Africa

The World’s Largest Blue Holes

The term “blue hole” is given to sinkholes filled with water where the entrance is below the surface; but they are perhaps more accurately described as “vertical caves”. These caves were formed through normal erosion until the end of the…

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Friday, 15th April 2011

Stuck at the Border

More than three years in, the folks at Google have amassed a healthy roster of countries covered by Street View. Alas, there are still those places where the Street View cars must turn around at the border. Luckily, they often get close enough to at least give us a glimpse at what lies on the other side.

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Tuesday, 15th March 2011

Google Sightseeing Awards 2010

As we wave farewell to another successful year of Google Sightseeing, let us cast our minds back to some of the best posts of 2010, all summarised neatly into some arbitrary made-up categories!   Most comprehensive sightseeing tour We like…

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Wednesday, 5th January 2011

Touring Earth’s Impact Craters, Part 2

It may be hard to believe, but the Earth is struck with more space debris (meteors, comets, etc) than the moon. To be fair, our planet is much bigger, but from above, doesn’t look as scarred as the surface of…

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Thursday, 11th November 2010

Suez Canal

The Suez Canal is a 193km long waterway in Egypt which connects the Red Sea to the Mediterranean Sea, allowing ship traffic to pass between Asia and Europe without having to travel all the way around Africa. The narrow width…

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Tuesday, 10th August 2010

Mount Kilimanjaro (Volcano Week 5)

Mount Kilimanjaro is an inactive stratovolcano and is the highest mountain in Africa. At 5,893 metres (19,334 ft) above sea level, it is also the tallest freestanding1 mountain in the world. Mount Kilimanjaro is also known for its glaciers at…

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Friday, 6th August 2010
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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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