1. Jay Reynolds

    Jay Reynolds Senior Member

    Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/scitech/2011...rns-in-china-desert/?test=faces#ixzz1dmk4nP1g

    and
    http://www.newscientist.com/blogs/onepercent/2011/11/mystery-structures-appear-in-t.html
     
  2. Mick West

    Mick West Administrator Staff Member

    They are just bombing/missile test targets. If you zoom in, you can see the craters in some areas.

    The grid patterns are not structures, they are just painted on.

    Here's the general area. ( 40.444857,93.582916 for Google Earth) You can see the grid targets as approximately on-mile rectangles on the left and right. In the middle are some fake runways.

    http://maps.google.com/maps?q=40.45...7179&num=1&t=h&vpsrc=6&z=11&source=gplus-ogsb


    If you zoom in on the runway, you can see bomb craters


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    You can use Google Earth's historical imagery to see how it was in 2005

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    I would suspect that the grid pattern MIGHT be to test some kind of AI visually guided missile. You can tell it was painted around 2005, as there's an image of it half complete from 4/14/2005:

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    If you zoom way in, you can see the paint has run in places:

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  3. Jay Reynolds

    Jay Reynolds Senior Member

    I expect this stuff will get tied in with all sorts of CT's
     
  4. Mick West

    Mick West Administrator Staff Member

  5. Mick West

    Mick West Administrator Staff Member

    This is a bit odd though: A circular construction of rectangular objects on 3/7/2007

    40.487380, 93.458454

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    Gets blown up by 6/14/2010
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    Some of the orange things seem to have been blown half a mile from the center.

    The obvious conspiracy theory there would be testing the dispersal effects of a dirty bomb hidden in a shipping container.

    A rather more mundan explanation might be that it was simply temporary cover, which has fallen into disuse, and has been blown apart by the wind.

    It does not really look like a blast pattern, as several of them are still there.
     
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  6. Jay Reynolds

    Jay Reynolds Senior Member

    Good analysis. Interesting translation. The Spanish word for bomb is bombas, bombas is also a Spanish word for pumps,
    which is how the translation engine saw the word.
     
  7. hehe,
    yes. Automatic translations still need to be improved considerably.