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The Arctic Circle runs through this isolated spot north of Iceland.
Added by AaronNetsky
Found: 47 Lumps of Orichalcum, an Ancient Alloy Attributed to Atlantis
March 01, 2017
Cavite City, Philippines
The ruins on a deserted tropical island in the Philippines bear the scars of WWII.
Added by Geordie Explorer
Ruins of Belle Isle State Park
A small Richmond island dotted with the remnants of hundreds of years of history.
Added by jcryan503
Dozens of Sheep Mysteriously Appeared and Disappeared on the Isle of Wight
Police are stumped, for now.
February 08, 2017
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Cedar Rapids Municipal Island
One of just a few cities in the world to base their center of government on an island. Others: Paris and Osaka.
Added by Elliot Carter
Brough of Birsay
This tiny island featuring 9th century viking ruins is only accessible at low tide.
Added by wmorden
Pablo Escobar's Abandoned Secret Island Mansion
Hidden amid the tropical forest in the Caribbean Sea are the decaying ruins of the Cocaine King's luxurious island party home.
Added by Luke J Spencer
See the Crumbling Concrete Dwellings of an Abandoned Japanese Island
Tiny Hashima Island was Mitsubishi's coal mining base for nearly a century.
January 03, 2017
France / Spain
This tiny river island switches sovereignty every six months—a rare agreement that's lasted 400 years.
Added by lewblank
The Last Place To Experience 2016 Will Be An Abandoned Island Full Of Bird Poop
Baker Island, in the middle of the Pacific, is one of two islands in the world in time zone UTC-12:00.
December 29, 2016
The Island of Inishmaan
Certain traditions prevail on the smallest and most secluded of the Aran Islands.
Added by caitlinschneider
Santa Maria dell’Isola Monastery
A fairytale-like medieval church perched atop a rocky cliff on Italy's "Coast of the Gods."
Added by rachellyon
Haukadalur Geothermal Field
This valley of hot springs and boiling mud pots is home to the record-holding "Geysir," which originated the English word.
Added by Anne Reddington
Two People Found a Brand New Island And Claimed It As Their Own
But "Rosmic Island" may already have a name.
December 08, 2016
What Happened To This Cult Leader's Lost Treasure?
The self-styled prophet Brother XII may have left behind $6 million in gold coins.
December 01, 2016
Ocracoke, North Carolina
British Cemetery of Ocracoke
The North Carolina grounds are leased in perpetuity to the British Commonwealth for as long as the WWII sailors are buried there.
Added by WhiskeyBristles
The small peaceful island off the Venice tourist circuit is where the city began more than 1,500 years ago.
Added by mgtd1953
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