10 STRANGEST Things Spotted On Google Earth!
- Published on: 2/26/2020
- From enormous sharks stuck in the bay to strange spy maps painted on the ground, here are 10 strange things spotted on Google Earth!
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10. Merseyside Jaws
In December 2010, 36-year-old Simon Hoban noticed what looked like a gigantic shark when he looked at the Albert Dock in Merseyside, England using Google Earth. Albert Dock is a major tourist attraction in the city and is often used for community events so a huge shark in the water is kind of a scary thought!!
9. Phantom Island
In 2012, a team of Australian researchers noticed an island the size of Manhattan northwest of New Caledonia. It was called Sandy Island and they saw it on Google Earth. So the team sailed to the coordinates, and what did they find? Nothing! Just open water as far as the eyes could see. Yet for over a century, the phantom landmass had appeared on some maps.
8. Ancient Settlements
A few years ago, an archaeology student made the discovery of a lifetime thanks to Google Earth. He discovered a series of so-called “lost” Amazonian settlements in Brazil, dating back to 1500 AD. Jonas de Souza of the University of Exeter was doing research and exploring the area using Google Earth and reported his findings in a study.
7. Plane Graveyard
Nicknamed “the boneyard,” the Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group (AMARG) at Davis Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson, Arizona is a resting place for old and disused military aircraft. The 2,600-acre (1,052 hectares) steel cemetery provides 90-minute bus tours, but people can also catch a glimpse of it courtesy of Google Earth. It’s the world’s largest aircraft boneyard.
6. Strange Gobi Desert Structures
Google Earth images depicting strange patterns and structures in China’s Gobi Desert surfaced in 2011. They appeared as white zig-zagging lines that seemed to be painted onto the terrain. What the heck was it? Experts bypassed the typical conspiracy theories regarding alien activity and instead suggested that the formations represented the country’s spy and radar satellites.
As technology advances, companies are coming up with more clever ways to advertise than ever before. In a concept known as “mapvertising,” companies create large advertisements that are best seen from the sky, hoping to catch the attention of Google Earth users. In fact, it’s even possible to tour these massive billboards on Google Sightseeing.
4. S.S. Jassim Wreck
On December 1, 2003, a Bolivian cargo ship called the S.S. Jassim ran aground off Sudan’s Wingate Coast and sank. The 265-foot (81 meters) long vessel, which can be seen laying on its side, is one of the world’s largest shipwrecks visible on Google Earth. It sank visibly close to shore, and to this day, nobody knows why the S.S. Jassim capsized.
The pentagram, a five-pointed star that is heavily associated with Satanism and evil, was spotted in Google Earth images taken above Kazakhstan in recent years. It was seen in a remote corner of the landlocked former Soviet Republic on a piece of land protruding into a lake. The shape is etched into the ground in clearly-defined, straight lines, and surrounded by a circle.
2. Ship Graveyard
On the south shore of New York City’s Staten Island borough is a tugboat graveyard containing two dozen decrepit ships that once actively traveled in New York Harbor. Nestled between Staten Island and New Jersey, Witte Marina is accessible via an old cemetery and a rubbish-strewn path of soft mud that visitors are sure to sink into by a few inches as they trudge along.
1. A Star-Shaped Town
The northeastern Italian town of Palmanova is what’s known as a star fort. It’s shaped like a nine-pointed star and has a perplexing, yet impressive view from the sky. The paradoxically futuristic-looking locality was founded in 1593 as a representation of an ideal Renaissance city.
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