Travel to some of the most famous places with google earth
You feel like visiting the Pyramids or New York City but money is problem or your passport is about to expire… No worries, now we can go anywhere we want, we just have to know the coordinates and of course we need good Internet connection. Google Earth says “fasten your seat belts (if any in your chair) we’re going around the world”. Here are the places worth visiting with Google Earth.
1 Vredefort Crater 27°0?0?S 27°30?0?E
This is the largest verified impact crater on Earth, located in South Africa. You’ll need to zoom out a little to really appreciate it, though. Created by an asteroid suspected to be some 6 miles wide, this crater has a diameter of as much as 300 kilometers. The age of the crater is estimated at more than 2 billion years.
2 Great Pyramid of Giza 29°58?34?N 31°07?58?E
The only remaining Wonder of the Ancient World, the Great Pyramid at Giza was constructed sometime in the 23rd century BC. The Pyramids were constructed as grandiose tombs of the earthly remains of the great Pharaohs of Egypt and their arrangement could well be a representation of the “Belt of Orion.” From the central pyramid, if you truck just a little to the southeast, you can also plainly see the Great Sphinx.
3 Burj Khalifa 25°11?49.7?N 55°16?26.8?E
Burj Khalifa, or formerly known as Burj Dubai, is the tallest man-made structure in the world, towering over the landscape at an impressive 828 meters. Though it is difficult to see the actual building itself on Google Earth, the monstrous shadow that it casts is plainly visible. The building currently holds no less than 14 world records, including the ones of being the tallest man-made structure, the world’s fastest elevator (64 km/per hour), and the worlds highest swimming pool (on the 76th floor).
4 The Spring Temple Buddha 33.775150°N 112.451016°E
The Spring Temple Buddha is the tallest statue in the world, at 153 meters (when considering the building upon which it sits). It was completed in 2002 and depicts Vairocana Buddha, seen as the embodiment of Emptiness (shunyata). Until their destruction by the Taliban in 2001, the Buddhas of Bamyan were considered to be the largest standing Buddhas in the world. Plans for construction of the Spring Temple Buddha were announced shortly after their destruction.
5 Statue of Liberty 40°41?38?N 74°2?37?W
The Lady Liberty was a gift from France in the year 1886. The Statue of Liberty stands 56 meters tall, or 92 meters if the height of the pedestal is included. The statue’s official title is Liberty Enlightening the World, and of the several million visitors each year. The statue is sheathed in pure copper, over a steel framework, and is one of the most recognizable icons of the United States. From 1886 to 1902, the statue’s torch functioned as a lighthouse, but this was abandoned after discovering that it had a tendency to fatally disorient birds. Though age has tarnished the copper to a bright blue-green hue, one can imagine the incredible glow the statue might have originally had, the sun reflecting off the copper.
6 Stonehenge 51°10?43.84?N 1°49?34.28?W
Believed to have been erected around 2500 BC, Stonehenge is known to have been used as a burial ground by Bronze Age people living in the region. As the people who constructed it left no written records, there is much speculation on it’s function, some of it quite colorful. The most commonly accepted theories are that it served as a primitive observatory, or perhaps a worship site. On Google Earth, the Heel stone is visible to the northeast of the structure, just beside the road, while the remnants of two other henges are visible to the southwest.
7 Krakatoa 6.102°S 105.423°E
On August 27, 1883, after several weeks of rumbling and threatening (accompanied by lesser eruptions), the island of Krakatoa literally exploded in a series of four volcanic eruptions. The explosions were so powerful that they were heard clearly some 4800 kilometers away, global weather patterns were disrupted for years to come, and the shock wave circled the globe seven times! Since then, the island has grown up again and is now known as Anak Krakatau (Son of Krakatau). It remains volcanically active and has been steadily growing larger since the 1950′s. You can type the coordinates on Google Earth and see the place from your safe and comfortable home or office.