Asia

The World’s Largest Skateparks

Shanghai is the most populous city in China, and as befits a population over 20 million, the city has been blessed with the largest skatepark in the world. SMP Skatepark has an incredible 13,700 m2 of skateable space, much of…

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Thursday, 12th March 2009

Street View Car Runs Over a Deer

Last week Google removed some street view photos from upstate New York as they showed the camera car hitting a wild deer as it crossed the road. The Google Sightseeing team was unfortunately on holiday when the news broke1, but…

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Monday, 2nd February 2009

Weirdness on the Ocean Floor

There’s some odd sightings on the ocean floor, thanks to the much-improved ocean surface depth images that were added to Google Earth and Maps last week! Reader aliosha was browsing the atlantic and discovered a bizarre grid pattern in the…

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Wednesday, 28th January 2009

Kyrgyzstan UFO!

Our first post from Kyrgyzstan is evidence of alien visitation to Earth! While skeptics may dismiss this as some image artifact or tape used to hold different images together, the presence of an image ghost (previously explained on Google Sightseeing)…

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Wednesday, 14th January 2009

Plane Wash

Have you ever wondered how they get planes clean? Well at Heathrow we can see the plane cleaning crews hard at work, but for some reason it’s the wet outlines of absent planes that are the most interesting. Anyone who…

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Tuesday, 13th January 2009

The world’s largest Russian doll

Matryoshkas, or Russian dolls, are sets of wooden figures of decreasing sizes placed one inside the other. With a Russian name and a long Russian history, you might be slightly surprised to discover that the world’s largest Russian doll, is…

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Thursday, 8th January 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

The Wrekin – a false volcano (Volcano week 6)

The 400 metre hill known as the Wrekin is a familiar landmark across Shropshire. An isolated peak amid flat farmland,…

Britain’s Beach Huts

It has been a pretty good summer here in Britain (by our standards at least), and people have been flocking…

The War of 1812 – USA

We recently took a look at important Canadian battlefield locations from the War of 1812, as well as a number…

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