50 Amazing Finds on Google Earth

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

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Imagery via Google Earth

2. Mysterious Desert Pattern
27°22’50.10″N, 33°37’54.62″E
Red Sea Governorate, Egypt

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Imagery via Google Earth
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

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Imagery via Google Earth

4. Buffalo Herd
4°17’21.49″ S 31°23’46.46″ E
Kigosi Game Reserve, Tanzania

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Imagery via Google Earth

5. Giant Triangle
33.747252, -112.633853
Wittmann, Arizona, USA

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Imagery via Google Earth

6. Shipwrecked SS Ayrfield with Trees
-33.836379, 151.080506
Homebush Bay, Sydney, Australia

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Imagery via Google Earth

7. The Badlands Guardian
50° 0’38.20″N 110° 6’48.32″W
Walsh, Alberta, Canada

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Imagery via Google Earth

8. Parking Lot for Fighter Jets
33.927911, -118.38069
El Segundo, California, USA

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Imagery via Google Earth

9. Firefox Logo
45° 7’25.87″N 123° 6’48.97″W
Dayton, Oregon, USA

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Imagery via Google Earth

10. Guitar-Shaped Forest
-33.867886, -63.987
Córdoba, Argentina

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Imagery via Google Earth

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
41.303921, -81.901693
Columbia Station, Ohio, USA

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Imagery via Google Earth

12. Mysterious Desert Pattern
40.452107, 93.742118
China

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Imagery via Google Earth

13. Giant Target
37.563936, -116.85123
Nevada, USA

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Imagery via Google Earth

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
-33.350534, -71.653268
Algarrobo, Valparaíso, Chile

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Imagery via Google Earth

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
43.645074, -115.993081
Boise National Forest, Boise, Idaho, USA

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Imagery via Google Earth

16. Lion King
51.848637, -0.55462
Dunstable LU6 2LD, UK

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Imagery via Google Earth

17. Northern Cyprus Flag
35.282902, 33.376891
Kyrenia, Cyprus

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Imagery via Google Earth

18. Star Fort
Schansdijk 5, 4655 De Heen, The Netherlands

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Imagery via Google Earth

19. Potash Ponds
38°29’0.16″N 109°40’52.80″W
Moab, Utah, USA

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Imagery via Google Earth

20. Mysterious Pattern
37.629562, -116.849556
Nevada, USA

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Imagery via Google Earth

21. The Whampoa Boat-Shaped Shopping Centre
22°18’14.15″N, 114°11’24.66″E
Hung Hom, Kowloon, Hong Kong

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Imagery via Google Earth

22. Russell Square
Bloomsbury, London, United Kingdom

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Imagery via Google Earth

23. Coca Cola Logo
-18.529211, -70.249941
Arica, Arica y Parinacota, Chile

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Imagery via Google Earth

24. Concentric Cirlces
39.623119, -107.635353
New Castle, Colorado, USA

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Imagery via Google Earth

25. Island in a Lake in an Island in a Lake
69.793° N, 108.241° W
Northern Canada

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Imagery via Google Earth

26. Flipped Car
51°19’18.13″N, 6°34’35.64″E
Krefeld, Germany

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Imagery via Google Earth

27. Strange Symbol
37.401573, -116.867808
Nevada, USA

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Imagery via Google Earth

28. Monkey Face
65.476721, -173.511416
Russia

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Imagery via Google Earth

29. Big Swimming Pool
52°29’52.24″N 13°27’13.67″E
Berlin, Germany

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Imagery via Google Earth

30. A Most Phallic Buliding
41.84201, -89.485937
Dixon, Illinois, USA

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Imagery via Google Earth

31. Big Friendly Giant
19°56’56.96″S 69°38’1.83″W
Huara, Tarapacá, Chile

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Imagery via Google Earth

32. Another Jet in a Parking Lot
48.825183, 2.1985795
92410 Ville-d’Avray, France

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Imagery via Google Earth

33. More Mysterious Desert Patterns
40.458148, 93.393145
China

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Imagery via Google Earth

34. Shipwreck
30.541634, 47.825445
Basrah, Iraq

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Imagery via Google Earth

35. Multiple Landing Strips in the Desert
32.663367, -111.487618
Eloy, Arizona, USA

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Imagery via Google Earth

36. Oil Fields
37°39’16.06″S 68°10’16.42″W
Rio Negro, Argentina

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Imagery via Google Earth

37. Mattel Logo
33.921277, -118.391674
El Segundo, California

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Imagery via Google Earth

38. Uluru / Ayers Rock
-25.344375, 131.034401
Northern Territory, Austrlia

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Imagery via Google Earth

39. 1:20 Scale Model of Disputed Border Region
between India and China
38.265652, 105.9517
Yong Ning Xian, Yinchuan, Ningxia, China

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Imagery via Google Earth

40. UTA Flight 772 Desert Memorial
16.864841, 11.953808
Sahara Desert, southern Ténéré of Niger

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Imagery via Google Earth

41. Heart-Shaped Land Formation
20°56’15.47″S, 164°39’30.56″E
New Caledonia

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Imagery via Google Earth

42. Rainbow Plane
Cathy Terrace Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey , USA ‎

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Imagery via Google Earth

43. Barringer Meteor Crater
35.027185, -111.022388
Winslow, Arizona

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Imagery via Google Earth

44. Come Downtown and Play
35.141533, -90.052695
Memphis, Tennessee, USA

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Imagery via Google Earth

45. Hippo Pool
6°53’53.00″ S 31°11’15.40″ E
Katavi National Park, Tanzania

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Imagery via Google Earth

46. Solar Field
34.871778, -116.834192
Daggett, California

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Imagery via Google Earth

47. Giant US Flag
7300 Airport Blvd, Houston, TX 77061, USA

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Imagery via Google Earth

48. Big Red Lips in the Desert
12°22’13.32″N, 23°19’20.18″E
Sudan

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Imagery via Google Earth

49. Grand Prismatic Spring
44.525049, -110.83819
Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, USA

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Imagery via Google Earth

50. Batman Symbol
26.357896, 127.783809
Okinawa, Japan

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Imagery via Google Earth

 Sources

Google Earth
Weird Google Earth
Strangest Sights in Google Earth, Part II
Why Is China Building These Gigantic Structures In the Middle of Nowhere?
The Google Earth Secret Coordinates – MASTER COLLECTION

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Author: MMK

Architecture & Design was started by an Afghan entrepreneur, he believes that wellbeing is affected by the spaces we spend our time in and that their design is an important notion to consider with regards to our personal comfort and happiness – whether we are at home, at work or at play.

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