North America

Mauna Loa: The World’s Largest Volcano

Covering an astounding 5,200 km2 (2,000 sq. mi.) Mauna Loa is not only the world’s largest volcano, but is actually the largest mountain by area and by volume on the planet. In fact, when measured from its ocean base, it’s actually higher than Mount Everest!

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Tuesday, 8th November 2011

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

Trick-or-Treat? Top Ten Towns with Halloween Names

Ah… October 31st, the day when children everywhere1 get to dress up in scary costumes and extort candy from homeowners under threat of terrible consequences! To celebrate, Google Sightseeing invites you to join us on a harrowing and haunting2 trip…

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Monday, 31st October 2011

Planes on Google Maps, October 2011

One of the most common subjects that readers post through our suggestion form is planes – whether in flight, parked at airports, or in pieces at crash sites. Here is a collection of some of the more interesting finds from…

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Tuesday, 11th October 2011

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

Top 5 Busiest Airports of 2011

Spend any time browsing Google Maps or Earth and you’ll soon spot an airport – they’re usually easy to spot thanks to their massive size. To save you some browsing time, we’ve put together a brand new list of 2011′s…

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Tuesday, 20th September 2011

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.

Quirky Border Towns of North America

Have you ever walked through the front door of a building in one country and walked out the back door…

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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