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Groundhog Day

Today is Groundhog Day, a North American festival which reckons that “if a groundhog emerges from its burrow on this day and fails to see its shadow because the weather is cloudy, winter will soon end. If the groundhog sees…

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Thursday, 2nd February 2012

Google Maps publishes aerial images of murder scene

The continuing rollout of 45° “birds eye view” images across the globe1 has now revealed a real-life tragedy. On the railroad track near Sanford Avenue in the city of Richmond, California, we can clearly see a corpse lying on the…

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Tuesday, 31st January 2012

Definitely a duck (maybe)

Here in the United States somewhere (we think, we haven’t checked), we’ve found this random patch of land that we think looks definitely like a duck. We’re not too sure really, but we reckoned you might like it. So what…

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Wednesday, 18th January 2012

Brayton Fire Training Field and Disaster City

In the city of College Station in Texas (part-way between Dallas and Houston) there is a scene of apparent disaster, with many burnt-out industrial facilities, collapsed buildings and train cars strewn asunder. However, they are all just simulations found in…

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Thursday, 12th January 2012

Ho Ho Ho! Giant Santas!

T’was the week before Christmas … which means it must be time for Google Sightseeing to pay our traditional annual visit to some festive locations where the seasonal spirit is in full force. This year we hop in our magic…

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Tuesday, 20th December 2011

Vehicular Art

While most people dispose of old vehicle by sending them for scrap or recycling, there are endless opportunities to do something more inventive. Today we take a look at large-scale vehicular art around the world, beginning with Florida’s Airstream Ranch.…

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Tuesday, 6th December 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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