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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

Distilleries of Islay

Fans of single-malt scotch whisky associate single malts from the Isle of Islay in Scotland with bold and peaty flavors. Not every whisky produced on the island is heavily peated, but that’s the signature flavour of the distilleries along the…

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Thursday, 2nd 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

The Rideau Canal: From Ottawa to Lake Ontario

The Rideau Canal is a World Heritage Site waterway which connects Canada’s capital Ottawa to the city of Kingston on Lake Ontario. The route consists of a combination of several lakes, numerous rivers and dams, and 19km of man-made canals,…

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Tuesday, 27th July 2010

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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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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