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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How does Mother Earth show her love for Google Earth? With heart-shaped islands (43°58'42.70"N, 15°23'0.14"E) ([[xref:http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&q=43%C2%B058%2742.70%22N,+15%C2%B023%270.14%22E&sll=52.257474,10.521764&sspn=0.001845,0.004823&gl=us&ie=UTF8&t=h&z=15|see it on Google Maps]]), ponds (52°15'27.48"N, 10°31'17.62"E) ([[xref:http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&q=52%C2%B015%2727.48%22N,+10%C2%B031%2717.62%22E&sll=-20.938415,164.658515&sspn=0.005631,0.009645&gl=us&ie=UTF8&ll=52.257474,10.521764&spn=0.001845,0.004823&t=h&z=18|see it on Google Maps]]), and botanical enigmas (20°56'15.47"S, 164°39'30.56"E) ([[xref:http://maps.google.com/maps?q=20%C2%B056%2715.47%22S,+164%C2%B039%2730.56%22E&ie=UTF8&hq=&hnear=-20%C2%B0+56%27+15.47%22,+%2B164%C2%B0+39%27+30.56%22&gl=us&ei=dt3ZS_riG8L78AaHw4hg&ved=0CAoQ8gEwAA&ll=-20.938415,164.658515&spn=0.005631,0.009645&t=h&z=17|see it on Google Maps]]), of course. How do mere mortals show their love for Google Earth? We etch our devotion into Mother Earth via heart-shaped designs (48°53'26.45"N, 12°30'36.01"E) ([[xref:http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&q=48%C2%B053%2726.45%22N,+12%C2%B030%2736.01%22E&sll=37.0625,-95.677068&sspn=39.047881,79.013672&ie=UTF8&ll=48.890399,12.510011&spn=0.001982,0.004823&t=h&z=18|see it on Google Maps]]), of which [[xref:http://www.geo-trotter.com/cat-coeur.php|there are plenty]].

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