SLIDESHOW: The strangest sights in Google Earth

Mapping software Google Earth turns the planet into a massive scavenger hunt for weird, wacky, and the unexplained. Here are a few of the things that keep us scratching our heads.

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What's the purpose of the mammoth designs painted onto the floor of a Chinese desert?(40°27'4.87"N, 93°44'42.90"E) ([[xref:http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&q=40%C2%B027%2723.66%22N,+93%C2%B023%277.78%22E&sll=40.456572,93.385494&sspn=4.697754,9.876709&gl=us&g=40%C2%B027%2723.66%22N,+93%C2%B023%277.78%22E&ie=UTF8&ll=40.457397,93.4025&spn=0.036703,0.077162&t=h&z=|see it in Google Maps]]). Perhaps only the Chinese military knows. That's who some people speculate is behind not several (40°27'23.66"N, 93°23'7.78"E) similar mile-wide paintings. A nearby Stonehenge-looking formation (40°27'31.04"N, 93°18'47.21"E) ([[xref:http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&q=40%C2%B027%2731.04%22N,+93%C2%B018%2747.21%22E&sll=52.482205,0.521625&sspn=0.003672,0.009645&gl=us&ie=UTF8&ll=40.458446,93.31337&spn=0.002294,0.004823&t=h&z=18|see it in Google Maps]]) with three jets parked in the middle suggests a possible military purpose to the enterprise. But giant white lines etched into the Earth are not unique to just China. A mysterious pattern of white lines found in Norwich, UK (52.481725, 0.520627) ([[xref:http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&q=52.481725,+0.520627&sll=27.380266,33.632814&sspn=0.002677,0.004823&gl=us&ie=UTF8&ll=52.482205,0.521625&spn=0.003672,0.009645&t=h&z=17|see it on Google Maps]]) has prompted some Fox Mulder fans to say [[xref:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_X-Files:_I_Want_to_Believe|"I want to believe."]]

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