Natural Landmarks

The Great Lakes

Here’s a neat trick – this is a satellite photo of the great lakes, the largest fresh water lakes in the world etc, etc. Now if you click to the great lakes and them zoom in step-by-step you’ll arrive here:…

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Monday, 17th July 2006

Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu, the “Lost City of the Incas”, is an ancient ruined city found at the top of a mountain. It was probably built around 1440 and the most impressive thing is that it’s all still there, despite being constructed…

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Friday, 14th July 2006

Mount Bromo and the Mystery Grids

I realise we’ve had quite a few volcanoes this week, but you guys keep submitting them, so here’s just one more. This is the Mount Bromo in the Tenggar caldera, Indonesia, which I think looks fantastic with just one solitary…

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Friday, 23rd June 2006

Lanzarote

Thanks to the brand new image update, Google maps’ satellite imagery now covers the Spanish island of Lanzarote in glorious high-resolution imagery – just in time to make this year’s volcano day! Lanzarote is a volcanic island which consists of…

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Tuesday, 20th June 2006

Mount Oyama

Update: Since posting this 4 hours ago, Mount Oyama has been updated to some jaw-dropping high-resolution imagery. Timing huh!? This is Mount Oyama on the Japanese island of Miyakejima, which is seen here spouting a rather impressive plume of steam.…

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Tuesday, 20th June 2006

Mount Vesuvius

Probably the most famous volcano of all, this is the mighty Mount Vesuvius. Here you can see the crater, which was captured on this day shrouded in clouds. Way back in 79 AD, Vesuvius underwent a catastrophic eruption which buried…

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Tuesday, 20th June 2006

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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