Natural Landmarks

Google Earth Can Make You Famous

A geologist with the Geological Survey of Western Australia, Dr. Arthur Hickman, was using Google Earth to look for iron ore when he noticed an unusually circular structure within the landscape. After a visit by a colleague this huge dent…

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Thursday, 27th March 2008

Spirit Lake

Spirit Lake sits just North of America’s most famous active volcano, Mount St. Helens1. The most catastrophic eruption of Mount St Helens was in May of 1980, which killed 57 people. A side effect of this eruption was the largest…

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Thursday, 20th March 2008

Two out of Three views of Japan

The “Three Views of Japan” are just like the Seven Wonders of the World, except they’re all in Japan. And there’s only three of them. Firstly there’s “Matsushima”, a group of around 260 miniature islands which are all covered in…

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Friday, 7th March 2008

John Frum Day

Today on the island of Tanna, Vanuatu, in the South Pacific, it’s John Frum Day. Each year on the 15th of February, hundreds of people come to the tiny village of Lamakara from all over the island to celebrate their…

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Friday, 15th February 2008

Centralia, a Ghost Town on Fire Since 1962

In 1962, a landfill site in Centralia, Pennsylvania was set on fire. The rubbish was located in the pit of an abandoned strip mine, and although it was believed to have been extinguished at the time, the fire actually remained…

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Tuesday, 5th February 2008

Mysterious Self-Destructing Palm Tree

Scientists working with Kew gardens have today announced their discovery of a massive “self-destructing palm tree” in Madagascar. The tree has a bizarre unusual reproductive cycle, whereby after around 50 years of growth, the process of flowering actually kills the…

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Thursday, 17th January 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

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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