Structures

Berkeley Pit

This is the infamous Berkeley Pit in Butte, Montana. This enormous open-pit copper mine was opened in 1955, and when it was closed in 1982, groundwater began to leak into the basin – disastrously passing through the metal deposits in…

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Monday, 15th January 2007

Palmerston Sea Forts

Back in the 1850s, Britain was worried that France would try and invade, so Lord Palmerston (the Prime Minister of the time) decided to build the Palmerston Forts to defend Portsmouth’s dockland, four of which were built out at sea.…

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Thursday, 11th January 2007

Best Google Earth Image update EVER!

Just after yesterday’s announcement of New Google Earth version 4 betas the team have sneaked out another, as yet unannounced, imagery update. Although it’s not clear where has or hasn’t been updated it is already clear that this is the…

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Sunday, 17th December 2006

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

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: 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…

On this day: The Empire State Building was dedicated

On May 1, 1931, the Empire State Building was dedicated. The 103-storey skyscraper was the tallest building in the world…

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