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North Korea Uncovered

North Korea Uncovered was a massive collaborative effort between 2007 and 2009 to map out the reclusive country using Google Earth imagery. The project reveals thousands of landmarks across North Korea – everything from military bases to amusement parks, restaurants to statues, agriculture to gulags. It’s impossible to cover everything in this post, but here’s just a sliver of what the project revealed.

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Monday, 11th April 2011

Spiral Island II: An island floating on plastic bottles

Ever dreamed of living on your own private tropical island? Rishi Sowa clearly had, as he took the rather novel approach of building his own floating paradise – Spiral Island. A keen environmentalist, Sowa wanted to make a statement about…

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Thursday, 24th February 2011

Nauru: the world’s smallest republic

At just 8.1 sq mi (22 sq km), the isolated Micronesian island nation of Nauru in the South Pacific is the world’s smallest republic. 80% of the island functions as a giant phosphate mine.

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Tuesday, 14th December 2010

Oddities in Washington, DC

Most residents of Washington, DC typically go about their daily lives removed from political machinations. Today we’re going to explore my hometown, but skip the monuments, the museums and the stereotypes to enjoy a more unusual geography. We have Exclaves…

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Monday, 22nd November 2010

The Ruins of the Aran Islands

The three Aran Islands are in Galway Bay on the west coast of Ireland and are named Inis Mór (Inishmore – Big Island), Inis Meáin (Inishmaan – Middle Island) and Inis Oírr (Inisheer – East Island). Like The Burren, which…

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Wednesday, 17th November 2010

Hawaiian Rock Graffiti

Take a look at the Queen Kaahumanu Hwy on the western coast of Hawaii’s Big Island, and for miles and miles you’ll see white graffiti laid out over the hardened, black lava fields! Not to worry however, the messages aren’t…

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Friday, 29th October 2010
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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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