Natural Landmarks

Mount Kilimanjaro (Volcano Week 5)

Mount Kilimanjaro is an inactive stratovolcano and is the highest mountain in Africa. At 5,893 metres (19,334 ft) above sea level, it is also the tallest freestanding1 mountain in the world. Mount Kilimanjaro is also known for its glaciers at…

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Friday, 6th August 2010

Capulin Volcano National Monument (Volcano Week 5)

The solitary road that leads to the top of Capulin Volcano National Monument in northeast New Mexico curves gracefully around to the top of the crater. Capulin Volcano is an almost-perfect cone-shaped inactive volcano that rises more than 300 metres…

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Wednesday, 4th August 2010

Diamond Head (Volcano Week 5)

Rising 230 metres above the white sands of Waikiki Beach, the volcanic cone known as Diamond Head is an iconic part of Honolulu’s diverse and modern skyline. Sure it may not be filled with lava, sulphurous fumes, or noxious gasses……

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Tuesday, 3rd August 2010

Stromboli (Volcano Week 5)

Stromboli is a volcanic island off the coast of Sicily, notable for being almost constantly active for at least 20,000 years. While lava flows are occasionally seen, Stromboli is best known for its characteristic volcanic bombs which rain down across…

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Monday, 2nd August 2010

Three Gorges Dam

The Three Gorges Dam spans the Yangtze River in China and is the largest power generating plant in the world. While much of China’s vast countryside is only covered by low-res imagery, Google recently released new high-res images of the…

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Friday, 30th July 2010

The Casiquiare canal

We’ve only ever written one other post about Venezuela, so it’s about time we took another trip. We’d like to have crafted a post about the Orinoco River, but sadly there isn’t enough of it in high resolution to write…

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Thursday, 29th July 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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