Natural Landmarks

Horizontal Falls

This is the famous Horizontal Falls in the Kimberley region of western Australia. Although called waterfalls, this natural phenomenon actually consists of immense tidal currents hurtling through narrow coastal gorges. When the tide turns, the water ‘falls’ back in the…

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Wednesday, 27th July 2005

Sastrugi

Believe it or not, here’s something else to see in Antarctica! They are snow and ice dunes known as ‘sastrugi’, and are formed on a snow surface by wind erosion and deposition. They differ from sand dunes in that the…

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Wednesday, 27th July 2005

The Salton Sea

This is the Salton Sea an inland ‘man-made’ salt-lake, located in Southern California. It usually covers a surface area of 974 square kilometres (although it varies a lot), making it the largest lake in California. It was formed in 1905…

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Tuesday, 26th July 2005

Satsuma-Iwojima

Here is a great shot of Miyakejima Satsuma-Iwojima Island off the coast of Japan. It is volcanic in origin and the big volcano is Mount Oyama. This has erupted several times in recent history. A lava flow in 1940 killed…

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Monday, 25th July 2005

Montmorency Falls

At 83 metres high, the Montmorency Falls in Quebec are 30 metres higher than Niagara Falls. Apparently there are staircases that allow visitors to observe the falls from different vantage points… Not our vantage point though! The falls look absolutely…

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Monday, 25th July 2005

The Moon

To celebrate the first Moon landing today (July 20th, 1969) Google have added some NASA moon imagery to the Google Maps interface and created Google Moon. Make sure you zoom right in for a hint at what the moon is…

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Wednesday, 20th July 2005

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

High Line Park, New York

Recently opened in New York, the High Line is a unique new public park as it isn’t at ground level,…

Standing But Not Operating: Abandoned Theme Parks

‘Standing but not operating’ (SBNO) is the term applied to amusement parks and amusement rides that have been abandoned by their owners but remain structurally intact. Not only are abandoned amusements favourites among urban the urban exploration crowd, SBNOs also make for great Google Sightseeing!

The War of 1812 – Canada

This summer, communities around North America are marking the two-hundredth anniversary of the start of the War of 18121. Perceptions…

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