Surprising, unexpected, and bizarre images get captured by Google Earth. Some are created deliberately, some accidentally. Others prove that Mother Nature has a great sense of humor.
Bright Side invites you to travel around the globe, stopping at South and North America, the Middle East, Europe, and Africa. Let’s have a look at some hidden secrets.
1. Nazca Lines, Peru
The Nazca Lines are geoglyphs located in an arid coastal area of Peru. They cover an estimated 170 square miles (450 square kilometers).
Their purpose and origin remain a mystery.
2. Landlocked Lips, Sudan
Formed by 2 rocky ridges, this half-mile-long hill in the Gharb region of Sudan’s West Darfur state bears more than a passing resemblance to a pair of luscious lips.
3. The Boneyard, USA
The Davis Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson, Arizona, is where US military planes go to die. This base became a retirement home for over 4,400 US fighter planes. It’s closed to the general public, but Google Earth provides an image of what’s inside: virtually every plane the military has flown since World War II — from the B-52 Stratofortress to the F-14 Tomcat.
4. Fort Bourtange, The Netherlands
A star fort in the Netherlands was built in 1593 under the orders of William the Silent. Its original purpose was to control the only road between Germany and the city of Groningen, which was controlled by the Spaniards during the time of the Eighty Years’ War.
5. Desert Breath, Egypt
The Desert Breath, located in the Egyptian desert near Hurghada on the Red Sea coast, is a double-spiral work of land art. It was created by 3 artists in 1997, and it consists of 89 protruding cones of gradually increasing size set in a spiral and another 89 depressed (incised) cones set in spirals.
6. The Badlands Guardian, Canada
The Badlands Guardian is a geomorphological feature located in Canada. Viewed from the air, the feature bears a strong resemblance to a human head wearing a full Aboriginal Canadian headdress, facing directly westward. Because of additional man-made structures, it also appears to be wearing earphones.
7. Grand Prismatic Spring, USA
This is the largest hot spring in the United States.
Grand Prismatic Spring was named for its striking coloration. Its colors match the rainbow dispersion of white light by an optical prism: red, orange, yellow, green, and blue.
8. Meteor Crater, USA
The crater in Arizona was created about 50,000 years ago during the Pleistocene epoch, when the local climate on the Colorado Plateau was much cooler and damper. During the 1960s and 1970s, NASA astronauts trained in the crater to prepare 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
In Basra, Iraq, Google Earth captured the wrecks of several ships. Some are just lying there floating on their sides, while others are half-submerged and seemingly covered in rust.
11. A “sea monster,” New Zealand
A strange form of sea life has been spotted on Google Earth to the northeast of New Zealand. It is a long dark strip resembling a giant snake between 2 curved lines of wakes. The mystery creature appears to be too fast for a whale and too large for a shark.
12. The Snow Saddle, Nepal
Kangtega, known also as The Snow Saddle, is a major mountain peak of the Himalayas with a summit of 6,782 meters.
The black blob that hides it on Google Earth is a bit of a mystery.
13. Bloody Lake, Iraq
This blood-red lake outside Iraq’s Sadr City garnered a fair share of macabre speculation when it was noticed in 2007.
Bonus: A strange cloud formation in Italy
An unusual object was spotted above the highway in Italy. Maybe it is a cloud formation; maybe it’s an alien spacecraft. We will never find out.