Monthly Archives: November 2014

A Call to Save a 12th-Century Minaret, Heard Far and Wide; Rod Nordland; The New York Times

Afghanistan – Minaret and Archaeological Remains of Jam

JAM, Afghanistan — It is the place that launched a thousand postcards, back in the day when tourists still came in any numbers to Afghanistan: the Minaret of Jam.

Even then, few ever actually saw it, tucked into a gorge 12 hours of rough jeep track from anywhere, in a part of the country notorious for its brigandry, Ghor Province in the west-central highlands.

Now, that road passes through Taliban territory as well, and reaching it has become even harder. The track ends at Jam, and in spring and summer the river is too high to cross to the side where the minaret is.

Officials from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization were finally able to revisit the site on Nov. 18, for the first time since 2006.

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Amazing images capture the harsh beauty of Perito Moreno Glacier; Michael Gadd; Daily Mail

Argentina – Los Glaciares National Park

The stunning expanse of ice on Lake Argentina covers about 97 square miles, the equivalent of 35,000 football pitches, but is constantly growing and ruptures every year.

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Film explores the exotic ‘lost world’ island where time stands still; Chris Kitching; Daily Mail

The Hidden Land offers a revealing look at the island’s stunning landscapes and its people, whose ancient beliefs and lifestyles are under threat as they embrace modern practices and technology.

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