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Wadi Rum (Desert Week 2)

Welcome to the second annual GSS Desert Week! In time-honoured tradition, we’ll mostly be posting about deserts. For about a week! The beautiful Wadi Rum is a mere 720 square km desert valley located in the southern part of Jordan.…

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Thursday, 18th June 2009

Borobudur

Sitting between twin volcanoes in “the garden of Java” – the Kedu Plain of Indonesia – is a ninth century Buddhist temple: Borobudur. One huge stupa (shrine for the Lord Buddha), it also contains seventy-two smaller, bell-shaped stupas; each pierced…

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Wednesday, 27th May 2009

Torqued Towers

This is the Turning Torso tower in Malmö, which at 190 metres is Sweden’s tallest skyscraper. The most striking thing about this tower is that it appears to be twisted around its axis. It has nine segments of five-story pentagons…

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Wednesday, 20th May 2009

Nanyang Technological University’s Green Roof

Here at Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University, the School of Art, Design and Media stands out amongst the other campus buildings thanks to its unique approach to modern, ecologically-minded architectural practices. Actually, despite being a 5 storey building, it doesn’t stand…

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Monday, 18th May 2009

Hạ Long Bay, Vietnam

In the north of Vietnam, a few hours east of the capitol, Hanoi, lies a beautiful area known as Hạ Long Bay. Hạ Long, which can be directly translated as “Bay of Descending Dragons”, comprises just under 2000 islands, only…

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Monday, 11th May 2009

Auroville

Auroville is an experimental town and self-proclaimed “universal city in the making” near the South-Indian city of Puducherry1. Built around a massive gold-plated meditation dome known as the Matrimandir, Auroville was created in hopes that it would be a model…

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Tuesday, 5th May 2009

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.

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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