has now ended. Auburn University has used the stadium similarly for a while, but not as extensively, for it had played some of its home games in Columbus, Georgia at one point and had enlarged its home field, Jordan-Hare Stadium, to a seating capacity roughly equal to that of Legion Field well before the University of Alabama had done so with its facility, Bryant-Denny Stadium. It currently serves as the home field for the UAB Blazers, who compete in Conference USA.

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