Amateur astronomers study the panoramas of Mars in search of symbols and signs left for curious earthlings by extraterrestrial civilizations. Tearing away from the contemplation of space, a lot of interesting things can be found on our planet, using Google Earth maps compiled with the help of a satellite.
In 2012, a group of Australian researchers discovered an "undiscovered" island the size of Manhattan (58.8 sq. Km) in the South Pacific. The mysterious place was named Sandy Island and took place on the maps northwest of New Caledonia. He also appeared on Google maps, resembling a black angular sausage. However, when scientists arrived at the site of the alleged island in November 2012, they discovered only endless ocean expanses. In their explanation, released in April 2013, scientists declared the island a "mistake", explaining that it was most likely a cluster or formation, possibly made of pumice, for the island.
Lake of blood
Outside the city of Sadr in Iraq, at a point with coordinates 33.396157 ° north latitude and 44.486926 ° east, according to Google maps, there is a blood-red lake. There is no official explanation as to the origin of this object. Among the unofficial versions: the discharge into the lake of industrial waste or local abattoirs, and possibly (and most likely), special bacteria that give the water a red tint.
The strange polka-dot pattern in the volcano area on the north side of the Grand Canyon in the United States has received a fairly simple explanation from scientists. The authors of the pattern turned out to be red reaper ants (Pogonomyrmex barbatus) living in this desert. They create nesting mounds up to 120 cm in diameter, around which about 10 sq. m bare ground stretches. Meanwhile, this explanation, put forward by the physicist Amelia Carolina Sparavilla from the Institute in Turin, is still only a hypothesis and has not received official confirmation.
And this is the world's largest island on a lake, which is located on an island in a lake located on an island. A narrow strip of land is located in Canada on a small lake located on another island. He, too, in turn, is located on a lake 90 km from the coast inside Victoria Island in the Canadian Arctic Archipelago. According to the assumptions of journalists, no human has ever set foot on the “matryoshka” island.
Cemetery of retired aircraft
The Davis Monten US Air Force Base is where warplanes arrive to die. "Burial ground" with coordinates 32 08'59.96 ° north latitude, 110 50'09.03 ° east longitude and an area of more than 10 square meters. km is officially closed to the public, but you can still look at it using Google Earth. It contains the remains of many legendary aircraft, from the B-52 StratoFortress to the F-14 Tomcat. Among the several thousand units of aircraft, there are also spaceships that have served their time. According to some estimates, the total value of the scrap metal located here exceeds $ 35 billion.
Name in the sand
Sheikh, billionaire and member of the ruling family of Abu Dhabi, Hamad bin Hamdan Al Nahyan, commissioned to carve his name in the sand of his Al Futaisi island (8 km from Abu Dhabi) in the Persian Gulf. It appears to be the largest sand inscription in the world. The letters are so large that they interact with the tide, filling with water instead of being washed away by it.
Mysterious Gobi Pattern
In the Chinese Gobi Desert, photographs have recorded quite a few structures for which it is difficult to find an explanation. One of them is a mysterious grid of regular shape.When discussing the images, Internet users were generally inclined towards the military-strategic origin of the object. Confused by the area of the pattern - about 33 km. However, most likely, this is the Yagi-Uda antenna, it is also a "wave channel". This antenna consists of active and several passive vibrators located parallel to each other along the radiation line and is used in radio communication and radar systems.
Trolling Google maps has a long history - people cannot deny themselves the pleasure of diversifying their landscapes with man-made symbols. Even a special term has appeared - mapvertising. As a result, the world's largest Coca-Cola logo can be seen on a hillside in Chile. At the same time, it is claimed that it is made from 70 thousand empty soda bottles. Another ad creative set up in Nevada is a giant image of the KFC symbol, Colonel Sanders.
Kiss of the Earth
One of the funniest objects on Google Earth is definitely the kiss of the Earth. These unusual, lip-like hills are located in Sudanese Darfur and have traditionally been the source of witty commentary on the Web.