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Napoleon in Exile

When Napoleon’s reign over much of Europe came to an end in 1814, his opponents shipped him off to the Italian island of Elba. When Napoleon made his way back to France anyway and was deposed yet again, the British sent him to the remote Atlantic island of Saint Helena. Here are the various homes and locales Napoleon called home during his island imprisonments.

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Friday, 17th February 2012

Landslide!

Landslides, landslips, and land slumps are hazards the world over. Some occur over weeks or even months; others occur in a matter of seconds. The end result, however, is universal: a large chunk of land collapses, everything in its path…

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Thursday, 3rd November 2011

Pigtail Auto Loops

Routes can curve so completely that sometimes they loop all the way around and cross over themselves at a different elevation. Generally this happens in mountainous areas or in tightly-confined urban areas where there isn’t enough space to create a…

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Wednesday, 10th August 2011

Largest Ever Street View Update, June 29th 2011

In the past few hours, Google have announced their largest ever Street View update, incorporating new imagery for thirteen of the twenty six countries with existing coverage. The countries receiving updated imagery are Denmark, Ireland, Italy, Spain, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden,…

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Wednesday, 29th June 2011

Covered Bridges Around the World

A quintessential American Icon, covered bridges are in fact a worldwide phenomenon. They can take a variety of forms – ornamental or utilitarian – and can be made of wood, stone or metal using a range of construction techniques. We’ll…

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Thursday, 12th May 2011

The World’s Largest Blue Holes

The term “blue hole” is given to sinkholes filled with water where the entrance is below the surface; but they are perhaps more accurately described as “vertical caves”. These caves were formed through normal erosion until the end of the…

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Friday, 15th April 2011
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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.

Google Sightseeing writer set to climb Africa’s tallest volcano

Two years ago our very own Noel Ballantyne wrote an article for Volcano Week 5 about Mount Kilimanjaro, a dormant…

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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