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Operation Human Shield

It seems that Trey Parker and Matt Stone may have been more accurate with their parody of the US military in the South Park movie than they probably intended. Terrifyingly, here in Iraq, Google Earth has uncovered that the US…

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Friday, 13th October 2006

Shekou Sea World

Back in 1962 France launched a ship named Ancerville, which was purchased by the People’s Republic of China in 1973 and renamed Minghua. 10 years later the ship was permanently berthed at Shekou, Shenzhen, where she was refurbished and rebranded…

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Thursday, 12th October 2006

Shaolin Reservoir

Many believe that Shaolin Kung-Fu originated at the world-famous Shaolin Monastery but it is a little known fact that the nearby Shaolin Reservoir, is the true Kung-Fu mecca. OK, I made that up – the monastery is in a low…

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Monday, 2nd October 2006

Iwo Jima (Island Week)

(It’s Island Week all this week at GGSS, which means we’ll mostly be posting about Islands. Catchy name, huh?) The tiny volcanic island of Iwo Jima, part of the Ogasawara Islands, is just over 1000km south of Tokyo. It was…

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Monday, 28th August 2006

Baikonur Cosmodrome

Baikonur Cosmodrome is the world’s oldest and largest operational space launch facility where you can clearly see the Energia, Soyuz and Proton launch platforms. Located in what is now Kazakhstan, the facility was named Baikonur to confuse the West of…

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Sunday, 27th August 2006

Ming Class Submarine

A long time ago, way back when this website began, I thought that spotting submarines on satellite photographs would be very unlikely, what with them travelling underwater most of the time. As it turned out there are a lot of…

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Tuesday, 22nd August 2006

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 Architecture of Daniel Libeskind

Daniel Libeskind is an American architect known for his bold and unconventional designs for buildings which often significantly (and controversially)…

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.

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