Google Earth: Surprising finds in satellite photography
Outside Tucson, Ariz., the Davis-Monthan Air Force Base is used to store old planes. The airplane 'boneyard' houses thousands of decomissioned military aircraft. The base is still in use, and you can find many active aircraft slightly to the northwest. Google/DigitalGlobe/GeoEye
In a bay on the Potomac River south of Washington, a fleet of abandoned ships decays under water. The ships are mostly made of wood and were hastily constructed beginning in 1917, intended to be part of the war effort. Several problems prohibited the ships from ever crossing the Atlantic, and salvage rights were eventually sold. Most of the ships ended up in Mallows Bay. Google/DigitalGlobe/GeoEye
In late February, armchair explorers noted a strange, grid-like pattern on the seafloor about 600 miles west of the African coast. Some suggested that Google had revealed the legendary sunken city of Atlantis. Google later debunked the theory, claiming the pattern was caused by ships gathering bathymetric data using sonar. Google/NASA/SIO/NOAA
According to the Sydney Morning Herald, the Chinese military has constructed something unusal at an installation at Huangyangtan. This miniaturized mountainous landscape is a scale model, about a half-mile long, of a disputed zone on the Chinese-Indian border. This model may be intended for training purposes. Google/DigitalGlobe/GeoEye/Mapabc/AND/Europa Technologies
This crop maze in Arizona features a very large portrait of Oprah Winfrey. At the top of the portrait is 'Arizona [heart] Oprah.' Google/DigitalGlobe/GeoEye
Two days before Barack Obama's inauguration, the Naval Observatory in Washington, D.C., (the vice president's home) was made clear. Prior to that date, the residence was a blurry blob. Google claims it had nothing to do with the changing administration, that it was a regular update. Google/DigitalGlobe/GeoEye
This image provided by GeoEye Satellite Image shows Washington's National Mall and the United States Capitol, far right, on Tuesday, Jan. 20, during the inauguration of President Obama. The image shows the masses of people between the Capitol and the Washington Monument. GeoEye/AP
In January, Swiss police said they found a large marijuana plantation hidden inside a field of corn. The discovery ≠ made using Google Earth software – resulted in 16 arrests, the seizure of 1.2 tons of marijuana, and the recovery of a large amount of cash and valuables. Google/DigitalGlobe/GeoEye
Crop circles have been around since at least the 17th century, and satellite images make them easy to see and share. They have been attributed to everything from geological pheonomena to extraterrestrials, but this crop circle promoting Mozilla's Firefox web browser was probably man-made. Google/DigitalGlobe/GeoEye
Satellite cameras are bound to capture surprising events. This image shows a cruise ship capsized by a typhoon in 2003, in Busan, South Korea. Google/DigitalGlobe/GeoEye
Seventy years ago, AP's Joe Rosenthal took the now iconic photo of US Marines raising the flag at Iwo Jima. The Christian Science Monitor reported why the tiny island played such a huge role in the war's Pacific theater.
ByJoseph C. Harsch, Staff writer
This article originally ran in The Christian Science Monitor on Feb. 23, 1945, on the same day when Associated Press photographer Joe Rosenthal took the now iconic photo of US Marines raising the nation's flag on the island of Iwo Jima in the Pacific Ocean. The Monitor's Joseph C. Harsch explained at the time why Iwo Jima played such an important role in the US campaign in the Pacific during World War II.