The Weirdest Things On Google Earth You Have to See

Arizona is a weird place.

Ghost town

Exploring Google Earth can be an entertaining way to kill time. In a world where most of our planet’s landmass has been photographed by satellites, there are opportunity for us to check out some peculiar, fantastical, and sometimes down right creepy things around the world. Most of these entries have interesting scientific explanations, most of them are blamed on the occult, government conspiracies, or on aliens (honestly, aliens get blamed for most of them,) but some of them truly deserve their own episode of The Twilight Zone.

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1. An Airplane Graveyard

Dubbed “The Boneyard” by the U.S. Military, the Davis Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson, Arizona is where the Military stores old, out of commission planes so that they may be either stored on a temporary basis or scrapped for parts and left to rust.

Airplane Boneyard
coordinates: 32 10’12″N 110 50’56″W

While there are many airplane graveyards throughout the world, the Boneyard of Tucson is the largest of them all, and since it is closed to the general public, Google Earth is the best way to view its various heaps of war machines past. Some planes in the Boneyard have been there since World War two, while others are there short term while they wait for military aircraft to increase in market value.

2. The Missing Car

In August of 2019, Barry Fay received a call from one of his neighbors, informing him that there appeared to be a car submerged in the pond behind his house. The neighbor was using Google Earth to explore his surrounding area and credited it with the discovery. When the heavily calcified vehicle was excavated from the pond, authorities found a human skeleton in the driver’s seat.

Missing Car 1
coordinates: 26 37’30″N 80 13’39″W

It turned out to be the body of William Moldt, a 40-year-old man who had gone missing 22 years ago. In November of 1997, Moldt had called his girlfriend to let her know he was coming home from the club, only to then never be seen or heard from again. He had evidently driven into this pond while the surrounding housing development was still under construction.

3. Sandy Island

Off the coast of the French Territory New Caledonia, just Northwest of Australia, Sandy Island, or its more sensational name “Phantom Island” was first spotted and mapped out by British explorer James Cook in 1776 and then again in 1895 by a whaling ship. In addition to these two in person sightings it also shows up on Google Earth but as a dark splotch (now just a tan blurry splotch) and stretches nearly fifteen miles long and just over 3 miles wide.

Phantom Island
coordinates: 19 12’40″S 159 55’43″E

However, in November of 2012, Australian Scientists set out to official explore the island, only to discover there was no such island there. They also recorded the oceans depth in that area and found that the water a whooping 4,620 feet deep. Too deep for anything on the ocean floor to be visible from satellite, much less early 20th century explorers. It still however shows up on satellites.

4. Taal Lake

Taal Lake is a lake located on the Philippine island of Luzon, and its strangeness is one of a more whimsical nature.

Taal Lake2
coordinates: 13 58’35″N 121 01’20″E

You see, in the middle of Taal Lake there is an island, the Taal Volcano, and inside that island is Crater Lake, and in the middle of Crater Lake there is an island (which is simply marked on Google Earth as “Batangas Scenery” Batangas being the province that Taal Lake resides in.) So what you’ll find if you plug in those coordinates is an island inside of a lake that’s inside of an island inside of a lake that’s inside of an island in the sea. (It’s not 2011 anymore so there isn’t an Inception joke here but just know that there could have been.)

5. Fairy Circles

Fairy Circles can be found in deserts all over the world, speculation as to what causes them have ranged from competition for water among plants, to UFO landings, to folktales of fire-breathing dragons that live underground. However, the real reason for these strange polka-dot patterns, while not as astounding as a dragon, is because of something living underground.

Ant Polka Dots 1
Fairy Circles near the Grand Canyon: 36 17’14″N 113 05’55″W

Ants! is the answer, specifically red harvester ants, and a similar phenomenon can be observed in the Namib Desert with termites. What they do is when they build their underground nests, they clear out all the debris and vegetation surrounding each entrance, leaving these large, uniform circles of bare earth that are wide enough to be seen from space.

6. The Labyrinth of Rhyolite

Here’s one that is certainly spooky to look at but actually has an artistic motivation for existing. The Labyrinth of Rhyolite is located in the ghost town of one of the most decedent mining towns of the early nineteen hundreds. It’s part of the Goldwell open air museum and if you drop down to street view, you’ll discover mysterious hooded figures gathered around the Labyrinth. They are actually part of an art installation titled “The Last Supper” by Belgian sculptor Albert Szukalski.

Labyrinth
coordinates: 36 53’40″N 116 49’49″W

You can view another sculpture, “Lady Desert: Venus of the Valley” by Belgian artist Dr. Hugo Heyrman, which is impressive in its own right but certainly dispels the creepy atmosphere caused by the Ring Wraith-looking figures of The Last Supper.

7. Desert Etchings

Found in the Gobi Desert, this .65 mile wide, 1.15 mile long collection of zig-zagging lines was at first thought to be either markings left by a UFO, street map layouts of Washington DC (etched into the desert for some reason), or a secret Chinese weapons testing facility.

Spy Target
coordinates: 40 27’07.6″N 93 44’31.6″E

In reality however, this artistic-looking site is actually used to calibrate and orient Chinese satellites. What’s most fascinating about this site, however, is the fact that these large 65 foot wide lines aren’t made of some kind of reflective metal but rather painted onto the desert floor itself with chalk.

8. Giant Pentagram

On an uninhabited peninsula in Kazakhstan, where the closest living human inhabitants are twelve miles away, among ancient ruins, Bronze-age settlements, and sacred burial grounds, there lies a giant pentagram 1,200 feet in diameter.

Giant Pentagram
coordinates: 52 28’47.14″ 62 11’8.38″

Now for anyone who has played the recent Doom remakes, a giant Pentagram seemingly carved into the surface of the Earth certainly seems alarming. You don’t have to be religious or a Doom fanatic to feel that way. However, this isn’t the result of some Wiccan summoning ritual or a Satanic Comic-Con venue. The real reason for its appearance is not Occult but rather Nationalist. That Peninsula was at some point meant to be a public park and the Star shape is actually supposed be reminiscent of the U.S.S.R as the Soviet Union is probably the one who attempted to build the park in the first place. It’s still a mystery as to why the park was unfinished and seemingly abandoned. Maybe they accidentally summoned something after all. (Cue Twilight Zone Outro)

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Brock Birkner
Brock Birkner

Brock Birkner is a voracious reader, writer and actor currently based out of Los Angeles. When he isn't writing for WebGeekStuff he is typically found DMing various tabletop games, or he's under a tree looking at a cool lizard he found. (Seriously, have you seen this lizard?? CHECK OUT THIS LIZARD!!)