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Catch A Fire With Google Maps

Google Maps is on fire! Or at least it seems that way, considering the number of fires Google imagery has captured over the years. Take a journey with us as we travel the globe in search of flames and smoke.

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Tuesday, 31st May 2011

Brasília: a Modernist Masterpiece

The largest city on the planet that wasn’t in existence at the beginning of the 20th century, the city of Brasília was built in 1960 to serve as the new capital of Brazil. One of the greatest civic engineering achievements…

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Wednesday, 9th February 2011

Google Sightseeing Awards 2010

As we wave farewell to another successful year of Google Sightseeing, let us cast our minds back to some of the best posts of 2010, all summarised neatly into some arbitrary made-up categories!   Most comprehensive sightseeing tour We like…

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Wednesday, 5th January 2011

A Secret Message from Google Brazil

Standing outside their offices in Belo Horizonte, we find the Google Team,officially welcoming Street View to Brazil. We’ve recently heard rumors that, as with so many of Google’s products, one of the engineers has a hidden message…. Perhaps it’s this…

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Tuesday, 5th October 2010

New Street View images for Antarctica, Ireland and Brazil

Today Google have added even more countries to their ever-expanding Street View offering, which now takes Pegman onto all seven continents of the world! As it’s Google Sightseeing’s Fifth Annual Island Week, Google have kindly added a small amount of…

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Thursday, 30th September 2010

The Casiquiare canal

We’ve only ever written one other post about Venezuela, so it’s about time we took another trip. We’d like to have crafted a post about the Orinoco River, but sadly there isn’t enough of it in high resolution to write…

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Thursday, 29th July 2010
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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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