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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
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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To: Dysart

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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To: Dysart

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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To: Dysart

11 posted on 11/15/2011 6:00:02 AM PST by jetson
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To: Dysart

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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To: Dysart

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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To: Dysart
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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To: Dysart

Mongolian Death Worm alert! Them boogers are getting smarter!


21 posted on 11/15/2011 6:20:53 AM PST by LRS ("This is silly! It can't be! It can't be!!" "Oh yes it is! I said you wouldn't know the joint.")
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To: wolfcreek

22 posted on 11/15/2011 6:31:22 AM PST by Dysart
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To: jetson

Nice. I was thinking earlier — Monoliths and Also Sprach Zarathustra.


23 posted on 11/15/2011 6:31:28 AM PST by treetopsandroofs (Had FDR been GOP, there would have been no World Wars, just "The Great War" and "Roosevelt's Wars".)
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To: Dysart

24 posted on 11/15/2011 6:35:46 AM PST by Dysart
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To: Dysart

http://www.theblogismine.com/2011/11/14/google-maps-why-is-china-building-these-bizarre-structures-in-gobi-desert-gallery/


25 posted on 11/15/2011 6:36:04 AM PST by Dysart
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To: LRS

Does anyone have the coordinates of them?

Thanks!


26 posted on 11/15/2011 6:36:29 AM PST by BB62
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To: wolfcreek

To any of our good guys out there, I’d look directly above what square one. Way up above that square.

If there’s a geosynchronous satellite there, or one appears above it at some later date, the square is likely somehow related to it.

Just a guess.


27 posted on 11/15/2011 6:37:19 AM PST by Cringing Negativism Network (Evict the unsanitary, violent occupiers. Now.)
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To: Dysart

If the PRC begins laying in quantities of Cobalt Thorium G, you’ll know...


28 posted on 11/15/2011 6:38:45 AM PST by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: BB62

Yeah, I’m still looking... But I did find a pool that looks to be about 15 miles long by about 5 miles wide. Also found a complex that looks like it was hit with a nuclear blast. Just shells of buildings with no roofs...


29 posted on 11/15/2011 6:52:04 AM PST by Hatteras
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To: wolfcreek

Here’s one:

40°27’19.74”N 93°23’31.72”E

They’re located at the border of two provinces: Gansu and Xinjiang.


30 posted on 11/15/2011 6:52:04 AM PST by BB62
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To: Hatteras

You have to be about 20 miles up or less to spot the two I found (see last post).


31 posted on 11/15/2011 6:54:39 AM PST by BB62
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To: BB62

Thanks, found it. Also the structures (one is light blue) to the ENE of your coordinates are pretty interesting as well. At first I thought they were landing strips but then you can see the rolling terrain within the lines. And when you zoom in on those, just to the east, there is also 3 small bombed out looking structures with deep blueish purple roofs. Also found a large square that appears to be littered with bomb craters...


32 posted on 11/15/2011 7:03:55 AM PST by Hatteras
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To: Dysart
Maybe they are just trying to drive us nuts...sitting back and snickering at us wondering what they are up to.

..war is war.....taking up time trying to figure out foolishness is time distracted from something serious...

33 posted on 11/15/2011 7:08:52 AM PST by B.O. Plenty (Elections have consequences....)
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To: Izzy Dunne
That's a Kandinsky!


34 posted on 11/15/2011 7:12:35 AM PST by ToxicMich (We don't want a bozo to replace Obozo... (Yep, I am talking about you Perry, Cain and Mitt...))
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To: ThunderSleeps

Speaking of terrain, many of the sites are cut through with river channels. I have no idea how often it rains there but from the looks of the place not very often. So it seems like these things are pretty old.

And on one of the sites there is a very plain fault where part of the land subsided (or rose up). Sure looks like that happened after the lines were built. Earthquake? Natural or man made?


35 posted on 11/15/2011 7:15:05 AM PST by DManA
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To: Dysart

Maybe the ‘patterns’ are the weapon...


36 posted on 11/15/2011 7:25:19 AM PST by GOPJ ( Democrats are the only reason to vote for Republicans.... Will Rogers)
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To: Cringing Negativism Network
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.

I think you're on to something here... but a few questions... why would it be so large? Could the 'reading' be affected by debris - is that why planes and trucks are in the pattern? Could this be used to reprogram missiles after an EMP attack? If it's an important wartime communication device - why so obvious?

37 posted on 11/15/2011 7:34:56 AM PST by GOPJ ( Democrats are the only reason to vote for Republicans.... Will Rogers)
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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...

And the second thought? Could lines be 'drawn' from a space based weapon?

38 posted on 11/15/2011 7:37:16 AM PST by GOPJ ( Democrats are the only reason to vote for Republicans.... Will Rogers)
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To: Dysart
For some reason right clck was disabled for me.

Yeah, it's disabled because it's a slide-show.

If you VIEW SOURCE, then you can get the raw URLs.

39 posted on 11/15/2011 7:41:00 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: Izzy Dunne

Got it. Just when I think I know it all, I go and learn something new! ;0

40 posted on 11/15/2011 7:52:23 AM PST by Dysart
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To: Cringing Negativism Network
The angular pattern may be to test a missile sensor picking out a city to aim for from high above. It could be looking for angular shapes to discern a high value city target, i.e. a swarm of Democrats vs. country conservatives spread out.
41 posted on 11/15/2011 8:18:20 AM PST by Reeses (Have you mocked a Democrat today?)
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To: Dysart

A “QR code”? Maybe it’s an app. :-)


42 posted on 11/15/2011 8:36:54 AM PST by LZ_Bayonet ( I AM THE TEA PARTY LEADER !)
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To: ThunderSleeps

“nearly perfect rectangle”

That cought my eye too. If they were CREATED from space the azimuth angle might be the cause.


43 posted on 11/15/2011 9:40:25 AM PST by READINABLUESTATE (Millions of government bureaucrats are gang raping and choking the life out of America.)
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To: LZ_Bayonet; y'all
Riddle solved? Mysterious objects spotted by Google Map satellite in Gobi desert explained

"A Google Maps satellite spotted a series of bizarre structures during a sweep of the Gobi desert in China - and the mysterious objects sparked a wave of speculation that they could be anything from 'codes' to be read from space to practice targets modelled on US cities. But it now seems likely that the structures are used to calibrate China's spy satellites, according to Natalie Wolchover of website Life's Little Mysteries."

And now we know.

44 posted on 11/17/2011 7:08:38 AM PST by Dysart
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