10 Strange Pictures are captured from all over the world
Google Earth collects images from various sources. Some are from satellites in geosynchronous orbit (which take low resolution photos of tens of thousands of miles above Earth).
There are satellites that are closer to Earth (which capture higher resolution shots), and even aerial photographs taken from airplanes, kites, drones and balloons.
Google Earth satellite imagery is available to anyone who downloads the software on their smartphone. In addition to the cloud community, this device was also used by archaeologists to map or determine the coordinates of a resource on Earth.
From mysterious structures engraved in the Gobi Desert, to ghost islands in the South Pacific, here are 10 mysterious sightings captured by Google Earth, as quoted by Live Science, Tuesday (08/13/2019).
10 Strange Pictures Listed
Here are the list of 10 strange pictures captured from Google Earth:
1. Scattered Swastika
The scientists found more than 50 geoglyphs throughout northern Kazakhstan in Central Asia, including swastika-shaped designs like the picture above.
Although it is known that the swastika symbol is made of wood, many geoglyphs are formed from earth mounds.
Meanwhile, the geoglyph seems to have originated 2,000 years ago. At that time, swastika was not something foreign throughout Europe and Asia, but it was not affiliated with any political beliefs.
2. A lake on a island on a lake
This one Google Earth image is called an island — on a lake — on an island — on a lake — on an island. Google Earth captures a place that shows a small island in a crater lake on an island called Volcano Island (located on a lake called Lake Taal) on Luzon Island, Philippines.
3. Peculiar wheel-shaped marks
Google Earth has spied on several ‘natural works of art’ carved into the surface of the planet, including a wheel-shaped earth structure that may be around 8,500 years old, making it older than the geoglyph found in Peru: Nazca Lines.
The wheel design is forked, adorns Azraq Oasis (Jordan’s territory), and seems to be positioned so that it is parallel to the sun rising at the winter solstice.
A team of Aerial Photographic Archive for Archeology in the Middle East (APAAME) scientists has investigated the structure of the wheel (also known as “works of the old men”) with satellite imagery available through Google Earth.
The shapes of the wheels vary, some of the spokes of the wheels are centered in the center, but some have one or two spokes and even are square, rectangular or triangular in shape.
4. Ghost Island
In 2012, a group of Australian researchers discovered an uninhabited and unspoiled island, the size of Manhattan, in the South Pacific.
Mysterious place called Sandy Island appears on the map, northwest of New Caledonia. The Nusa even appears as a black polygon in Google Earth.
However, when scientists sailed there to research in November 2012, they found open waters instead of solid land.
In an obituary for this island, which was published in April 2013, the researchers explained why the “Ghost Island” had been included on several maps for more than a century: there was a human error.
5. Confusing Pentagram
On the steppes in Central Asia, in a remote corner of Kazakhstan, there is a large pentagram, about 1,200 feet (366 meters) in diameter, engraved on the surface of the Earth.
This five-star corner, surrounded by a circle, is located on the southern coast of the Upper Tobol Reservoir. When it appeared clearly on Google Maps, it turned out that Google Earth had a more detailed version.
Many online comments link the site to demons, certain religious sects, or other inhabitants of the world.
But apparently, the pentagram is an outline of a park made in the shape of a star – marked by a highway that is now fenced in with trees, in order to make the star shape more different in aerial photographs.
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6. Abandoned Nike Missile
The Nike missile, which is a ground-to-air supersonic missile, is ready to be launched in nearly 300 locations throughout the United States during the 1954 to 1970s.
Some of these weapons even carry nuclear warheads. The missiles became obsolete with the emergence of long-distance intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBM).
Now, David Tewksbury, a GIS (geographical information system) specialist at Hamilton College in New York, hopes to preserve visual records from the Nike missile launch site before disappearing – either as a result of natural reclamation, reused by the military, or rebuilt.
The plan is to build a geographically referenced database so that anyone can research the Nike missile sites through Google Earth.
7. Holed Suriah
The civil war in Syria has threatened hundreds of archeological sites, including the six UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the country, considered one of the oldest regions in the world.
The Google Earth satellite shows much of this destruction, with some strange imagery showing damage in Apamea. There, Google Earth pictures show that all ancient Roman cities have been riddled with holes by looters since the start of the civil war.
“It looks like the surface of the Moon,” Emma Cunliffe, an archeology researcher at Durham University in England, who has published a report documenting archaeological damage in Syria. “In eight months, the area plundered exceeded the total area excavated.”
8. WWII Airforce Graveyards
Davis Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson, Arizona, is where an obsolete US military plane is ‘buried’.
Nicknamed “the boneyard,” the 2,600-hectare steel grave is located at coordinates 32 08’59.96 “N, 110 50’09.03” W closed to the public, but Google Earth managed to capture the ‘tomb’ image with high resolution.
There, every military aircraft that has ‘retired’ since World War II (from the B-52 StratoFortress to the F-14 Tomcat) is in various stages of decay.
9. Gigantic Letters
Hamad bin Hamdan al Nahyan, a billionaire Sheikh and a member of the ruling family in Abu Dhabi, has his name engraved on the sandy surface of al Futaisi Island, a home of his own in the Persian Gulf.
With a width of half a mile and a length of 2 miles, the letters reading “HAMAD” might be the largest in the world. These letters can be seen from space.
Typically, words written in sand will drift if washed away by water, especially on the beach. However, the letters are large enough to form water channels that absorb ocean waves.
10. Giant KFC Logo
Lots of advertisements began to appear in remote areas, a concept known as “mapvertising.”
The largest Coca-Cola logo in the world, for example, can be seen on the hillside in Chile (said to be made of 70,000 empty cola bottles).
Above, at 87,500 square feet, Colonel Sanders (KFC logo) appears at coordinates 37.646163 ° N, 115.750819 ° W not far from the Extraterrestrial Highway in Nevada.