Google Maps is meant to help people find their destination. It is a revolutionary modern tool that helps us, like a friend, whenever we are lost. However, it is important to know how Google manages to store all the map data to help people through navigation. It uses satellite images and captures real-time photographs to create a database. Google Maps has captured some of the creepiest towns in the world, which were unexplored before that. It takes images from a number of sources. It gets images from satellites situated in the geosynchronous orbit. Those satellites capture images thousands of miles away and, therefore, the images come in low resolution. Google Maps also captures images from satellites which are situated close to the planet. These satellites capture higher-resolution images. In addition, Google Maps uses images taken from balloons, drones, kites, and airplanes. The images are not only valuable for common people, but also significant for archaeologists.
While the process seems pretty straightforward, there are ways things might become disturbing. While capturing thousands of images, Google Maps stumbled upon a few photographs that turned out to be really shocking. There are times when Google Maps has captured some interesting moments. And, there are times when Google’s groundbreaking tool captured some creepy things that were totally inexplicable. The creepy photos include eerie structures from the Gobi Desert and even a phantom island located in the South Pacific. It has captured military planes and strange patterns made by ants. Let’s take a look at the creepiest towns captured by Google Maps.
15. This Place In The Middle East
This Google Maps image has captured wheel-shaped structures, which might date back as early as 8,500 years. The ancient geoglyphs stretch from Saudi Arabia to Syria. At times, there is a kite-like design, while there are wheel-like structures as well. These are called “works of old men,” which draw comparison with the Nazca Lines of Peru even though the Middle Eastern designs are more versatile in size and shape. The image captured by Google Maps is stunning, for sure. At the same time, the ancient artworks raise a number of questions, which are yet to be answered. People wonder what these structures mean and what purpose they serve. Interestingly enough, these geoglyphs are visible through aerial view only. It is practically impossible for those who are on the ground to find these designs. These designs were first noticed in 1927 by RAF Flight Lt. Percy Maitland, while he was en route across Jordan.
14. Also, This Place In The Middle East
Google Maps has captured these wheels. One of these looks like a “Bull’s Eye.” There are three triangles that point toward the shape of an eye. There are small stones that go from the triangles to the wheel, which looks like a “Bull’s Eye.” According to Professor David Kennedy of the University of Western Australia, it is a “Bull’s Eye” tomb. There are thousands of structures made of stones that make geometric patterns in the Middle East. With modern technology and tools like Google Earth, these things have come to public knowledge. RAF Flight Lt. Percy Maitland was the one who discovered this as well. The actual age of these structures is identified using a technique named optically stimulated luminescence. The Middle East is known for its mystery simply because the West has not managed to penetrate through the Middle Eastern culture much. However, at times, such historic examples prove the creepy details about the place.
13. Northern Kazakhstan
Northern Kazakhstan has a population of 665,800. With a border with Russia to the north, its capital is called Petropavl. While capturing photographs from this region, Google Maps stumbled upon one creepy swastika-shaped design. Scientists discovered an area which had over 50 geoglyphs across the region in Central Asia. It was reported that the swastika sign was made with timber, but there were many geoglyphs which were created with earthen mounds. Large designs on the ground, which are typically larger than four meters, are called geoglyphs. These are generally made of materials like earth, gravel, live trees, and stones. According to scientists, the geoglyphs captured by Google Maps in Northern Kazakhstan might date back to as early as 2,000 years ago. During those days, swastika was not associated with any political belief. It was a common symbol across Asia and Europe. The ancient religious symbol, which originated in the Indian subcontinent, is a historic sign that almost every culture uses for different interpretations.
12. Lake Of Blood, Iraq
There are some images on Google Maps that are creepy because there is no explanation behind its existence. The red-colored lake, which is situated outside Iraq’s Sadr City, has been a reason of curiosity for a long time. There hasn’t been any official explanation for the reason behind the color of the lake. The Middle Eastern country has been at the center of global attention for many years now. The nation, which had a leader like Saddam Hussein, has seen the Gulf War in 1990-1991. It has experienced the Iraqi insurgency between 2003 and 2011. There was the Iraqi Civil War during 2006-2008. So, when such a red-colored lake is captured by Google Maps, it is obvious that there are weird theories involved. It was first noticed in 2007, and speculations started ever since. According to one of those theories, Iraqi slaughterhouses dump blood into that lake. However, there has been no official declaration on this.
11. Abandoned Launch Sites, United States
Google Maps captured a clear sight of these abandoned launch sites and the image looks absolutely shocking. During the period between 1954 and 1970, the United States had Nike missiles. These missiles happened to be supersonic surface-to-air missiles, which were placed at almost 300 sites across the country. However, Nike missiles became obsolete with time, as intercontinental ballistic missiles came into the picture. ICBMs had the capacity to target long-range destinations. Geographic Information System specialist, David Tewksbury, from Hamilton College, New York wants to keep a visual record of these abandoned sites. These sites may vanish due to military efforts or because of nature. Tewksbury plans to make a geo-referenced database to help people find it on Google Maps. One of these launch sites is the Oahu Defense Area in Hawaii. The 1968 image shows that the site once had missiles under the naked sky. Those who know the devastation of war will not only find these creepy but also disturbing.
10. The Boneyard
In simple words, the boneyard is the graveyard for aircraft. After these flying wonders retire from service, they are kept in this storage area. Most aircraft which are sent to boneyards get their parts removed for resale or reuse. Thereafter, the retired flying machines are scrapped. Google Maps captured the Davis Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson. The 2,600-acre area is basically a cemetery for aircraft. Interestingly, general public are not allowed to visit this place. However, Google Maps offers a high-resolution image that captures the creepy site that has almost every retired aircraft the U.S. military has flown since WWII. The chill factor for this image is when you think of these flying machines at their prime and what sort of battles they were engaged in. They are just like dead soldiers in the graveyard. Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers used this creepy boneyard in their music video “Learning to Fly.”
9. Volcano Island
This creepy Google Maps image captures an island which is situated in a lake that is situated on an island which is in a lake that is on an island. The tiny island that Google Maps has captured is situated in a crate lake on the Volcano Island. The island is situated in Lake Taal, which is on Luzon island in the Philippines. Taal Volcano happens to be a complex volcano, which is the second most active one in the country. There have been 33 eruptions so far, and all those eruptions primarily happened on the Volcano Island. The volcanic eruptions have caused deaths of around 6,000 people so far. It has been called a Decade Volcano because of its closeness to populated areas in the country. This volcano is also a part of the Pacific Ring of Fire. Even though the image looks beautiful from above, the mere danger associated with the place makes it super creepy.
8. Kazakhstan, Again
Here is another creepy image captured by Google Maps. This large pentagram is situated at the corner of Kazakhstan. It is around 1,200 feet in diameter. Nobody seems to have an idea why this figure was etched into the surface of Earth. There is a circle that has a five-pointed star inside. The creepy figure is situated on the Upper Tobol Reservoir’s southern shore. Google Maps has managed to capture it quite clearly, and people have only wondered what this figure might mean. Several people believe that the figure is associated with devil worship. Some also connect it to underworld denizens and evil religious practices. No matter how creepy the design may look or how weird the conspiracy theories may seem, there is hardly anything eerie about it in real life. The pentagram is actually a park, which has been made in the shape of a star. The circle around it is the roadway around it.
7. Sandy Island
Google Maps captured a phantom island in the size of a black polygon. The creepy place, which was named Sandy Island, was found to the northwest of New Caledonia in the southwest Pacific Ocean. The island was as big as the city of Manhattan. However, when scientists went to the map location, they found nothing but open water. There was no sign of solid ground, even though Google Maps captured it. Researchers later said that Google Maps was able to capture the landmass in the southwest Pacific due to human error. There was also a possibility of pumice raft, they said. In some maps, such phantom islands are included for centuries. However, when people visited the location, they found nothing. And, maps were modified accordingly. Researchers now define Sandy Island as a nonexistent island. However, there may not be enough explanation to keep the creepy element off the Google Maps image.
6. Desert Breath, Egypt
Another creepy entry to the list, Desert Breath in the Egyptian desert has sparked several conspiracy theories. Many believe this is a spiral portal that leads to an alternate universe, while some others believe that people from another planet left a message for humans. There are people who think it is an ancient monument that was created by a supernatural force. However, the giant design, which is close to the Red Sea shores, won’t sound creepy if you know the actual truth behind it. It is a manmade structure, which was created by Alexandra Stratou, Stella Constantinides, and Danae Stratou in March 2007. They created the artwork using 1 million square feet of desert space. According to them, the design has been created to rejoice the desert as a “landscape of the mind.” The Land Art project was created after the team of creators had a common desire to work in the desert. The artists visualize the desert as a place where people can experience infinity.
5. Las Vegas Of Ants
Las Vegas of Ants, which is situated near Vulcan’s Throne on the north rim of the Grand Canyon, is one of the creepiest images captured by Google Maps. The polka-dot pattern is quite odd to look at. It is easy to jump into a conspiracy theory after seeing this image. However, in reality, there is a logical explanation behind this. No matter how creepy the image looks, it has nothing to do with any alien intervention. Pogonomyrmex barbatus, commonly known as red harvester ants, should be blamed for this. These ants, which live in the desert around the Grand Canyon, make nesting mounds that are around 47 inches across. These mounds generally have around 108 square feet of bare ground around it. Physicist Amelia Carolina Sparavigna was the one who analyzed the image. She compared this with patterned vegetation created by animals and plants. Although scientific theories suggest something else, the image definitely looks eerie enough.
4. Mesa Huerfanita, New Mexico
The next creepy entry to the list is this image found near Mesa Huerfanita, New Mexico. Two large shapes of diamonds are etched on the desert. These are surrounded by two overlapping circles. If you are already wondering what these designs might mean, here is one explanation. According to author John Sweeney, these designs are made by people who believe in the Church of Scientology. One of the most renowned people who follow the Church of Scientology is Tom Cruise. Formed in 1954, the Church of Scientology preaches a new religious practice. Sweeney claimed that there is a bunker hidden under the site. The author believes that the bunker belongs to the Church of Scientology. There are claims that such symbols are etched on the desert to help Scientologists who come back to Earth as they escape a planetary “Armageddon.” Nevertheless, there is no official explanation behind the symbols, which keeps the mystery alive.
3. Gobi Desert
The Gobi Desert, situated in China, was a part of the Mongol Empire. Google Maps found mysterious patterns and structures etched around the large Asian desert. The mysterious structures have sparked theories which are often related to a classified military base. Some experts believe that the structure plays a role in radar instrumentation testing, spy satellite calibration, and weapon testing. The most striking feature of these designs is a complicated grid that is made of perfect straight lines. According to theories, these might be a Yagi antenna array that is used for atmospheric research, including weather tracking. Research technician Jonathon Hill of the Mars Space Flight Facility at Arizona State University says that the designs are almost identical to the ones used by the United States for calibrating Corona spy satellites during the ’60s. While these structures might appear suspicious, Hill believes that there is nothing much to suspect, as China is already believed to have been operating spy satellites like a number of other countries, including the U.S.
2. Tamagawa-josui, Japan
Some find this funny, some hilarious. We, nevertheless, find this creepy. This Google Street View image was captured along Tamagawa-josui in Japan. Popularly known as the pigeon heads or bird people, the people in this image are wearing pigeon heads. The image has sparked theories. Some believe that the Musashino Art University, which is located near the place where this image was taken, must be responsible for this. According to the theory, the people with pigeon heads must be art students. They might be wearing these rubber masks for a project. Art students are often known for having unusual subjects for their projects. So, there is every possibility that Google Maps captured them while they were shooting a project film. Another theory suggests that these people might be on their way to visit some pigeon festival. No theory, however, can take the creepy element off of this image. Conspiracy theories are here to stay, it seems.
1. This UFO In Romania
Google Maps has captured a number of stunning images. But, this is definitely among the creepiest ones. The satellite image captures a white UFO, which is apparently hidden among trees. There have been lots of talks regarding the object seen in this image. According to UFO researcher, Scott C Waring, this looks like a “classic flying saucer.” The object has a number of trees around it, which are blocking the public view from the ground. Google Maps, however, has managed to capture this object, which seems to be placed in the middle of a vast unoccupied land in Romania. The place is, nevertheless, surrounded by trees. Waring has found the object to be quite “suspicious.” According to him, the buildings around the UFO were not present until 2003. However, the buildings look old. Maybe they are made to look old to keep people away, he said. This is definitely mysterious enough to the length of being creepy.