Natural Landmarks

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

The Diomede Islands

These are the Diomede Islands, two islands only 3km apart but one is in Russia, the other in the USA. These islands are right in the middle of the Bering Straights and the international dateline runs right in between them.…

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Monday, 1st 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

World’s Largest Graffiti? Not even close.

Doing the rounds on the mainstream sites this week has been the story of Abu Dhabi’s Sheikh Hamad bin Hamdan…

The Street Art of Newtown, Sydney

Newtown is an inner suburb of Sydney, New South Wales and is one of that city’s major cultural and artistic centres. The suburb is renowned for its graffiti and street art, and since the 1980s all sorts of murals, drawings and paintings, both legal and illegal, have been popping up all over the neighbourhood.

South Sudan

It’s not every day that a new country is created, but that’s what happened on July 9th 2011 when The…

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