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China: Google Earth spots huge, unidentified structures in Gobi desert
Telegraph ^ | 11-14-2011 | Malcom Moore

Posted on 11/15/2011 5:39:01 AM PST by Dysart

Vast, unidentified, structures have been spotted by satellites in the barren Gobi desert, raising questions about what China might be building in a region it uses for its military, space and nuclear programmes.

In two images, available on Google Earth, reflective rectangles up to a mile long can be seen, a tangle of bright white intersecting lines that are clearly visible from space.

Other pictures show enormous concentric circles radiating on the ground, with three jets parked at their centre.

In one picture from 2007, a mass of orange blocks have been carefully arranged in a circle. In a more recent image, however, the blocks, each one the size of a shipping container, appear to have been scattered as far as three miles from the original site.

(Excerpt) Read more at telegraph.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs
KEYWORDS: chicoms; china; clintonlegacy; gobidesert; satellitecalibration; satellitetargets
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Photos at link. Thoughts on what they're up to here? Military or mining applications? Alien port of call per chance? At any rate, it's comforting to see our markets funding such an ambitious project.
1 posted on 11/15/2011 5:39:05 AM PST by Dysart
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To: Dysart

Target practice for long range missiles and space based weapons would be my guess.


2 posted on 11/15/2011 5:45:35 AM PST by BarnacleCenturion (Heartless)
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To: Dysart
Clearly the Chinese have no clue on how to make a crop circle.
3 posted on 11/15/2011 5:49:09 AM PST by Mikey_1962 (Obama: The Affirmative Action President.)
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To: BarnacleCenturion

I think that’s a good guess


4 posted on 11/15/2011 5:49:52 AM PST by nuconvert ( Khomeini promised change too // Hail, Chairman O)
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To: Dysart

The Doomsday Machine ?


5 posted on 11/15/2011 5:52:45 AM PST by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: Dysart

Christo !


6 posted on 11/15/2011 5:56:52 AM PST by beebuster2000
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To: Dysart

Roads to no-where funded by Obama’s stimulus.


7 posted on 11/15/2011 5:57:24 AM PST by Hacklehead (The goal of political correctness is to hide the truth.)
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8 posted on 11/15/2011 5:57:47 AM PST by Izzy Dunne (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line.)
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To: Dysart

I find it interesting that (especially the second pic) the lines are perfectly straight despite the hills and valleys of the terrain. First thought was photoshop...


9 posted on 11/15/2011 5:58:55 AM PST by Hatteras
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10 posted on 11/15/2011 6:00:01 AM PST by Izzy Dunne (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line.)
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11 posted on 11/15/2011 6:00:02 AM PST by jetson
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12 posted on 11/15/2011 6:00:47 AM PST by Izzy Dunne (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line.)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

Nah, China loves their burgeoning empire too much to lay waste to their would-be inheritance; now, Iran (at least the fanatical leadership) and some double secret Doomsday apparatus actually does ring true. They ARE bonkers.


13 posted on 11/15/2011 6:03:46 AM PST by Dysart
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I was thinking about this yesterday, here’s my hypothesis:

I think the patterns are there to provide satellite positional information in the event other means of obtaining positional coordinates are unavailable. For instance a space based skirmish of some sort, or EMP related something or other, take out GPS capabilities.

The patterns could be read from orbit by an onboard computer, and their unique shape would provide a 360 degree, optical fix that could be read, like an iPhone reads one of those oddball square bar-codes.

Which incidentally, those shapes appear similar to.

/tinfoil


14 posted on 11/15/2011 6:04:59 AM PST by Cringing Negativism Network (Evict the unsanitary, violent occupiers. Now.)
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To: Izzy Dunne

Good job. For some reason right clck was disabled for me. Thanks.


15 posted on 11/15/2011 6:05:41 AM PST by Dysart
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To: Hatteras
I find it interesting that (especially the second pic) the lines are perfectly straight despite the hills and valleys of the terrain. First thought was photoshop...

Calibration target for spy satellite optics.

16 posted on 11/15/2011 6:09:52 AM PST by Steely Tom (Obama goes on long after the thrill of Obama is gone)
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My off the wall idea - a test/training range for autonomous off-road military vehicles.

Consider, two of the sites (one not completed?) are bordered by an enclosing, nearly perfect rectangle. Engineering types love regularity and boundaries. (I know, I are one!)

At the resolution available on google maps, the marks appear to be cleared land, similar to that around the runways of the nearby airstrip. If you were testing a vehicle, you'd want (initially) a fairly well defined path, something that wouldn't confuse it's optical sensors/processing algorithms. You'd only want to deal with terrain. (at first)

Speaking of terrain... Note that many of the (apparently) cleared swaths follow (approximately) terrain features, while other seem to cross significant terrain.

So, maybe a training/test ground where they are trying to "teach" an autonomous navigation system to cross rough terrain while holding to a basic course line?

Of course the next question is, why? Why would the most populous Country be developing un-manned systems? It would seem they could get as many drivers as they wanted. Well, maybe supply isn't the problem, maybe the environment they are headed into is. Say, north, in the winter? If you were going to head north into Siberia after natural resources, if you were going to ensure your supply lines with minimal need to support the vehicle operators themselves... The only question is, will this be a commercial undertaking, or a military one?

17 posted on 11/15/2011 6:14:52 AM PST by ThunderSleeps (Stop obama now! Stop the hussein - insane agenda!)
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To: Dysart

Long/Lat coord.?


18 posted on 11/15/2011 6:15:10 AM PST by wolfcreek (Perry to Obama: Adios, MOFO!)
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To: BarnacleCenturion
Yep, the circle looks just like a weapons-effect test layout -- complete with radial lines of instrumentation runs.

You can see vestiges of similar test setups at our NTS site at Yucca Flats, NV.

For a WMD -- even a FAE -- the size is not very impressive, though...

19 posted on 11/15/2011 6:15:45 AM PST by TXnMA ("Allah": Satan's current alias...)
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To: Mikey_1962

What they lack in nuanced quality they more than make up for in sheer scale.


20 posted on 11/15/2011 6:16:20 AM PST by ctdonath2 ($1 meals: http://abuckaplate.blogspot.com/)
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