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The Much Delayed Airport - An End at Last to St. Helena's Isolation: Getting Really, Truly, Terminally Away from it All on the Looney Front (Part 12)

Mike Arkus | Posted 02.19.2015 | Travel
Mike Arkus

Until now reliant on the monthly-odd visits of the RMS St. Helena on her run from and to cape Town, South Africa, this tiny rock's terminal isolation is about to change forever in early 2016.

Around St. Helena Aboard the Enchanted Isle: Getting Really, Truly, Terminally Away From It All on the Looney Front (Part 11)

Mike Arkus | Posted 02.02.2015 | Travel
Mike Arkus

Having crisscrossed the mountainous interior and multiple microclimates of St. Helena on land there remains one more major trip -- the circumnavigation of one of the world's most remote island.

A Day in the Life of Jamestown, St. Helena - Part 3, Evening: Getting Really, Truly, Terminally Away From It All on the Looney Front (Part 10)

Mike Arkus | Posted 02.15.2015 | Travel
Mike Arkus

There are still two hours left for this 'lazy' day before evening sets in and Jamestown's wild nightlife begins, so there's time for a little local hike along the rugged cliff face.

A Day in the Life of Jamestown, St. Helena - Part 2, Afternoon: Getting Really, Truly, Terminally Away From It All on the Looney Front (Part 9)

Mike Arkus | Posted 01.19.2015 | Travel
Mike Arkus

If you could see forever over Earth's curves as you gaze south from this most remote of islands, the next land to meet your eye across the blue swell of the vast South Atlantic would be Antarctica. But as you can't, let's continue our lazy day by turning back from the waterfront, crossing the bridge over the dry moat, and passing through the town gate again.

A Day in the Life of Jamestown, St. Helena -- Part 1, Morning: Getting Really, Truly, Terminally Away From It All on the Looney Front (Part 8)

Mike Arkus | Posted 01.12.2015 | Travel
Mike Arkus

It's time for a respite from the Napoleoniana and scenic wonders of the mountainous hinterland to watch life stroll by, and to laze about town, if you can call Jamestown a town as it threads its way from the blue South Atlantic through stark cliffs up a narrow, arid ravine.

Beyond Napoleon, Others Famous Visitors Turned up in St. Helena Voluntarily (Part 7)

Mike Arkus | Posted 01.05.2015 | Travel
Mike Arkus

Before Napoleon went into forced retirement on St. Helena, courtesy of the British and Prussians who kicked his arse at the battle of Waterloo, several other historical figures set foot on this remote rock lost in the South Atlantic, 1,200 miles from Africa and 2,000 miles from Brazil.

Behind the Barren Volcanic Exterior, the Glorious Eden of St. Helena: Getting Really, Truly, Terminally Away From It All on the Looney Front (Part 6)

Mike Arkus | Posted 02.28.2015 | Travel
Mike Arkus

When you approach St. Helena from the sea nothing could seem more forbiddingly inhospitable than the jagged cliffs and soaring crags that rise precipitously out of the frothing ocean, impenetrable ramparts that scream 'keep out.'

Aboard RMS St. Helena in the Vast South Atlantic: Getting Really, Truly, Terminally Away From It All on the Looney Front (Part 4)

Mike Arkus | Posted 02.17.2015 | Travel
Mike Arkus

After two and a half days at sea with nothing but the vast expanse of the sometimes grey, sometimes blue Atlantic tossing out in all directions, a rugged mountainous mass with sharp pointed pinnacles, deep folds and narrow ravines looms out of the dawn haze and clouds, a brilliant yellow sun gilding all.

RMS St. Helena, Last of the Storied Royal Mail Ships: Getting Really, Truly, Terminally Away From It All on the Looney Front (Part 3)

Mike Arkus | Posted 02.14.2015 | Travel
Mike Arkus

Once they proudly sailed the seven seas, mighty traveling hotels, carrying both passengers and cargo to the furthest outposts of the British Empire, earning their prestigious title of RMS (Royal Mail Ship) by dint of carrying His or Her Britannic Majesty's mail to his or her farthest-flung subjects.

Northwestern Namibia's Splendid Isolation

Mark Sissons | Posted 10.08.2014 | Travel
Mark Sissons

Portuguese sailors who risked washing up on its deadly shore called this desolate region that runs north from of the coastal resort town of Swakopmund to the Angolan border the "The Gates of Hell." The Bushmen called it "The Land God Made in Anger." The Skeleton Coast is all those things, but undeniably beautiful too.

Magnitude-7.0 Earthquake Strikes Off Falkland Islands

AP | Posted 11.25.2013 | World

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — The U.S. Geological Survey says a magnitude-7.0 earthquake has struck in the South Atlantic, southwest of the dispute...

New Study: Overfishing Costs Southeast and Gulf Regions Millions Per Year

Lee Crockett | Posted 11.05.2012 | Green
Lee Crockett

Conserving our ocean fish populations is a prudent economic investment. The converse is also true: Overfishing is bad economic policy.

The Bottom Line: New Year's Resolution 2012: Let's Gain Weight in the Ocean

Lee Crockett | Posted 03.12.2012 | Green
Lee Crockett

One of the most popular New Year's resolutions for Americans is to lose weight. But for the fish in America's oceans, we need to resolve to help them gain weight.

Solar EMP and the Mystery of Air France 447

Lawrence E. Joseph | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Lawrence E. Joseph

By scientific consensus, solar EMP blasts will next climax in ferocity and frequency late in 2012 or early 2013. Might be a good idea to harden sensitive electronic components before then.

Rule, Britannia? UK To Lay Claim To Vast Swaths Of South Atlantic

The Guardian (U.K.) | Owen Bowcott | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Britain is preparing territorial claims on tens of thousands of square miles of the Atlantic Ocean floor around the Falklands, Ascension Island and Ro...