15 Unbelievable Things Seen From Great Heights

Sometimes a different vantage point can shows us things we weren’t expecting to see. GE wants to show us the bigger picture by giving the world a bird’s eye perspective of three undisclosed facilities. Help decide where GE sends its high-flying camera next by voting here, and take a look at some other images that are bound to give you a whole new perspective.

1. Antarctica’s Research Stations

Although Antarctica’s official population is zero, there are usually between 1,000 to 4,000 people living and working on the mostly uninhabitable continent. This is the first time they have been captured by Google Earth.

2. The KFC Space Logo

Brands Inc created the logo near Rachel, Nevada. They claim that it was the first ad that could be seen from space.

3. Man-Shaped Lake In Brazil

4. The Giant Oprah Maze

Dubbed the most powerful celebrity in the world by Forbes, why shouldn’t Oprah get her own corn maze? An Arizona farmer appropriately created this tribute in 2004.

5. The Heart Shaped Island

Could this be the world’s most romantic island? The 130,000 square yard island of Galesnjak came to prominence after its unusual shape was highlighted on Google Earth.

6. The Giant Lion

Seen at the ZSL Whipsnade Zoo located at Whipsnade, near Dunstable in Bedfordshire, England.

7. The World’s Largest Swimming Pool

Now officially recognised by the Guinness Book of World Records, you won’t be able to miss the world’s largest swimming pool located in San Alfonso del Mar in Chile.

8. Terrain Face in Google Maps

The terrain in Alberta, Canada accidentally forms what looks like a human face when viewed from the air.

9. Sydney Harbour Bridge

Just north-west of the Sydney Opera House stands the Sydney Harbour Bridge, which is only the world’s largest single-arch bridge, but it’s also the world’s widest long-span bridge.

10. A Conveyor Belt In The Middle Of The Western Sahara Desert

Not only does this conveyor belt run through the Sahara Desert, but it is also the longest in the world. The conveyor is 100 kilometres long and runs all the way to the coast from the phosphate mines of Bu Craa.

11. Orapa & Letlhakane Diamond Mines

The communities of Orapa and Letlhakane in Botswana are home to some of the largest diamond mines in the world. Each year, the joint venture between De Beers and the Botswana government produces about 18 million carats of diamonds and $1 billion in revenue!

12. Lombard Street

This is the world famous Lombard Street in San Francisco which is known as “the crookedest (most winding) street in the United States.” This shot should give you a good idea of just exactly how crooked it is.

13. Beijing South Railway Station

Beijing-South is the Chinese capital’s hub for high-speed rail travel, and is Asia’s largest train station.

14. London Heathrow Airport

As one of the world’s busiest airports, it takes a bird’s eye view to put its size into perspective. In the first half of 2011, Heathrow saw 26,733,585 passengers.

15. The Massive Colombian Water Slide

Apparently Colombians like their water slides big, because this one near El Cruce is absolutely massive!

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Have you ever wondered what was inside that locomotive rumbling by on the train tracks? You voted yes so we went to Grove City, Pennsylvania, where locomotive engines are manufactured and put together piece by piece. Watch how people and machines work to assemble high powered train engines from start to finish through the lens of our mini helicopter camera. This bird’s eye view of GE engineers at work really puts the intricacies of each engine into perspective, so take a moment to appreciate all the moving parts the next time you board a train!

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