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Celebration: The town that Disney built

In the mid-1990s Disney took a break from theme-park development and diversified into town-building. The result was a Florida town called Celebration. A short drive from Walt Disney World1 brings us to the community’s welcoming entrance, where the sign gives…

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Tuesday, 29th November 2011

Google secretly testing wormhole technology

Inquisitive reader Simon Proffitt alerted us to the Street View imagery in an area near to the Google HQ in Mountain View, California, The overwhelming evidence presented by these images suggest only one possibility: Google is testing top-secret wormhole technology…

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Friday, 11th November 2011

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

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: First Person to Swim the English Channel

On August 25, 1875, Captain Matthew Webb became the first person to swim across the English Channel, from Dover to…

My 200th Post – A Look Back

Almost six years ago I wrote a brief article for Google Sightseeing. Today marks my 200th full-length1 post, so I’m…

On this day: Loch Ness Monster Legend Began

The legend of the Loch Ness Monster began on this day 1450 years ago, when Irish monk Columba banished a…

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