Redactie Life 18 feb 2019

Deze man ‘reist’ in Google Earth en ontdekt zo bizarre plekken op aarde

Hoewel het gros Google Maps/Google Earth gebruikt om te navigeren van plek A naar plek B, zijn er ook een aantal mensen die het programma gebruiken om over de wereld ‘te reizen’. Zo ook de Amerikaanse Geoloog Will, die het vinden van bijzondere plekken heeft gebombardeerd tot zijn hobby.

De geoloog deelt zijn vondsten, inclusief een kort onderschrift, met de rest van het internet onder de naam geologistsmakethebedrock. “Ik  geniet er oprecht van om naar coole plekken te zoeken in Google Earth. Mijn onderschriften zijn gebaseerd op korte zoekopdrachten op het internet of mijn interpretatie van wat er gaande is.” ?Lees ook: ‘De 9 tofste treinreien die je kunt maken’

Google Earth-verslaving

“Het begon allemaal toen ik interessante voorbeelden opzocht voor mijn lectures”, vervolgt hij. “Toen ik een flinke collectie had opgebouwd, begon ik ze te delen op Imgur. Ook omdat mijn vrouw geen zin meer had om ze te bekijken en te luisteren naar mijn lange verklaringen.” Will zoekt voornamelijk voor symmetrische patronen. “De meeste symmetrie wordt door mensen aangelegd, maar soms doet de natuur ook zijn werk.” Bekijk de parels van Will hieronder, inclusief zijn (Engelstalige) bijschriften en 3 ‘hotspots’ in Nederland.

“This is my favorite. It’s a marina near Milwaukee, Wisconsin (USA). The winter ice is in the process of breaking up. I don’t know why, but this is very visually appealing to me.”
“A beautifully symmetrical volcano on the Kamchatka Peninsula in Russia. Look at those weird red cinder cones on the flanks.”
“SE Alaska, multiple alpine glaciers flowing together.”
“A breakwater and lighthouse on one of the Great Lakes. I can’t remember where. Notice the circular pattern of waves reflecting off the structure.”
“A volcano in the Great Rift Valley in Tanzania. It’s tall enough to have its own, wetter micro climate, hence the green.”
“These are impact craters in the Canadian Shield, the oldest continental crust of the North American plate. Because it’s been tectonically inactive for a long time and continental glaciers removed most of the topsoil, many craters are visible. This lake is called Lac a l’Eau Claire. There is a lot of evidence that the lake is formed by 2 impact craters. It was originally thought that the 2 impacts were formed at the same time by an asteroid that split or was a binary asteroid. There is some very compelling evidence that these are 2 different impacts, ~200 million years apart. It might seem like a million to one shot that 2 impacts could be so close, but we see many overlapping craters on other planets. The low probability thing for me is that the craters were both preserved and exposed.”
“Above is the coolest delta I’ve ever seen. It’s formed by the William River, which flows through Athabasca Sand Dunes Provincial Park and into Lake Athabasca, Saskatchewan CA. This river has recently become my favorite river, because we share a name. The left side of the image seems to be while the lake is frozen but the river is not. The bands that sort of parallel the shoreline look like cheniers.”
“A push boat and barges stirring up the bottom of the Tombigbee River in Alabama (USA).”
“A beautiful wave-dominated delta in Brazil.”
“A fort in the Netherlands.”
“A lonely little gun emplacement that used to guard the entrance to Amsterdam. “
“A huge pile of some black stuff due west of Douglas, Arizona. It looks like a spoil pile from a mine, but I don’t see evidence of a mine nearby. Any ideas?”
“A very isolated island off the coast of Germany. What’s that? My first thought was it had to be ruins from a very old fortification or something. Turns out no. This little island was man made back in 1989. The features were put there to prevent wind erosion.”
“This is a random place in the Ontario, CA. I think the colors are very nice.”
“An anticline somewhere in Iran with a series of alluvial fans on the south side. I really like the blue color of the formation ringing the center of the anticline. I need to go there and get a sample. You can see the colors of the formations reflected in the fan.”
“A strange shaped clearing in the Punjab province of India. I wonder what that is.”
“Preserved craters from the D-Day bombardment of German fortifications at Pointe du Hoc, Normandy.”
“A sugarcane field burning in south Louisiana, USA. This is commonly done to remove all of the leftovers from harvesting. Sugarcane is a grass so there is a lot of organic material leftover.”
“A cool delta building out into Ayyakum Lake, Tibet. The river is unnamed on Google. It is fed by snowmelt from mountains to the south. You can see some isolated sand dunes NW of the river. There is a name for this type of dune, but I can’t remember what it is. They happen when there is enough wind to migrate dunes, but not enough sand.
“Irrigated fields in west Texas. The colors here are awesome. I’m guessing the crops were recently harvested or recently plowed under and we’re seeing the soil color. In my experience, harvested corn or wheat fields aren’t this orange/red. Any ideas? The white specks are oil pads connected by little roads. This land is certainly being utilized.”
“Oh look, fjords. This must be a high latitude coastline where glaciers shaped the landscape. Correct! But it’s a lake coastline. This is part of the Great Slave Lake in Northwest Territories, CA. I bet there haven’t been many people who’ve walked on that ground.”
“This one is particularly interesting. It’s on the southern coast of Spain. My first thought about all the white stuff was evaporation ponds for making sea salt.Turns out there are thousands of plastic covered hydroponic greenhouses. This region apparently grows a lot of veggies for the rest of Europe, but at substantial environmental costs. They also apparently use very mistreated immigrant labor from North Africa.”
“Mudflats in the Netherlands.”
“These are 2 border communities, US to the north and Mexico to the south of the yellow line. I’m not sure if the color change across the border is caused by Google stitching images or a difference in building materials.”
“A huge ship getting some help in Brazil.”
“An open pit mine in the Andes. I can’t remember if it was Peru or Bolivia.”


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