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.
Instead of working with paint brushes and canvases, some artists use bulldozers and backhoes to create art. In their 1997 desert installation called Desert Breath (27°22'50.10"N, 33°37'54.62"E), artists Danae Stratou, Alexandra Stratou, and Stella Constantinides created two interlocking spirals that stretch almost 0.25 miles from side to side in the Egyptian desert. The inset images on the left are from DanaeStratou.com and show Desert Breath just after it was completed and before the installation was ravaged by wind, rain, and time.
Hell on Earth
This satellite view of what CBS news called 'hell on earth' in a 60 Minutes exposé is as close as you might want to get to the beach of Bhatiari, Bangladesh (22°26'4.44"N, 91°43'46.32"E), where hundreds of cashiered luxury liners and no-longer-useful cargo ships come to die and be dismembered. What you can't see in this satellite snapshot are the thousands of workers who get paid a dollar a day to toil in the heat and toxic boat waste salvaging steel, copper, and ship parts. The inset image on the right of the slide is from Flickr user naquib. And speaking of maritime graveyards, here is where the US Navy mothballs some of its fleet near Benicia, California (38° 3'55.21"N 122° 6'15.96"W).
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