Ten Mysterious Places on Google Earth
3. Geoglyphs at Tiliviche. Coordinates: 19°32’56.62″S, 69°58’4.21″W. Chile’s Atacama Desert holds many examples of ancient Incan geoglyphs. The Geoglyphs at Tiliviche is a fine example of a herd of llamas being moved by a thin person and a fat person. The llamas are facing the ocean and may have been carved into the earth for the purpose of being a landmark for llama caravans coming down the mountain. The llamas were as important to transportation for the ancient Incans as the camel was in the Egyptian desert. These geoglyphs may be over 2,000 years old and usually found near trading routes.
2. Geoglyphs of Chiza. Coordinates: 19°12’12.51″S, 70° 0’29.37″W. Another example of ancient Incan geoplyphs in the Atacama desert of Chile is the geoglyphs of Chiza. These geoglyphs are not too far away from the ones located at Tiliviche. These designs are created by arranging large dark stones on the lighter sand. These particular glyphs represent images of people, birds and other animals. What is remarkable about these Incan glyphs as opposed to the Nazca lines is that they are usually placed on hill sides and visible to people not only in the air, but also on land. This particular feature has a nearby road, and as you can see by the photo, someone has taken the opportunity to stop their vehicle and admire these amazing designs in such a dry desert.
1. Atacama Giant. Coordinates: 19°56’56.88″S, 69°38’1.87″W. Our last example of mysterious places found on Google Earth is also located in the Atacama desert of Chile. The Atacama Giant is the largest prehistoric anthropomorphic figure in the world and measures 282 ft long. Records indicate it was built around 1000 to 1400 CE. Although some skeptics and “ancient aliens” believers think this is a representation of alien visitors who have visited the Incans, the Atacama Giant’s unusual features actually have a specific purpose. Not only does this true giant represent the diety of the local people, but the various points around his head could tell the local inhabitants various calendar events such as the day and season and when to plant certain crops. This was accomplished by how the moon would set in reference to these points.
Of course, there are many other mysterious places that can be visited in the comfort of your own home using Google Earth. Stonehenge, the Pyramids of Giza and Nan Madol come to mind immediately. As satellite imagery improves and our ability to peer into every corner of our ancient planet becomes more routine, many other strange and fascinating discoveries will surely emerge.
Be sure to check out our other article on Google Earth Coordinates of Historic Events.