Only from above: the best of Google Maps

We get so many submissions of weird and wonderful things our readers have found on Google Maps and Google Earth that we couldn’t possibly post them all. Today however, we are launching a new feature that will bring more of…

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Thursday, 16th June 2011

Guest Post: David Nicol

We were recently contacted by David Nicol from Dalhousie University, Nova Scotia, who had started writing an article (mostly for his own amusement), that used Google Street View to spotlight the few surviving remains of Elizabethan London as it would…

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Friday, 10th June 2011

D-Day: The monuments of the Normandy landings

Today marks the 67th anniversary of D-Day, the fateful day that allied forces began their invasion of Normandy after five years of war with Nazi Germany during WWII. The massive operation to invade Nazi-occupied western Europe was known as Operation…

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Monday, 6th June 2011

Where was Osama Bin Laden hiding?

With nearly blanket coverage across virtually every news source for the past 24 hours, it should be no surprise to hear that the mastermind of the September 11th terrorist attacks, founder of al-Qaeda and the world’s most wanted man, Osama…

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Monday, 2nd May 2011

25 Years After Chernobyl

Today is the 25 year anniversary of the Chernobyl disaster, so we’re taking another look back at the high-resolution imagery of the whole area that Google uploaded for the 20th anniversary of the events of 26 April 1986. In our…

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Tuesday, 26th April 2011

The World’s Largest Blue Holes

The term “blue hole” is given to sinkholes filled with water where the entrance is below the surface; but they are perhaps more accurately described as “vertical caves”. These caves were formed through normal erosion until the end of the…

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Friday, 15th April 2011
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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

Volcanoes of the Northern Marianas (Volcano Week 7)

The Mariana Islands are part of a great submerged mountain range that extends all the way from Guam north to Japan. While the southern Marianas are known worldwide as tourist destinations, the uninhabited northernmost islands are actually a long string of active volcanoes fed by the subduction of the Pacific Plate into the Mariana Trench, the deepest location on Earth.

Quirky Border Towns of North America

Have you ever walked through the front door of a building in one country and walked out the back door…

Sakura-jima (Volcano Week 7)

Once a volcanic island centered in Japan’s Kagoshima Bay, during an eruption in 1914 the Sakura-jima volcano decided to change…

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