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're using Firefox, either dig up a free program called iLivid or just use IE.

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.