I can spend hours and hours and hours on Google Earth.
An Imgur user who also happens to be a geologist with the username “geologistsmakethebedrock” spent a lot of time on the site and posted some of his most interesting finds.
Take a look, these are fascinating!
1. “A fort in Lille, France.”
2. “This is a private island on the coast of Maine.”
3. “It looks like an abstract painting. My first thought was a huge archeological excavation site. Turns out that was wrong. These pits are used in a very old fashioned salt extraction operation.”
4. “A very sinuous river. This is a good illustration of how oxbow lakes form. In the middle of the image you can see where a meander loop is being actively cut off.”
5. “A real live oasis!. Not all of these tracks are from cars. The smaller ones must be animal.”
6. “Here is a perfect meteor crater. It has a very nice raised rim. I bet if you mapped out the lake bed you would see a central peak too.”
7. “I couldn’t find anything about this strange place. It’s a huge, planned settlement near Namibe, Angola.”
8. “The circular reflections of these waves are cool.”
9. “This is Assamakka, Niger, a community that appears to be fighting a losing battle with the sands.”
10. “I wanted to see if I could find a ship wreck. I figured a desert coast would preserve metal wrecks well. It didn’t take to long to find this one in NW South Africa. It looks like a modern ship, and sure enough it wasn’t there in 2003 (the oldest picture available).”
11.”A river cutting a hole in the ice.”
12. “This is the Lakeview neighborhood. One day after Hurricane Katrina.”
13.”This is some sort of reservoir in Belgium. I’ve never seen an octagonal pond before. I wonder why they made it that way.”
14.”A lake somewhere on the Tibetan Plateau in summer and winter.”
15. “A volcano poking up out of the South Pacific. I’m not sure if this one is growing or eroding away.”
Now I’m in the mood to see the world!