11 Strangest Places Spotted on Google Earth

Seeing the world from above is a treat that most people (except pilots) didn’t get to experience before Google Earth put everything online. After the launch of Google Earth, many people tried to find their houses, but other people found much stranger things. Check out the list below for a few of the weirder finds that the Google Earth cameras captured.

1-SS-AyrfieldMap data: Google, Aerometrex / Google Earth

The Wreck of the SS Ayrfield

The decommissioned ship SS Ayrfield is an Australian steam ship that was retired in 1972. After serving for 60 years, the ship was sent to a ship-breaking yard called Homebush Bay where it was supposed to be taken apart and recycled for parts. Apparently, the engineers couldn’t bear to take it apart entirely, so they floated the hull in the harbor after planting it with mangrove trees.

2-Firefox-CropMap data: Google / Google Earth

Firefox Crop Circle

The Firefox crop circle that can be seen on Google Earth in Dayton, Ohio, took 24 hours to complete after two weeks of planning. Engineered by two Mozilla interns, they wanted to prove their love for Firefox by designing a crop circle that could be seen from the nearby town. They contacted a local farmer, who gave them permission to use his oat field, and the rest was accomplished with the aid of some detailed diagrams and homemade stompers.

3-Worlds-Biggest-PoolMap data: Google, TerraMetrics, CNES / Astrium, DigitalGlobe / Google Earth

The World’s Biggest Pool

Located in the Alfonso del Mar resort on the Chilean coast, this gigantic pool full of crystal-clear water is the largest pool in the world. It is roughly 6,000 times the size of an ordinary pool. Although the Alfonso del Mar resort is right on the coast, the ocean is usually too cold for swimming, which led hotel investors to suggest building a pool beside the hotel that was big enough for swimming and water sports.

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