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Street View Ireland: 4 weeks later

Four weeks ago, Google launched their Street View service in the Republic of Ireland. Google had been capturing pictures1 of Irish cities, towns and countryside over the previous year. So where were you the day the circus came to town?…

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Wednesday, 27th October 2010

The Sea Forts of Copenhagen (Island Week 5)

In the waters off the Danish capital, there are three artificial islands1 created as sea forts to protect Copenhagen harbour. Situated about 3km from shore is the largest of the three, Middelgrundsfortet, which is actually the world’s largest sea fort.…

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Monday, 27th September 2010

Hurricane Katrina and New Orleans – 5 Years Later

On August 29th 2005, Hurricane Katrina ripped through Louisiana and Mississippi en route to becoming the deadliest US hurricane since 1928. It’s been five years since the disaster, but looking through Google’s satellite and Street View services it’s clear the…

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Tuesday, 14th September 2010

Ghost Town: Craco

In the far south of Italy there is a medieval hill town called Craco which was abandoned due to the instability of the ground it had stood on for centuries. Historians believe a community was first established in the area…

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Thursday, 9th September 2010

Ordos: China’s Vacant City

In grand Dubai-esque fashion, Ordos City in Chinese Inner Mongolia rises from the desert to proclaim the glory of mankind’s accomplishments. Its glittering high-rise buildings and grand government projects are skirted on all sides by smooth unblemished pavement and endless…

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Tuesday, 7th September 2010

The Russian Woodpecker

Last week a top-secret Russian shortwave radio station, UVB-76, began broadcasting a coded message for only the fourth time in 28 years. Today we’re exploring another shortwave system within the radioactive zone surrounding Chernobyl, The Russian Woodpecker The Russian Woodpecker…

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Monday, 30th August 2010
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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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