Asia

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 the landscape by reaching out with massive lava flows and connecting itself to the mainland. The lava also engulfed several…

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Thursday, 30th August 2012

The Gobi Desert (Desert Week 2012)

The rain shadow caused by the massive bulk of the Himalayan mountains creates arid conditions for a huge distance to the east. The 1,600km (1,000 mile) long arc of the Gobi Desert spans the border between China and Mongolia; it…

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Monday, 9th July 2012

Desert Week 2012

This week, the always-much-more-interesting-than-it-sounds desert week returns – even later than it did last year (although here at Google Sightseeing we prefer to simply think that our years are slightly longer than yours). However, once again we’ve been scouring the…

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Monday, 9th July 2012

The World’s Longest Bridge

While we have looked at a number of very long bridges here on Google Sightseeing in the past1 generally they have all carried roads. Today, the longest bridge in the world, by far, is the Danyang-Kunshan Grand Bridge – a…

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Wednesday, 27th June 2012

Hot Tub Monkeys

It was only last week that Google announced their new “Trekker” Street View camera that would them to record images in places that were inaccessible even to the Street View Trike or the Street View Trolley – but only a…

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Friday, 15th June 2012

World’s Tallest Lighthouses

For centuries lighthouses have served as navigation aids, helping protect marine traffic from running aground on dangerous coastlines, rocks and reefs. As we’re ever-so-slightly fond of superlatives here at Google Sightseeing, we’ll take a tour of the tallest lighthouses around…

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Tuesday, 15th May 2012
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