Top 5 Most Odd Things Spotted on Google Maps

If the old world explorers had snapshots of the earth, what strange sights would they have seen? Google Maps and similar Google applications have let virtual globe trekkers see newly discovered ruins, strange forms of advertising and new lands from the comforts of their office chairs. The oddest things spotted on Google Maps weren’t possible without the help of satellite imaging, making Big Brother a friend to those who are curious about the planet.

5 Faces

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When you look down at the earth from the heavens, you’ll see formations that look like faces or at least parts of them. One such form is in Gharb, Darfur. At the coordinates 12°22’13.32″N, 23°19’20.18″E is a unique formation in a hill that forms a pair of lips. When you look at the coordinates 50 00’37.76″N, 110 07’00.86″W on Google Maps, you’ll see the Badlands Guardian in Walsh, Alberta, Canada. The formation is a valley that the wind and other elements eroded down to the clay. The part of the face that looks like an ear bud-type headphone is actually an oil well and road.

4 Shipwreck

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If you look off the coast of Port Sudan on Google Maps, at the coordinates 19 38’45.99″N, 37 17’42.17″E, you’ll see something that looks long and white in the Red Sea. By zooming in, you’ll find that the white shape is the S.S. Jassim, a Bolivian cargo ferry. The 265-foot ferry ran aground on the Wingate Reef in 2003 and sunk, making it one of the largest shipwrecks that you can see on Google Maps.

3 Airplane Boneyard

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When you check out the Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson, Arizona on Google Maps, you see an image that looks more like a drawing than a satellite image. The base is home to a 2,600-acre airplane cemetery nicknamed “the boneyard,” according to a LiveScience article. In the boneyard, you’ll find retired military planes—from F-14 Tomcats to B-52 StratoFortress stealth bombers. Since the boneyard is closed to the public, Google Maps gives you the best tour available at the coordinates 32 08’59.96″N, 110 50’09.03″W.

2 Blood Lake in Iraq

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Between two turquoise-colored lakes just outside Sadr City in Iraq was a crimson body of water in 2009. According to “Time,” magazine, no one really knows why the lake was red. Some speculate that sewage, pollution or a water-treatment facility caused the water to have a macabre hue. Others say that slaughterhouses dumped blood into the water, causing it to temporarily turn red. You can check out the lakes on Google Maps at the following coordinates: 33 23’46.08″N, 44 29’17.03″E.

1 UFO Landing Pads

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Some of the sites on the planet look like they’ve had visitors from another world. On Google Maps, if you zoom in on the coordinates, 30°30’38.44″S, 115°22’56.03″E, you’ll see mysterious triangular shapes in Badgingarra, western Australia that would form a larger triangle if you drew a line between each one. In the middle of a formation are a few dots that look like they could be lights. In 2007, UFO researchers said that the Google satellite took a picture of a “triangle UFO,” according to LiveScience. The formation that you see on Google Maps at the coordinates 52.481725, 0.520627 also look like an out-of-this-world landing pad at Thetford, Norfolk in the U.K. “Time” magazine explains that the strange formation is one that you may see at U.S. and British air bases. While the U.K. Ministry of Defense says that site is a motorcycle course, conspiracy theorists think that it’s really a place to calibrate satellites.

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