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 everything on this page.