25 Dark Images Found On Google Earth

By jstruge - October 10, 2018
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When Google Earth first came around, it was basically the coolest thing that ever happened. You could zoom in on your childhood neighborhood or spy on an old park you once remember visiting. You could travel through cities and countries you’ve never visited before.

Along with this came the amazement of stumbling across something inexplicable. From a blood red lake to a horrific car crash, all these aerial Google Earth images are sure to shock us. Most of them have a pretty good explanation, but some remain a mystery. Read on to discover these 25 dark and dreadful images found on Google Earth.

Red water

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This lake which is found in Iraq’s Sadr City is completely red. It took the internet by surprise shortly after someone found this on google earth and made it public. Although there is no real explanation, there have been speculations as to why this crimson-colored lake exists.

One possible explanation is that the color is caused by sewage or pollution. The other one is that the nearby slaughterhouse has been dumping blood into the canal. Either way, creepy!

Mexican symbols

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Just admit it, we all know that we downloaded Google Earth so that we could potentially see some cool crop circles. The reality is there are tons! Some of which however have a realistic explanation – and it’s not aliens. Sorry to burst your bubble.

This particular crop circle is near Mesa Huerfanita, New Mexico. It’s a popular spot for scientologists to visit and the symbol actually is meant to allow people from other places in the universe to travel to their spot. Welcoming the aliens, I suppose. That’s great.


SS Jassim

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This shipwreck used to be visible on google earth, although unfortunately not anymore. It was a Bolivian cargo ferry from 1961 that sadly sunk off the coast of Sudan in 2003. The reason for the sinking of the ship was bad weather.

If you’re wondering how they clean up a shipwreck, they don’t. It’s nearly impossible to retrieve a ship that sinks in the ocean. This is why there are thousands of ships at the bottom of the ocean.


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Another bizarre sight in Sudan. This one is located in Gharb, Darfur. Someone was tinkering on Google Earth and spotted this puckered set up lips on their screen. Turns out it’s a mountain range!

Apparently this is just a trick of the landscape, and the hills have natural coloring which adds to the illusion. It’s still better than some of the other shapes we’ve seen occurring naturally!


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Once again we thought this was a crop circle. Are those ever even real? Turns out this is an art piece in the Egyptian desert near Hurghada on the Red Sea coast. It was done by three Greek female artists and it’s called “Desert Breath”.

It’s made up of 89 protruding cones made of sand, and those cones were dug from the sand, creating holes. Although it was not supposed to last this long, it is still visible twenty years later.


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As dark as this might seem, there’s actually a really good explanation for this pentagram that is seen on the southern shore of the Upper Tobol Reservoir in Kazakhstan.

Archeologist Emma Usmanova explains that it is a park made out of a star with an outline. Stars were popular symbols during the Soviet era and the lines are the roadways in the park.

The Murderer's Sculpture

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The really creepy part – besides the fact that there is a massive stone structure of a little girl behind some guy’s house – is that this was created by a convicted murderer.

Yep, you heard that right. While in prison, a man created this art structure which was unveiled in 1976. This is the largest concrete structure, measuring a whopping 100 feet and is located in Craigmillar Scotland. As ‘nice’ as that is, we still find it really creepy.


Lake Monster

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Okey Bay in New Zealand had a bit of a scare when someone showed this picture to the locals. What’s that long strip on darkness in the water? Some kind of loch ness monster? Turns out it’s probably not though.

Upon further inspection, we can see a boat off in the distance. Google Earth must have captured the trail left behind from when the boat passed. Although many loch ness monsters are probably real, this isn’t one of them.

Gobi Desert

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Aliens! It has to be aliens! Why else would there be interconnecting straight lines in the middle of China’s Gobi Desert? Many people thought it was the work of some extra terrestrial being, however we seem to have been proven wrong once again!

As it turns out, science is to blame for this odd shaped array. It’s done by antenna that is used to track the weather and other atmospheric research. Unfortunately, we can’t blame the aliens for this one.



Dead on the Dock

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Okay forget about aliens now, this is pure evil. Is that a dead body that was dragged over to the dock? Someone call the detectives! We have a murder on our hands! This Google Earth image was found in the Netherlands and became viral when upon first glance it looks like we’ve witnessed a murder.

As it turns out, the dock is made of a type of wood that turns red when it gets wet. Some woman brought her dog to the park and he decided to go for a swim, subsequently terrifying a few million people.


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They all say we will probably die when a huge meteor hits the planet. Same as the dinosaurs. There’s no way to say that’s not true when you see the scope of something like this.

This is the hole from a meteor that hit the earth in the Arizona desert. That thing measures about 3900ft long. Imagine if that thing hit a populated area? IT could have wiped out a good chunk of people. Now imagine if one of the 30-million-foot-long meteors hits us? Exactly.


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Is this an aerial shot of a huge tsunami? Or is it just another illusion. It certainly looks like the ocean is about to pour over that cliff onto the land. Luckily it wasn’t and once again we are safe. Phew!

The image taken from Google Earth is actually taken on the cliffs of a town in northern Scotland. The water is much lower than perceived and if you climb up onto those cliffs, it’s at least a 40 foot drop to the ocean. Tricked again!

Grand Prismatic Spring

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At first glance, this aerial view looks like something from outer space.  Is it a pool of rainbow water? Alien goop from a fallen meteor? Unfortunately, the explanation is ridiculously simple: it’s actually just the largest hot spring in the United States.

Turns out, it’s located in Yellowstone National Park. The striking colors come from a special algea that is present in the waters. The Grand Prismatic Spring is actually named for it’s unique and beautiful coloring. Hot tub party? Yes please!



Car Crash

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While browsing through Google Earth, you’re bound to see some bizarre and disturbing images. One of which was found while looking through the satellite images in South Haven Michigan.

Consider this massive intersection and the drama unfolding on it, just as the Google cameras came by. It looks like a horrific car crash just happened at this large and dangerous looking intersection. Although it looks like blood, it’s probably just motor oil on the street. We hope the people involved are okay!

Badlands Guardian

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This mysterious geographical wonder is located in Alberta, Canada. Just near Medicine Hat lies a completely natural valley that has been eroded into the clay. Look carefully; it resembles a face that is sideways.

Complete with a mouth, nose, eyebrow and eye – this figure was discovered by Google Earth. What a weird phenomenon! It seems nature has a very creative side! Even more so, from this point of view the road going up resembles earbuds hanging out of the person’s ear.

Mystery Lots

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Star Fort

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While casually browsing around Google Earth, you may stumble upon something as amazing as this Star fort. It’s beautiful and its angles are strangely soothing to look at. As it turns out, this is called Fort Bourtange built all the way back in 1593 in Netherlands.

After experiencing its final battle in 1672, the Fort continued to serve as a defensive post on the German border until it was finally surrendered in 1851 and converted into a village. At the moment, the fort is a historical museum, however it’s real beauty can only be appreciated from a bird’s eye view.



Missing Peak

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Mount Kangtega in Nepal is part of the Himalayas with a peak reaching 6,782 meters. The bizarre part of this is when you search it on Google Images, the very peak of the mountain is blocked out. Where you’d expect to see a snowy cap, there is only a deep black hole.

While there are a few theories floating around of why this could be, there hasn’t been an official explanation. Some people believe the image was blocked out because of insufficient satellite data. Others think it was intentionally blurred by the request of a certain country’s government. What do you suppose happened?

Peruvian Figures

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In southern Peru, Google Earth viewers stumbled upon this wonder in the Nazca Desert (always in the desert). There are alien-like shapes that are usually geometrical, and take on the shapes of what look like birds, insects, and other more random figures.

The best explanation for this is that they are ancient geoglyphs dating back to sometime between 500 BC and 500 AD. We still have no idea why they were put there though. It seems maybe people used to have a lot more time on their hands!


Costa Concordia

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They’re calling it Titanic part 2, except lucky not as many people died. Back in January of 2012, this luxury cruise ship called Costa Concordia hit a rock and began to sink, much like the Titanic.

The evacuation of Costa Concordia took more than six hours and of the 3,229 passengers and 1,023 crew known to have been aboard, 32 died. Although it has been towed away now, this sight was quite a dreadful one to be seen on Google Earth.


Concentration Camp

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This image is not so disturbing for the way it looks on Google maps, but it’s dreadful because of what it used to be.  You’re looking at a South Korean prison camp, Camp number 15 to be precise.

When new images of the North Korean countryside were released, many such camps were revealed.  Many sections of this area have been razed and several buildings destroyed, suggesting the camp stopped being fully operational in 2014.


Burning Church

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This building is a girls’ private school in St. Thomas, Ontario, Canada. The building was over 100 years old before it was destroyed by fire. Apparently this was no accident. The smoke could be seen as far away as downtown London, Ontario.

Fortunately, they caught the arsonists and two boys were charged shortly after the fire. From an aerial view you can truly see the extent of the fire. Thankfully, the building was slated for demolition that same year, so no students or staff were present on campus at the time of the fire.





Airplane Graveyards

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This Google Earth image is quite a rare find, and we can see why it took the internet by storm when it was discovered. This is an Air Force Base near the city of Tucson, Arizona. It’s basically where planes go to die.

It is home to more than 4,000 aircrafts, mostly military in nature. It’s now considered to be the largest aircraft boneyard in the world. The low humidity and rare rainfall in the area is ideal to preserve the planes.


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Here we see yet another sunken ship on Google Earth. As fascinating as it is to see, this is one of apparently 36 sunken ships around the port waters of Shatt al-Arab in Basrah, Iraq. I wonder what keeps sinking all these ships? Once again, I blame aliens.

These wrecks pose ecological and political risks; some of the sunken ships are oil tankers.  The wrecks are also collecting sediment and changing the waterways, making fishing and navigating difficult.





Dangerous Engines

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Let’s just go ahead and say that no one in their right mind would hang out behind one of these Tu-160 bombers when they rev up their engines. As this image certainly suggests – we wouldn’t either.

A Reddit user discovered this aerial shot from Google Earth of the Engels Air Force Base in Russia and shared just how much damage occurs from the exhaust fumes. It’s in everyone’s best interest to steer clear of the aircraft, unless you want to lose your face.