Deserts

Google Sightseeing Safari

There have been many creatures found on Google Earth, but the most impressive ones are mostly there as part of the National Geographic African Megaflyover Project, which brought us thousands of super-high-resolution aerial photographs of Africa. So to highlight the…

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Friday, 9th November 2007

Trail of Desert Dust

Check out this car absolutely rocketing through the desert in Afghanistan – the dust plume it’s kicking up is over a kilometre long! This is actually Afghanistan’s Helmand Province, which as well as playing a pivotal part in the War…

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Thursday, 2nd August 2007

Mystery Egyptian Desert Spiral

Update: Thanks to cowens and others who informed us that this is actually an absolutely massive piece of land art called desert breath. Click through for some images and a way better description than I gave it! What on earth…

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Friday, 11th May 2007

Ships in the Desert

We previously featured the dying Aral Sea back in January 2006, but since then much of the area has been updated with high resolution satellite imagery. Which means we can now see several ships, abandoned in the middle of a…

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Friday, 20th April 2007

National Geographic African Megaflyover Project

News has spread across the internet over the last day or two of a “hack” that allows you much more zooming on Google Maps. Unfortunately for all the people who’ve wasted hours scanning the earth, this is really nothing new.…

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Thursday, 8th March 2007

Incan Geoglyphs of Chile

Here in Chile’s Atacama Desert, there are many examples of ancient Incan geoglyphs, similar to the Nazca Lines in neighbouring Peru, but spread over a much wider area. In the northern desert the Chiza geoglyphs were made by carefully arranging…

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Thursday, 8th February 2007
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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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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.

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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