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Baldwin Street - world’s steepest street, New Zealand

May 15th, 2007 / / Links: Google Earth, Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, Virtual Earth / Nearest places
 

Baldwin Street, in a quiet suburban part of New Zealand's southern city of Dunedin, is reputed to be the world's steepest street. It is located in the suburb of North East Valley, 3.5 kilometres northeast of Dunedin's city centre.

A short straight street of some 350 metres length, Baldwin Street runs east from the valley of the Lindsay Creek up the side of Signal Hill. Its lower reaches are of only moderate steepness, and the surface is asphalt, but the upper reaches of this cul-de-sac are far steeper, and surfaced in concrete, for ease of maintenance (tar seal would flow down the slope on a warm day) and for safety in Dunedin's frosty winters. At its maximum, the slope of Baldwin Street is approximately 1:2.86 (19° or 35%) - that is, for every 2.86 metres travelled horizontally, the elevation rises by 1 metre.

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Groove Street, Los Angeles, California, USA

May 7th, 2007 / / Links: Google Earth, Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, Virtual Earth / Nearest places
 

Groove Street in Los Angeles, California, USA. This street is not similar to Groove Street from the San Andreas game.

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Big roundabout, Krynki, Poland

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

Big roundabout in Krynki, Poland. (Probably the biggest roundabout in Poland).

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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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Flüela Pass, Switzerland

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

Flüela Pass (el. 2383 m.) is a high mountain pass in the Swiss Alps in the canton of Graubünden. The pass road connects Davos and Susch in the lower Engadin valley.

[Source: Wikipedia]

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