Structures

The World’s Largest Gantry Crane

The 7,560 tonne world’s largest gantry crane at Kockums AB shipyard in Malmö, Sweden also has the world’s largest lifting capacity of 1,500 tonnes. If you’re in Sweden don’t bother trying to go and see it though as in 2002…

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Saturday, 30th July 2005

Fernsehturm, Berlin

The Fernsehturm (literally, “TV tower”) was built in 1969 and features a revolving cafe and observation deck. Aside from the obvious function of providing TV and radio signals for the city the underlying motivation for the tower was to create…

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Thursday, 28th July 2005

North Korean Dams

There isn’t much high res imagery in North Korea but in the thin slice that is visible there is a wacking great river. I’ve counted no less than three hulking dams on this river. They certainly seem to like their…

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Monday, 25th July 2005

Scimitar Pool

According to submitter “Roberto” this house is owned by a local butcher who had his swimming pool built in the shape of his company’s logo, a Scimitar sword. I checked our submissions database and there were no other custom-made pools…

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Friday, 22nd July 2005

Texas Star Ferris Wheel

Here at Google Sightseeing we’re big fans of structures that hold the title of “world’s largest something” and at 212 feet (65 meters) The Texas Star at Fair Park is the largest ferris wheel in the Western Hemisphere. The Texas…

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Friday, 22nd July 2005

The Great Wall of China

It’s a very common misconception that the great wall of china is the only man made object visible from space (sometimes others say from the moon, or from a satellite). Apparently the rumour started long before anyone had even been…

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Thursday, 21st July 2005

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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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