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Thames Barrier

This is the bizarre-looking Thames Barrier on the River Thames, London. Opened in the 1980s, the barrier is designed to protect London’s low-lying areas from flooding, and is the world’s second-largest movable flood barrier (after the Oosterscheldekering in the Netherlands…

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Wednesday, 18th January 2006

Kastellet, Copenhagen

This is the 341-year-old Kastellet in Copenhagen, Denmark – one of the best preserved fortifications in Northern Europe. King Christian IV originally had the star-shaped island built to house a castle for him to hide in (should the need arise),…

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Thursday, 12th January 2006

Rosyth Royal Navy Dockard

Between 1984 and 1993 Rosyth Royal Navy Dockard was the UK’s sole location for refitting our nuclear submarines. These days the dockyard still does work on Royal Navy ships and is also the storage location for seven of the eleven…

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Wednesday, 11th January 2006

Ocean Plug Holes

Just off the east coast off Spain lies this collection of holes in the Mediterranean. They’re used to drain the Atlantic, which allows for regular cleaning of the sea-bed. Honestly. OK, so I have absolutely no idea what they are.…

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Thursday, 5th January 2006

Coral Gables Venetian Pool

In 1924 this former coral rock quarry near Miami was transformed into Coral Gables Venetian Pool, complete with cascading waterfalls, coral rock caves and a palm-fringed island. Apparently it is the only pool in the US to be included in…

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Friday, 16th December 2005

Sea Lions, San Francisco

This is San Francisco’s popular tourist spot, Pier 39, and covering nearly every square inch of those floating docks in the harbour are hundreds upon hundreds of sea lions. The light coloured patch in the middle-left is the only bit…

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Wednesday, 14th December 2005

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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