Natural Landmarks

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

Santa Claus, Indiana

Like the rest of the world at the moment, it’s obvious that the 2200 residents of Santa Claus, Indiana, are totally immersed in the Christmas spirit. Originally named Santa Fe, the town had to change its name in 1856 when…

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Thursday, 18th December 2008

Streetview USA gets massive update

Yesterday, Google announced that they had added some extra cities to Street View, including Memphis, Tennessee; Birmingham, Alabama; and Charleston, South Carolina. What’s even more interesting though, is that this update includes a lot of the places in-between places –…

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Wednesday, 10th December 2008

The Skeleton Coast

Namibia’s Skeleton Coast is named so for two different types of skeletons that littered the beaches: whales and ships. Thanks to the end of mass whaling the whale bones are now all gone, but the bones of ships remain, very…

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Wednesday, 19th November 2008

Longest Place Names

“Can’t we just go to Å1?” may be the cry of tourists visiting some of these locations with the longest place names in the world. The north island of New Zealand is home to Taumatawhakatangihangakoauauotamateaturipukakapiki- maungahoronukupokaiwhenuakitanatahu. Generally called Taumata, the…

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Thursday, 13th November 2008

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

Lesotho: Kingdom in the Sky

Lesotho is one of the most unique countries on the planet. It’s the southernmost landlocked country, the largest country that’s entirely surrounded by another country, and the highest country on Earth. Yet, it doesn’t really show up on too many people’s radar. With the arrival of Google Street View imagery this month to Lesotho, it’s time to shed some light on the world’s largest enclave.

On this day: Mary Queen of Scots escaped Loch Leven castle

On May 2, 1568, Mary Queen of Scots escaped from Loch Leven Castle. After having been imprisoned on this isolated…

On this day: The Empire State Building was dedicated

On May 1, 1931, the Empire State Building was dedicated. The 103-storey skyscraper was the tallest building in the world…

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