Shinkansen Bullet Train

Here you can see the unmistakable ‘noses’ of a couple of Japanese Shinkansen Super Express trains, although you might know these better as ‘Bullet Trains’. Their nickname is well deserved however, as they regularly run at speeds of 300 kilometres…

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Thursday, 28th July 2005

My God, It’s Full Of… Clouds?

An alien monolith perhaps? Or just some rather interesting stitching? Pretty cool looking though Thanks to Kristian.

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Thursday, 28th July 2005

Fernsehturm, Berlin

The Fernsehturm (literally, “TV tower”) was built in 1969 and features a revolving cafe and observation deck. Aside from the obvious function of providing TV and radio signals for the city the underlying motivation for the tower was to create…

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Thursday, 28th July 2005

Horizontal Falls

This is the famous Horizontal Falls in the Kimberley region of western Australia. Although called waterfalls, this natural phenomenon actually consists of immense tidal currents hurtling through narrow coastal gorges. When the tide turns, the water ‘falls’ back in the…

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Wednesday, 27th July 2005


Believe it or not, here’s something else to see in Antarctica! They are snow and ice dunes known as ‘sastrugi’, and are formed on a snow surface by wind erosion and deposition. They differ from sand dunes in that the…

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Wednesday, 27th July 2005

Rotary International Roundabout

What looks like a roundabout in Sao Paulo, Brazil features the logo (and large type) of Rotary International. There’s another odd looking roundabout to the east. Thanks: Sight

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Tuesday, 26th July 2005

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: Roy Lichtenstein was born

On this day in 1923, pop artist Roy Lichtenstein was born in New York. While he was best known for…

On this day: First Person to go over Niagara Falls in a Barrel

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Michael Heizer’s Landscape (and other) Art

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