California

California City

Way out in the Mojave Desert lies California City. With an estimated 2007 population of little more than 12,500, the name suggests a hope for much more than it ever became. Nevertheless, the city’s area is a massive 203.6 square…

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Monday, 18th February 2008

Northrop YF-23

Continuing the thread of unique plane finds is this sighting of a Northrop YF-23 . Specifically, this aircraft is YF-23 model PAV-2, which was nicknamed “Gray Ghost”. We know for a fact that it’s this model as only two were…

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Wednesday, 30th January 2008

Another Secret Scientology Vault

Outside a ranch home in Creston, CA there’s a private racetrack, with a familiar looking symbol. Haven’t I seen this before? Ah, yes! That’s the super-secret symbol indicating hidden vaults that contain the complete works of late science fiction author…

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Wednesday, 16th January 2008

The Googleplex

As part of the December 07 image update Google have updated their own headquarters in Mountain View, California. Compared to the older imagery1 the most obvious difference is that the Googeplex has been absolutely covered in solar panels. Installed in…

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Monday, 17th December 2007

Trona Pinnacles

The Searles Lake basin, deep within California’s desert conservation area, is a dry lake bed featuring more than 500 rock spires known as the Trona Pinnacles. The pinnacles are formed from a rock-like substance known as “tufa”, a calcium carbonate…

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Thursday, 13th December 2007

The Sundial Bridge

Crossing the Sacramento River in Redding, California is the sundial bridge which (as you might have guessed) serves the dual purpose of being both a bridge and a sundial! I previously tried to use North America’s largest sundial to tell…

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Tuesday, 23rd October 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

On this day: The Corinth Canal Opened

On July 25, 1893, the Corinth Canal in Greece opened. Envisioned for millennia, the waterway was cut through rock to…

On this day: The Menin Gate Was Unveiled

On July 24, 1927, the Menin Gate Memorial to the Missing was unveiled in Ypres, Belgium. The Gate commemorates soldiers…

Top Ten World’s Tallest Statues

The roster of the world’s tallest statues is dominated by Buddhist figures, with most of the top ten (actually 11…

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