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Old Rat’s Nest Island, Australia

Peering out the window of the little airtaxi that has brought you to The Rat’s Nest, or Rottnest Island, 18 km southwest off the coast of Australia, you’ll notice the island’s name spelled out in trees. This little island, only…

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Wednesday, 13th May 2009

St. Patrick’s Day in the USA

March 17th is St. Patrick’s Day, which was originally the annual feast of the best known of Ireland’s patron saints1, and today a worldwide celebration devoted to all things Irish. Over here in Ireland and the UK, we have been…

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Tuesday, 17th March 2009

Saharan Stone Circle Mystery

Right in the middle of the Sahara desert, in the dunes of northern Niger, there’s a circle which is clearly not a natural formation. The circle itself is roughly 52 metres across, but if we zoom out a little, we…

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Monday, 16th March 2009

The World’s Largest Skateparks

Shanghai is the most populous city in China, and as befits a population over 20 million, the city has been blessed with the largest skatepark in the world. SMP Skatepark has an incredible 13,700 m2 of skateable space, much of…

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Thursday, 12th March 2009

Massive Google Earth Update Provides Evidence of Scottish Giants

Over the weekend Google rolled out another major image update to Google Earth. Frank at the GEarth Blog is tracking the updates, and has so far spotted changes all over the place! Scotland, China, Africa, South Korea, Mongolia, Iceland, Sweden,…

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Monday, 2nd March 2009

GPeniS

This is the very lovely, but otherwise totally normal-looking Place de Terreaux in Lyon, France. Nothing strange about it at all, right? However if you turn on the “show labels” option on Google Maps, it looks a lot like Google…

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Friday, 27th February 2009
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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

The Wrekin – a false volcano (Volcano week 6)

The 400 metre hill known as the Wrekin is a familiar landmark across Shropshire. An isolated peak amid flat farmland,…

Britain’s Beach Huts

It has been a pretty good summer here in Britain (by our standards at least), and people have been flocking…

The War of 1812 – USA

We recently took a look at important Canadian battlefield locations from the War of 1812, as well as a number…

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