Five Places To Look Up On Google Earth
Never heard of this? Google Earth is a fascinating web site that let’s you look at different parts of the earth, as seen by satellite. You can download Google Earth for free at earth.google.com and start immediately by looking up places that you might never have seen. You can zoom anywhere that you want and discover the earth like never before. Once you are done finding your house, you can check out these five places on our planet.
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This is the oldest and only one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World left standing. Built approximately over 20 years in the year 2551 B.C., the Great Pyramid was constructed for the Pharaoh Khufu (or Cheops, in Greek). Originally, the Great Pyramid was covered in smooth casing stones which made it gleam in the desert sun. However, these have either been destroyed by time or vandals. If you have a problem finding the site, look up El Giza, Egypt. Here you will also find the other structures that make up the Egyptian Necropolis.
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The story of the Taj Mahal is a love story between a great man and the grief he felt for his wife. Located in Agra, India, the Taj Mahal is a mausoleum built by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan for his favorite wife, Mumtaz Mahal in 1632. It took about 21 years to complete, and is identified by its great white marble dome and minarets. People also love to visit its gardens and the river area behind this monument.
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It took Dr. David Livingstone a lifetime to find the Victoria Falls (also known as Mosi-oa-Tunya Falls which means The Smoke That Thunders), yet you can find this natural spectacle in minutes on Google Earth. It is located in Southern Africa on the Zambezi River and splits Zimbabwe and Zambia. The Falls are 360 feet tall. An amazing feature of this site is an area known as the Devil’s Pool. During the months of September and December, people can swim out to the edge of the Falls without worry of the current pulling them over. They can do this by a naturally formed stone wall just below the surface of the Zambezi River.
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This pre-Columbian Inca site means “Old Peak” in the language of the ancient peoples that lived here. You can find it on a mountain ridge near the Urubamba Valley in Peru where the Urubamba River flows. It was built by the Incans around 1400 AD and abandoned about 150 years later in the wake of the Spanish conquest of the Incans. It is most likely that the inhabitants died of smallpox brought on by the Spanish, since there is no record of the Europeans entering the city. It is an amazing architectural structure that is built along the side of the mountain and can best be seen from above with Google Earth.
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Also known as the Flavian Amphitheater, this site is the largest of the coliseums built by the Romans around 70 AD. At its height, the Coliseum could hold 50,000 people where it was used for gladiatorial combat, public executions, and even naval battles! The Romans had even devised a way to cover patrons to the Coliseum with a removable canvas dome, controlled by sailors in the Roman Navy. Although this monument to man’s achievements has been vandalized by time, war, and earthquakes throughout the centuries, it is truly a marvel to view.