Google Earth frequently captures strange, unexpected, and surprising photos. Some are purposefully developed, others unintentionally. Others demonstrate how funny Mother Nature can be.
Visit South and North America, the Middle East, Europe, and Africa on a journey around the world with Egzoplanet. Let’s look at some buried information.
1. Nazca Lines, Peru
Geoglyphs known as the Nazca Lines are found in a dry coastal region of Peru. They are thought to encompass 170 square miles (450 square kilometers).
Their origin and purpose are yet unknown.
2. Landlocked Lips, Sudan
This half-mile-long hill in the Gharb region of Sudan’s West Darfur state was created by two rocky ridges, and it resembles sensuous lips more than just passingly.
3. The Boneyard, USA
US military aircraft are sent to the Davis Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson, Arizona, to crash-land. More than 4,400 US fighter aircraft found a home at this facility when they retired. Although it isn’t open to the public, Google Earth shows what’s inside: almost every military aircraft flown since World War II, from the B-52 Stratofortress to the F-14 Tomcat.
4. Fort Bourtange, The Netherlands
In the Netherlands, William the Silent ordered the construction of a star fort in 1593. Its original goal was to maintain control over the one route that connected Germany to Groningen, a city that was under Spanish authority during the Eighty Years’ War.
5. Desert Breath, Egypt
The Desert Breath is a double-spiral piece of land art that may be found in the Egyptian desert close to Hurghada on the Red Sea coast. It was made in 1997 by three artists and consists of 89 projecting cones of progressively larger sizes placed in spirals and an additional 89 depressed (incised) cones also put in spirals.
6. The Badlands Guardian, Canada
Canada is home to the geomorphological feature known as The Badlands Guardian. When seen from above, the feature strongly resembles the westward-facing human head of an Aboriginal Canadian, complete with headdress. It also seems to be wearing earphones, due to extra man-made structures.
7. Grand Prismatic Spring, USA
The largest hot spring in the country is this one.
Grand Prismatic Spring earned its moniker from its spectacular coloring. Red, orange, yellow, green, and blue are the hues that it has, matching the rainbow dispersion of white light by an optical prism.
8. Meteor Crater, USA
The Arizona crater was formed around 50,000 years ago, during the Pleistocene epoch, when the Colorado Plateau’s regional climate was significantly dryer and cooler. NASA astronauts trained in the crater during the 1960s and 1970s in order to get ready for the Apollo missions to the Moon.
9. Potash Evaporation Ponds, USA
Most of the world reserves of potassium came from ancient oceans that once covered what is now land. After the water evaporated, the potassium salts crystallized into large beds of potash deposits. Over time, upheaval in the Earth’s crust buried these deposits under thousands of feet of earth, and they become potash ore.
10. Shipwreck, Iraq
Google Earth photographed multiple shipwrecks in Basra, Iraq. Others are partially submerged and appear to be covered in rust, while some are simply floating on their sides.
11. A “sea monster,” New Zealand
To the northeast of New Zealand, a peculiar type of marine life has been discovered on Google Earth. The two curved lines of wakes are separated by a long, dark strip that resembles a huge serpent. The unidentified animal seems to be too massive for a shark and moves too quickly for a whale.
12. The Snow Saddle, Nepal
Kangtega, commonly referred to as The Snow Saddle, is a significant Himalayan high peak with a summit elevation of 6,782 meters.
Its location on Google Earth is obscured by a mysterious black blob.
13. Bloody Lake, Iraq
When it was discovered in 2007, this blood-red lake outside of Sadr City, Iraq, sparked a good deal of morbid curiosity.