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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This aerial shot of an Algerian desert (31° 7'45.56"N, 7°56'23.12"E) looks like something taken by a satellite orbiting Mars. The stunning alien-like landscape has inspired some Google Earth daydreamers to spot images of girl's face (31°15'14.82"N, 7°53'12.10"E) ([[xref:http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&q=&sll=31.254285,7.886821&sspn=0.005155,0.009645&ie=UTF8&ll=31.254285,7.886821&spn=0.005155,0.009645&t=h&z=17|see it on Google Maps]]) or a tree (30°56'55.41"N, 7°52'51.37"E) ([[xref:http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&q=&sll=30.94896,7.881446&sspn=0.010342,0.01929&ie=UTF8&ll=30.94896,7.881446&spn=0.010342,0.01929&t=h&z=16|see it on Google Maps]]) between the wavy sandy crevasses. Think Algeria looks other-worldly? Try these mud flats (39.094361,83.596134) ([[xref:http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&q=&sll=39.093865,83.593211&sspn=0.018719,0.038581&ie=UTF8&ll=39.093865,83.593211&spn=0.018719,0.038581&t=h&z=15|see it in Google Maps]]) found in a remote part of Sinkiang, China, and this beadlike tableau (17°25'42.01"N, 6°38'30.39"E) ([[xref:http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&q=&sll=17.428357,6.641787&sspn=0.00036,0.000603&ie=UTF8&ll=17.428357,6.641787&spn=0.00036,0.000603&t=h&z=21|see it in Google Maps]]) in the Agadez region of Niger, where salt production has created odd formations in the landscape.

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