Geologist Shares His Most Interesting Finds On Google Earth


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    "A fort in the Netherlands."

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    "Another volcano in the Great Rift Valley with a micro climate and a very asymmetrical crater, much like Mt. St. Helens."

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    "Above is the coolest delta I've ever seen. It's formed by the William River, which flows through Athabasca Sand Dunes Provincial Park and into Lake Athabasca, Saskatchewan CA. This river has recently become my favorite river, because we share a name. The left side of the image seems to be while the lake is frozen but the river is not. The bands that sort of parallel the shoreline look like cheniers."

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    "Preserved craters from the D-Day bombardment of German fortifications at Pointe du Hoc, Normandy."

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    "USS Arizona and memorial, Pearl Harbor."

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    "A breakwater and lighthouse on one of the Great Lakes. I can't remember where. Notice the circular pattern of waves reflecting off the structure."

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    "High vs. low tide on a Normandy beach."

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    "SE Alaska, multiple alpine glaciers flowing together."

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    "Irrigated fields in west Texas. The colors here are awesome. I'm guessing the crops were recently harvested or recently plowed under and we're seeing the soil color. In my experience, harvested corn or wheat fields aren't this orange/red. Any ideas? The white specks are oil pads connected by little roads. This land is certainly being utilized."

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    "After the pretty bad performance of the US in the war of 1812, the federal government realized some things. They needed to maintain a larger, federally controlled, standing army. The states militias were just not up to the task when it came to real war. They also needed to have a larger navy. Privateers weren’t all that great either. Finally, they needed to fortify the border. The royal navy was able to sail all up in our waterways to deploy land forces. Since half of the US border was coastal, this meant lots of coastal forts to shoot at ships. Across the channel is Fort Morgan, a beautiful star fort. I’ve never been to this one, but it looks to be in very good shape. You can see the retrofitting of more modern gun emplacements."


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