Slide through the latest efforts from around the world
The Treasury (Al Khazeh) at Petra, Jordan was EarthFlagged!
Carved into the sandstone cliffs by the Nabataean Arab Kingdom during the second century A.D., this towering structure likely began as a temple for the Nabatean King Aretas IV. It became known as Al Khazeh, The Treasury, in the 19th century as it was believed the decorative stone feature on the second level resembled a treasure containing urn. However, the feature is solid sandstone. As well as being a popular tourist attraction of Jordan, Al Khazeh is renowned for its feature in the film ‘Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade’. Photo by Alex Karl.
Angel’s Landing at Zion National Park was #EarthFlagged !
Located in southern Utah, this park features amazing canyon views and a unique geology that continues to change to this day! Zion is part of a larger geologic formation called the Grand Staircase, which includes the red rock features of the Grand Canyon and Bryce Canyon. The sandstone rock of Zion was formed when ancient rivers that ran through the region dried up to form dunes and desert between 110 and 270 million years ago. The eventual cliffs came into existence through volcanic and tectonic events in fairly recent geologic history, which uplifted the sandstone into the towering cliffs seen today. Zion is one of the most popular spots in the United States for outdoor enthusiasts, offering daring hikes on cliff edges and within slot canyons. Photo by Brooke Carruthers
Oslo City Hall was #EarthFlagged!
The municipal building is located in Oslo, the capital city of Norway, and is home to various administrative and municipal organisations. An architectural competition was organised in 1915, and received over 40 entries in the first of two rounds. In 1918, Arnstein Arneberg and Magnus Poulsson were selected as winners of the project to build the city hall; their idea was inspired by Stockholm City Hall. The construction of this building started in the year 1931 but got interrupted by the Second World War and hence was culminated in 1950. The city hall is also know for hosting the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony each year on, death anniversary of Alfred Nobel, December 10th. The ceremony encompasses a lecture by the annual laureate, who is awarded the medal and diploma. It is attended by The Norwegian Royal Family and Prime Minister. Photo by Alex Karl
Cabot Tower and Signal Hill were #EarthFlagged !
A now-classic landmark in Newfoundland, Canada, Signal Hill is famous as the site of the final battle of the Seven Year’s War, where British forces recaptured St. Johns and successfully defeated the French in the North American theater. The Battle of Signal Hill in 1762 thus established Britain as a central power in North America. Over 100 years later, in 1897, Cabot Tower was built upon Signal Hill for the 400th anniversary of the discovery of Newfoundland by John Cabot, and the 60th anniversary of Queen Victoria’s reign. Cabot Tower now stands as a prime example of late-Gothic revival style. Additionally, Cabot Tower is the site where, in 1901, scientist and inventor Guglielmo Marconi received the world’s first transatlantic, wireless message, which earned Marconi a Nobel Prize and signaled a new age in global communications technology. Photo by Renate Pohl
The Tropic of Capricorn was #EarthFlagged!
The Tropic of Capricorn was named after the zodiac constellation sign. It's one of the five great (imaginary) circles of latitude marked on world maps at the subsolar point, the point at which the sun is directly over head, during the December solstice. The Tropic of Capricorn's latitude is currently 23°26′11.4″ (or 23.43649°) south of the Equator. These imaginary lines have played a major role in the making of world maps and have helped ancient travellers find their way. Geographers have noted that it's moving very slowly northward at 0.47 arcseconds or 15 meters per year. The sign board in the image is located in Nambia. Photo by Michael Meneses
Dune 45 was #EarthFlagged!
Dune 45 is a star dune — generally tall and formed when the direction of the wind changes a lot in an area — in the Sossusvlei area of the Namib Desert in Namibia. The name is derived from the fact that it falls at the 45th km (~28mi) of the road that connects the Sesriem gate (the main entry point of a national park in that area) and Sossusvlei. The sand here is 5 million years old and is red due to its iron oxide (rusted iron) content. Tourists are allowed to climb the dune to enjoy the breathtaking panoramic view. Photo by Michael Meneses
The Marina Bay was #Earthflagged!
This photo is captured from the rooftop of one of the most iconic buildings in Singapore, the Marina Bay Sands Hotel. Made up of three towers that narrow as they rise, it stands 200m high and was designed with inspiration from a deck of cards. It is home to the world’s longest elevated swimming pool, carrying over 1.4 million litres of water. If a human could drink a gallon a day, it would take a millennium to finish it – you’ll be drinking well into 3000s!
The European Space Research and Technology Centre (ESTEC) was #EarthFlagged !
ESTEC, which is the largest site and technical heart of European Space Agency (ESA), is located in Noordwijk, Netherlands. This is where many ESA projects are written and directed at various stages of development. In Noordwijk, more than 2000 scientists work on science missions, manned spaceflight, telecom, satellite navigation and Earth observation! The ESA has 18 Member States, with its main purpose being to follow the developments in space together and reach the goals together. It has many projects aiming to produce new scientific knowledge and new practical applications in space exploration and contributes to the European aviation industry. Photo by Alex Karl
The caldera rim of Mount Saint Helens was #EarthFlagged !
Mt. St. Helens is the most active volcano of the Cascade Mountain Range in Washington State. Its most famous modern eruption occurred in 1980, which remains the most economically costly eruption in United States history. The 1980 eruption triggered a massive landslide which removed the top 1,300 feet (400 meters) of the mountain, reducing the highest point of the mountain to only about 8,330 feet (2539 meters). Now, Mt. St. Helens is characterized by a horseshoe-shaped caldera containing a lava dome and glacier. Hikers are permitted to hike to the highest point of the caldera rim, but the top is often shrouded in clouds, making it difficult to see the entire crater. Mt. St. Helens remains a favorite spot for volcanologists and mountaineers alike. Photo by Brooke Carruthers
Inferno Cone was #EarthFlagged !
Located within the Craters of the Moon National Monument in Idaho, this cinder cone was formed from volcanic activity only 2,000 years ago, which is very recent from a geological perspective! Despite looking like a volcano itself, Inferno Cone is actually made up of accumulated volcanic cinders from explosions of the nearby Snow and Spatter Cones. The cinder itself is a very porous, sharp volcanic rock. Visitors can hike to the top of Inferno Cone, which covers about 160 feet of elevation in less than a quarter mile and offers 360° views of the entire monument. Photo by Brooke Carruthers
Mars Desert Research Station was #EarthFlagged!
The Mars Desert Research Station (MDRS) is the largest and longest-running Mars surface simulation facility in the world. @TheMarsSociety owns the sites and conducts "analog missions" to train the visiting crews/analog astronauts for Mars missions. There are three buildings on the site: the Habitat, the Greenhab, the Musk Mars Desert Observatory and a remotely located Engineering Support Equipment Area. The MDRS also annually hosts the University Rover Challenge, which allows student teams to showcase their rovers and their capabilities. Photo by Shayna Hume
Schlossplatz was #EarthFlagged!
Schlossplatz, built in 1800s, is the largest square in the centre of Stuttgart, Germany. The square is home to one of the last large palaces in the southern Germany — the Neues Schloss and features the Jubiläumssäule (the tower in the image), a monument that was erected on the occasion of 60th birthday of King William I of Württemberg. The square is home to major outdoor events such as open-air concerts, children's fairs and live sport screenings every year. Photo by Juergen Hill
The Iglesia of Santa Maria de los Dolores was #EarthFlagged !
The Iglesia of Santa Maria de los Dolores was #EarthFlagged ! This Catholic church, located in Tegucigalpa, the capital city of Honduras, is one of the oldest churches in the country. It dates back to the 1700s and was built on the site of a hermitage built by missionary friars in the 1600s. The church displays a unique American colonial Baroque style of architecture, also combining African and indigenous influences, and construction took around 80 years to complete. The Iglesia stands at the head of the Plaza de Los Dolores, and it remains an important religious center for the city to this day. Photo by Barbs Herbst
Nejmeh Square was #EarthFlagged !
It is the central square in the downtown Beirut, the capital city of Lebanon. Being home to the Lebanese Parliament, cathedrals, museums, cafes etc. the square is filled with localites and tourists. The jewel of the square is a clock tower which was gifted to the Lebanese government by the Lebanese-Mexican immigrant ‘Michel Abed' in the 1930s. The tower features Rolex watch faces on all its four sides! Photo by Alex Karl
The Victoria Memorial was #EarthFlagged!
The large marble ‘Victoria Memorial’ is situated in Kolkata, India. During its construction in the early 1900’s, Kolkata was the capital city of India. In commemoration of the reign of the Empress Queen Victoria (1819-1901), it was opened to the public in 1921 as a grand museum with 25 galleries and 64 acres of garden. The design brings together influences from British, Mughal, Venetian, Egyptian and Deccani architectures. One may recognize similarities to the Taj Mahal; the structure is built from white marble and shares aspects such as the dome, the domed corner towers, the terrace and the four subsidiaries. Photo by Sanjoy Som
Seljalandsfoss was #EarthFlagged !
Seljalandsfoss is a 60 meters(197 feet) high waterfall located in the southern region of Iceland. The waterfall has been one of Iceland's most popular landmarks and has been featured in many TV shows and films. It has a small cave behind which allows people to walk in. The water fall is a part of Seljalandsá, which starts beneath a glacier that covers Eyjafjallajökull volcano which erupted in 2010. Photo by Morgane Ledevin
The Louvre Museum was #EarthFlagged !
The Louvre of Paris, France, is the world’s largest museum and boasts one of the most extensive art collections on the globe, containing treasures such as the “Mona Lisa,” the Code of Hammurabi, and “Liberty Leading the People,” and numerous works from ancient Greece and Rome. The structure of the Louvre itself has a long history, originally built as a fortress in the 12th century and serving as a French royal palace in the 1500s before becoming a public museum in 1793. The collection of artifacts in the Louvre has a complicated history in part due to the numerous spoils taken during Napoleon Bonaparte’s military campaigns, but it remains a globally recognized site for the preservation of priceless artifacts. The Louvre Pyramid, installed in 1988, combines ancient design with modern aesthetics and testifies to the timelessness of the museum and to the works of art within.
The Domkerk of Utrecht was #EarthFlagged!
Also known as St. Martin's Cathedral or Dom Church, this Netherlands church is dedicated to Saint Martin of Tours. The church was built based on Gothic architecture, a European style of architecture that exhibits an intricate and delicate aesthetic. This style emerged during the Middle Ages in Europe and dominated Europe until the 16th century, when it became known as “Gothic. It was the largest church in the Netherlands until the storm of 1674, when the nave (central part of the church) collapsed in the storm and separated the tower from its eastern end and was never rebuilt. The church has only one tower named Dom Tower, which is city's hallmark and stands 112 meters high (367 feet). Photo by Sanjoy Som
Raouche Rock was #EarthFlagged !
Located off the coast of Beirut, Lebanon, this 60-meter (nearly 200 feet) tall limestone feature stands as a defining natural landmark of the region. In fact, the name “Raouche” of the residential area in Beirut associated with the rock formation, reportedly derives from the French word "rocher" meaning "rock" in English. Also known as “Pigeon Rock” due to the natural cave that often houses pigeons, this feature formed during a prehistoric earthquake and has since eroded into its modern-day shape. The 10-kilometer (about 6 miles) long al-Manara Corniche, or seaside promenade, that runs along the coast provides optimal viewing of Raouche Rock, especially at sunset, and is popular for tourists and locals alike. Photo by Alex Karl
National Congress of Brazil was #EarthFlagged !
Besides the elegant modern Brazilian style towers there are two domes that host some of country's top government officials. The dome on the left of the image covers the building where the Senate hall is located, while the inverted dome is over the Chamber of Deputies. This design closely resembles a set of scales, a common symbol for justice and balance! The building was designed by the architect Oscar Niemeyer and has been recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Photo by Ivan Lima
The Colosseum was #EarthFlagged!
The Colosseum, also named The Flavian Amphitheatre, is an oval amphitheatre constructed in 79-80AD under both Emperor Vespasian and Titus’s rule. Built from limestone, mortar and tuff (volcanic rock), its impressive design prides it as the largest amphitheatre ever built. It seated ~65,000 spectators for various entertainment events, public speeches, mock naval battles, and ancient sports like gladiator battles/hunts. Today, it is still an iconic symbol of Italy, with links to the Catholic Church, and is listed as a major tourist attraction listed in the ‘New7Wonders of the World’. Photo by Alex Karl
The ancient city of Copán was #EarthFlagged!
Located in western Honduras near the border with Guatemala, Copán was a powerful city during the time of the Mayan empire. From the 5th to 9th centuries AD, it ruled a vast kingdom within the southern Maya territory before it was abandoned in the early 10th century. This city was witness to significant cultural advances, with achievements in Mathematics, astronomy, and hieroglyph writing. Also home to beautiful archaeological remains and imposing squares, the city has temples, plazas, altar complexes and ball courts that can still be visited today. Copán's sculptures in particular achieved a high degree of perfection and amazed everyone who saw it! Photo by Aaron Wech.
The Forbidden City was #EarthFlagged !
Located at the heart of Beijing, China, the Forbidden City stands as a monument to Chinese dynastic culture and architecture. The 72 hectare imperial palace complex housed 24 emperors from the Ming and Qing Dynasties from 1420 until 1912 with the abdication of the last emperor, making the complex nearly 5 centuries old! Back in dynastic times, only the emperor himself had full access to all parts of the complex, earning it the name of "Forbidden City." In 1987 however, the complex earned the designation of a UNESCO World Heritage site, and it now serves as one of the preeminent Chinese culture and history museums in the world. Photo by Lucy Walsh
The Petronas Towers were #EarthFlagged!
The Petronas Twin Towers of Kuala Lumpur, the capital city of Malaysia, were the tallest buildings in the world from 1998 to 2004. Many other skyscrapers have since overtaken the towers, making them the 17th highest at the moment. However, the towers do still hold the crown of having the highest two-storey sky bridge connecting them! The towers have a total of around 32000 windows and offer a great view of the city! Photo by Andrea Boyd.
The Imperial Geyser was #EarthFlagged!
The Imperial Geyser in Yellowstone National Park, USA is a fountain geyser , which means it shoots out bursts of water. The geyser became very active in the 1920s. It is one of the most important natural beauties of the park due to its size and activity. For this reason, the name to be given was important and the name "Imperial" was chosen as a result of a competition. The Geyser was known to erupt for up to 6 hours and shoot out water in plumes as high as 150 feet. In 1929, the geyser fell silent, without any notable eruptions until 1966. Today, the Imperial Geyser is erupting again, sometimes reaching a height of 35 feet, as high as a school bus! Photo by Ryan Kobrick.
The Statue of Duke Kahanamoku was #EarthFlagged!
Duke Paoa Kahanamoku (1890-1968), a native of Honolulu, Hawaii, epitomized Hawaiian athleticism and the "aloha spirit," and he remains one of the island's most proud and popular figures. The Duke came to prominence when be broke the 100-yard freestyle world record in his first ever competition, going on to win several Olympic medals between 1912 and 1922. Named "The Father of Modern Surfing," the Duke spent his life bringing the sport of surfing and the spirit of aloha to the world's attention. In addition to his watersports career, the Duke also spent time as a Hollywood actor, city Sheriff, and official greeter of Honolulu, and his statue at his home Waikiki Beach continues his welcoming legacy to this day. Photo by Sanjoy Som
Mount Erebus was #EarthFlagged!
Mt. Erebus is the southernmost active volcano on Earth, peaking 12,448 feet (3,794 meters) above Ross Island in Antarctica. The volcano has been active for 1.3 million years and occasionally has a lava lake at its peak. The gasses escaping from the volcano and the freezing temperatures of Antarctica result in the formation of caves, which harbor many kinds of microbes. Scientists go on expeditions and collect samples to understand the mechanisms used by these microbes to survive extreme conditions. Photo by Kristin Poinar