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25 Strangest Sights on Google Earth

Sizable shipwreck

Sizable shipwreck

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The S.S. Jassim, a Bolivian cargo ferry, ran aground and sank on the Wingate Reef off the coast of Sudan in 2003. At 265 feet (81 meters) long, it is now one of the largest shipwrecks visible on Google Earth, and is located at 19° 38' 46.00" N, 37° 17' 42.00" E.

Landlocked lips

Landlocked lips

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These luscious lips are a hill formation located in Gharb, Darfur, in Sudan at coordinates 12°22'13.32"N, 23°19'20.18"E.

Aussie UFO?

Aussie UFO?

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In Australia, at coordinates 30°30'38.44"S 115°22'56.03"E, a strange triangle dotted with bright lights appears in the middle of a field. When first discovered in 2007, ufologists were quick to call it a "triangle UFO" caught in the act of hovering above Earth. Other Google Earth users say it may be an antenna associated with a nearby remote-controlled wind farm. With three sets of wires forming a triangle, and a tower in the middle, the antenna likely receives and transmits control signals.

Secret military base?

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A mysterious set of satellite images seen on Google Earth created a stir when an ex-CIA analyst told he had discovered "structures" in the desert around Kashgar, a city in China's remote Western desert that is part of the Xinjiang province.

Some speculated the buildings at the site were part of a secret military base. But with further analysis, Stefan Geens, a technologist and geospatial blogger who has spent months in that part of China, said the site was likely part of a major manufacturing or economic center. [See More Images of the Mysterious Chinese Structures]


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Here, another image of the strange site in the Chinese desert.

One structure in the complex did somewhat resemble a helicopter testing area, analysts said there's no reason it would necessarily be linked to military activities. Furthermore, the site is not ideal for a secret military base, since it's relatively close to a major population area and no towers or barriers were spotted, said Stuart Hamilton, the GIS program director at the Center for Geospatial Analysis at the College of William and Mary.