AN EAGLE-EYED Google Maps fan has picked out the site’s most breathtaking pictures.
American geologist Will, who keeps his surname secret, trawls through reams of Google’s satellite snaps to find interesting locations.
A “perfect” meteor crater. “It has a very nice raised rim,” Will said. “I bet if you mapped out the lake bed you would see a central peak too.”[/caption]
A neighbourhood in New Orleans. Pictured above in 2018, and below one day after Hurricane Katrina hit in August 2005[/caption]
So far, he’s spotted everything from meteor craters, beautiful rock formations, giant shipwrecks, and even what he thinks is a nuclear bomb blast site.
Will, from New Orleans, goes by the user name geologistsmakethebedrock on Imgur, where he uploads most of his finds.
“I tried to find interesting examples of geologic processes to use in lecture presentations,” he told Bored Panda.
“That’s when I started gathering screenshots of cool stuff for myself. Then I decided to share some images on Imgur because my wife was tired of me making her look at them and listen to my explanations.”
We’ve picked out some of the best below. All captions are comments left by Will on each image.
“The shadow of a mountain.”[/caption]
“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.”[/caption]
“A river cutting a hole in the ice.”[/caption]
“While looking up q lava flow in New Mexico, there were some maps showing some nuclear bomb test sites nearby. This must have something to do with that. I’m fairly sure this is the sight of the first nuclear detonation.”[/caption]
“Some huge gates protecting Rotterdam from the North Sea waters. What an amazing feat of engineering.”[/caption]
Top: “A glacier flowing out into a lake. The presence of a connecting stream suggests the 2 parts of the lake are at different levels. The glacier made an ice damn. That’s pretty cool.” Bottom: “A river trying to do the same thing in another lake.”[/caption]
“The Zambezi River [in Africa] downstream of the falls. That’s a very unusual path for any river.”[/caption]
“A lake somewhere on the Tibetan Plateau in summer and winter.”[/caption]
“The dark green lines caught my eye because they didn’t make sense. My guess was that they were logging roads, but then why are they more vegetated than the surrounding fields? Going back in time. They are certainly logging roads. I guess different plants grew on the churned up roads, thus the different colors seen in the last image.”[/caption]
“The circular reflections of these waves is cool.”[/caption]
“I couldn’t find anything about this strange place. It’s a huge, planned settlement near Namibe, Angola. It seems to have been constructed around 2013-2014. It also appears to be uninhabited due to no vehicles. Does anyone know anything about this place.”[/caption]
“Atolls: Hot spots not only punch holes in the crust, but the also raise it up and heat it. As the plate moves away, it cools and subsides. The mountains also subside, and also erode. If the mountains are formed in a tropical climate a reef will form around it’s edges. If the coral growth can keep up with the relative sea level rise from the subsidence, then the reef will survive while the mountain sinks and eventually disappears below water level. If that happens you will get a circular ring of reef with an open lagoon in the center like the atoll above. At one point there was a volcano in the center of that lagoon. It’s a cool example of biology and geology interacting and biology winning, so to speak.”[/caption]
“I think this is a coal fired power plant in Egypt. Lookin’ a little nasty.”[/caption]
“A fort in Lille, France. I love finding forts while exploring. Star forts are an easy to spot shape. I esp. like finding forts in the middle of cities.”[/caption]
“I’ve never seen this saw-tooth pattern on a beach before.”[/caption]
“A real live oasis!. Not all of these tracks are from cars. The smaller ones must be animal.”[/caption]
“This is Assamakka, Niger, a community that appears to be fighting a losing battle with the sands.It’sy to see the prevailing wind direction here.”[/caption]
“More ships near Tombua, Angola. These might have been intentionally abandoned. They were also not here in the 2003 pics.”[/caption]
“This is some sort of reservoir in Belgium. I’ve never seen an octagonal pond before. I wonder why they made it that way.”[/caption]
“A volcano poking up out of the South Pacific. I’m not sure if this one is growing or eroding away. Seems like the rich people in boats are having a good time.”[/caption]
“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.”[/caption]
“This is a private island on the coast of Maine. The bridge has a gate, and the house overlooks a shipping lane in Penobscot Bay. I’d spend all day watching boats, drinking wine, and telling the world to f**k off.”[/caption]
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