Natural Landmarks

Heart Shaped Things

In French New Caledonia there’s a natural heart shaped swamp which featured on the cover of ‘Earth from Above‘, a collection of photographs by Yann Arthus Bertrand. The photo was titled ‘HEART IN VOH’. In Taipei there’s a heart shaped…

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Monday, 1st August 2005

Waw An Namus

This is Waw an Namus, a 1200 metre extinct volcano in the Sahara desert, Libya. The volcano itself is surrounded by a huge area of deposited ash which stands out strikingly against the desert sands. Zoom in closer to see…

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Friday, 29th July 2005

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

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Previously on Google Sightseeing

Lesotho: Kingdom in the Sky

Lesotho is one of the most unique countries on the planet. It’s the southernmost landlocked country, the largest country that’s entirely surrounded by another country, and the highest country on Earth. Yet, it doesn’t really show up on too many people’s radar. With the arrival of Google Street View imagery this month to Lesotho, it’s time to shed some light on the world’s largest enclave.

Solar Power Towers

We’ve visited a few solar power generation facilities in the past, but here is a roundup of solar power towers…

On this day: The Empire State Building was dedicated

On May 1, 1931, the Empire State Building was dedicated. The 103-storey skyscraper was the tallest building in the world…

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