Bridges

Three Sisters, Pittsburgh

No, you’re not seeing triple – these are Pittsburgh’s Three Sisters, a trio of nearly identical suspension bridges erected side by side over the Allegheny River. Rachel Carson (Ninth Street Bridge) All three were built between 1924 and 1928 by…

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Thursday, 3rd July 2008

Langkawi Sky Bridge

The Langkawi Sky Bridge perches precariously over a spectacular chasm, 700m above sea level on Pulau Langkawi, an island within Malaysia’s Langkawi archipelago of 99 distinct islands1. Incredibly, the cable-stayed bridge actually curves 125m around a single support, sweeping out…

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Wednesday, 21st May 2008

The World’s Longest Pier

The town of Progreso, Mexico, sits on a limestone shelf that falls away extremely gradually as it gets further out to sea. As a result, when they built a pier to allow cruise ships to dock here, it had to…

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Tuesday, 20th May 2008

The Aqueduct of Segovia

This is the Aqueduct of Segovia, which was probably built during the second half of the 1st Century AD, and is one of the most significant and best-preserved Roman monuments in Spain. Technically, this is just the bridge part of…

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Friday, 29th February 2008

Great Belt Fixed Link

Connecting the Danish islands of Zealand and Funen is the Great Belt Fixed Link, another example of a confusing bridge / tunnel mash-up1. Starting on Funen at the Western end we have a 6611m bridge that carries both road and…

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Monday, 11th February 2008

Barton Swing Aqueduct

In the past we’ve featured some incredible feats of engineering in service of canals and their traffic, but perhaps none as elegant as the Barton Swing Aqueduct, England. Designed by Edward Leader Williams1 and first used in 1893, the aqueduct…

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Thursday, 31st January 2008

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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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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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