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

On this day: The Arc de Triomphe Was Inaugurated

On July 29, 1836, the Arc de Triomphe was inaugurated after a lengthy construction process. The Tomb of the Unknown…

On this day: Fire at Weston-Super-Mare’s Grand Pier

On July 28, 2008, the Grand Pier at Weston-Super-Mare burned down. This classic seaside icon dates from 1904 but had…

On this day: The Corinth Canal Opened

On July 25, 1893, the Corinth Canal in Greece opened. Envisioned for millennia, the waterway was cut through rock to…

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  3. Wayne: I’ve taken one of those half-day tours to Niihau. The helicopter company, owned by the Robinson family,...
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