Canadian Regions & Territories

Red River Floodway

To the east of Winnipeg lies the Red River Floodway, a 47km long channel intended to prevent disastrous flooding in Canada’s 8th largest city. The arrival of spring in the northern hemisphere leads to flood alerts in many areas as…

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Thursday, 26th March 2009

Weird Waterways

Today we have a trio of mysterious water-based sightings. First up, these strange pools in Arizona. With all the other weirdness in Arizona, these symbols could only be alien communications, right? The reality is that they were created by Forest…

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Tuesday, 24th February 2009

World’s Largest Cowboy Boots & Hat

There are a few contenders for the World’s Largest Cowboy Boots. The best claim perhaps belongs to this pair, which stands 12m tall, outside the North Star Mall in San Antonio, Texas. Tall as they are, they’re barely visible from…

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Thursday, 29th January 2009

World’s Largest Weather Vane

The world’s largest weather vane can be found in Yukon, alongside the runway at Whitehorse airport, in the unusual form of a DC-3 plane. After 28 years of service, mostly among Canada’s northern communities, the plane was retired in 1970…

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Wednesday, 21st January 2009

Giant Spiders

Caution arachnophobes, many parts of the world appear to be home to giant spiders, thankfully all in the name of art. First up, a giant bug on top of a building in Reno, Nevada. This spider sculpture was created by…

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Tuesday, 2nd December 2008

The World’s Largest Dump Truck

Scraping the bottom of the “world’s largest” barrel1, it’s the awe-inspiring (former) World’s Largest Dump Truck! Built as a prototype and dubbed the “Terex Titan”, the 20m long truck can carry a payload of up to 350 tons. The manufacturer…

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Monday, 24th November 2008

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.

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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