Natural Landmarks

The Mystery of the Carolina Bays

When viewed from above, much of the landscape of South Carolina is clearly covered in mysterious oval depressions that aren’t obvious from ground level. Known as “Carolina Bays”, nobody really knows how these unique geological features were formed. Despite their…

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Friday, 30th May 2008

Street View Update March 08

It’s been just over a month since Google added 12 new US cities to Street View, and yesterday we got new imagery in another 13 cities, and interestingly, a US national park! Here’s some of the highlights, including links straight…

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Monday, 31st March 2008

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

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

On this day: The Corinth Canal Opened

On July 25, 1893, the Corinth Canal in Greece opened. Envisioned for millennia, the waterway was cut through rock to…

On this day: The Menin Gate Was Unveiled

On July 24, 1927, the Menin Gate Memorial to the Missing was unveiled in Ypres, Belgium. The Gate commemorates soldiers…

Top Ten World’s Tallest Statues

The roster of the world’s tallest statues is dominated by Buddhist figures, with most of the top ten (actually 11…

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