South America

Whale Spotting in Google Earth

There are about 80 known whale species around the globe, the largest of which is of course the Blue Whale, which can measure up to a massive 30m long. Such a giant beast should easily be visible on the aerial…

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Thursday, 22nd March 2007

Crash Landing

Nestled within the trees of this suburban park is a crashed plane, that’s been there since 1985! The story goes that the pilot ran out of fuel over the city of Sao Jose dos Campos and was forced to land…

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Sunday, 18th February 2007

Incan Geoglyphs of Chile

Here in Chile’s Atacama Desert, there are many examples of ancient Incan geoglyphs, similar to the Nazca Lines in neighbouring Peru, but spread over a much wider area. In the northern desert the Chiza geoglyphs were made by carefully arranging…

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Thursday, 8th February 2007

Moray (Inca Ruins)

Nearby to the previously posted Machu Picchu, Peru, is a very unusual archaeological site – the strangely beautiful Inca ruins of Moray. The concentric rings clearly visible were farming terraces with a sophisticated irrigation system, constructed inside enormous natural depressions…

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Thursday, 16th November 2006

Casas Bahia

Some classic ‘Large Type’ action in Brazil – Casas Bahia is the largest retail chain in Brazil, and proudly display their logo on the roof. They have a complex numbering scheme for their buildings – you’ll see that this is…

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Friday, 8th September 2006

The Galapagos Islands

Welcome to The Galapagos Islands – 13 main volcanic islands, 6 smaller islands, 107 rocks and islets, loads of high resolution images and tons and tons of incredible sights to see. Have fun 😀 More on the Galapagos Islands at…

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Thursday, 3rd August 2006
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Lesotho: Kingdom in the Sky

Lesotho is one of the most unique countries on the planet. It’s the southernmost landlocked country, the largest country that’s entirely surrounded by another country, and the highest country on Earth. Yet, it doesn’t really show up on too many people’s radar. With the arrival of Google Street View imagery this month to Lesotho, it’s time to shed some light on the world’s largest enclave.

On this day: Mary Queen of Scots escaped Loch Leven castle

On May 2, 1568, Mary Queen of Scots escaped from Loch Leven Castle. After having been imprisoned on this isolated…

On this day: The Empire State Building was dedicated

On May 1, 1931, the Empire State Building was dedicated. The 103-storey skyscraper was the tallest building in the world…

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