Google Maps Updated

Today Google quietly updated its map service to add high-resolution aerial photography for much more of the globe than the previous limited coverage of North America. New additions include Scotland, Iceland, Kuwait and many, many more. Here at Google Sightseeing…

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Tuesday, 21st June 2005

San Francisco Volcanic Field

Our final post of the 1st annual Google Sightseeing ‘Volcano Day’ is the simply incredible San Francisco volcanic field in northern Arizona. The field covers 4700 square kilometres and contains 600 volcanoes less than 6 million years old, including the…

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Tuesday, 21st June 2005

Mount Rainier

This is Mount Rainier, outside Seattle, Washington (fairly close to the previously posted Mount Saint Helens). At 4,392 metres, Mount Rainier is the highest mountain volcano in the continental contiguous U.S., and although there is no imminent risk of eruption,…

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Tuesday, 21st June 2005

Montserrat

This is the Soufriere Hills volcano on the Caribbean island of Montserrat. Although seismic shocks had been felt on 30 year intervals for most of the 20th Century, the volcano was still considered inactive. However it became active with devastating…

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Monday, 20th June 2005

Popocatépetl

Here is an absolutely beautiful image of Popocatépetl, an active volcano near Mexico City, whose name means ‘Smoking Mountain’. It is an enormous volcano, standing at 5,452 metres, making it the second highest peak in Mexico after another volcano, Pico…

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Monday, 20th June 2005

Barcena, Pacific Volcano

Larry pointed us towards this excellent little volcano island in the Pacific Ocean, roughly 400 miles southwest of the tip of Baja California Sur, Mexico. Great crater Larry, good work! Unfortunately here’s no map data of any of the islands…

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Monday, 20th June 2005

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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: The Main Branch of the NY Public Library Opened

On May 23, 1911, the imposing Main Branch of the New York Public Library was opened to the public, with…

Undiscovered Hawaii: Lanai, Kahoolawe, and Niihau

Hawaii is one of the world’s great tourist destinations, with millions of people from around the world streaming into the islands each year. While most tourists lounge their time away on the beaches of Maui, Oahu, Molokai, Kauai, and the Big Island of Hawaii, many forget that there are eight major islands in the archipelago. Being Island Week, now is the perfect time to take a look at the other three major islands of the 50th state of the United States.

On this day: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was Born

On May 22, 1859, the author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was born in Edinburgh. 221B Baker Street is, of course,…

Recent Comments

  1. Longtime reader: There has not been a new Google Sightseeing post since this one on May 22, 2015. Can we expect more...
  2. criticalmass: Every day I get this as an update – and every day starts with a song… [HER:] They say we’re...
  3. Wayne: I’ve taken one of those half-day tours to Niihau. The helicopter company, owned by the Robinson family,...
  4. Jel: And that’s not to mention the Dutch 11-towns race, when and if it gets cold enough – nigh on 200km....
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