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Vesuvius and Pompeii

Mount Vesuvius in southern Italy is today regarded as one of the most dangerous volcanoes in the world.  With over three million people living close to the volcano, including in the densely populated city of Naples, any future eruption has the potential to be truly catastrophic.  Although the AD79 eruption that destroyed Pompeii (pictured) is […]

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Art Nouveau in Alesund

  At the turn of the 20th century most Norwegian towns were built of wood.  This often led to fires, some of which still break out today.  One of the most devastating fires in Norway took place in Alesund in 1904.  On a stormy January night fire broke out in a factory, before spreading across […]

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Gwangan Bridge, Busan

  Busan is, after Seoul, the second largest city of South Korea.  Busan has long been one of Korea’s most important trading port, and today is home to three large container ports.  Together these ports make Busan the fifth busiest seaport in the world.  Gwangan Bridge, seen in this photo, was completed in 2002 and […]

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Alesund Mountains

Fifteen thousand years ago, during the last ice age, the Arctic ice covered all of Scandinavia, Denmark, and most of Britain and Ireland.  Although the ice sheets have now retreated into the far north, the mark they left behind on the landscape can still be seen in the dramatic and beautiful landscapes of Norway.  The […]

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