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Unusual extension of the airport, Madeira, Portugal

April 2nd, 2008 / / Links: Google Earth, Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, Virtual Earth / Nearest places
 

This segment of Funchal Airport is constructed on stilts, with the motorway passing underneath it. An interesting solution to the lack of flat land in Madeira.

The extension was built on a series of 180 columns, each being about 70m tall.

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Etang de Montady, Montady, France

April 2nd, 2008 / / Links: Google Earth, Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, Virtual Earth / Nearest places
 

Etang de Montady is a strange circular depression, a remanent of an ancient lake drained by monks in the XIIth C. It is famous for its pie-shaped fields which preserve the original drainage channels.

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The heart of asia monument, Urumqi, China

March 14th, 2008 / / Links: Google Earth, Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, Virtual Earth / Nearest places
 

The heart of asia monument near Urumqi in China.

This rather impressive monument marking the geographic center of Asia was completed in the late 1990’s. The center tower measures over 14 meters and the marble circular platform about 60 meters in diameter. Surrounding the center platform are 49 smaller granite monuments about 2 meters tall and each one representing one of the Asian country included in the measurements. The most western country included was Cyprus. Reflecting China’s political perspective, Palestine and Sikkim were regarded as independent countries. A satellite aerial view from 2000 meters provides a good view of the entire area.

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Gergeti Trinity Church, Georgia

March 7th, 2008 / / Links: Google Earth, Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, Virtual Earth / Nearest places
 

Gergeti Trinity Church is a popular name for Holy Trinity Church (Tsminda Sameba in Georgian) church near the village of Gergeti in the Republic of Georgia. The church is situated on the right bank of the river Chkheri (the left tributary of the river Terek), at an elevation of 2400 meters, under Mt. Kazbegi. It was built in the 14th century. The church is a popular waypoint for trekkers in the ar

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The Sambadrome (Sambódromo da Marquês de Sapucaí), Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

February 29th, 2008 / / Links: Google Earth, Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, Virtual Earth / Nearest places
 

The Sambadrome (Sambódromo in Portuguese, full name Sambódromo da Marquês de Sapucaí) is a purpose-built parade area in downtown Rio de Janeiro, Brazil where samba schools parade competitively each year during Carnival. The parades attract many thousands of Brazilians and foreign tourists each year.

The Sambadrome was designed by Oscar Niemeyer and built in 1984. It consists of 700 m stretch of the Marquês de Sapucaí street converted into a permanent parade ground with bleachers built on either side for spectators. Its capacity is 65,000. The complex includes an area located at the end of the parade route, the Praça da Apoteose (Apotheosis Square), where the bleachers are set further back from the parade area, creating a square where revelers gather as they end their parade.

Outside Carnival season, the Praça da Apoteose is occasionally used as a venue for international music concerts. Notable artists who performed there include The Rolling Stones, a-ha, Roger Waters, Eric Clapton, Phil Collins, Oasis, Avril Lavigne, Nirvana, Pearl Jam and Carlos Santana. In December, the samba schools begin holding technical rehearsals at the Sambadrome, leading up to Carnival.

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The tallest chimney in the world, Ekibastuz, Kazakhstan

February 29th, 2008 / / Links: Google Earth, Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, Virtual Earth / Nearest places
 

The tallest chimney in the world (419.7 meters) in Ekibastuz, Kazakhstan.

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Iquitos, Peru

February 22nd, 2008 / / Links: Google Earth, Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, Virtual Earth / Nearest places
 

Iquitos is the largest city in the Peruvian rainforest, with a population of around 400,000. It is the capital of Loreto Region and Maynas Province. It is generally considered the most populous city in the world that cannot be reached by road.

Located on the Amazon River, it is a mere 106 m (348 ft) above sea level even though it is more than 3,000 km (1,864 mi) from the mouth of the Amazon at Belem in Brazil, on the Atlantic Ocean. It is situated 125 km (78 mi) downstream of the confluence of the Ucayali and Marañón rivers, the two main headwaters of the Amazon River. Iquitos has long been a major port in the Amazon Basin. It is surrounded by three rivers: the Nanay, the Itaya, and the Amazon.

The city can be reached only by airplane or boat, with the exception of a road to Nauta, a small town roughly 100 km (62 mi) south. Most travel within the city itself is via bus, motorcycle, or auto rickshaw (mototaxi, motocarro or motokar). Transportation to nearby towns often requires a river trip via llevo-llevo, a small public motorised boat.

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Piton de la Fournaise (Peak of the Furnace) volcano, Réunion Island, Indian Ocean

February 22nd, 2008 / / Links: Google Earth, Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, Virtual Earth / Nearest places
 

Piton de la Fournaise (French: "Peak of the Furnace") is a shield volcano on the eastern side of Réunion island (a French territory) in the Indian Ocean. It is currently one of the most active volcanoes in the world, along with Kīlauea in the Hawaiian Islands (Pacific Ocean) Stromboli, Etna (Italy) and Mount Erebus in Antarctica. A recent eruption began in August 2006 and ended in January 2007. The volcano erupted again in February 2007, and most recently on 2 April 2007.

Piton de la Fournaise is often known locally as le Volcan (The Volcano); it is a major tourist attraction on Réunion island.

The top part of the volcano is occupied by the Enclos Fouqué, a caldera 8 kilometres (5 miles) wide. High cliffs known as remparts form the caldera's rim. The caldera is breached to the southeast into the sea. It is also unstable and in the initial stages of failure and will eventually collapse into the Indian Ocean. Whether it will generate a so called "mega-tsunami" is controversial. There is evidence on the submerged flanks and abyssal plain of earlier failures. The lower slopes are known as the Grand Brûlé ("Great Burnt"). Most lava eruptions are confined to the caldera.

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