Google Earth -- Google's popular software programme that provides access to the world's geographical information through digital maps, satellite imagery and the company's search tools -- has unravelled Earth's many hidden treasures.
The mapping tool has found and cataloged some of the most unusual places around the globe. From secret Swastika to a Red lake, there are many unbelievable places discovered by Googele Earth. Time magazine ranked top 10 of these amazing Google Earth finds. Here's looking into them.
1. Secret Swastika:
Did you know that the aerial view of a Coronado Naval Amphibious Base in San Diego (built in 1967) looks like Swastika (a symbol that holds significant importance in religions like Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism)?
The picture shows four unconnected buildings on Base forming a shape of Swastika when viewed from above. According to reports, the Navy is spending some $600,000 to cover up the shape as according to them it reflects feeling of hatred.
2. Bloody lake
Looks like the lake tells the sad story of Iraq war. May be, may be not. The picture noticed in year 2007 shows a blood-soaked lake outside Iraq's Sadr City. Though there is no official version available, some believe it is a result of pollution or maybe some geological phenomena. Another view is that slaughterhouses in Iraq sometimes dump blood into canals.
3. Face in the clay
Here's a nature's creation situated in Alberta, Canada, that bears strong resemblance to a human face. Called Badlands Guardian, it is actually a valley eroded into the clay. It appears to be wearing earphones which is actually a road running along and an oil well.
4. UFO landing pad:
Looks like signs of a UFO landing? However, according to UK Ministry of Defense it is a motorcycle range. There are speculations that it may also be some sort of calibration tool for satellites. Such odd looking formations are also said to be found on air bases in the US and Britain.
5. Oprah maze
Here's a dedication from a fan to the world's most popular talk-show host, Oprah Winfrey. In 2004, an Arizona farmer built a 10-acre corn maze for the world's most powerful celebrity
6. Largest ship wreck
In 2003, Bolivian cargo ferry, the SS Jassim, sunk on the Wingate Reef (off the coast of Sudan). This picture shows the largest shipwreck viewable in Google Maps/Earth.
7. Atlantis found?
Looks like the ruins of the lost continent of Atlantis? Many initially believed so, taking the grid off the coast of Africa as streets in the mythical sunken city. Later, observers noted that the area appeared to be the size of Wales, believing such a large grid as an impressive feat of ancient urban planning.
However, Google Earth engineers clarified that the grid pattern was merely a digital artifact created by the sonar boats collecting mapping data.
8. Firefox crop circle
In 2006, when Firefox was just 2 years old, the Oregon State University Linux users group created this logo spanning more than 45,000 sq. ft. This was to mark the celebration of the Web browser's 50 millionth download.
9. Airplane graveyard
One of the most popular satellite pictures online, its where old planes meet their end. From B-52s to stealth bombers, all are broken down here at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base outside Tuscon, Arizona, for scrap. According to reports more than 4,000 military aircrafts are dismantled here.
10. Cruise missile?
This picture according to Google Earth shows a cruise missile fired during a military training exercises in the Utah mountains. The missile appears to have wings. However, many believe that it is actually an airplane.