Sunday, September 6, 2009

No CCTV Sunday #12 Google Earth

Today not only we can travel to overseas with budget airline but we can travel with Google Earth.

The beauty with Google Earth traveling is that we can travel for free (both money and H1N1) and to explore places that it is hard to reach with normal means of commercial traveling arrangement.

Like these 2 interesting finds;

1) Telegraph UK, Feb. 20, 2009 reported a British aeronautical engineer Bernie Bamford, 38, found Atlantis while playing around with Google Earth 5.0, which includes undersea data, and noticed something funny off the coast of Africa, about 600 miles west of the Canary Islands, that resembled a pattern of a street grid. The pattern of streets equated to an area the size of Wales.

Atlantis is a legendary island first mentioned in the ancient Greek philosopher Plato's dialogues Timaeus and Critias written in 360BC. Plato described it as an island "larger than Libya and Asia put together". He said Atlantis was a land of fabulous wealth, advanced civilization and natural beauty destroyed by earthquakes and floods 9,000 years earlier.

Wanna take a look at this legendary island? The underwater image can be found at the co-ordinates 31 15'15.53N 24 15'30.53W.

2) The Sun,UK, Sept. 4,2009 reported Jason Cooke spotted “Nessie”, The Loch Ness Monster, a myth or monster that inhabits its namesake body of water in the Scottish Highlands, while browsing the Google Earth's satellite photos. The shape is seen on the surface of the water and measures about 65-feet long. It appears to have an oval-shaped body, a tail and four legs or flippers.

To see “Nessie”, enter co-ordinates Latitude 57°12'52.13"N, Longitude 4°34'14.16"W in Google Earth.

If you had a lot of time on hand, you can also look for and gather whatever is of your interest with Google Earth, like the alphabets below;

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