In the olden days, the ancients recognised Seven Wonders of the World; but thanks to Google Earth, you can now spot thousands of "I wonder what it is" head scratchers. Among the new wonders: a 1-square-mile painting of a cowboy's head, a giant cruise ship parked between skyscrapers, and places that look, well, not of this world.
Here we've collected some of the strangest sights in Google Earth, and we've included the coordinates next to each so you can cut and paste them into Google Earth's 'Fly To' box.
All-seeing cat's eye
Standing in front of China's Beijing South Railway Station must be impressive, but seeing it from the perspective of the Google Earth satellite is cool, too (39°51'50.35"N, 116°22'21.78"E). From above, this ultramodern railway station looks like a cat's eye. For larger-than-life architectural finds, nothing beats Google Earth for getting a grand perspective - be it the 350-foot Atomium (50°53'41"N 4°20'28"E) in Brussels, Belgium, or Dubai's Burj Al Arab (25° 8'30.90"N, 55°11'4.76"E), the world's tallest freestanding hotel.
Is this Planet Earth?
This aerial shot of an Algerian desert (31° 7'45.56"N, 7°56'23.12"E) looks like something taken by a satellite orbiting Mars. The stunning alien-like landscape has inspired some Google Earth daydreamers to spot images of girl's face (31°15'14.82"N, 7°53'12.10"E) or a tree (30°56'55.41"N, 7°52'51.37"E) between the wavy sandy crevasses. Think Algeria looks other-worldly? Try these mud flats (39.094361,83.596134) found in a remote part of Sinkiang, China, and this beadlike tableau (17°25'42.01"N, 6°38'30.39"E) in the Agadez region of Niger, where salt production has created odd formations in the landscape.
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