Deception Island (Island Week 5)

Zoom in on the South Shetland Islands, just off the northern tip of the Antarctic Peninsula, and you’ll see what appears to be a giant Cheerio floating in the South Atlantic. This is actually Deception Island, an oddly shaped chunk…

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Monday, 4th October 2010

The Lut Desert

If heat and dryness are the hallmarks of a good desert, then the Lut Desert in Iran might just be the most deserty of the lot. Covering more than 50,000sq km in the southeast of the country, this region (also…

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Thursday, 24th June 2010

Fake villages

On a remote lane in South Wales, the Street View car catches a glimpse of an attractive hilltop town in the distance, with red-roofed houses clustering around the church spire. An aerial view of the town shows it to be…

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Wednesday, 7th April 2010

The Street View Best Streets Awards

Forget the Oscars – these are the awards that count at Google Sightseeing! The guys at Google are planning to expand their Street View coverage of the UK in the near future, and to get us in the mood they…

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Monday, 8th March 2010

The Berlin Wall, 20 years on

November 9 is an important date in German history for a number of reasons, but today we are commemorating an era-defining moment: the fall of the Berlin Wall exactly 20 years ago. In the weeks leading up to November 1989,…

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Monday, 9th November 2009

The Equator

We featured the Greenwich meridian two years ago on Google Sightseeing, so it’s about time we had a closer look at the other global zero: the equator. Although it is more than 40,000km long, there are surprisingly few towns along…

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Thursday, 5th November 2009
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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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