Structures

Telling the time on Google Earth

The KT Palmer Sundial is the largest in North America, described well at The Big Waste of Space. As sundials were primarily designed for telling the time it should be easy to find out when this satellite photograph was taken.…

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Wednesday, 22nd November 2006

Moray (Inca Ruins)

Nearby to the previously posted Machu Picchu, Peru, is a very unusual archaeological site – the strangely beautiful Inca ruins of Moray. The concentric rings clearly visible were farming terraces with a sophisticated irrigation system, constructed inside enormous natural depressions…

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Thursday, 16th November 2006

Delta Works

After the North Sea flood of 1953 destroyed 4,500 buildings, drowned 10,000 animals and killed 1,835 people, the Netherlands began work on the world’s largest flood protection project, Delta Works (Dutch: Deltawerken). Today Delta Works consists of over 16,500 kilometres…

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Tuesday, 31st October 2006

Tetraeder Bottrop

To follow-up from the Copper Mining earlier in the week, we head over to the German coal mining town of Bottrop, where there’s lots of industrial stuff going on. But if you’re more of an art person, on a nearby…

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Thursday, 26th October 2006

Lavender Pit

This is the Lavender Pit, part of the Copper Queen Mine in Bisbee, Arizona. The Phelps Dodge Corporation began work on this huge hole in 1951, but they had to move 46 million tons of material before they reached the…

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Wednesday, 25th October 2006

The Sultan of Brunei

The ostentatious Istana Nurul Iman palace is the official residence of the one-time richest man on the planet, the Sultan of Brunei. Arguably this is the largest residential palace in the world, and possibly even the largest residence of any…

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Monday, 16th October 2006

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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