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Google Earth Finds Cthulhu


This was so totally burgled from the artist’s site. Please save me from his wrath by visiting him and enjoying the terrors of the Unspeakable Vault (of Doom)

Travelling on Google Earth


Reading the internetted news, as I do, this evening, I found the following information.

A 7.6 magnitude earthquake has struck near the Kermadec Islands, a group of uninhabited islands about 1,000 km north-east of the tip of New Zealand, the US Geological Survey said.

The quake, which hit at 6:28pm AEDT, was centered 348km north of Raoul Island at a depth of 188km, the USGS said.

Oh, I thought to myself. Central Pacific. Lots of small islands out there. Mostly volcanic. Quite a few probably too small to be inhabited but big enough to sink the unwary boating traveller.

Hang on, I thought yet again. Two thinks within a couple of minutes. This is becoming a bit of a habit. I need to hoard these thinks. There is a theory that we are allocated a specific number of thinks and once we have used them all up, that’s it! The only thing left is to become a World Leader.

Ok, that was the necessary diversion to extend this into an apparently interesting post. Back to the story.

I opened Google Earth and found the Kermadec Islands. A loose chain of islands north-eastish of New Zealand. It can be a bit hard doing the search thing on Google Earth but there seem to be only one set of islands with this name. Near 30S 178.30W. I found Macauley and Hazard Islands at the top end of a high definition strip of photography in the middle of nowhere. I zoomed in and found it to be a bleak and forbidding place. There is a photograph of each island, taken from the sea, showing what may be a grass or lichen covering but no shrubs, trees or even a place to land. If there was an export market in cliffs this place would be the market leader!

Unfortunately for my education, this wasn’t Raoul Island. I looked through the high definition strip but couldn’t find it. I zoomed out and spotted another small HD segment further North East.

Ahh. Success. Here is Raoul Island and some small cousins, the Mayers. Zooming in on the larger, I discovered a dirt airstrip and a small group of buildings as well as a couple of what look like crater lakes. I wonder what it would be like to live in a small isolated spot like this.

Wow, I thought to myself. I was quite relaxed about this think as I hadn’t had to think for about ten minutes. I was learning stuff. Another photograph to look at and envy the wanderers who travel the seas, bumping into these rocks. On second thought, maybe it is better not to bump into them.

So, before I left, having completely forgotten about the earthquake, I had a quick glance at the Mayers. Forbidding in the sea-level image, it was only when I looked at the pattern of the waves that I noticed something strange.

Something which caused this rambling and almost pointless post. Just off the Northern tip of the main Mayer.

At 29.14.30.01S, 177.52.43.79W there is a whale.

Or a Sub.

But I want it to be a whale.

Shoemaker Impact Crater


I was quietly wandering around my country last night.

The cheap and easy way. Using Google Earth.

As I zoomed from one place to another I spotted a rather strange circular structure.

I stopped my zoom and went back. I found a structure which is over 15 miles (30Km) across.

A note on Google Earth informed me that it was the Shoemaker Impact Crater. Shoemaker is 1.6 billion years old and most of its secrets are still to be uncovered.

It was originally named the Teague Crater but was renamed after Gene Shoemaker, co-discoverer of the Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 which famously impacted with Jupiter in 1993. He was killed in a car accident near Alice Springs in Central Australia on one of his journeys looking for impact craters in the Australian landscape. His wife, fellow comet-hunter Carolyn was badly injured in the crash but has since recovered.

I was also interested to see that way back in 1980, one of the first researchers to do work on the site was a John de Laeter who was a graduate of the Physics Dept of the University of W.A.  He was a graduate student there during my time in the Department. I was but a lowly Laboratory Assistant back then, in 1962 when we had the first computer in Western Australia filling two lecture rooms (an IBM 16K Magnetic Core machine using Fortran and punched cards) but it was interesting to see his name attached to a publication.

I wonder if anyone out there in the blogipelago has a favourite impact crater? Let me know about it.