Structures

Burj Dubai renamed Burj Khalifa, still the tallest thing on Earth

In September 2008 the still-incomplete Burj Dubai building officially surpassed the height of all other buildings, towers and masts worldwide, making it the tallest man-made structure on the planet. However, it wasn’t until yesterday that the building was officially opened,…

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Tuesday, 5th January 2010

Floating Stages

Cities around the world may be running out of land to build performance spaces, so are looking to their waterfronts for inspiration, resulting in the construction of numerous floating stages. The world’s largest example is The Float at Marina Bay…

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Tuesday, 15th December 2009

Rance Tidal Power Plant

The world’s first and largest tidal power generation facility is located on the Rance River in north-western France. The estuary of the Rance River sees tides averaging 8 metres between low and high tide, and up to 13.5 metres in…

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Wednesday, 9th December 2009

Street View Public Vote: UK Results

Over the past few days, Google have added a huge amount of new Street View content, covering many places in Singapore and Canada. Google have also included a whole raft of new imagery captured by the Street View Trike, covering…

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Tuesday, 8th December 2009

The Devil’s Valley

Using the heat from the Earth’s interior to generate electricity is known as the creation of geothermal power, and in the examples featuring 2000-metre boreholes, it’s correctly believed to be a fairly recent development. In some places however, the energy…

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Monday, 16th November 2009

The Berlin Wall, 20 years on

November 9 is an important date in German history for a number of reasons, but today we are commemorating an era-defining moment: the fall of the Berlin Wall exactly 20 years ago. In the weeks leading up to November 1989,…

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Monday, 9th November 2009

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

Volcanoes of the Northern Marianas (Volcano Week 7)

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.

Quirky Border Towns of North America

Have you ever walked through the front door of a building in one country and walked out the back door…

Sakura-jima (Volcano Week 7)

Once a volcanic island centered in Japan’s Kagoshima Bay, during an eruption in 1914 the Sakura-jima volcano decided to change…

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