Island Week 4

Now in its triumphant fourth year, this week we will be focussing on all things island with Island Week 4. The name gives it away, but the idea is that we’ll be posting mainly about islands, it’ll last for a…

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Monday, 28th September 2009

The Vajont Dam

High up in the Italian Dolomite mountains, 90km north of Venice, the Vajont Dam was the scene of one of the 20th century’s worst engineering disasters. The tallest dam in the world when it was completed in 1959, at 262m,…

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Friday, 25th September 2009

Alameda Trench

The Alameda Trench is a 16-km train route which runs 10m below ground-level through the centre of Los Angeles. Trains descend into the trench near Greenleaf Boulevard in the south and rise back to the surface at 25th Street to…

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Wednesday, 23rd September 2009

AZF Explosion

8 years ago today, on 21 September 2001, a huge explosion occurred in the AZF (AZote Fertilisant – nitrogen fertiliser) factory in Toulouse, France. Three hundred tonnes of ammonium nitrates blew up, creating a 200 m wide crater up to…

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Monday, 21st September 2009

Indiana Barn Roof Art

In Indiana, the local farmers have an apparently long tradition of decorating the roofs of their barns with interesting pictures. I haven’t been able to find much information on the historical reasons why they do this, but the steeply angled…

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Thursday, 17th September 2009

Mediterranean Sky in Siesta

There seems to be a phenomenon occurring all around the world: Giant ships have been sneaking quietly out of the shipyard, going just out the sight of their owners, turning onto their sides and taking a little siesta. The Mediterranean…

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Tuesday, 15th September 2009

Welcome to Google Sightseeing

Google Sightseeing takes you on a tour of the world as seen from satellite, using the free Google Earth program, or Google Maps in your web browser. Our team of authors present weird and wonderful sights as suggested by readers.

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Previously on Google Sightseeing

Indianapolis Motor Speedway

This weekend will see the 98th running of the Indianapolis 500, modestly called The Greatest Spectacle in Racing. The contest…

On this day: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was Born

On May 22, 1859, the author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was born in Edinburgh. 221B Baker Street is, of course,…

Portmeirion & The Prisoner

Portmeirion is a small resort village in North Wales famous for its Italianate architecture, and for being the setting for…

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