Antarctica

The World’s Largest Desert: Antarctica

When one thinks of Antarctica, the word “desert” probably does not come immediately to mind. We think of deserts as hot, sandy, sun-drenched places. However, the technical definition is just a place that receives very little precipitation, less than 250…

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Wednesday, 23rd June 2010

Frozen Plane Wreckage

These buildings are what make up Molodyozhnaya, one of the original Soviet research stations in Antarctica, and the site of an unusually large number of plane crashes. The research station was established way back in 1962 to study meteorology, and…

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Wednesday, 4th March 2009

Snowball

It’s that time of year again: December has sneaked up on us, Christmas is on its way and we’re now definitely into winter time. But as climate chaos threatens our future, it also reduces the possibility of a White Christmas…

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Tuesday, 4th December 2007

Antarctica’s Research Stations

Although Antarctica’s official population is zero, there is usually between 1,000 to 4,000 people living and working on the mostly uninhabitable continent. These people are representatives of the 30 countries which operate year-round or summer research stations at various locations,…

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Monday, 4th June 2007

Sastrugi

Believe it or not, here’s something else to see in Antarctica! They are snow and ice dunes known as ‘sastrugi’, and are formed on a snow surface by wind erosion and deposition. They differ from sand dunes in that the…

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Wednesday, 27th July 2005

Antarctica Pixellation

Check out this little bit of pixelly weirdness down in Antarctica, not very high-resolution of course (there’s a lot of not-very-much to see down that way I believe), but it means we can finally have an Antarctica category! Thanks to…

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Tuesday, 26th July 2005

Welcome to Google Sightseeing!

Google Sightseeing takes you on a tour of the world as seen from satellite or street views using Google Maps. Our team of authors present weird and wonderful sights as suggested by readers.

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