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Exploring Earth's hidden gems: a satellite view of secret places

This curated selection showcases a variety of intriguing locations scattered across the globe that have captured the interest of adventurers and virtual travelers alike. Witness the allure of these secret spots as viewed from above, through the lens of satellite technology on Google Earth and Google Maps. From mysteriously shaped islands to enigmatic structures hidden from the general public, each point of interest offers a unique story and adds to the tapestry of our planet's rich geographical wonders.

The Badlands Guardian
The Badlands Guardian

Alberta, Canada

A natural geomorphological feature resembling a human head wearing a full Native American headdress

Sandy Island
Sandy Island

New Caledonia, France

A non-existent island that was charted on maps for over a century

The Palm Jumeirah
The Palm Jumeirah

Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Artificial archipelago in Dubai designed in the shape of a palm tree

Potash Ponds
Potash Ponds

Utah, United States

Vibrant blue ponds used for water evaporation in potash mining

Nazca Lines
Nazca Lines

Nazca, Peru

Ancient geoglyphs etched into the desert sands

Lake Hillier
Lake Hillier

Western Australia, Australia

A lake with a distinctive bubblegum-pink color

Surtsey
Surtsey

Vestmannaeyjar, Iceland

A volcanic island formed in the 1960s that remains off-limits for visitors

Richat Structure
Richat Structure

Adrar, Mauritania

A prominent circular feature in the Sahara desert known as the Eye of the Sahara

Aral Sea Ship Graveyard
Aral Sea Ship Graveyard

Moynaq, Uzbekistan

Rusting remnants of a once-large fleet now lie in a desert that used to be a seabed

The Atacama Giant
The Atacama Giant

Atacama Desert, Chile

One of the largest ancient anthropomorphic figures in the world

Galesnjak
Galesnjak

Zadar, Croatia

Uninhabited island known as the 'Island of Love' due to its heart-like shape

El Castillo
El Castillo

Yucatán, Mexico

A renowned Mesoamerican pyramid situated at Chichen Itza

Hidden Gem Locations
Hidden Gem Locations

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This collection offers insights into some of the most intriguing hidden spots across the globe. Marvel at the sight of these concealed treasures through satellite technology provided by Google Earth and Google Maps.

The Badlands Guardian A natural geomorphological feature resembling a human head wearing a full Native American headdress

The Badlands Guardian
The Badlands Guardian A natural geomorphological feature resembling a human head wearing a full Native American headdress
Sandy Island A non-existent island that was charted on maps for over a century

Sandy Island
Sandy Island A non-existent island that was charted on maps for over a century
The Palm Jumeirah Artificial archipelago in Dubai designed in the shape of a palm tree

The Palm Jumeirah
The Palm Jumeirah Artificial archipelago in Dubai designed in the shape of a palm tree
Potash Ponds Vibrant blue ponds used for water evaporation in potash mining

Potash Ponds
Potash Ponds Vibrant blue ponds used for water evaporation in potash mining
Nazca Lines Ancient geoglyphs etched into the desert sands

Nazca Lines
Nazca Lines Ancient geoglyphs etched into the desert sands
Lake Hillier A lake with a distinctive bubblegum-pink color

Lake Hillier
Lake Hillier A lake with a distinctive bubblegum-pink color
Surtsey A volcanic island formed in the 1960s that remains off-limits for visitors

Surtsey
Surtsey A volcanic island formed in the 1960s that remains off-limits for visitors
Richat Structure A prominent circular feature in the Sahara desert known as the Eye of the Sahara

Richat Structure
Richat Structure A prominent circular feature in the Sahara desert known as the Eye of the Sahara
Aral Sea Ship Graveyard Rusting remnants of a once-large fleet now lie in a desert that used to be a seabed

Aral Sea Ship Graveyard
Aral Sea Ship Graveyard Rusting remnants of a once-large fleet now lie in a desert that used to be a seabed
The Atacama Giant One of the largest ancient anthropomorphic figures in the world

The Atacama Giant
The Atacama Giant One of the largest ancient anthropomorphic figures in the world
Galesnjak Uninhabited island known as the 'Island of Love' due to its heart-like shape

Galesnjak
Galesnjak Uninhabited island known as the 'Island of Love' due to its heart-like shape
El Castillo A renowned Mesoamerican pyramid situated at Chichen Itza

El Castillo
El Castillo A renowned Mesoamerican pyramid situated at Chichen Itza
Hidden Gem Locations This collection offers insights into some of the most intriguing hidden spots across the globe. Marvel at the sight of these concealed treasures through satellite technology provided by Google Earth and Google Maps.

Hidden Gem Locations
Hidden Gem Locations This collection offers insights into some of the most intriguing hidden spots across the globe. Marvel at the sight of these concealed treasures through satellite technology provided by Google Earth and Google Maps.