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40 Bizarre and Cool Google Earth Photos

July 19th, 2010

Google Earth is used when you want to explore rich geographical content, want to see satellite images, maps, landscapes, 3D buildings or view satellite images from galaxies in outer space. It also lets you search the whole planet within seconds without requiring you to leave your comfortable room. You can search for anything on this planet whether it is a building, a landscape or anything else, Google Earth will help you. In this post we have collected some bizarre and interesting Google Earth photos, we hope they will impress you.

Google Earth Photos

Will U Marry Me
Marriage proposal seen on a rooftop via Google Maps.

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Google Escher Effect – Paris, France
Stitching together satellite pix and aero pics of cities can result in situations like this where the different aerial vantage points result in buildings’ pictures being taken at different angles. Once stitched together, the taller buildings at the edges of each of the pictures appear to be leaning toward or away from one another at pronounced angles.

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Graffiti in Google Maps
Site of an extinct volcano crater, the Cerro Prieto, located near Mexicali in Baja California (Mexico). Apparently, a lot of visitors to the site have decorated it with their graffiti, drawn huge enough to be seen from high above. The graffiti appears to have been drawn with the intention to be seen by people looking down into the crater from the eastern rim of the crater. Here’s a closeup shot of it, taken from the ground.

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Mystery Stone Arrow

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Auto Antics
Think parking is tough where you live? In Westenbergstraat, Netherlands, drivers apparently have to park on the sides of walls.

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Localised Black Hole Discovered
As we all know, the general theory of relativity states that a black hole is a region of space from which nothing can escape – including light. Astronomers have identified lots of places where black holes may exist, but apparently they missed one – about 60km north of Tokyo.

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Internet fan says he found the face of Satan using Google Earth

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Heart-shaped island highlighted by Google Earth becomes hit with lovers
The 130,000 square yard islet of Galesnjak came to prominence after its unusual shape was highlighted on Google Earth.

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Man-Shaped Lake in Brazil

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Iraq’s Bloody Lake
This blood-red lake outside Iraq’s Sadr City garnered a fair share of macabre speculation when it was noticed in 2007. One tipster told the tech blog Boing Boing that he was “told by a friend” that slaughterhouses in Iraq sometimes dump blood into canals. No one has offered an official explanation, but it’s more likely that the color comes from sewage, pollution or a water-treatment process.

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Issaouane Erg desert – Dunes (Algeria)
The shapes and colors of the dunes in this desert are amazing. Notice that the three dunes have almost identical shapes. And there are tens of throusands just like those all around.

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Giant Gulliver from Google Earth, Hunters Hall Park, Craigmillar, Scotland.

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Terrain Face in Google Maps
The terrain in Alberta, Canada accidentally forms what looks like a human face when viewed from the air or when viewing the satellite pic in Google Maps.

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Osmington White Horse
The Osmington White Horse, outside Sutton Poyntz, UK. This prehistoric figure is carved into the white chalk of the hillside – such horse carved shapes are called “Leucippotomy”.

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Google Escher Effect pic from Houston
Here’s another weird satellite pic from Google Maps of some downtown Houston skyscrapers. This effect has become known as the “Escher Effect”, or the “Google Escher Effect”.

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Land Art near Munich Airport
Land Art or “Earth Art” appearing in a field near the airport in Munich, Germany.

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KFC space logo
Yum! Brands Inc created the logo near Rachel, Nevada, and claimed it’s the first ad that can be seen from space. If you recall, the same company had previously wanted to beam a laser ad up onto the moon for Pizza Hut, but had later scaled back to buying ad placement on the side of a Russian rocket.

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Firefox Logo
Crop circle art made in the shape of the iconic Firefox Logo near Portland, Oregon.

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Where’s Waldo in Google Maps?
Canadian artist Melanie Coles built a large image of the iconic “Waldo” onto a rooftop at an undisclosed location in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

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Bunny in Google Maps
Giant Pink Bunny created by a group of artists near Artesina, Italy.

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Coca Cola Logo in Google Maps
This Coca-Cola logo in Google Maps was apparently created out of coke bottles just outside of Arica in Chile.

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Portrait of Ghenghis Khan in Google Maps
Out of some sort of fear that they might forget who he was, the people of Mongolia have carved the likeness of Ghenghis Khan onto a hillside outside of Ulaanbaatar.

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The Vitruvian Man by Da Vinci
Leonardo da Vinci’s Vitruvian Man – one of the world’s most recognizable illustrations – is rendered here in crop art in Germany.

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The Palm Islands of Dubai
The Palm Islands are artificial islands in Dubai, United Arab Emirates on which major commercial and residential infrastructure will be constructed. They are being constructed by Nakheel Properties, a property developer in the United Arab Emirates, who hired Belgian and Dutch dredging and marine contractor Jan De Nul and Van Oord, some of the world’s specialists in land reclamation. The islands are the Palm Jumeirah, the Palm Jebel Ali and the Palm Deira.

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Oprah Maze
She’s got a massive syndicated show and a magazine called O, and she was dubbed the most powerful celebrity in the world by Forbes. Why shouldn’t Oprah get her own corn maze? An Arizona farmer created this 2004 tribute to the TV talk-show host.

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World’s Largest Fingerprint

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Guitar-Shaped Mansion

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I lOVE u

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Crop Circles
Without a doubt, the best thing that ever happened to crop circles is Google Earth. This circle in the desert just outside Beatty, Nevada.

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Roof Ad, New York City
Roof ad seen via Google Maps in New York City, apparently for a “Roller Skating” rink.
Likely intended to target LaGuardia Airport passengers, but many rooftop ads like this are starting to provide impressions through users of Google Maps and other popular online mapping systems which include aerial photos and satellite photos.

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Show Me a Sign

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Ghost Town: Prypiat, Ukraine

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Ni Pena Ni Miedo (No Shame Nor Fear)
Written in the sands of the Atacama Desert, Chile, are the words “ni pena ni miedo” which translate more or less as “No shame nor fear”, and together they form what must surely be the world’s largest poem.

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Giant of Córdoba takes a bath
Giants have a hard time getting clean. I mean, baths aren’t usually built big enough to fit your average giant, right? Which is the only sensible explanation as to why there’s a giant sitting in the Guadalquivir river in Córdoba, Spain.

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Google Maps Oddity
This is a very strange picture from Google Maps satellite picture of downtown Dallas. The rounded top building in the upper middle is the JPMorgan Chase Tower. Next to it is the tall rectangular 2100 Ross Avenue building (dead center). Catty-cornered from those two on the left side is the pointy-topped Trammell Crow Center which appears to be leaning at a sharp angle compared with the other buildings.

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Brunel 200th Birthday Maze
This maze in the UK was made to celebrate Brunel’s 200th birthday.

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Land Art – Bug in Illinois
Effigy Tumuli, by Michael Heizer, are a few different land art pieces built on Buffalo Rock in Buffalo Rock State Park, overlooking the Illinois River. (Built between 1983-1985) The animal shapes are barely visible now from satellite pics, though you can see the beetle or roach shape outline in this screengrab.

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Karl’s Maze, Germany
Karl’s Maze in Purkshof, Germany. Since 1921?

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75 comments for „40 Bizarre and Cool Google Earth Photos
  1. cchana on July 19th, 2010 at 4:15 am

    Great post, love how people creatively find their way into Google Maps’ satellite view. Something I’d love to do, but on a scale like the KFC/Waldo pieces, I don’t know where I’d find the time or resources!

    One I really like is on the Hawaiian island of O’ahu: http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&q=&sll=21.524917,-158.037488&ie=UTF8&ll=21.524917,-158.037488&spn=0.001397,0.001979&t=h&z=19

    It’s the Dole Plantation center, where they have a Pineapple shaped maze.

  2. sivaram on July 19th, 2010 at 4:28 am

    awesome collection frd

  3. Jordan Walker on July 19th, 2010 at 4:50 am

    great collection of interesting images.

  4. Gondy on July 19th, 2010 at 5:12 am
  5. abu4net on July 19th, 2010 at 5:12 am

    Great Collection.. Thanks for sharing.

  6. Aqua on July 19th, 2010 at 5:39 am

    What a nice pics.

  7. abdul on July 19th, 2010 at 5:40 am

    KFC and the red sea.. deffinitly photoshopped

    • Adam on June 9th, 2012 at 1:32 pm

      Actually they are both real. Why would Google go to the effort of photoshopping that crap then uploading it?

  8. Gary Busey on July 19th, 2010 at 6:00 am

    The Firefox logo is also obviously fake.

  9. christian on July 19th, 2010 at 6:04 am

    hey folks,

    i miss the nazca lines in peru!

  10. Aaron Kato on July 19th, 2010 at 6:14 am

    WOOOW!! Such an awesome post! Thank you!

  11. Adeel on July 19th, 2010 at 9:39 am

    really cool collection i like all the pictures…this is very nice work who has done this….Great effort…..:)

  12. suraj on July 19th, 2010 at 9:44 am

    Great collection, Now I am thinking to create something on my house which will appear in next updates of Google Earth. ;)

  13. Victor Burnett on July 19th, 2010 at 10:41 am

    been looking for Waldo… can’t find him though… =/

  14. Jae Xavier on July 19th, 2010 at 12:29 pm

    Gosh… this post is such a time waster… spending lots of time looking at these photos.

    There goes 10 minutes!

  15. Brian on July 19th, 2010 at 12:30 pm

    Well assembled collection – had not seen many of these before.

  16. Nauman Saqib on July 19th, 2010 at 12:55 pm

    Terrific work! loved the heart shaped island but it’s very strange the blood lake.

  17. Pusparaj on July 19th, 2010 at 3:56 pm

    Great! Some amazing and some unbelievable.

  18. rod rodriguez on July 19th, 2010 at 4:05 pm

    that’s a lot of earth covered right there…

  19. Vijay on July 19th, 2010 at 9:03 pm

    Awesome! I would have been nice if you could have also mentioned the Geo locations. :)

  20. 4MIN on July 19th, 2010 at 9:57 pm

    Great invented by people!

  21. Raelin on July 19th, 2010 at 10:22 pm

    Amazing collection. Rooftops, wide fields and huge islands seem to be the new places for advertising, courtesy Google Maps.

  22. fano begue on July 19th, 2010 at 11:15 pm

    awesome…….

  23. Urviho on July 20th, 2010 at 12:28 am

    Nice one :)

  24. Rulaf on July 20th, 2010 at 12:34 am

    Amazing photos!

  25. mikeV on July 20th, 2010 at 3:25 am

    the neon graveyard in las vegas is neat from the sky:

    http://maps.google.com/maps?hl=en&t=k&ie=UTF8&ll=36.176496,-115.135163&spn=0.000694,0.001047&z=20

    note the skull from the old treasure island and the m&ms

  26. tristan on July 20th, 2010 at 5:52 am

    actually?I count twice , there only 38 pics in this post???
    you may change the number in the title then.
    however , nice collection

  27. Rebecca on July 20th, 2010 at 10:10 am

    Those are great. There are some very creative people out there.

  28. Alex on July 20th, 2010 at 12:27 pm

    Wow! Amazing photos

  29. Wiseguy on July 20th, 2010 at 3:50 pm

    On the six pointed star “crop circle”; it’s part of a bombing range if you check the source image http://maps.google.com/maps?ll=37.401437,-116.86773&z=15&hl=en&t=h. Zooming out shows bomb craters to the east of the star. Zooming in shows various berms built into the star which are defensive positions. There’s some sort of big structure in each of the berms – possibly a type of simulated anti-aircraft missile position. It’s not a ‘crop circle’.

  30. fuzzimo on July 20th, 2010 at 6:20 pm

    Fun seeing stuff from above. Thanks for the post.

  31. lunamargherita on July 21st, 2010 at 12:11 am

    this is just amazing!
    i wonder what we will be able to do next.

    thank you for posting!

  32. Gaurav on July 21st, 2010 at 1:46 am

    superb share

  33. Adrian on July 21st, 2010 at 4:28 am

    Nice post… Some interesting things out there :o)

  34. Tom - New Evolution on July 21st, 2010 at 5:31 pm

    Awesome post!

  35. Jennifer Collom on July 22nd, 2010 at 8:11 am

    These are great, they should have done an series of images here in the Southeastern United States of the “See Rock City” barns. They are all over Tennessee and Georgia, maybe a thousand or so of them. It was the parks only form of advertising in the 1950’s. Here’s the Wikipedia article: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rock_City

  36. noelj on July 23rd, 2010 at 8:43 pm

    Simply amazing!

  37. avinet on July 25th, 2010 at 5:26 am

    Cool))

  38. Akash Padhiyar on July 25th, 2010 at 8:26 am

    Nice collection …

  39. Vik on August 3rd, 2010 at 5:31 am

    Cool

  40. Luis Lopez on August 4th, 2010 at 7:03 am

    “Will u get away”

    Thats exactly what I would say if someone is spying my or watching my house with an helicopter/satelite.

    Great colection, that red lake makes me goo creep.

  41. Mickey Mouse on August 30th, 2010 at 2:59 pm
  42. jyoti on September 12th, 2010 at 12:08 am

    great collection

  43. Boogie Guy on October 8th, 2010 at 12:51 am

    Well I can see by the volume of comments that people are fairly concerned. Running a blog is difficult because people won’t always agree, but that’s what makes it so much fun.

  44. Jade on October 16th, 2010 at 11:46 pm

    http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&q=dunstable+road&sll=51.848246,-0.553511&sspn=0.002684,0.010568&ie=UTF8&hq=&hnear=Dunstable+Rd,+Dagnall,+Berkhamsted,+Hertfordshire+HP4,+United+Kingdom&ll=51.848551,-0.554252&spn=0.00285,0.010568&t=h&z=17

    This is the whipsnade lion… is right next to a zoo.. it was placed there during the world war to stop parachuters from landing in the animals exhibits and being attacked :)

  45. febriosw on December 10th, 2010 at 4:18 pm

    Wow, interesting! Recommended to share. Most people use Google Earth and most people must know this.

  46. Digital Rebel on December 11th, 2010 at 9:20 pm

    I like the I LOVE YOU sign :)

  47. TedL on January 3rd, 2012 at 11:10 pm

    Fascinating website. You should include the “Studebaker Trees”, a planting of 5000 pine trees at the Studebaker Automobile Co. proving ground in South Bend, Indiana. They’ve been there since 1937 and spell out the name “Studebaker”. Amazing. Google the name to get a fix on the location.

  48. chris pring on February 22nd, 2012 at 10:16 am

    The photo of the white horse at Osmington is hardly “pre-historic” as it depicts King George III of England – (1738-1820) – and was designed to welcome him on his visit to Dorset

  49. claude on March 28th, 2012 at 2:02 am

    follow these coordinates 23.809062,5.736151 and you’ll see a HUGE skull on top of some random mountain in Algeria. By huge I mean it’s at least 10 metters wide.

  50. Rachel S. on April 12th, 2012 at 11:31 pm

    Okay, I took a look at the coordinates for the blood-red sea and it’s completely blue now. That pic is either photoshopped or the red was somehow flushed out of the river…

  51. michael Tunnicliff on May 6th, 2012 at 7:54 am

    neat Google Pics…amazing what can be seen from the air…it’s a big strange world out there..

  52. Mikev Anin on May 23rd, 2012 at 12:37 pm

    The KFC pic IS a fake. Some wierdos like to get their jollies from supporting the fraud, for some reason known only to them! Go to 37°38’44.89″ N 115°45’04.05″ W on google earth. Flat, blank desert in Rachel, Nevada, not near Rachel. If you like this kind of follow up, I’m sure that you’ll find a few more fakes listed on this page.

    • Andreas.! on August 30th, 2013 at 11:44 pm

      the Kfc logo is real. u can see it on google earth if you open history and go back in time.

  53. Larry on June 16th, 2012 at 5:30 am

    My recent project, which may be a candidate for your collection.
    Regards,
    Larry

  54. steph on June 18th, 2012 at 9:49 pm

    how do you find the KFC logo?

  55. Don A bailey on June 25th, 2012 at 10:32 pm

    The photo of the so called “crop circle” near Beatty NV is not a crop circle. It is in the middle of the Nevada testing range near Groom Lake (Area 51) and it is an old bomb storage unit. This is how bomb bunkers were set out in a circle back in the 50’s.

  56. mr lol on August 4th, 2012 at 2:17 pm

    all of these exept from the kfc is real and the crop circle is not a crop circle it is a bombing site from the 50s and you forgot the face in the desert somewhere near chile i think. where ever it is it does exist and check out 46 miles hill view it is the house next to the red car to the left

  57. Nahid Anwar on August 8th, 2012 at 5:56 pm

    Awesome Collection.
    Nice to know. Thanks

  58. derfallbright on September 12th, 2012 at 12:07 am

    It would be great if someone would create an American flag that could be seen like this.

  59. Marc T on October 12th, 2012 at 3:51 pm
  60. blog_izolacia on November 7th, 2012 at 8:39 pm

    The KFC picture is totally made by KFC themselves for advertising purposes.

  61. Mike N. on January 25th, 2013 at 4:18 pm

    Check out this “geographic” slashing that was done through the MN DNR. It’s cool to look at historic imagery to see how in the 1990’s this land was logged off, then grew in, then the surrounding trees were logged off a few years ago.
    48º30.49″N 94º50’59.94″W

  62. Eric on March 13th, 2013 at 3:02 am

    This is a great collection. I was familiar with some of them, bot others were new to me. Thanks for sharing!

    P.S.: Did the girl from the first picture say “yes”?

  63. Tom R on May 1st, 2013 at 7:14 pm

    Cool pics! I’ll have to look for some more in GE. :)

  64. Gonçalo P. on March 19th, 2014 at 12:44 am

    Great post.
    Just one correction. “Ni pena, ni miedo” stands for: no sorrow or fear. Not shame or fear.
    Thanks and i hope you can find more…

  65. Jayson Vaughan on March 27th, 2014 at 10:34 am

    Hey, I like the one with the red stuff on it

  66. seb on April 1st, 2014 at 12:59 pm

    I have seen two other black holes in the sydney operah house.