(Pocket-lint) – The world is a wonderful place and with Google Earth, you can almost travel the entire globe in the blink of an eye.
Doing so can be really eye-opening too, as there are all sorts of places that when viewed from above take on a new meaning or view.
We’ve collected some of the most interesting spots you can poke around at.
The Badlands Guardian
When viewed from above, there’s a certain spot in Alberta, Canada where a natural formation of the land looks like the face of a person.
That person appears to be listening to some music with earphones (actually a road and oil well) and staring off thoughtfully into the distance.
Swastika shaped building in California
Historically, the swastika symbol was a religious symbol for divinity and spirituality. But when the Nazis adopted it as their symbol during WW2 it took on a new meaning.
In 2008, Google Earth users discovered this building in Coronado, California and the internet was outraged. It turns out this complex is a US Navy building that was originally constructed in 1967. The building evolved over time and eventually came to become what it is today.
The Navy agreed to do something about it and camouflage its shape after the internet discovery sparked controversy.
Blood Lake (Lago Vermelho)
Just outside Baghdad in Iraq, there’s a bright red lake that looks like it is made of blood.
When it was first spotted, it was suggested that it was caused by local slaughter houses dumping waste into the canals, but it’s thought to be more likely to be caused by pollution.
Either way, it’s a curiosity.
Located just outside Tucson, Arizona, lies Davis-Monthan Air Force Base. This base is the last resting place for thousands of obsolete military aeroplanes.
Take a look at Google Earth’s 3D mode and you’ll see all manner of broken down planes.
The world’s largest solar farm
This is the world’s largest solar farm located in India. It spans 14,000 acres of land and produces 2.25GW of power.
This region of India is known for its high temps and solar-rich weather making it perfect for such an installation.
Uffington White Horse
This is the Uffington White Horse, a prehistoric figure that’s carved into the hills of the English countryside in Oxfordshire.
The horse is formed from deep trenches filled with chalk. It’s said that the hillside artwork is at least 3,000 years old.
Every time we see this view, we wonder how the original creators knew what they were crafting when they didn’t have the advantage of such a detailed aerial view.
The Giant Triangle
In Wittmann, Arizona, there’s a giant triangle inexplicably located just outside of town. The thing is massive and looks like it might be Superman’s sign to his people carved into the land.
Sadly it’s actually just a disused airfield. Looks pretty cool from above though.
A guitar shaped forest
In part of the fertile region of Argentina, there’s a particular stretch of land where a farmer has grown a guitar shaped forest in memory of his wife.
Pedro Martin Ureta and his four children set about planting 7,000 trees to grow a magnificent guitar shape. Formed of cypress trees and eucalyptus trees, the end result is brilliant when viewed from above. A wonderful tribute to the lady who inspired the idea.
Heart shaped lake
This magnificent private property located in Columbia Station, Ohio boasts a seriously romantic lake shaped like a heart.
In the depths of Nevada, there’s a giant target seemingly painted on the ground.
It’s thought that this giant thing is likely to be an aerial photo calibration target. These sorts of markings appear all over the US and were used to calibrate, focus and test aerial photographic equipment during the 1950s and 60s.
Whipsnade White Lion
Just outside Whipsnade Zoo, there’s an enormous lion cut into the side of the hill, crafting another magnificent chalk artwork on the English countryside.
This is one of several hill figures dotted around the country. The lion is one of the newest dating back to just 1931. While the others go back centuries.
This wonderfully colourful sight is known as Potash Ponds. These are mines that are used in the creation of different fertilisers.
The ponds appear this way due to the chemical make-up in the waters. With copper sulfate being used to prevent bacterial and algal growth, the result is an inviting blue glow akin to Mediterranean oceans.
Over in Chile, you’ll find the World’s largest Coca-Cola logo.
This monument to capitalism was originally crafted a few decades ago to commemorate 100 years of the brand (since updated to 125 years).
The so-called geo-sign is was crafted using 70,000 empty Coca Cola bottles in order to make it large enough to see from space.
This is the Richat Structure, also known as the Eye of the Sahara. It’s an area of geological erosion with exposed sedimentary rock and layers of igneous formations.
The erosion has created a magnificent view which is particularly good when seen from above.
A swimming pool in a river
In Berlin, on the river Spree, there’s a swimming pool. But not just any swimming pool, a swimming pool that’s built on a river.
Weird, wonderful and a little bit wild?
In El Segundo, California is Mattel’s global headquarters. The building seen here is pretty magnificent, but the Mattel logo emblazoned on the floor is even more impressive.
Seen by Google Earth, it’s just as good.
UTA Flight 772 Desert Memorial
In 1989, UTA Flight 772 bound for Paris was blown up by Libyan terrorists while over the Sahara desert. All on board were killed.
The remains of the plane were strewn across the desert below and in its place, a memorial was built. That memorial consisted of a dark stone circle surrounded by 170 broken mirrors to represent those that died. It’s a poignant memorial to those that passed. Years ago it was clearly visible from the sky but now has been weathered by the passing of time and desert sands.
Barringer Meteor Crater
Barringer Meteor Crater is one of the many meteor craters on Earth. It’s said to be 50,000 years old, 560 feet deep and one heck of a sight.
It’s certainly impressive when viewed from the sky.
Writing by Adrian Willings.