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World’s Tallest Lighthouses

For centuries lighthouses have served as navigation aids, helping protect marine traffic from running aground on dangerous coastlines, rocks and reefs. As we’re ever-so-slightly fond of superlatives here at Google Sightseeing, we’ll take a tour of the tallest lighthouses around…

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Tuesday, 15th May 2012

Only from above: the best of Google Maps

We get so many submissions of weird and wonderful things our readers have found on Google Maps and Google Earth that we couldn’t possibly post them all. Today however, we are launching a new feature that will bring more of…

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Thursday, 16th June 2011

Top 10 Rudest Place Names in America

Back in February, GSS presented the wildly popular Top 10 Rudest Place Names in Britain. Now, it’s time for the American version! Take a deep breath, bring forth your sense of humor, and drum roll please… 10. Smackover, Arkansas: Claims…

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Friday, 4th December 2009

Graveyards of the Atlantic

New writer: Keith Tyler Keith is a Software QA Engineer based near Seattle, and is originally from Boston. He’s a veteran geocacher, and a prolific submitter of Google Maps sights on VirtualGlobetrotting.com. The rocky East Coast of North America is…

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Wednesday, 28th October 2009

St. Patrick’s Day in the USA

March 17th is St. Patrick’s Day, which was originally the annual feast of the best known of Ireland’s patron saints1, and today a worldwide celebration devoted to all things Irish. Over here in Ireland and the UK, we have been…

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Tuesday, 17th March 2009

The Mystery of the Carolina Bays

When viewed from above, much of the landscape of South Carolina is clearly covered in mysterious oval depressions that aren’t obvious from ground level. Known as “Carolina Bays”, nobody really knows how these unique geological features were formed. Despite their…

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Friday, 30th May 2008
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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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