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Felicity, California (Desert Week 2011)

Did you know that the ‘Official Center of the World’ lies just off of an exit ramp in the middle of the Sonoran Desert of California? It’s true. There’s even a plaque and everything. In 1985, skydiving pioneer/investor/budding children’s author…

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Tuesday, 21st June 2011

The Morganza Spillway – Spring Flooding Special

The Morganza Spillway is a flood management system on the Mississippi River in Louisiana, intended to protect the cities of Baton Rouge and New Orleans. It has recently been opened for only the second time since it was constructed 57…

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Wednesday, 18th May 2011

The Mines of Kimberley

Since 1871, the city of Kimberley in the Northern Cape has been at the centre of the diamond-mining industry in South Africa. The city instantly grew around the burgeoning mines, eventually surrounding many of the giant pits dug into the ground, which have become tourist attractions in their own right.

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Thursday, 28th April 2011

25 Years After Chernobyl

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…

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Tuesday, 26th April 2011

North Korea Uncovered

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.

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Monday, 11th April 2011

The Great Pyramid of Cholula

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 –…

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Thursday, 31st March 2011

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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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.

On this day: Napoleon Died In Exile on Saint Helena

On May 5, 1821, Napoleon died on Saint Helena. Following his defeat in the Battle of Waterloo six years earlier,…

On this day: Mary Queen of Scots escaped Loch Leven castle

On May 2, 1568, Mary Queen of Scots escaped from Loch Leven Castle. After having been imprisoned on this isolated…

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