April 23, 2021

Super Interesting Things This Geologist Found While Walking on Google Maps

Technology has made it possible to travel without leaving home, to do geological research while sitting on your couch. A lot of people enjoy walking on Google Maps in their free time and checking random places all around the world. There’s one particular person who has caught our eye, that goes under the nickname geologistmakesthebedrock, who has started screenshotting his most unique finds on Google Maps, and some are incredibly interesting.

He started doing it in order to find interesting examples for his lecture presentations. He was fascinated by what he was able to find and started sharing this information on Imgur, since as he said- his wife was too tired to look at them and hear about their explanation all the time.

Most of these findings include various land information and man-made structures, and all of these images have a short comment by the geologist on what is it that he found.

Scroll down to check these cool findings yourself.

#1

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#2

“A beautifully symmetrical volcano on the Kamchatka Peninsula in Russia. Look at those weird red cinder cones on the flanks.”

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#3

“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.”

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“USS Arizona and memorial, Pearl Harbor.”

#4

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“Underwater tidal channels of the Wadden Sea of Denmark.”

#5

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“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.”

#6

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“Still the Wadden Sea. Look at that tidal current rippin through there. This one is spooky.”

#7

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“Alpine glaciers spilling out spreading across a flat plain. This is in SE Alaska.”

#8

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“A volcano in the Great Rift Valley in Tanzania. It’s tall enough to have its own, wetter micro climate, hence the green.”

#9

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“High vs. low tide on a Normandy beach.”

#10

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“SE Alaska, multiple alpine glaciers flowing together.”

#11

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“A lonely little gun emplacement that used to guard the entrance to Amsterdam. ”

#12

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“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.”

#13

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“A push boat and barges stirring up the bottom of the Tombigbee River in Alabama (USA).”

#14

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“A fort in the Netherlands.”

#15

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“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.”

#16

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“Another volcano in the Great Rift Valley with a micro climate and a very asymmetrical crater, much like Mt. St. Helens.”

#17

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“A beautiful wave-dominated delta in Brazil.”

#18

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“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.”

#19

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“I read about this one on a forum. I think it’s true. The GPS point is the location of the German battleship, Tirpitz when it was sunk by British bombers on 11/12/1944. The Tirpitz was the sister ship of the famous Bismarck. It was also the last serious German surface naval threat. The RAF and Royal Navy played a long cat and mouse game with the Tirpitz as it hid out in Norwegian fjords. It was eventually located and Lancaster bombers attached at high altitude with huge bombs. The 3 round holes (2 in the water, 1 on land) are likely craters from missed bombs. They don’t make sense geologically”

#20

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“This is a random place in the Ontario, CA. I think the colors are very nice.”

#21

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“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.”

#22

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“After the pretty bad performance of the US in the war of 1812, the federal government realized some things. They needed to maintain a larger, federally controlled, standing army. The states militias were just not up to the task when it came to real war. They also needed to have a larger navy. Privateers weren’t all that great either. Finally, they needed to fortify the border. The royal navy was able to sail all up in our waterways to deploy land forces. Since half of the US border was coastal, this meant lots of coastal forts to shoot at ships. Across the channel is Fort Morgan, a beautiful star fort. I’ve never been to this one, but it looks to be in very good shape. You can see the retrofitting of more modern gun emplacements.”

#23

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“Preserved craters from the D-Day bombardment of German fortifications at Pointe du Hoc, Normandy.”

#24

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“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?”

#25

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“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.”