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Royal Shrovetide Football, Ashbourne

The small Derbyshire town of Ashbourne is home to an ancient and extremely unusual sporting event – the Royal Shrovetide Football Match, which lasts for two days and involves hundreds of participants. This pre-Lent tradition is believed to date back…

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Tuesday, 19th October 2010

Hungarian Toxic Waste Flood

On Monday, October 4th, this filthy-looking reservoir in Hungary burst its walls, releasing 700,000 cubic metres (24 million cubic feet) of toxic sludge onto the surrounding countryside and villages. A byproduct of refining bauxite into alumina at the Ajkai Timfoldgyar…

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Monday, 11th October 2010

Struve Geodetic Arc

The Struve Geodetic Arc was a network of triangulation points developed in the 19th century, in an attempt to accurately calculate the size and shape of our planet. 34 of the original 265 points are clearly marked and were recognised…

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Tuesday, 21st September 2010

The Russian Woodpecker

Last week a top-secret Russian shortwave radio station, UVB-76, began broadcasting a coded message for only the fourth time in 28 years. Today we’re exploring another shortwave system within the radioactive zone surrounding Chernobyl, The Russian Woodpecker The Russian Woodpecker…

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Monday, 30th August 2010

Suez Canal

The Suez Canal is a 193km long waterway in Egypt which connects the Red Sea to the Mediterranean Sea, allowing ship traffic to pass between Asia and Europe without having to travel all the way around Africa. The narrow width…

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Tuesday, 10th August 2010

Three Gorges Dam

The Three Gorges Dam spans the Yangtze River in China and is the largest power generating plant in the world. While much of China’s vast countryside is only covered by low-res imagery, Google recently released new high-res images of the…

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Friday, 30th July 2010

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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Le Circuit de Reims-Gueux

First used in 1926, le Circuit de Reims-Gueux was a French Formula One and sports car racing circuit built on the public roads between the villages of Gueux and Thillois. The circuit hosted its first French Grand Prix in 1932 and continued to hold the event until 1966. The track closed for good in 1972, but the roads are still in place, and many traces of the old circuit can still be found, including the pit stalls, paddock, and spectator bleachers.

Lærdalstunnelen, The World’s Longest Road Tunnel

Faced with the challenge of building a year-round road to connect Norway’s two largest cities (Bergen and Oslo), through a…

Airship Hangars Around The World

From the late 19th century to the period between the World Wars, hundreds of airship hangars were built in Western…

Hurtigruten (The Express Route)

Here at Google Sightseeing we love a chance to create a post about the scenic wonders of Norway1. Today we…

Floating Bridges

Floating bridges, while often temporary structures used in times of war or disaster, can also be used long-term in locations…

Recent Comments

  1. D. King: Apparently I was close, but still a bit off the mark. There IS a base on Lake Constance (Bodensee), but it...
  2. Bob: There is a Marine Corps air station with two dirigible hangars in Tustin, CA. https://maps.google.com/map...
  3. Ian: Thanks Tammo – I was aware of it but didn’t include it because it’s not visible.
  4. Ian: Excellent, thanks for all the links everyone!
  5. Tammo: Best Streetview of the one in Sicily is probably from across the water: https://www.google.com/maps...

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