Google Earth is a virtual globe, map and geographical information program. It maps the Earth by the superimposition of images obtained from satellite imagery, aerial photography and geographic information system (GIS) 3D globe. Just like their data-rich Maps and Street View offerings, Google Earth is a treasure trove of oddities.
You’ve no doubt already come across some interesting finds on Google Earth. The post below attempts to compile the most fascinating sites other have stumbled upon browsing Google Earth. From natural formations to human structures, the world is a different place when viewed from above.
If you’re interested in seeing any of the places yourself, I’ve included the coordinates for every image shown below. Just copy and paste into Google Earth/Maps and explore for yourself!
I stopped at 15 shots, and there are 35 more great Google Earth pictures on this site. Please go to http://twistedsifter.com/2014/02/50-amazing-finds-on-google-earth/ to view the rest of them. This site has so many awesome things on it, you will all be jealous of it.
1. Airplane Boneyard
32 08’59.96″ N, 110 50’09.03″W
2. Mysterious Desert Pattern
Red Sea Governorate, Egypt
*Update* This is a land art project called Desert Breath by the D.A.ST. Arteam. The Sifter did an entire post on the piece here.
3. Swastika-Shaped Building Complex
32°40’34.19″N 117° 9’27.58″W
Coronado, California, USA
4. Buffalo Herd
4°17’21.49″ S 31°23’46.46″ E
Kigosi Game Reserve, Tanzania
5. Giant Triangle
Wittmann, Arizona, USA
6. Shipwrecked SS Ayrfield with Trees
Homebush Bay, Sydney, Australia
7. The Badlands Guardian
50° 0’38.20″N 110° 6’48.32″W
Walsh, Alberta, Canada
8. Parking Lot for Fighter Jets
El Segundo, California, USA
9. Firefox Logo
45° 7’25.87″N 123° 6’48.97″W
Dayton, Oregon, USA
10. Guitar-Shaped Forest
Located in the fertile agricultural region of Argentina’s ‘Pampas’ is a guitar-shaped forest made up of over 7,000 cypress and eucalyptus trees. A farmer named Pedro Martin Ureta planted the forest in memory of his wife. You can read about the touching story here.
11. Heart-Shaped Lake
Columbia Station, Ohio, USA
12. Mysterious Desert Pattern
13. Giant Target
*Update* The Sifter did an entire post on strange markings in the USA. Some are ‘eye charts’ for airplanes, better known as aerial photo calibration targets. The Sifter did an entire post on them here.
14. World’s Biggest Pool
Algarrobo, Valparaíso, Chile
At 1,013 meters (3,324 ft) in length with a total area of 8 hectares (19.77 acres), the swimming pool at the San Alfonso del Mar resort in Algarrobo, Chile is the largest in the world. You can read all about it here.
15. Jesus Loves You
Boise National Forest, Boise, Idaho, USA