Europe

Siberian Diamond Mine

This is the worlds biggest open cast diamond mine in Mirny, north eastern Siberia. It’s more than 1 km in diameter and half a km deep! Wow, that’s a big hole. The Google Maps imagery isn’t super high-res but there…

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Saturday, 26th November 2005

The Tunguska Event

This orange crescent shaped blur is ground zero of the Tunguska Event. Way out in the Tunguska region of Russia it is where the Tunguska meteor impact is said to have taken place on the morning of June 30th 1908.…

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Friday, 25th November 2005

Unité d’Habitation (Housing Unit)

This is Le Corbusier’s Unité d’Habitation in Marseille, France. Completed in 1952, it’s a modernist residential housing complex for up to 1,600 people which features 337 apartments over 12 stories. Interestingly, every apartment is built over 2 floors and is…

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Wednesday, 23rd November 2005

Euro 2004

EURO 2004, the UEFA European Football Championship, was held between 12 June and 4 July 2004 in ten stadiums around Portugal. Of those ten stadiums seven are availible in high-resolution… Estádio do Dragão (Dragon Stadium) (Porto, capacity 52000) Estádio do…

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Thursday, 17th November 2005

Big Blue Norwegian Boat

Yet another kind of Norwegian boat. This time, a great whopping blue cruise ship, which by my measurements (bear in mind that this was my thumb and forefinger), is about 220 metres long. Who can identify this one?

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Thursday, 17th November 2005

Speeding Norwegian Seafaring Vessels

After the rather sedate 15 knot top-speed of the Christian Radich, here’s a couple of slightly more sprightly Norwegian vessels. Firstly, a boat that surely must be going seriously fast to create such a huge wake. It also appears to…

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Thursday, 17th November 2005

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

On this day: The Vauxhall Bridge Opened

On May 26, 1906, the new Vauxhall Bridge across the Thames in London opened. This was five years later than…

On this day: The Main Branch of the NY Public Library Opened

On May 23, 1911, the imposing Main Branch of the New York Public Library was opened to the public, with…

Undiscovered Hawaii: Lanai, Kahoolawe, and Niihau

Hawaii is one of the world’s great tourist destinations, with millions of people from around the world streaming into the islands each year. While most tourists lounge their time away on the beaches of Maui, Oahu, Molokai, Kauai, and the Big Island of Hawaii, many forget that there are eight major islands in the archipelago. Being Island Week, now is the perfect time to take a look at the other three major islands of the 50th state of the United States.

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  3. Wayne: I’ve taken one of those half-day tours to Niihau. The helicopter company, owned by the Robinson family,...
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