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Welsh Apocalypse Survival Island Fort Yours for Just £400,000

A building known as Stack Rock Fort is on the market, and that name's not overselling it. It's a proper fort, from the 1850s, built on a rock in the sea that the seller is generously describing as an island. It's a small, rocky island, with a substantial amount of sea view. Read More >>

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Check Out This Tiny New Island Born of a Volcano

The Ogasawara Islands, just south of Japan, are a beautiful and geologically active spot. In 2013, members of the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force noticed a “hot spot” among the islands, near the Nishinoshima volcano. In 2015 they returned, and found a small, entirely new islet, just south of the main volcano. Read More >>

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Incredible Satellite Images Show China Building Artificial Archipelago

It seems strange that a remote patch of water would become the focus of international controversy and millions on pounds' worth of infrastructure. But that’s exactly what’s happening in the South China Sea right now. Read More >>

locations
Own an Island for the Price of a London Two-Bed Flat

This pretty little tumbledown croft house could be yours for around £350k, along with the entire Scottish island it sits on. Read More >>

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China is Building a Two-Mile Island in the Sea

A disputed part of the South China Sea appears to be the location for a particularly grand design, with China apparently building a 3km island by heaping sand atop an existing reef. Read More >>

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How China is Making Tiny Islands Inhabitable With Huge Floating Docks

The Spratly Islands are basically mounds of sand in the middle of the South China Sea, some of them barely tall enough to reach above the water. But China is hell-bent on making them inhabitable, even drawing up plans for floating energy and water plants. It has nothing to do with the islands themselves and everything to do with the water around it. Read More >>

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Why China’s Building a Military Base in the Middle of the Ocean

After flying a surveillance plane over the South China Sea last February, the Philippine government saw how China was constructing islands in order to bolster its claim to the territory. (See above.) It even suspected that China might plan to build a military air strip to protect it. Looks like they were right. Read More >>

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China is Building Fake Islands to Bolster its Claim to Disputed Waters

Pity the poor mapmaker assigned to the South China Sea. The hotly disputed waters in the Pacific are torn between competing claims from all the countries that surround it. China, especially, has been aggressive and sly. It's now dumping sand onto small reefs and shoals, building whole new islands to bolster its territorial claims. Read More >>

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Exploring the Decaying Ruins of Brother Island, NYC’s Last Unknown Place

Surrounding the bustling island of Manhattan are countless lesser-known landforms. One of the most unique is North Brother Island. Sitting in the East River between the Bronx and Rikers Island, this unassuming chunk of land once housed a hospital where the city quarantined sick patients. Read More >>

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The ‘Most Haunted Place in the World’ is on Sale

Like ghosts? Then you'll love Poveglia, a small, deserted island in the Venetian lagoon that's going on the auction block next month. It's been called "the island of madness," "Hell," and "the most haunted place on Earth." You'd just love it to pieces. Read More >>

animals
Isle of Man’s Jurassic Park… For Cows

The Isle of Man is about to become the UK's smaller and significantly tamer version of Jurassic Park, thanks to a plan to introduce a herd of rare cows to the island. Let's hope they don't break down the fences, escape and... eat someone's daffodils. Read More >>

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Google’s Street View Cams Capture Galapagos Islands’ Magical Giant Tortoises

It's probably not that hard to take photographs of giant tortoises, seeing as they sort of sit there munching all day, but still. It's easier to look at them through Street View than it is to get to the Galapagos islands, so here they are, on your computer, thanks to Google. Read More >>

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Scottish Island Wiped Off Google Maps

The 200 or so permanent inhabitants of the Scottish island of Jura are currently feeling rather lost and confused, after discovering a recent update to Google's mapping images removed all trace of the island from view. Read More >>

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The Mystery Behind the Disappearing Island That Existed on Google Maps Has Been Solved

Remember that tiny South Pacific island known as Sandy Island on Google Maps and Google Earth that disappeared? It was like LOST in real life. Though scientists 'undiscovered' the island recently, the real mystery was on how it appeared on modern maps to begin with. We now know the answer. Read More >>

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How Did This Tiny South Pacific Island Disappear? (Hint: It Never Really Existed)

It shows up on Google Maps, coastal databases, and marine charts, but when scientists from the University of Sydney went to visit Sandy Island, it was no where to be found. Did the island, supposedly located between Australia and New Caledonia, suddenly disappear like a confusing LOST plot twist? Read More >>