Sometimes a different vantage point can shows us things we weren’t expecting to see. GE wants to show us the bigger picture by giving the world a bird’s eye perspective of three undisclosed facilities. Help decide where GE sends its high-flying camera next by voting here, and take a look at some other images that are bound to give you a whole new perspective.
1. Antarctica’s Research Stations
Although Antarctica’s official population is zero, there are usually between 1,000 to 4,000 people living and working on the mostly uninhabitable continent. This is the first time they have been captured by Google Earth.
2. The KFC Space Logo
Brands Inc created the logo near Rachel, Nevada. They claim that it was the first ad that could be seen from space.
3. Man-Shaped Lake In Brazil
4. The Giant Oprah Maze
Dubbed the most powerful celebrity in the world by Forbes, why shouldn’t Oprah get her own corn maze? An Arizona farmer appropriately created this tribute in 2004.
5. The Heart Shaped Island
Could this be the world’s most romantic island? The 130,000 square yard island of Galesnjak came to prominence after its unusual shape was highlighted on Google Earth.
6. The Giant Lion
Seen at the ZSL Whipsnade Zoo located at Whipsnade, near Dunstable in Bedfordshire, England.
7. The World’s Largest Swimming Pool
Now officially recognised by the Guinness Book of World Records, you won’t be able to miss the world’s largest swimming pool located in San Alfonso del Mar in Chile.
8. Terrain Face in Google Maps
The terrain in Alberta, Canada accidentally forms what looks like a human face when viewed from the air.
9. Sydney Harbour Bridge
Just north-west of the Sydney Opera House stands the Sydney Harbour Bridge, which is only the world’s largest single-arch bridge, but it’s also the world’s widest long-span bridge.
10. A Conveyor Belt In The Middle Of The Western Sahara Desert
Not only does this conveyor belt run through the Sahara Desert, but it is also the longest in the world. The conveyor is 100 kilometres long and runs all the way to the coast from the phosphate mines of Bu Craa.
11. Orapa & Letlhakane Diamond Mines
The communities of Orapa and Letlhakane in Botswana are home to some of the largest diamond mines in the world. Each year, the joint venture between De Beers and the Botswana government produces about 18 million carats of diamonds and $1 billion in revenue!
12. Lombard Street
This is the world famous Lombard Street in San Francisco which is known as “the crookedest (most winding) street in the United States.” This shot should give you a good idea of just exactly how crooked it is.
13. Beijing South Railway Station
Beijing-South is the Chinese capital’s hub for high-speed rail travel, and is Asia’s largest train station.
14. London Heathrow Airport
As one of the world’s busiest airports, it takes a bird’s eye view to put its size into perspective. In the first half of 2011, Heathrow saw 26,733,585 passengers.
15. The Massive Colombian Water Slide
Apparently Colombians like their water slides big, because this one near El Cruce is absolutely massive!