Hungarian Toxic Waste Flood

On Monday, October 4th, this filthy-looking reservoir in Hungary burst its walls, releasing 700,000 cubic metres (24 million cubic feet) of toxic sludge onto the surrounding countryside and villages. A byproduct of refining bauxite into alumina at the Ajkai Timfoldgyar…

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Monday, 11th October 2010

Island Week 5

Those of you paying close attention to our broadcasting schedule will no doubt have noticed that we missed this year’s annual Island Week, which began taking place in August 2006. Those of you paying even closer attention might have noticed…

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Monday, 27th September 2010

Guess what happens next…

Location: Pierce City, Missouri. Date: Unknown. A young man cycles along the same street as the Google Street View car. Can you guess what happens next? Oh YEEEEAAAAAHHH!! At the exact moment this image was taken, mid-falling-off, it looks like…

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Friday, 10th September 2010

“The Buzzer” speaks! (Voice transmission confirmed at UVB-76)

Regular readers may remember our post from 2009 about a Russian shortwave radio station, UVB-76, that has been emitting a short buzz tone on the AM frequency almost continuously since 1982. In the following 28 years the buzzing had only…

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Wednesday, 25th August 2010

Google Street View uncovers death, idiocy, incompetence and supernatural powers

Last week newspaper websites across the world published a story about a young girl who appeared to be lying dead on the pavement of an English street, proving that the worldwide fascination with Google Street View continues unabated. Fortunately the…

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Wednesday, 18th August 2010

Volcano Week 5

First launched in 1905 (give or take a hundred years)1, Google Sightseeing’s well established annual Volcano Week returns again for 2010, with a whole week of posts dedicated to the explosive ruptures in the surface of our planet. In past…

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Monday, 2nd August 2010
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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.

Google Sightseeing writer set to climb Africa’s tallest volcano

Two years ago our very own Noel Ballantyne wrote an article for Volcano Week 5 about Mount Kilimanjaro, a dormant…

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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