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.
It’s not every day that a new country is created, but that’s what happened on July 9th 2011 when The Republic of South Sudan came into existence. The nation is so new that Google Maps doesn’t yet show it. However,…
Tuesday, 19th July 2011
One of the most remote places in all of Great Britain is the isle of Fetlar, known as the ‘Garden of Shetland’. The fourth-largest island of Shetland and surrounded by cliffs and beaches, sparsely-populated Fetlar has a population of just 70 residents.
Thursday, 7th July 2011
I recently took a weekend trip up to Yosemite National Park from Los Angeles, and typically for me, I took the an unusual route to get there. Along the way, I passed through some stunning scenery, and also learned some…
Thursday, 23rd June 2011
We paid a brief visit to White Sands National Monument five years ago, but with newer imagery now available, this year’s Desert Week seems like a great excuse for a return visit to this absolutely fascinating field of white sand…
Wednesday, 22nd June 2011
Google Maps is on fire! Or at least it seems that way, considering the number of fires Google imagery has captured over the years. Take a journey with us as we travel the globe in search of flames and smoke.
Tuesday, 31st May 2011
Sivash is the shallow system of lagoons that separates Crimea from mainland Ukraine. Home to large-scale salt deposits, Sivash may just contain the most colourful waters to be found in Google Maps, with ponds of blue, beige and organe readily visible.
Wednesday, 25th May 2011
Previously on Google Sightseeing
Two years ago our very own Noel Ballantyne wrote an article for Volcano Week 5 about Mount Kilimanjaro, a dormant…
Once a volcanic island centered in Japan’s Kagoshima Bay, during an eruption in 1914 the Sakura-jima volcano decided to change…