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Osaka Castle, Chūō-ku, Osaka, Japan.... www.castlesandmanorhouses.com .... Osaka Castle is one of Japan's most famous landmarks. It played a major role in the unification of Japan during the sixteenth century (Azuchi-Momoyama period). The main tower stands on a plot roughly one square kilometer. It is built on platforms of rubble infill supported by walls of dressed stone, using a technique called Burdock piling. It is five stories high above the huge defensive stone base.

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from National Geographic News

Plastic debris in the oceans, map by Jamie Hawk National Geographic #map #oceans #ngm

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Cimitero monumentale di Staglieno, Genoa, Italy - Covering an area of more than a square kilometer, it is one of the largest cemeteries in Europe.

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Friends of NASA: Tondo, Manila, Philippines | Earth | Satellite Tondo is one of the most densely populated areas of the world with 72,000+ inhabitants per square kilometer. Located in the northwest portion of Manila, the capital of the Philippines, the district is primarily residential and contains many of the city’s slums. 14.617°N 120.967°E 10/28/2014 https://plus.google.com/u/0/

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No matter where you are this fine Thanksgiving, we hope you're spending it with stunning views and loved ones. #tlpicks courtesy of @ffagund

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from TreeHugger

Albatross chick photographed on Midway Atoll, by Jaymi Heimbuch. Midway Atoll (also known as Midway Island or Midway Islands, Hawaiian: Pihemanu) is a 6.2 square kilometer atoll located in the North Pacific Ocean about one-third of the way between Honolulu and Tokyo.

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Isle of Arran - Arran or the Isle of Arran is the largest island in the Firth of Clyde, Scotland. With an area of 432 square kilometers it is the seventh largest Scottish island. It is in the unitary council area of North Ayrshire. In the 2011 census it had a resident population of 4,629.

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