South America

Mount Everest no longer world’s highest mountain

Which is closer to the surface of the moon, the summit of Mount Everest or Ecuador? Contrary to popular belief, the answer is Ecuador, as the Earth isn’t a perfect sphere. As the Earth is constantly spinning, centrifugal force causes…

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Monday, 8th February 2010

The world’s largest salt flat, Salar de Uyuni

Salar de Uyuni in south-west Bolivia was once part of a massive prehistoric lake but today is the world’s largest salt flat. When dry it’s a barren landscape, so featureless that it’s great for perspective tricks – but during the…

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Thursday, 19th November 2009

The Equator

We featured the Greenwich meridian two years ago on Google Sightseeing, so it’s about time we had a closer look at the other global zero: the equator. Although it is more than 40,000km long, there are surprisingly few towns along…

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Thursday, 5th November 2009

Calatrava’s Bridges

Santiago Calatrava is a renowned Spanish architect whose work we’ve admired in the past on Google Sightseeing. We’re going to take a more in-depth look at his innovative work in two areas, beginning today with bridges. One of Calatrava’s earliest…

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Monday, 2nd November 2009

Angel Falls and Jimmie Angel’s Plane

New writer: Noel Ballantyne Noel is from Sligo, NW Ireland. He is a very active member of the GE BBS forums, and loves to travel, especially to concerts when band’s tours do not visit Ireland. A common topic of conversation…

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Thursday, 22nd October 2009

Remote military outposts (Island Week 4)

It’s Island Week 4 here at GSS, which means we’ll mostly be posting about Islands. For about a week. GSS Reader Reg Coppicus from Canada thinks Isla San Felix might be “the crappiest posting ever”. Fortunately for us, he’s talking…

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Thursday, 1st October 2009
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Previously on Google Sightseeing

The best of Google Maps: Circles, Paintings, and Rude Messages

It’s often the simplest things that get the biggest laugh around here, and when we open the GSS suggestion box…

Rollercoaster Round-up!

We visited a number of amusement parks in the early years of Google Sightseeing, but with improved imagery and competition…

Airbus, Toulouse

In 2005, the aviation world’s eyes lit up with excitement when the first Airbus A380 took into the skies over…

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