Natural Landmarks

The Richat Structure

The Richat Structure in central Mauritania is a stunning geological structure 50 kilometres across (Wikipedia entry). Once thought to be an impact crater, it is actually a sedimentary formation that has eroded flat over many eons. Apparently there’s a hotel…

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Tuesday, 19th July 2005

Mont Saint Michel

This is the small islet of Mont Saint Michel, just off the north coast of France. It is home to a Benedictine Abbey and steepled church, which were built between the 11th and 16th centuries, and was connected to the…

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Wednesday, 13th July 2005

Sunbathing

Here at Google Sightseeing HQ in Edinburgh, we’ve been having a mini heat-wave of late, which got us in the mood for sunbathing Here’s some people, lots of people in fact, sunbathing on a beach in Barcelona. Not enough people?…

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Wednesday, 13th July 2005

Hole In The Coast

Update: After much debate in the comments of this post, determined reader Patrick has finally tracked down the truth about this mysterious location! Patrick contacted a friend who lives in Mexico and she pointed him towards this forum thread, where…

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Monday, 11th July 2005

Face of Jesus Found In Sand Dune

Well it’s gotta be Jesus, right? I mean that dude’s forever popping up in toast/paint/fungus etc. so why should sand dunes be any different? Many thanks to Mick D and Greg Day.

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Tuesday, 5th July 2005

Burning Oil Fields

An incredible image here of burning oil fields in Iraq, just north of Basra. Zoom out to see how far the plumes of smoke have travelled, and zoom in to see how huge the fires are. Thanks to Sean, Jason…

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Thursday, 30th June 2005

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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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