Monthly Archives: August 2011

Watching earthquakes around the world. NOW!

I recently came across a website with a real time global seismic monitor map. It’s really interesting to see what levels of tectonic activity are happening around the world at any time. There are also links to a variety of … Continue reading

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The Most Expensive Hurricanes in US History….before Irene

With the scale of the damage of hurricane Irene still to be assessed, there always comes the question. How much is all the repair and recovery going to cost? At present these are the most expensive hurricanes to have hit … Continue reading

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UNESCO World Heritage Challenge: Historic Centre of Guimarães

This week I had the chance to visit another UNESCO site in Portugal, the historic town of Guimarães.  This town is deemed an important site for three key reasons: A specialized building technique was  developed there in the Middle Ages … Continue reading

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UNESCO World Heritage Challenge: Monastery of Batalha

Following on from my last post on the Monastery of Alcobaça, the Monastery of Batalha, in Central Portugal was about a 30 minute drive away. The date building works began on this cathedral is not confirmed, although it is known … Continue reading

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UNESCO World Heritage Challenge: Monastery of Alcobaça

I recently had the chance to visit another two UNESCO World Heritage site, this monastery and also the Monastery of Batalha, both in central Portugal. The Monastery of St. Maria de Alcobaça was founded in 1153. The construction lasted several … Continue reading

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Move, Eat, Learn

I came across a post on the SLN Geography Forum which included a link to three short videos created by 3 young men who travelled for 44 days to 11 countries, with 18 flights, covering 38,000 miles. Using almost a … Continue reading

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UNESCO World Heritage Sites Challenge: Santiago de Compostela

The first Spanish UNESCO site to be ticked off the list is Santiago de Compostela, a city which is a famous pilgrimage site, and is considered one of the holiest cities of the Christian faith.  Santiago was constructed around the … Continue reading

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