By Jack Morse

Global forecasting company Descartes Labs released a demo search engine that allows users to scan the entire globe to find specific types of objects. Want to know the location of every oil derrick on earth? How about all the crop circles? Waterparks?

GeoVisual Search has you covered.

“Click anywhere on the map and we’ll scan the US, China, or the entire globe to find things that look similar,” the company’s announced reads. “Click on a baseball diamond, a wind turbine, or even a house with a moat and GeoVisual Search will find thousands of other matching objects.”

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Due to the varying resolution of satellite imagery in the company’s data, searches within the U.S. are the most detailed, with China and the globe as a whole less so.

But why would anyone want to do this? Well, science, for one.

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