Islands

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

The Channel Islands (Island Week 4)

Island Week 4 should have finished at the end of last week, but we’ve got a bonus island post before we resume normal service. Despite being just off the coast of France, the Channel Islands are British Crown dependencies famous…

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Monday, 5th October 2009

Islands of the Pacific Ring of Fire (Island Week 4)

It’s Island Week 4 here at GSS, which means we’ll mostly be posting about Islands. For about a week. On September 29, 2009, just south of the islands that make up the Independent State of Samoa in Polynesia, an earthquake…

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Friday, 2nd October 2009

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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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.

Google Sightseeing writer set to climb Africa’s tallest volcano

Two years ago our very own Noel Ballantyne wrote an article for Volcano Week 5 about Mount Kilimanjaro, a dormant…

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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