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.
Today is the 25 year anniversary of the Chernobyl disaster, so we’re taking another look back at the high-resolution imagery of the whole area that Google uploaded for the 20th anniversary of the events of 26 April 1986. In our…
Tuesday, 26th April 2011
North Korea Uncovered was a massive collaborative effort between 2007 and 2009 to map out the reclusive country using Google Earth imagery. The project reveals thousands of landmarks across North Korea – everything from military bases to amusement parks, restaurants to statues, agriculture to gulags. It’s impossible to cover everything in this post, but here’s just a sliver of what the project revealed.
Monday, 11th April 2011
The Great Pyramid of Cholula in southern Mexico is a little-known archaeological site which may once have been the largest pyramid (by volume) in the world. Also known as Tlachihualtepetl (‘artificial mountain’), the pyramid has a base 450m square –…
Thursday, 31st March 2011
Stanley Park is the centrepiece attraction of the city of Vancouver, receiving eight million visitors each year. At exactly 1,001 acres, it is ten percent larger than New York’s Central Park. A mix of natural and man-made landscapes, the park is renowned for its temperate rainforest setting on a peninsula that juts into the Strait of Georgia.
Tuesday, 29th March 2011
As we around the world continue to acquire automobiles at a precipitous rate, we also have to build increasingly complex intersections to deal with the resulting traffic. Few places epitomise this movement more than the the massive, five-level High Five Interchange in Dallas, Texas, one of the most impossibly complex highway junctions you will ever see.
Tuesday, 22nd March 2011
More than three years in, the folks at Google have amassed a healthy roster of countries covered by Street View. Alas, there are still those places where the Street View cars must turn around at the border. Luckily, they often get close enough to at least give us a glimpse at what lies on the other side.
Tuesday, 15th March 2011
Previously on Google Sightseeing