Natural Landmarks

Lake Peigneur

A massive sinkhole changed Lake Peigneur from a shallow freshwater lake, to a saltwater crater overnight.

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Thursday, 16th April 2009

Red River Floodway

To the east of Winnipeg lies the Red River Floodway, a 47km long channel intended to prevent disastrous flooding in Canada’s 8th largest city. The arrival of spring in the northern hemisphere leads to flood alerts in many areas as…

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Thursday, 26th March 2009

“Scientists” Discover Ancient Relic with Google Earth

Thanks to the excellent high-quality imagery in Google Earth, some “scientists”1 claim to have discovered a 1,000-year-old forgotten relic of the fishing world. Just off the coast of Wales they spotted this large v-shaped row of rocks beneath the water…

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Thursday, 26th March 2009

World’s Longest Staircase

The longest staircase in the world can be found on the slopes of Mount Niesen in the Swiss Alps. The 11,674 steps run alongside the Niesenbahn funicular which travels from the side of the Kander river in Mülenen (altitude 693m)…

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Friday, 30th January 2009

Weirdness on the Ocean Floor

There’s some odd sightings on the ocean floor, thanks to the much-improved ocean surface depth images that were added to Google Earth and Maps last week! Reader aliosha was browsing the atlantic and discovered a bizarre grid pattern in the…

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Wednesday, 28th January 2009

Happy New Google Earth in the News

Yes, we’re finally back, and as to be expected, we missed some great Google Earth-related news while we were off. Firstly the story that seems to have sprung up everywhere is (of course) a Street View one. The garage419 site…

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Monday, 5th January 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.

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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