12 Mysterious Google Maps Sightings

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1. The Badlands Guardian

This natural formation in Alberta, Canada is known as the Badlands Guardian and looks strikingly similar to a native American wearing a headdress. If you look close enough, it looks like he's wearing a pair of earphones, but that section is actually a man-made road and oil well.

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Google Maps is an incredible resource for virtual sightseeing, but it's also home to some quirky and mysterious finds, from shipwrecked boats to a Photoshopped Irish prison.

For example, much of North Korea is not visible on Google Maps, aside from the city of Pyongyang. Zooming in to North Korea -- a nation known for its Internet censorship -- will most likely get you an up-close look at rocky terrain, even in heavily populated areas.

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In addition to a collection of mysterious crop circles, Google Maps also highlights out some man-made ones, such as the Firefox crop circle in Oregon. This was created by the Oregon State University Linux Users group in 2006 to mark the popular web browser's 50 millionth download.

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Among the list of things that will have you scratching your head is a specific location in Russia that has been blurred out. Since the closest city is Egvekinot, Russia, which is a neighbor to Alaska across the Bering Strait, it's unclear what could be hiding in the middle of the Siberian tundra.

Check out the gallery above, and let us know in the comments if you've ever seen anything weird on Google Maps.

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