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Off the Map: The Most Amazing Sights on Earth As Seen By Satellite [Paperback]

Alex Turnbull , James Turnbull
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Nov. 2 2006
This book brings you the hole-in-the wall gems that you'd never stumble onto on your own, but which the cameras did. Just as you thought the world had been fully explored — here are the most amazing sights on planet earth that no guidebook takes you near. This selection of the weirdest and most unusual sights includes: The Plug Holes in the Mediterranean; Arizona's Boneyard; The White Snake of Baja; Australia's Extraordinary Flying Car; The Hole in the Coast of Mexico; and the Face of Jesus Found in the Sand Dune. Extraordinary natural formations, offbeat manmade marvels, and the simply uncategorizable — all are glitches in the matrix of how we expect to see the world. The true explanation for each, where known, is featured in this wonderful and unusual guide.

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James and Alex Turnbull are professional web developers based in Edinburgh. This is their first book. They set up the award-winning website googlesightseeing.com in 2005.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Look it down Feb. 19 2008
Format:Paperback
This is one of those books you see loitering near the cash register in book shops, which you pick up and on a casual flick through the pages buy it (wise folk, of course, note the title then order it cheaper online from Amazon).

I thought it was well worth the money. Now you can see a whole load of quirky shots of the planet that until recently really weren't possible and impressive quality, too. What I particularly liked was the concentration on the man-made world rather than the natural world. Here you can see a Stealth bomber on the runway at Edwards Air Force base, the Prophet Mosque, Medina, Saudi Arabia or hundreds of cars stored on a runway at RAF Bedford in England.

Mixed in with not normally seen photos there are plenty of offbeat sights that clearly would never be appreciated at ground level, like a huge rabbit on Mount Colleto Fava in Italy, designed by a bunch of artists from Vienna or a giant dead cowboy floating of the coast of Australia. I know that's a kind of vague location but all the images have precise co-ordinates on each page so you can find them yourself.

Although the book plugs Google Earth it might be worth checking out the same place on MSN Virtual World. In many cases both sites use the same image source. For instance both have the same scan of the world's tallest man-made structure the KVLY-TV mast at Blanchard, North Dakota shown on page 134. Factoid Time: the mast is 2063 feet high and the structure incorporates an electric elevator to allow (brave!) engineers to get to the top for periodic maintenance.

There is a spin-off to using the book because when you check out the sites on Google Earth you'll find that curiosity will get the better of you and something nearby will make you zoom in for a closer look and suddenly another hour has gone!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Worth Viewing July 8 2008
By T. Franklin - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This book was way more entertaining than I orpginally expected. The sights are really cool but the star of the book is the quirky, clever commentary. Not only do you get a description of what you are looking at, ther is usually a great "what if?" or "did you know?" story as well.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It makes great guest room reading material as there is a little something for everyone.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Space Oddities Revealed Feb. 22 2007
By Bear in the Canyon - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This book is a great compilation of photos and comments on them from the folks at Google Sightseeing, whose members pore over the maps on Google Earth and find some of the most unlikely and bizarre visual treats on the planet. Check it out and you'll be hooked!
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it! Jan. 9 2007
By Joanna Willoughby - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
My sister in law recommended this book and I love it. I love the photos and the captions. Quirky and fun. A great read in the bathroom.
4.0 out of 5 stars Cute little book of Google Earth oddities July 31 2009
By Michael A. Duvernois - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This is an impulse purchase book, something within easy reach of the cash register. That said, it's quite good, though most (perhaps all) of the sites are mentioned in various Google Earth oddity web sites. Still, it's a good gift book or (small) coffee table book.
5.0 out of 5 stars Look it down Feb. 19 2008
By Robin Benson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This is one of those books you see loitering near the cash register in book shops, which you pick up and on a casual flick through the pages buy it (wise folk, of course, note the title then order it cheaper online from Amazon).

I thought it was well worth the money. Now you can see a whole load of quirky shots of the planet that until recently really weren't possible and impressive quality, too. What I particularly liked was the concentration on the man-made world rather than the natural world. Here you can see a Stealth bomber on the runway at Edwards Air Force base, the Prophet Mosque, Medina, Saudi Arabia or hundreds of cars stored on a runway at RAF Bedford in England.

Mixed in with not normally seen photos there are plenty of offbeat sights that clearly would never be appreciated at ground level, like a huge rabbit on Mount Colleto Fava in Italy, designed by a bunch of artists from Vienna or a giant dead cowboy floating of the coast of Australia. I know that's a kind of vague location but all the images have precise co-ordinates on each page so you can find them yourself.

Although the book plugs Google Earth it might be worth checking out the same place on MSN Bing, where a bird's-eye view is sometimes available. In many cases both sites use the same image source. For instance both have the same scan of the world's tallest man-made structure the KVLY-TV mast at Blanchard, North Dakota shown on page 134. Factoid Time: the mast is 2063 feet high and the structure incorporates an electric elevator to allow (brave!) engineers to get to the top for periodic maintenance.

There is a spin-off to using the book because when you check out the sites on Google Earth you'll find that curiosity will get the better of you and something nearby will make you zoom in for a closer look and suddenly another hour has gone!

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