Mapping software Google Earth turns the planet into a massive scavenger hunt for weird, wacky, and the unexplained. Here are a few of the things that keep us scratching our heads.
Visiting breathtaking landmarks such as the Roman Coliseum (41°53'26.44"N, 12°29'31.17"E) in person is the best way to see them. (Shown in the inset at bottom left is a Google Street View of the Roman Coliseum - another alternative for virtual globetrotters.) But if your budget and schedule don't permit it, Google Earth may just have to do. The good news for virtual tourists is that Google has updated its coverage of many of the world's most popular destinations with high-resolution images that make an Internet trip to the Grand Canyon (36.102966,-112.091532 ), the Great Wall of China (40°21'15.86"N, 116° 0'25.31"E), and Eiffel Tower (48°51'29.47"N, 2°17'40.26"E) (see it in Google Maps) [zoom to image] as enjoyable as possible.
What's the purpose of the mammoth designs painted onto the floor of a Chinese desert? (40°27'4.87"N, 93°44'42.90"E). Perhaps only the Chinese military knows. That's who some people speculate is behind several (40°27'23.66"N, 93°23'7.78"E) similar mile-wide paintings. A nearby Stonehenge-looking formation (40°27'31.04"N, 93°18'47.21"E) with three jets parked in the middle suggests a possible military purpose to the enterprise. But giant white lines etched into the Earth are not unique to just China. A mysterious pattern of white lines found in Norwich, UK (52.481725, 0.520627) has prompted some Fox Mulder fans to say 'I want to believe'.
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