Natural Landmarks

Masaya Volcano, Nicaragua

Last year we mentioned that Nicaragua has loads of volcanoes, but that they weren’t yet in high-resolution. Since then Nicaragua’s most active volcano Masaya, has received fantastic coverage of its multiple nested pit craters Masaya, Santiago, Nindiri and San Pedro…

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Tuesday, 20th June 2006

Mount Merapi

In April this year, Mount Merapi began erupting for the first time since 2002. Indonesia’s most active volcano, it has erupted 68 times since 1548 – thoroughly earning its name, which means “Mountain of Fire”. Just over a week ago…

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Tuesday, 20th June 2006

2nd Annual Google Sightseeing Volcano Day!

I can’t quite believe it myself, but despite what I said a year ago today, the 2nd (and now actually annual) Google Sightseeing Volcano Day is upon us! Things have changed on Google Maps a lot since then (and even…

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Tuesday, 20th June 2006

Tonto Natural Bridge

This is the Tonto Natural Bridge near Payson, AZ – which is less like a natural bridge and more like a natural tunnel. The creekbed disappears into the 50 metre-high tunnel for around 120 metres – the two entrances you…

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Monday, 19th June 2006

Giant Rock

This is Giant Rock in the Mojave desert, California, which is (wait for it)… the largest free-standing rock in the world. Er, right. But wait, there’s more! George Van Tassel (the dude that built the Integratron) carved a small room…

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Friday, 19th May 2006

Lake Powell

I was reading some old comments on the site and rediscovered this fabulous swirling water on Lake Powell. However this beautiful sight isn’t quite as innocent as it first seems. On closer inspection you can identify the boat that’s causing…

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Saturday, 13th May 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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