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Dubious Deserts (Desert Week 2012)

Each year during Desert Week, we take you around the world to show you the best sights from the world’s most arid spots. We’ve also noticed over the years the large number of regions that don’t actually have hot deserts…

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Friday, 13th July 2012

Population: One

Recently the town of Burford, Wyoming made the headlines when it was sold for $900,000, which isn’t a bad price for a town where only one person lives. This got me thinking – how many towns, villages, valleys and islands…

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Wednesday, 23rd May 2012

The best of Google Maps: Circles, Paintings, and Rude Messages

It’s often the simplest things that get the biggest laugh around here, and when we open the GSS suggestion box it’s easy to get overwhelmed with small zingers that get a nice chuckle. So that’s just what we did for…

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Thursday, 29th September 2011

Naked and Nude on Google Maps

We here at Google Sightseeing pride ourselves on bringing you all sort of fantastic sights from around the globe covering all sorts of topics, but we know where our bread is buttered. The visitor statistics and Street View submissions say…

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Friday, 2nd September 2011

Only from above: the best of Google Maps

We get so many submissions of weird and wonderful things our readers have found on Google Maps and Google Earth that we couldn’t possibly post them all. Today however, we are launching a new feature that will bring more of…

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Thursday, 16th June 2011

Catch A Fire With Google Maps

Google Maps is on fire! Or at least it seems that way, considering the number of fires Google imagery has captured over the years. Take a journey with us as we travel the globe in search of flames and smoke.

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Tuesday, 31st May 2011
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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

Lesotho: Kingdom in the Sky

Lesotho is one of the most unique countries on the planet. It’s the southernmost landlocked country, the largest country that’s entirely surrounded by another country, and the highest country on Earth. Yet, it doesn’t really show up on too many people’s radar. With the arrival of Google Street View imagery this month to Lesotho, it’s time to shed some light on the world’s largest enclave.

On this day: Mary Queen of Scots escaped Loch Leven castle

On May 2, 1568, Mary Queen of Scots escaped from Loch Leven Castle. After having been imprisoned on this isolated…

On this day: The Empire State Building was dedicated

On May 1, 1931, the Empire State Building was dedicated. The 103-storey skyscraper was the tallest building in the world…

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