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Top Ten World’s Tallest Statues

Thursday, 24th July 2014 by

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.

On this day: The Arc de Triomphe Was Inaugurated

On July 29, 1836, the Arc de Triomphe was inaugurated after a lengthy construction process. The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and an eternal flame are found beneath the arch. With twelve roads radiating from the…

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Natural Arches

Wednesday, 16th July 2014 by

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.

Google Tower View

Thursday, 26th June 2014 by

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.

World Cup 2014 Brazil

Wednesday, 11th June 2014 by

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.

Kudzu Infestation in the United States

Friday, 6th June 2014 by

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.

Airmail Arrows Across the USA

Friday, 30th May 2014 by

In the early days of the US Postal Service’s national airmail service, pilots had to navigate across the USA by sight alone – a task that bad weather could make extremely difficult. And so a network of towers was built, each bearing a gas-powered light for night-time visibility, and each with a large arrow-shaped foundation designed to assist daytime navigation. Almost all of the ~1,500 towers were dismantled long ago, but a number of the concrete arrows exist to this day, such as in the front yard of this farmhouse in Minnesota.

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