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There are few things on the Internet quite like GeoGuessr. As addictive an Internet distraction as Bubble Spinner, as forceful a drive to travel as an episode of Anthony Bourdain, GeoGuessr is a game that plucks you down in a random area of the world—via Google Maps—and tells you to guess where you are based only on the context clues in your camera's sight. You take into account the buildings' architecture, the plantlife, the cars on the road, and, if you're smart, you also look at the language written on the road signs and what the license plates look like. Then you take a guess on the location. You're normally wrong by several continents. Anyway, don't click that link if you plan on doing anything productive in the next hour.
Another guy who likes GeoGuessr is the Atlantic's Alan Taylor. And he wasn't just satisfied with its ability to uproot you from your desk and transplant you into a completely foreign, sometimes shocking road where you'll never travel. Taylor wanted to find the ends of the roads, the places the Google Map cars couldn't make it past. He found oceans, country border crossings, and volcanic sludge. Below is a small sample. View the rest here.
British Columbia, Border of USA and Canada:
Cape Agulhas, South Africa:
Craters Road, Hawaii:
Key West, Florida:
Northern Territories, Canada:
Arrested Development fans will recognize a very dirty Google Maps car.
Ocean Park, Hong Kong, China:
Sand Island, Midway Islands:
Southland, New Zealand: