The Tours

   
Before you laugh at any of the big geoglyphs for being cartoonish or not anatomically correct — hey, you try it.  Don't forget to bring along a really big pantograph.

The first geoglyph I laughed at, thinking it was the result of some late-night revelry by some drunken college kids, turned out be 3,000 years old.  It was also the last one I laughed at.  Some of them look all new and shiny but only because they're being preserved.

    
But most of all…

What must truly be appreciated is being able to partake in one of the greatest computer programs ever written; the flight path and rotation it makes when going from one spot to the next.  Because it's basing it upon (1) the direction it's currently pointed, (2) the direction it's going to end up pointed, (3) the down angle it's pointed at, (4) the down angle it's going to end up pointed at, and (5) the distance between the two spots, it's basically generating a totally unique pattern every single time it lifts off.  If you haven't watched a tour yet, you'll see what I mean.  Sometimes you're going forward, sometimes backward, sometimes sideways like looking out the window of an airplane.  While the individual spots are certainly interesting, the getting there is equally so.
 

These videos are designed to be played in full-screen mode.  Click on the little symbol on the tool bar to pop them open.  Each tour's title opens a new window with the tour's database for the location of the individual spots.
    

3-D Terrain
 

   
Animals – Americas
 

     
Animals – Eurasia
 

    
Boats
 

      
Censored Sites
 

     
Chess Boards
 

      
Commercial – Americas
 

    
Commercial – Eurasia
 

     
Compass Roses
 

       
Craters
 

       
Crop Circles

This particular video is pretty wild because it's going back in time for almost every site, so you'll see a lot of strange overlapping backgrounds.  It might also be noted that all of these are in Britain, which apparently aliens just adore.
 

     
Designs – Americas
 

     
Designs – Asia
 

     
Designs – Europe
 

      
Geometric – Americas
 

      
Geometric – Eurasia
 

     
Glyphs
 

     
Google Goofs
 

    
High Resolution
 

      
Mazes
 

   
Musical
 

    
Oddities – Americas
 

   
Oddities – Asia
 

  
Oddities – Europe
 

   
Overlays
 

   
Planes
 

   
Pools & Ponds
 

 

    
Structures
 

    
'Swastika' Buildings
 

     
White Horses
 

     
Custom Tours

Here are a few I whipped up:

Grand Canyon
 

    
Chinese Lines
 

    
Peruvian Graffiti
 

     
Site Locations
 

     
Specialty Tours

These are add-ons that include special files.  Titles link to the download site.
   

34 Moons
 

    
Beautiful Lake Deathstar
 

    
Celestial Globe
 

    
Earth Lights
 

  
Old-World Maps
 

   
London Eye Ferris Wheel
 

   
Real-Time Airline Tracking
 

     
Real-Time Weather
 

  
Space Stuff
 

  
The Moon
 

 

   
Time Zones
 

  
World Driving Standards
 

  
Saving The Tours

In case you didn't know, these videos are sitting right there on your computer after you play them, should you want to watch them later.  If you're using Internet Explorer, go to the Tools menu, 'Internet options', the first 'Settings' button, 'View files'.  In the folder window that pops open, go to the View Menu and select 'Details'.  Click on the 'Size' header of the window twice to bring the largest files to the top.  You'll see the file listed near the top using its correct name, like "oddities-americas.flv".  Copy the file to a safe place.

If you'd rather use Firefox, do this.

FLV is a very proprietary format and not many programs play it.  It's used online because it's a multi-platform format and everybody can view them.  To play them at home, do this.