Geology rocks. Pun very much intended. Now that we've got that out of the way, let' move on to the hardcore things that make up the bedrock of what Bored Panda is all about - beautiful photos that are hot as lava. Please excuse my dad jokes.

A geologist named Will is known for collecting and uploading interesting things he finds on Google Earth. Some of them are very peculiar. Others are breathtakingly gorgeous. But one thing is for certain - all of them are worth seeing. Scroll through our list of Will's amazing discoveries on our beautiful Earth, upvote your favorites, and rock on. Let us know what you think of the geologist's earth views, and after you're done, look through Bored Panda's other list of amazing Google Earth finds.

#1

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"A fort in Lille, France. I love finding forts while exploring. Star forts are an easy to spot shape. I esp. like finding forts in the middle of cities."

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Monika Soffronow
Community Member
1 year ago

Finders keepers!

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#2

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"This is a private island on the coast of Maine. The bridge has a gate, and the house overlooks a shipping lane in Penobscot Bay. I'd spend all day watching boats, drinking wine, and telling the world to fuck off."

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Vic
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1 year ago

Does anyone else see the Twitter logo?

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#3

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"It looks like an abstract painting. My first thought was a huge archeological excavation site. Turns out that was wrong. These pits are used in a very old fashioned salt extraction operation."

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Kaisu
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1 year ago

My trypophobia does not enjoy this

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Will goes by the user name geologistsmakethebedrock on Imgur, where he uploads most of his Earth map finds. The geologist from New Orleans told Bored Panda in an earlier interview a little bit about what he does: “I tried to find interesting examples of geologic processes to use in lecture presentations. That’s when I started gathering screenshots of cool stuff and beautiful landscapes for myself. Then I decided to share some images on Imgur because my wife was tired of me making her look at them and listen to my explanations."

#4

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"A very sinuous river. This is a good illustration of how oxbow lakes form. In the middle of the image you can see where a meander loop is being actively cut off."

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Pamela24
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1 year ago

Which river, though?

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#5

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"A real live oasis!. Not all of these tracks are from cars. The smaller ones must be animal."

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Mingi Football
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1 year ago

Looks like a B hole...sorry

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#6

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"Here is a perfect meteor crater. It has a very nice raised rim. I bet if you mapped out the lake bed you would see a central peak too."

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David Wong
Community Member
1 year ago

Well, it looks like a magnification of a blackhead.

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"One tip to find interesting geology things is to look for symmetry or patterns in landscapes. Most symmetry is from human activities, but certain geologic processes can create semi-symmetry," the geologist said.

The geologist also wrote on Imgur that he really likes to “peruse Google Earth looking for cool things. My captions either come from basic internet research or my guess about what's happening.”

#7

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"I couldn't find anything about this strange place. It's a huge, planned settlement near Namibe, Angola. It seems to have been constructed around 2013-2014. It also appears to be uninhabited due to no vehicles. Does anyone know anything about this place."

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Chris Watson
Community Member
1 year ago

I'd like to know what this is. Military installation? By what country?

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#8

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"The circular reflections of these waves is cool."

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Nerdiqueen
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1 year ago

looks like shattered glass

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#9

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"This is Assamakka, Niger, a community that appears to be fighting a losing battle with the sands.It's easy to see the prevailing wind direction here."

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Tee
Community Member
1 year ago

It's not losing the battle...somebody just forgot to sweep.

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Most of us use Google Maps and Google Earth to find our way to where we need to go. Because nobody likes getting lost when they’re in a rush. But there will always be people like Will who see an opportunity to use something functional to find things of beauty.

Google Earth first appeared many years ago, way back in 2001; it’s not a kid anymore, because it turned 18 this summer. Yup, Google Earth can now legally vote and get married.

#10

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"I recently read the book, "Skeletons on the Zahara." It tells the true story of some US sailors who wrecked on the NW African coast in 1815. It sucked for them. I wanted to see if I could find a ship wreck. I figured a desert coast would preserve metal wrecks well. It didn't take to long to find this one in NW South Africa. It looks like a modern ship, and sure enough it wasn't there in 2003 (the oldest picture available)."

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Restless
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1 year ago

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#11

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"A river cutting a hole in the ice."

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miaow
Community Member
1 year ago

Is it weird I thought it looked like an umblical cord? :/

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#12

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"This is the Lakeview neighborhood.
1 day after Katrina."

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Kaisu
Community Member
1 year ago

I wish they had shown us a before and after Katrina pictures! However, the above pic is from 2018, so we don't know how it looked like before Katrina

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What started as a simple project quickly grew in scope to provide ultra-detailed images of our planet. But that’s not all! Did you know that Google’s project to create 3D representations of Earth eventually grew into something spanning the cosmos? That’s right, there are such things as Google Moon and Google Mars. I mean, how amazing is that? We’re hoping that Will decides to look for awesome finds on the Moon and on Mars, too.

#13

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"This is some sort of reservoir in Belgium. I've never seen an octagonal pond before. I wonder why they made it that way."

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Demi Zwaan
Community Member
1 year ago (edited)

It's a concrete structure, was probably the easiest, cheapest and safest way to make it back in the 70s. It's also not a pond, obviously, but a place to store water. It's a drinking water production facility.

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#14

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"A park in Pyongyang, North Korea. Someone at Google in going to be in hot water with the glorious leader."

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TwiceRice23
Community Member
1 year ago

LOL

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#15

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"A lake somewhere on the Tibetan Plateau in summer and winter."

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KCN
Community Member
1 year ago

?!

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#16

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"Hey, wanna go out?"
"Cant', my...."

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Rissie
Community Member
1 year ago (edited)

The first part of the name is very common in Belgium and the Netherlands, but its etymology is unsure. The second part is pronounced brook. The word brook actually shares its origin and meaning.

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#17

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"Some huge gates protecting Rotterdam from the North Sea waters. What an amazing feat of engineering."

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A B C
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1 year ago

I'm wondering a little: when you turn them around the point where the two beams connect, I think they'll connect in the middle with an inward angle instead of an outward one. Doesn't that weaken the system immensely?

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#18

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"Atolls:

Hot spots not only punch holes in the crust, but the also raise it up and heat it. As the plate moves away, it cools and subsides. The mountains also subside, and also erode. If the mountains are formed in a tropical climate a reef will form around it's edges. If the coral growth can keep up with the relative sea level rise from the subsidence, then the reef will survive while the mountain sinks and eventually disappears below water level. If that happens you will get a circular ring of reef with an open lagoon in the center like the atoll above. At one point there was a volcano in the center of that lagoon. It's a cool example of biology and geology interacting and biology winning, so to speak."

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Foxxy
Community Member
1 year ago

The centre looks like a beautiful stone you would find in a fantasy cave.

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#19

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"A volcano poking up out of the South Pacific. I'm not sure if this one is growing or eroding away. Seems like the rich people in boats are having a good time."

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Monika Soffronow
Community Member
1 year ago

Or this: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/jun/24/the-new-drug-highway-pacific-islands-at-centre-of-cocaine-trafficking-boom :(

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#20

Guy Shares 151 Of His Most Interesting Finds On Google Earth (New Pics)

"When she wants to go to pound town, but you can only take her to..."

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CR82
Community Member
1 year ago

This made me lol in the office

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#21

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"The Zambezi River downstream of the falls. That's a very unusual path for any river."

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Jo Choto
Community Member
1 year ago

I used to live there, right there in the town of Victoria Falls, by the Zambezi. At night, you would fall asleep to the distant roaring of the water going over the falls, nature's sound machine.

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#22

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"I've never seen this saw-tooth pattern on a beach before."

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Monika Soffronow
Community Member
1 year ago

It is a photo of the zipper keeping the sea and the beach together. Tip of the day: do not unzip it!

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#23

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"While looking up that lava flow in New Mexico, there were some maps showing some nuclear bomb test sites nearby. This must have something to do with that. I'm fairly sure this is the sight of the first nuclear detonation."

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Monika Soffronow
Community Member
1 year ago

As a species, we sure are proof to "a little knowledge is a dangerous thing", and now Trump is eagerly abetting another nuclear arms race. WHY is he still occupying that post? He is clearly not fit for office.

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#24

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"The shadow of a mountain."

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Doober
Community Member
1 year ago

Grim reaper

#25

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"A glacier flowing out into a lake. The presence of a connecting stream suggests the 2 parts of the lake are at different levels. The glacier made an ice damn. That's pretty cool.
A river trying to do the same thing in another lake."

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Nikki D
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1 year ago

The colors are amazing!

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#26

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"I think this is a coal fired power plant in Egypt. Lookin a little nasty."

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Monika Soffronow
Community Member
1 year ago

"a little"

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#27

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"The dark green lines caught my eye because they didn't make sense. My guess was that they were logging roads, but then why are they more vegetated than the surrounding fields?
Going back in time. They are certainly logging roads. I guess different plants grew on the churned up roads, thus the different colors seen in the last image."

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Hańka
Community Member
1 year ago

Periodic rivers?

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#28

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"This was a pit of an optical illusion. At first it looked like a pyramid, but the coastline is a bluff, so it must be the inverse of a pyramid. My guess is an abandoned evil villain's mansion."

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Marcellus the Third
Community Member
1 year ago

(a) how about a quarry, or (b) you haven't noticed the last image from Dusk till Dawn where the evil temple is revealed?

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#29

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"HA. Nice."

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Monika Soffronow
Community Member
1 year ago

I don't get it. Can someone explain?

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#30

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"More ships near Tombua, Angola. These might have been intentionally abandoned. They were also not here in the 2003 pics."

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The Girl on Fire
Community Member
1 year ago

Huh. I wonder what the story is here.

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