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45 Astonishing, Abstract Aerial Images Found on Google Earth

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Grand Canyon Village, United States

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Iran

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Rikaze, China

In the fourteen years since Google Earth has redefined the map, using satellite and drone imagery, aerial photography, and government archived shots to chart and catalogue the world. Virtual travel is available with the click of a button, transporting us from Chile to China, Greenland to Antarctica, and back again.

Earth View is an astonishing compilation of the most extraterrestrial preternatural landscape images archived on Google Earth, a selection of 1,500 hand-selected visions from every mappable location around the globe. Seen from the height of thousands of miles above ground, the manifold corners of our planet could not seem more sublime, singular, and worthy of our protection.

We’ve selected forty-five of our very favorite images from Earth View to share here. All images from Earth View can be used as mobile or desktop wallpaper, and Google is also introducing a Chrome application that showcases a randomly-selected image with each new tab.

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Chanaral Province, Chile

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Ennedi, Chad

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Mauritania

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Parinacota Province, Chile

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Gairdner, Australia

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Alashan Meng, China

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Antarctica

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Kihei, United States

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Faro District, Portugal

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Murzuq, Libya

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Crimea

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Cook Islands

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Antarctica

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Zeewolde, Netherlands

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Haixi, China

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Moab, United States

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Humahuaca, Argentina

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Bockhorst, Germany

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South Pacific

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Loncopue Department, Argentina

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Kumarina, Australia

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Keenesburg, United States

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Al Jawf, Libya

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South Iceland

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Marshall Islands

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Port Hedland, Australia

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Al Ahsa, Saudi Arabia

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Taylor County, United States

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Aigues-Mortes, France

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Antarctica

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Dorie, New Zealand

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Ngari, China

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Ciudad Nezahualcyotl, Mexico

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Birjand, Iran

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Faiyum, Egypt

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Kerman, Iran

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Le Grau-du-Roi, France

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The Minquiers

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Beas, Spain

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Qesm Siwah, Egypt

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Birjand, Iran

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