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Steam Trains

Originally developed over 200 years ago, the steam train is easily one of the world’s greatest inventions, as it revolutionised both goods and passenger transport. By the 1970s the steam trains had to give up the commercial and transport railways…

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Tuesday, 15th January 2008

The Needles

Off the west coast of the Isle of Wight, England, stand the unmistakable white chalk stacks known as The Needles. Whilst there’s not a lot needle-like about them anymore (photo), The Needles were originally named for an actually needle-shaped rock…

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Wednesday, 12th December 2007

Glasgow Science Centre and the Glasgow Tower

Built on the site of the 1988 Glasgow Garden Festival, the Glasgow Science Centre is a purpose-built facility featuring three floors dedicated to hands-on science in action. Taking the form of a huge, gleaming, titanium crescent overlooking the Clyde, the…

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Thursday, 6th December 2007

World’s Largest Fingerprint

Somebody must have committed a major crime, as it would appear the Brighton and Hove arm of the Sussex constabulary have been dusting for prints around Hove Park, and uncovered what is clearly the the world’s largest fingerprint! This fingerprint…

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Wednesday, 5th December 2007

European Barge Lifting

Today we’re posting a roundup of the most interesting ways Europe has employed to get canal barges up-and-over stuff. The simplest method is of course a bridge, of which you can see several excellent examples in our previous post, A…

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Friday, 30th November 2007

Greenwich prime meridian

The equator, or latitude 0, separates the northern and southern hemispheres of the globe. Defined as the middle point of the two geographic poles, there’s no way anyone could argue about its location. However the meridian – longitude 0 –…

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Thursday, 29th November 2007

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

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.

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…

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…

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