What Google Earth Captured Seems Like A Horrible Nightmare. Wait Until You See What They Found

Ever wondered how Google Earth creates its images? It uses a process called texture mapping, pioneered in animation and video game technology, to overlay a flat satellite image over a 3-D terrain map. If you think of how a flat label is wrapped around a soda bottle, you've got the right idea. 

Most of the time, this works well, but there's a glitch every now and then. The result is a crazy distortion of the landscape as 2-D and 3-D worlds collide. Brooklyn artist Clement Valla documents these surreal screw-ups on his website. Fortunately, Google Earth corrects them promptly, but these fleeting landscapes sure are fun.

1. Caution: Dip in Road

1.) Hello dangerous highway.

2. Use caution going up and down on the bridge.

2.) Looks like a bumpy road.

3. I know the Golden Gate bridge is meant to have a little sway in the wind, but this is a bit much.

3.) This one is really bad. Looks like the Golden Gate Bridge is collapsing.

4. More “ribbon” bridges.

4.) Imagine a world where we actually built bridges like this.

5. Mind-bending superhighway.

5.) The super highway to somewhere....


6. This one almost looks like a piece of modern art.

6.) This would make an amazing piece of abstract modern art.

7. Yield to cars merging from the fourth dimension.

7.) Something's not quite right with the wavy highway.

8. Wheeeee!

8.) Oh silly Google Earth.

9. The highway is lightly draped over the trees.

9.) That's a steep drop.

10. This must be one of those “accident reduction” areas.

11. Some seriously low-hanging bridges.

12. Well, it’s one way to cross a muddy river.


13. Hope your tires have good traction for this bridge.

13.) A crazy, distorted bridge.

14. When’s the last time you had your brakes checked?

14.) I wouldn't want to plan a trip with Google Earth messing up like this.

15. It’s either the most dangerous highway bridge or the most thrilling waterslide.

15.) Good thing this isn't real. That would be the most dangerous bridge of all time.

16. Things get a little topsy-turvy here.

16.) Even the water seems distorted in this one.

17. Please, let flattened drivers pass on the left.

17.) That's one flat highway.

18. We’ll just take a little detour into this rocky precipice.

18.) Where did the road go?

Credit: ViralNova | Postcards From Google Earth

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