With the advent of Google Earth, satellite imagery of the Earth has become an excellent way to kill time. At the same time, interesting and strange things come across like a source shimmering with all the colors of a rainbow, a very excited giant or lake on an island in a lake on an island. Edition The Telegraph has released a selection of such findings.
The Giant Ring
At 20 kilometers from the city of Nardo in Italy is an ideally round test track for racing cars, built by Fiat, but then overbought Porsche. The length of the route is 12.8 kilometers. It has four strips, inclined so that drivers do not have to turn the steering wheel.
Coordinates: 40.335116, 17.825758
Route on the roof
This unusual building in the Turin district of Lingotto was once the automobile plant Fiat (also Fiat!). Brilliant work. The cars were raised from the ground floor to the roof, where the test track was located. The plant closed in 1982. Now the building houses a shopping center, a hotel and a concert hall. The route on the roof nevertheless remained.
Coordinates: 45.032083, 7.665710
Cemetery of aircraft
Most airlines are trying to regularly update their aircraft parks; Military aviation also strives for greater economy and manufacturability. Therefore, the average life of the aircraft is shorter than it seems. Where are the decommissioned planes?
Some of them resell to other airlines, and others are transported to one of the spacious cemeteries of aircraft that appeared after World War II, when the need to keep a large number of aircraft was no longer needed. One of the largest similar sedimentation tanks is located at the Davis-Monten Air Force Base in Arizona, USA.
Coordinates: 32.153513, -110.847546
Park in the form of a pentagram
This very infernal facility is located not far from the city of Lisakovsk in Kazakhstan. The park was laid in the times of the USSR. Of course, the star was meant as a communist symbol.
Coordinates: 52.479722, 62.185699
Atakamsky giant is an ancient geoglyph (a giant image on the surface of the earth), located in the foothill desert in Chile. In this country (as well as in Peru) there are many geoglyphs, including the famous figures in the Nazca desert.
Coordinates: -19.948855, -69.633612
A large prismatic source is one of the most famous sights of the Yellowstone National Park. Along with the Excelsior geyser, located nearby, it is the largest source in the reserve. Prismatic source and Excelsior are complete opposites: Excelsior is a boiling lake surrounded by rocks, and the Great prismatic source is a calm warm pond. An unusual color of its waters is attached to algae and bacteria.
Coordinates: 44.525063, -110.838171
A really big swimming pool
In the Yellowstone spring, you should not swim. But in the pool at the resort of San Alfonso del Mar in Chile, bathing places are more than enough. This is the largest swimming pool in the world, its area is more than 80 thousand square meters.
Coordinates: -33.349533, -71.652321
Strange art object in the desert
“Breath of the Desert” is an installation near the Egyptian resort of Hurghada on the Red Sea. Built in 1997, it consists of 178 cones and grooves that form two spirals. The installation area is more than ten thousand square meters.
Coordinates: 27.380456, 33.632129
Guardian of Badlands
A figure resembling an Indian in a traditional headdress is in the deserts of Alberta, USA. An unusual shape of the rock cavity was discovered by the Canadian Lynn Hickox in 2006.
Coordinates: 50.010611, -110.113422
Oil fields in Argentina
These strange lines are actually an oil field in the Argentine province of Rio Negro.
Coordinates: -37.660314, -68.177204
Lake on an island in a lake on the island
This unusual geological formation is on the island of Luzon, Philippines.
Coordinates: 14.010088, 120.997824
Bright blue ponds
Such blue lakes are located near the potash mine near the city of Moab, Utah, USA. They are evaporative pools with this chemical element.
Coordinates: 38.487876, -109.684299
Building in the form of a swastika
The similarity of the Coronado naval base built in the 1960s in San Diego, California, with a Nazi (or Buddhist) symbol was not noticed for decades – until Google Earth appeared. Tens of thousands of dollars were spent on solving this problem, but it seems that it could not be found.
Coordinates: 32.676159, -117.157661
Wood in the form of a guitar
Pedro Martin Ureta created this giant guitar near General-Levallier in Argentina as a dedication to his wife, who died tragically in 25 years. It is noteworthy that Ureta is afraid of flying, so that he saw his creation only in photographs.
Coordinates: -34.0164, -63.9322
A huge image of a naked man, also known as the “Giant from Sern-Ebbas”, or simply “Rough Man”, as well as many other chalk figures, can be seen flying over the UK (or exploring it in Google Earth).
Coordinates: 50.813676, -2.474771
Colored lakes of Bolivia
High altitude plateau Altiplano in Bolivia is full of volcanoes, hot springs, strange rock formations and bright lakes. One of the most noteworthy among them is the Laguna Colorado with water of an unusual shade and flocks of flamingos that live there.
Coordinates: -22.198705, -67.781073
The whole world at the coast of Dubai
On the coast of Dubai, the United Arab Emirates, there are World Islands – artificial islands, forming a rather crude model of the world. Developers hoped that they would turn into a place of elite rest, but this did not happen. Fifteen years after the construction began, only a small fraction of the 300 islands were populated.
Coordinates: 25.226678, 55.164232
This logo can be seen in the courtyard of the headquarters of the company – the toy manufacturer Mattel in El Segundo, California, USA.
Coordinates: 33.921325, -118.391684
Ayrs Rock, Australia
It’s not just a big red rock. This Uluru, also known as Ers Rock, is one of the main Australian attractions. It was compared to a huge rusty ship that rises above a deserted landscape. As in the case of ships, most of the rock is hidden beneath the surface: Uluru goes underground for at least six kilometers. The visible part of the rock reminds a sleeping monster, ready at any moment to rise on its giant feet and go beyond the horizon.
Coordinates: -25.343381, 131.036757
America is famous for its roadside attractions. The Cadillac Ranch is one of them. In 1974, ten of these brightly colored cars were installed near the road, partially submerged in sand.
Coordinates: 35.187574, -101.987010
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