A User-Generated Collection of Google Earth Imagery

There are many beautiful places in the world, but we often miss a lot of that beauty until we look at it from “up above.” Stratocam, a program developed by former Google and Dreamworks employee Paul Rademacher, allows visitors to take their own aerial snaps with the help of Google Earth and later vote for their favorite photographs from the community of images.

Below are photos of natural wonders such as Mount Vesuvius, the Amazon and Tibet. There are a number of images displaying a more human presence on Earth such as farming plots in Saudi Arabia, the city of Baghdad and the canals of Venice.Go surf through Stratocam’s site and go for a visual adventure around the world.

Buildings packed tightly together in Saudi Arabia’s most populous province,  Makkah.

Haphazard minimalist masterpiece formed by farming plots in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

Mount St Helens, Washington State’s active volcano located in Skamania county.

Russia’s Siberian Sakha Republic with numerous rivers and lakes.

An iconic shot of Venice’s St. Mark’s Square with boats moving through the city’s canals.

Several of Kamchatka’s 160 volcanoes located in Russia’s most easterly point.

A blood-red lake in the Iraqi capital Baghdad.

Port Camargue, France takes on the appearance of a circuit board pattern.

The Himalayas in The Tibet Autonomous Region of China.

Dutch-German Baroque garden in Hannover, Germany.

Cotton-like clouds cruising over the Amazon rainforest in Brazil.

Mount Vesuvius, the only active volcano on the European mainland. Its last eruption was in 1944. Naples, Italy.

An aerial view of the 15th century Italian fortress of Palamova showcases its star-shaped structure.


Shawn Saleme

Shawn Saleme is a contributing writer for Visual News. A 4th generation San Franciscan, Shawn has developed an adventurous spirit that has taken him to over 55 countries. His degree in cultural anthropology shapes his perspective and thirst to socially experiment in a rapidly shifting planet. His work has been featured in the Seattle Times, The Globalist and the Daily Mail. Currently he is writing a book about the shared economy. Connect with him @shawnsaleme.

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