Asia

Sheikh Zayed Mosque

This gleaming expanse of white marble is the Sheikh Zayed Mosque in Abu Dhabi. It is particularly gleaming, and spectacularly white, because the $2billion no-expense-spared project entailed shipping in the purest white stone known to man, all the way from…

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Tuesday, 20th July 2010

Localised Black Hole Discovered

As we all know, the general theory of relativity states that a black hole is a region of space from which nothing can escape – including light. Astronomers have identified lots of places where black holes may exist, but apparently they…

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Tuesday, 6th July 2010

Global Vipassana Pagoda

The Global Vipassana Pagoda, found north of Mumbai in India, is a copy of the Shwedagon Pagoda visited by Google Sightseeing a couple of years ago, though somewhat more restrained with regards to the ‘bling’ factor. The reduced attention to…

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Thursday, 1st July 2010

The Lut Desert

If heat and dryness are the hallmarks of a good desert, then the Lut Desert in Iran might just be the most deserty of the lot. Covering more than 50,000sq km in the southeast of the country, this region (also…

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Thursday, 24th June 2010

Exploring Hong Kong with Google Street View (Part 2)

In our previous exploration of Hong Kong, we looked at how a map of Hong Kong doesn’t give you a good sense of the city’s terrain. There are lots of islands, lots of hills and mountains, scattered neighbourhoods, and plenty…

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Tuesday, 15th June 2010

Exploring Hong Kong with Google Street View (Part 1)

Hong Kong is one of those places that is known for its skyline, its unique topography—and for being the most prominent example of a colony handed back to its government. If you’ve never been there (as I haven’t), it’s hard…

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Friday, 4th June 2010

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.

Google Sightseeing writer set to climb Africa’s tallest volcano

Two years ago our very own Noel Ballantyne wrote an article for Volcano Week 5 about Mount Kilimanjaro, a dormant…

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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