10 Surprising Discoveries Made Through Google Maps and Google Earth

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With the continuous improvement in technology it has become quite easier to be an explorer. Exploring the different avenues in the world just needs a computer, access to satellite technology and an adventurer’s heart. With the help of Google maps and Google Earth you can virtually travel , explore and uncover some pretty amazing places around the globe (not in 80 days) just with a click of the mouse.


Researchers, scientists and archaeologists are also using these technologies extensively to uncover the hidden mysteries buried deep down inside this amazing planets.

Check out 10 most amazing and inspiring discoveries that are made by several researchers by using these path-breaking technologies.

1. New Hominid Ancestors

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Professor Lee Berger fromWitswatersrand University, South Africa discovered 600 unidentified caves and fossil deposits in the Cradle of Humankind. He also found two skeletons of another species of human ancestors that are almost 2 millions years old.

2. 2,000-year-old Roman Villa

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Computer programmer Luca Mori discovered this abandoned Roman Villa when he was studying maps of his town. He suddenly stumbled upon a large, oval-shaped form in nearby Parma which was later discovered as the remains of an ancient river and the courtyards of a Roman villa.

3. S.S. Jassim Shipwreck

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This accident took place in the year 2003, when a Bolivian cargo ferry hits shallow water on the the coast of Sudan. The shipwreck is one of the largest shipwreck visible and one of the most searched for on Google Earth.

4. Minefields in Cambodia

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The HALO Trust, used Google Earth to survey the various min affected areas of Cambodia and Angola. In this survey they found out that the border between Cambodia and Thailand are the most affected.

5. The Lost Forest of Mount Mabu

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The forest of Mount Mabu is the largest rainforest in southern Africa. It was found when scientist from Royal Botanic Gardens used Google Earth to search for elevated section of African Continent. Instead they found an unexpected patch of green on Mount Mabu in Mozambique which is known as The Lost Forest of Mount Mabu.

6. Kamil Crater

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This most well-preserved crater in the world was found by an Italian researcher. Kamil Crater is located in Egypt, and it did not wear with time because of a ring of bedrock which has maintained its shape.

7. Ancient Tidal Fish Trap

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In 2009 an unusual shape is discovered in the water near the River Teifi. Later, Dr. Ziggy Otto of Pembrokeshire College found that in the early 11th century, a community in Wales built this 850 foot structure to catch fishes.

8. Egyptian Pyramids

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Angela Micol, a Satellite archaeology researcher found some unusual mounds that are eroded and in triangular shapes in the southern Egypt. The largest of such mound was 620 feet wide. It is speculated that these are the great Egyptian Pyramides.

9. Pygmy Seahorse

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Great barrier reefs off the coast of Queensland, Australia was startled by the discovery of pygme seahorse at a depth of more than 300 feet . This amazing discovery was made with the help of Google Maps Street Views underwater, that can explore the great depths of the ocean.

10. Archaelogical Sites and Tombs

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Professor David Kennedy of the University of Western Australia accidently found thousands of tombs and other sites that could be up to 9,000 years old.

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