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.

Sure, visiting breathtaking landmarks such as the Roman Coliseum (41°53'26.44"N, 12°29'31.17"E) (see it in Google Maps) in person is the best way to see them. (Shown in the inset at bottom left is a Google Street View of the Roman Coliseum--another alternative for virtual globetrotters.) But if your budget and schedule don't permit it, Google Earth may just have to do. The good news for virtual tourists is that Google has updated its coverage of many of the world's most popular destinations with high-resolution images that make an Internet trip to the Grand Canyon (36.102966,-112.091532 ) (see it in Google Maps), the Great Wall of China (40°21'15.86"N, 116° 0'25.31"E) (see it in Google Maps), and Eiffel Tower (48°51'29.47"N, 2°17'40.26"E) (see it in Google Maps) as enjoyable as possible.

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