30 Amazing Finds on Google Earth

Friday, March 07, 2014 | | |
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!


1. Airplane Boneyard (32 08’59.96″ N, 110 50’09.03″W) Tucson, Arizona
2. A mysterious pattern in the desert (27°22’50.10″N, 33°37’54.62″E) Red Sea Governorate, Egypt
3. A building complex that’s shaped like a Swastika (32°40’34.19″N 117° 9’27.58″W) Coronado, California, USA
4. A massive herd of water buffalo (4°17’21.49″ S 31°23’46.46″ E) Kigosi Game Reserve, Tanzania
5. This random, giant triangle in the middle of Arizona (33.747252, -112.633853) Wittmann, Arizona, USA
6. The shipwrecked SS Ayrfield covered in trees (-33.836379, 151.080506) Homebush Bay, Sydney, Australia
7. “The Badlands Guardian” in the mountains (50° 0’38.20″N 110° 6’48.32″W) Walsh, Alberta, Canada
8. A giant Firefox logo in a cornfield (45° 7’25.87″N 123° 6’48.97″W) Dayton, Oregon, USA
9. A forest in the shape of a guitar (-33.867886, -63.987) Córdoba, Argentina
10. This lake in the shape of a heart (1.303921, -81.901693) Columbia Station, Ohio, USA
11. A strange pattern in the middle of a desert (40.452107, 93.742118) China
12. This giant target in the desert (37.563936, -116.85123) Nevada, USA
13. World’s Biggest Pool (33.350534, -71.653268) Algarrobo, Valparaíso, Chile
14. A message of love (43.645074, -115.993081) Boise National Forest, Boise, Idaho, USA
15. An oversized lion in the UK (51.848637, -0.55462) Dunstable LU6 2LD, UK
16. A giant Turkish flag (35.282902, 33.376891) Kyrenia, Cyprus
17. Potash ponds in Utah (38°29’0.16″N 109°40’52.80″W) Moab, Utah, USA
18. A strange pattern in the sand (37.629562, -116.849556) Nevada, USA
19. This random Coca-Cola logo in the middle of nowhere (-18.529211, -70.249941) Arica, Arica y Parinacota, Chile
20. Another mysterious symbol in Nevada (37.401573, -116.867808) Nevada, USA
21. A friendly giant in the hills of Chile (19°56’56.96″S 69°38’1.83″W) Huara, Tarapacá, Chile
22. A sunken ship (30.541634, 47.825445) Basrah, Iraq
23. Multiple landing strips in the middle of the desert for no apparent reason (32.663367, -111.487618) Eloy, Arizona, USA
24. Oil Fields (37°39’16.06″S 68°10’16.42″W) Rio Negro, Argentina
25. A giant Mattel logo (33.921277, -118.391674) El Segundo, California
26. UTA Flight 772 Desert Memorial (16.864841, 11.953808) Sahara Desert, southern Ténéré of Niger
27. The Barringer meteor crater (35.027185, -111.022388) Winslow, Arizona
28. A giant pool of hippos bathing (6°53’53.00″ S 31°11’15.40″ E) Katavi National Park, Tanzania
29. The Grand Prismatic Spring (44.525049, -110.83819) Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, USA
30. Batman Symbol (26.357896, 127.783809) Okinawa, Japan

Sources: Google Earth, Twisted Sifter

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