Africa

Happy New Google Earth in the News

Yes, we’re finally back, and as to be expected, we missed some great Google Earth-related news while we were off. Firstly the story that seems to have sprung up everywhere is (of course) a Street View one. The garage419 site…

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Monday, 5th January 2009

Orapa & Letlhakane Diamond Mines, Botswana

For our first post from Botswana, let’s visit the communities of Orapa and Letlhakane, home to some of the largest diamond mines in the world. While we’ve seen a “world’s largest diamond mine” before, it is no-longer in use. Wikipedia…

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Monday, 15th December 2008

The Skeleton Coast

Namibia’s Skeleton Coast is named so for two different types of skeletons that littered the beaches: whales and ships. Thanks to the end of mass whaling the whale bones are now all gone, but the bones of ships remain, very…

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Wednesday, 19th November 2008

Ghost Towns: Kolmanskop

This is the first in an occasional series where we’ll be looking at some of the world’s most interesting abandoned places. In 1908, diamonds were discovered in the Namib Desert, and one of the towns that sprang up to provide…

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Friday, 7th November 2008

Mount Nyiragongo Destroys Goma (Volcano Week 3)

It’s Volcano Week 3 here at GSS, which explains why all of our posts over the course of the week are very likely to be volcano related. Mount Nyiragongo is an active volcano in the Virunga mountain range which runs…

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Tuesday, 14th October 2008

The Sapphire Mines of Madagascar

In 1998, the tiny truck-stop village of Ilakaka in Madagascar was transformed into a bustling mining town, and one of the most dangerous places in the country. The reason for this dramatic change was the discovery of massive sapphire deposits…

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Thursday, 2nd October 2008

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

Trollstigen (Troll’s path)

In a country renowned for its natural beauty, one of the most spectacular landscapes is found along the Trollstigen (Troll’s…

Fill ‘er Up!

In the early days of mass automotive travel, fuel stations often resorted to some wacky gimmicks to differentiate themselves from the pack and lure in customers, such as novelty architecture that made the station building even more of a roadside attraction than the fuel they were selling. Today, many of these wacky 1930s-era stations are icons to thousands of visitors every year.

Google Snow View

Over the past few years Google has captured imagery of ski resorts and other snowy locations using Street View snowmobiles…

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