Thursday, 31st July 2014 by Kyle Kusch
Europe plays host to some of the planet’s most breathtaking mountain vistas. Much of this wonderful scenery is accessible relatively easily by vehicle – and therefore by Street View! In this entry, we count down the five highest paved roads on the continent.
Look up ‘boondoggle‘ in the dictionary and you may find a picture of Montreal’s Olympic Stadium. The final day of competition for the summer Olympics took place on this day in 1976… but the stadium’s nickname…
Thursday, 24th July 2014 by Ian Brown
The roster of the world’s tallest statues is dominated by Buddhist figures, with most of the top ten (actually 11 because of a tie) being representations of the Buddha or Guanyin. While we’ve looked at Very Large Buddhas twice before , updated imagery means it’s time for an expanded look at the world of colossal statuary of all kinds. Unfortunately, if anything the current satellite view of the largest – the Spring Temple Buddha in China – is less clear than it was when we first looked at it, though it does have an impressive shadow.
Wednesday, 16th July 2014 by Ian Brown
Natural arches – also known as natural bridges – are formed when relatively soft rock is worn away by the action of tides, rivers or weather erosion, leaving behind a bridge-like structure of harder rock. Although there are thousands around the world, most are in remote areas unlikely ever to be visible by ground-level Google imagery (and overhead satellite views usually don’t reveal the arch). We can, however, take a look at the few that are visible on Street View, beginning with Durdle Door on the south coast of England.
Thursday, 26th June 2014 by Ian Brown
Perhaps skip reading this post if you don’t have a head for heights – today we’re heading up to look at the scenery from a few observation towers that have been visited by Google’s Street View cameras. First up, the Eiffel Tower in Paris, which overlooks the Champ de Mars.
Wednesday, 11th June 2014 by Ian Brown
After much controversy around construction delays, worker deaths and civil unrest over the cost of the event and other issues, the 2014 FIFA World Cup will get underway in Brazil on Thursday, with a game between the host nation and Croatia at the Arena de São Paulo (AKA Corinthians Arena). Google recently released Street View coverage of all the stadiums, allowing us to see them from pitch level.
Friday, 6th June 2014 by Kyle Kusch
Native to eastern Asia, the perennial vine known as kudzu was introduced to the southeastern United States in the late 19th century as an ornamental plant to provide shade for porches. Later, the United States government distributed the plant around the region to help prevent soil erosion. The plan was too successful and ultimately backfired, as the foreign plant prospered in the southern climate and began overtaking and killing native vegetation. Growing unchecked for much of the 20th century before being placed on the Federal Noxious Weed List in 1997, kudzu now covers an estimated 30,000 km2 (11,600 sq mi) of the southeastern United States; a number that is growing at the rate of approximately 610 km2 (235 sq mi) each year. Countless millions have been spent to try and stem the spread of the plant, which can grow up to 30 cm (12 in) in a day under optimal conditions and continues to push northward and westward.
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