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Baekdu Mountain (Changbai Mountain) and Lake Tianchi, North Korea

April 28th, 2007 / / Links: Google Earth, Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, Virtual Earth / Nearest places
 

Baekdu Mountain, also known as Changbai Mountain in Chinese, is a volcanic mountain on the border between China and North Korea, located at 42°00′24″N, 128°03′18″E. At 2,744 m, it is the highest mountain of the Changbai Mountains to the north and Baekdudaegan to the south. It is also the highest mountain in Korea and Manchuria.

The Korean name, Baekdu-san, means "white-headed mountain". The Chinese name, Changbai Shan and Manchu name, Golmin Šanggiyan Alin both means "perpetually white mountain".

One of the highest crater lakes in the world, called Chonji (Lake Tianchi), lies at the top of the mountain.

The central section of the mountain rises about 3 mm every year, due to rising levels of magma below the central part of the mountain. The highest peak is called Janggun Peak, covered in snow about eight months of the year. The slope is relatively gentle until about 1800 m.

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Tarnica - a peak in the Bieszczady Mountains, Poland

April 28th, 2007 / / Links: Google Earth, Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, Virtual Earth / Nearest places
 

Tarnica is a peak in the Bieszczady Mountains in southern Poland. Its height is 1346 meters. It is one of the Polish Crown Peaks.

The summit towers 500 meter above the Wołosatki Valley. It can be easily told apart from its neighbours by its distinctive shape. The mountain has two separate summits, one of 1339 and one of 1346 meter. The southern part is a steep rocky wall, while the other side consist of less steep rocky fields.

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Camp on Mount Everest, China, Nepal

April 14th, 2007 / / Links: Google Earth, Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, Virtual Earth / Nearest places
 

Tents on slopes of Everest - it looks like a Camp at Mount Everest.

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The Brocken - the highest peak in the Harz Mountains, Germany

April 14th, 2007 / / Links: Google Earth, Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, Virtual Earth / Nearest places
 

The Brocken, or Blocksberg, is the highest peak (1,141 metres) in the Harz Mountains in Germany (located between the rivers Weser and Elbe) and also the highest peak of northern Germany. Although its altitude is below alpine dimensions, its microclimate resembles that of mountains of 2000 m altitude. The peak tends to have a snow cover from September to May, and mists and fogs shroud it up to 300 days of the year. The mean annual temperature is only 2.9 °C.

The Brocken has always played a role in legends and has been connected with witches and devils; Goethe took up the legends in his Faust, in which he also referred to the mountain. The Brocken spectre is a common phenomenon on this misty mountain, where a climber's shadow cast upon fog creates eerie optical effects.

Today the Brocken is part of a national park and hosts a historic botanical garden of mountain plants, founded in 1890. A narrow gauge steam train, the Brockenbahn (part of the Harzer Schmalspurbahn), takes visitors from Wernigerode to the railway station at the top. The mountain features numerous hiking trails.

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Somosierra, Spain

April 14th, 2007 / / Links: Google Earth, Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, Virtual Earth / Nearest places
 

Somosierra is a mountain pass in the Sierra de Guadarrama north of Madrid in Spain. It connects the north of the Community of Madrid with the east of the province of Segovia. Just south of the pass is the municipality of Somosierra with a population of 116.

It has an altitude of 1,434 metres and is crossed by the A-1 (E5) road through a short tunnel; there is also a 3,895 metres long rail tunnel. Near the summit the Spanish authorities provide an unmonitored rest stop aimed at Arab migrant workers driving to France, to discourage them from simply stopping at the side of the road.

The road was originally a track opened up by Napoleon to provide a direct route to Madrid. In 1808 this led to the Battle of Somosierra between French and Spanish forces.

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Julier Pass, Switzerland

April 12th, 2007 / / Links: Google Earth, Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, Virtual Earth / Nearest places
 

Julier Pass (Romansh: Pass dal Güglia, German: Julierpass) (el. 2284 m.) is a mountain pass in Switzerland, in the Albula Range of the Alps. It connects the Engadin valley with the rest of Graubünden. Constructed during the nineteenth century to replace the old Septimer Pass, the road is well built and allows passing with normal cars or trucks, but will require proper equipment in winter (snow tires, sometimes even chains).

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St. Gotthard Pass, Switzerland

April 12th, 2007 / / Links: Google Earth, Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, Virtual Earth / Nearest places
 

St. Gotthard Pass (Italian: San Gottardo) (el. 2108 m.) is a high mountain pass in Switzerland between Airolo in the canton of Ticino, and Andermatt in the canton of Uri, connecting the northern (German speaking) part of Switzerland with the Italian-speaking part, and the route onwards to Milan. Though the pass was locally known in antiquity, it was not generally used until the early 13th century, because it involved fording the turbulent Schöllen, swollen with snowmelt during the early summer, in the narrow steep-sided Schöllenen Gorge, below Andermatt. Seasonal deaths resulting from drowning reached a peak in April-May of most years, according to the oral histories of the nearby villages.

The bridge that was built under such challenging conditions was one of so many Devil's Bridges that the legends about them form a category in the Aarne-Thompson classification system for folktales (number 1191). The Reuss was so difficult to ford, that a Swiss herdsman, it was told, wished the devil would make a bridge. The Devil appeared, but required that the first to cross be given to him. The mountaineer agreed, but drove a goat across ahead of him, fooling his adversary . Angered by this sham the devil fetched a rock using which he wanted to smash the bridge, but an old woman drew a cross on the rock such that the devil couldn't lift it anymore. The rock is still there, and in 1977 300,000 Swiss francs were expended to move the 220 ton rock by 127 metres in order to make room for the new Gotthard road tunnel.

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The Stelvio Pass, Italy

April 12th, 2007 / / Links: Google Earth, Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, Virtual Earth / Nearest places
 

The Stelvio Pass (Italian: Passo dello Stelvio; German: Stilfser Joch), located in Italy, is at 2757 m the highest paved mountain pass in the Eastern Alps, and the second highest in the Alps, after the Col de l’Iseran (2770 m). In the list of highest paved roads in the Alps, it ranks 4th.

It is located in the Italian Alps near Bormio in the South and Sulden (Solda), some 75 km from Bolzano (Bozen), near the Swiss border, as the Umbrail Pass joins the Stelvio's southern ramp nearby. The "Three languages peak" (Dreisprachenspitze) above the pass is named that way, as here the areas where the Italian, German and Romansh languages meet.

The road connects the Valtellina with the upper Adige (Etsch) valley (Vinschgau (Val Venosta)) and Merano (Meran). The most important mountain next to the Stelvio Pass is the Ortler Alps. Straight beside the pass road there is a large summer skiing area. Important mountains nearby include Monte Livrio, Monte Scorluzzo and Ortler.

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