Kawarau River and Bridge

The Kawarau River and Bridge in New Zealand both have notable claims to fame. The river, which runs between Lake Wakatipu and Lake Dunstan, played its part in the Lord of the Rings films as Middle Earth’s Great River Anduin.…

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Sunday, 23rd July 2006

Laughing into Space

For some unknown reason somebody is carving giant letters ‘HA’ into a sand bar near Abu Dhabi. The 500m tall water letters are very neat but it’s a lot of effort just to laugh into space. Perhaps it’s just the…

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Friday, 21st July 2006

Itaipú

Damming the Paraná River on the border between Brazil and Paraguay sits an incredible engineering achievement – the largest hydroelectric power plant in the world, Itaipú. Itaipú is 196 metres high and contains enough iron and steel to build 380…

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Thursday, 20th July 2006

Marching Marines

Could these tiny white dots actually by the heads of 5 marines marching through the Californian desert in single file formation? Quite possible I suppose as we’re near the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms (yes I realise…

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Thursday, 20th July 2006

Very Tall Flagpoles

We’ve previously featured Mexico’s giant flags but this is the world’s largest unsupported flagpole in Jordan. Narrowly beating the previous record holder in UAE, the flagpole is 126.8 metres tall, is illuminated at night and can apparently be seen from…

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Wednesday, 19th July 2006

Happy Globe/Man Thing

Check out this cool (and very chirpy looking) globe/man thing on a roof in Tokyo. He appears to be wearing a busboy’s hat… or is it… a manhole cover? There’s some characters on the roof too, but unfortunately Japanese is…

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Tuesday, 18th July 2006

Welcome to Google Sightseeing!

Google Sightseeing takes you on a tour of the world as seen from satellite or street views using Google Maps. Our team of authors present weird and wonderful sights as suggested by readers.

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