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Exploring Hong Kong with Google Street View (Part 1)

Hong Kong is one of those places that is known for its skyline, its unique topography—and for being the most prominent example of a colony handed back to its government. If you’ve never been there (as I haven’t), it’s hard…

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Friday, 4th June 2010

World’s Shortest Commercial Flight

The world’s shortest commercial flight is between the airports on the islands of Papa Westray and Westray in the Orkney Islands. Part of the daily service operated by Logan Air, the journey has a scheduled duration of just 2 minutes…

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Tuesday, 30th March 2010

Haiti Earthquake (Updated Imagery)

Last week’s catastrophic 7.0 earthquake in Haiti is estimated to have killed 200,000 people, injured 250,000 and left 1.5 million people homeless. Following the quake, Google quickly released a KML file that included imagery taken by the GeoEye satellite within…

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Wednesday, 20th January 2010

World’s Largest Passenger Ships – Updated

We took a look at the world of huge cruise ships early in 2008. However, the recent launch of Royal Caribbean’s MS Oasis of the Seas is changing the world of cruising. This 360m long, 72m high behemoth weighing 220,000…

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Monday, 23rd November 2009

The world’s largest salt flat, Salar de Uyuni

Salar de Uyuni in south-west Bolivia was once part of a massive prehistoric lake but today is the world’s largest salt flat. When dry it’s a barren landscape, so featureless that it’s great for perspective tricks – but during the…

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Thursday, 19th November 2009

Graveyards of the Atlantic

New writer: Keith Tyler Keith is a Software QA Engineer based near Seattle, and is originally from Boston. He’s a veteran geocacher, and a prolific submitter of Google Maps sights on VirtualGlobetrotting.com. The rocky East Coast of North America is…

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Wednesday, 28th October 2009
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Previously on Google Sightseeing

World’s Largest Graffiti? Not even close.

Doing the rounds on the mainstream sites this week has been the story of Abu Dhabi’s Sheikh Hamad bin Hamdan…

The Street Art of Newtown, Sydney

Newtown is an inner suburb of Sydney, New South Wales and is one of that city’s major cultural and artistic centres. The suburb is renowned for its graffiti and street art, and since the 1980s all sorts of murals, drawings and paintings, both legal and illegal, have been popping up all over the neighbourhood.

South Sudan

It’s not every day that a new country is created, but that’s what happened on July 9th 2011 when The…

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