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Parasailing

The white blob in our thumbnail is a parasail, with the speedboat doing circles just to the East. This is just off the coast of Mexico where we can see the Rui Palace hotel (again, under construction in the satellite…

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Friday, 11th November 2005

Outback Oasis

Somewhere in the Australian outback, someone has built an odd little oasis. Why on earth have they done this? Where does the water come from? How do they stop it from drying up? Who built it? Most importantly, why am…

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Monday, 7th November 2005

Big boat crossing railroad tracks

A large boat coming from lake Michigan passes through a railroad bridge, with a road bridge up ahead. It looks like it’s going to be a squeeze getting the boat through those narrow waterways. I wonder what it’s carrying? Thanks:…

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Thursday, 27th October 2005

Ship Rocket Thing?

What kind of ship is this? It seems to be using a very strange propulsion system, which makes it look like a cross between a ship and a rocket! On further investigation I found another one to the west, and…

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Friday, 21st October 2005

Sea Launch

The satellite launch system “Sea Launch” is moored in the Long Beach Harbor, Long Beach, California. Satellites are launched from the “Odyssey Launch Platform”, a semi-submersible former oil rig, after it has been towed out to the equator. The platform…

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Tuesday, 18th October 2005

Brazilian Supertanker

Here’s a totally awesome image of an enormous supertanker speeding along just off the coast of Rio de Janeiro. Only ships above 250,000 tonnes are considered true supertankers, and due to their massive size and weight, their stopping distances are…

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Monday, 17th October 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

High Line Park, New York

Recently opened in New York, the High Line is a unique new public park as it isn’t at ground level,…

Standing But Not Operating: Abandoned Theme Parks

‘Standing but not operating’ (SBNO) is the term applied to amusement parks and amusement rides that have been abandoned by their owners but remain structurally intact. Not only are abandoned amusements favourites among urban the urban exploration crowd, SBNOs also make for great Google Sightseeing!

The War of 1812 – Canada

This summer, communities around North America are marking the two-hundredth anniversary of the start of the War of 18121. Perceptions…

Recent Comments

  1. Alex Turnbull: Hi Jeffery! That’s Awaji Kannon, a statue of Guanyin which, as you suspected, is 100m only when...
  2. Jeffrey Friedl: If one believes Wikipedia, this guy in Japan is 100m tall. http://goo.gl/maps/Ah472...
  3. Chuck Sears: Hitchcock Naval Air Station was a blimp base. It was decommissioned after WW2 and pretty much destroyed...
  4. Errol: If the USA did go to the moon why have they never been back and why has no one else ever been there this is...
  5. Sarah Wilson: Just wanted to say that I have driven on the road parallel to the hanger on Lakehurst. We stayed in the...

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