Feb 11, 2014

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

airplane boneyard tucson arizona google earth

Imagery via Google Earth



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


Imagery via Google Earth


*Update* 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

swastika shaped building coronado california google earth maps

Imagery via Google Earth



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


Imagery via Google Earth



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

giant triangle google earth

Imagery via Google Earth



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

shipwreck-forest google earth

Imagery via Google Earth



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

badlands guardian google earth

Imagery via Google Earth



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

el-segundo-airplanes-parking lot

Imagery via Google Earth



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

firefox logo google earth

Imagery via Google Earth



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

guitar-forest google earth

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

heart-shaped-lake-google earth

Imagery via Google Earth



12. Mysterious Desert Pattern
40.452107, 93.742118


Imagery via Google Earth



13. Giant Target
37.563936, -116.85123
Nevada, USA


Imagery via Google Earth


*Update* 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


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

jesus-loves-you-google earth

Imagery via Google Earth



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

lion-google earth

Imagery via Google Earth



17. Northern Cyprus Flag
35.282902, 33.376891
Kyrenia, Cyprus


Imagery via Google Earth



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

star-fort google earth

Imagery via Google Earth



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

potash-pools google earth

Imagery via Google Earth



20. Mysterious Pattern
37.629562, -116.849556
Nevada, USA

tri-circle google earth

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

giant ship mall google earth

Imagery via Google Earth



22. Russell Square
Bloomsbury, London, United Kingdom


Imagery via Google Earth



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


Imagery via Google Earth



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

circular patterns in a field google earth

Imagery via Google Earth



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


Imagery via Google Earth



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

car-tipping google earth

Imagery via Google Earth



27. Strange Symbol
37.401573, -116.867808
Nevada, USA

crop-circle-pattern google earth

Imagery via Google Earth



28. Monkey Face
65.476721, -173.511416

monkey-face google earth

Imagery via Google Earth



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


Imagery via Google Earth



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


Imagery via Google Earth



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

big-guy google earth weird

Imagery via Google Earth



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

jet in a parking lot

Imagery via Google Earth



33. More Mysterious Desert Patterns
40.458148, 93.393145


Imagery via Google Earth



34. Shipwreck
30.541634, 47.825445
Basrah, Iraq


Imagery via Google Earth



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


Imagery via Google Earth



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

argentina-oil-fields google earth

Imagery via Google Earth



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

mattel-logo google earth

Imagery via Google Earth



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

uluru ayers rock google earth

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


Imagery via Google Earth



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


Imagery via Google Earth



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


Imagery via Google Earth



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


Imagery via Google Earth



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


Imagery via Google Earth



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

come-downtown and play google earth

Imagery via Google Earth



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

hippo-pool google earth

Imagery via Google Earth



46. Solar Field
34.871778, -116.834192
Daggett, California


Imagery via Google Earth



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

murrica google earth

Imagery via Google Earth



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

red-lips google earth

Imagery via Google Earth



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


Imagery via Google Earth



50. Batman Symbol
26.357896, 127.783809
Okinawa, Japan

batman symbol google earth

Imagery via Google Earth



Google Earth
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