November 14, 2011

"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.

26 comments:

Triangle Man said...

Potash mines.

Coketown said...

Diversions, to lure the eye away from more sinister structures elsewhere.

Original Mike said...

It's where they keep the money we send them.

YoungHegelian said...

Have to agree with Coketown.

If they're trying to hide something, they sure are doing a crappy job of it. Remember, this is the Google Earth satellite that took these images. We're not talking about the much more detailed images that the military intelligence satellites are capable of.

Maybe the Aliens are fond of Dim Sum...

Original Mike said...

Spice mines?

John Burgess said...

Shovel-ready jobs, Chinese style!

Coketown said...

On second thought, I think those are Chinese driver's education courses. Thus explaining their driving habits upon emigrating here. Honk honk.

traditionalguy said...

Maybe those are the Chinese characters for space aliens that says, " No ticky, no laundry."

Has anyone asked the Chinese?

And meanwhile Obama the Destroyer has used more false reasons to squelch the Pipeline needed to purchase cheap Canadian oil and help his friends factories in China use all of that cheap energy instead of out of work Americans.

Crimso said...

We should nuke the site from orbit. Just to be sure.

Orion said...

I'm pretty sure those are patterns designed to make all the people who spend their time snooping around China on Google-Earth have epileptic seizures.

Orion

edutcher said...

Like the Krauts, the Nips, and the Russkies, the Red Chinese have been making their intentions plain for a decade to anyone who wanted to listen.

They intend, in about 30 or 40 years, to have a war for the hegemony of the Pacific Basin. This is only news for those with their heads in the sand.

Or elsewhere.

Especially their elsewhere.

Cedarford said...

Grid of angled stripes is the Lop Nor potash works and mining areas.
The concentric area of circles is apparantly a missile testing facility, American military intel can probably elaborate more, but they rarely due to avoid informing a rival of all our info collection capacities.

The Chinese have a far easier time figuring out what is going on in the USA with their vast spy network of chinese nationals and chinese-americans here.

Big Mike said...

The jets in the 3rd picture look to be obsolete Shenyang-6's (the Chinese-built variant of the Mig-19). Looks like some sort of target range for training pilots in strafing and ground support missions.

Beta Rube said...

Maybe they're oil storage sites for all the crude they're going to get from Canada.

Barry Kearns said...

What are satellites doing in the Gobi Desert? Shouldn't they be in orbit?

Orion said...

@Barry:
That's just what the government WANTS you to think, man! They're down HERE! Among us, man! Controlling us!!

Orion

gadfly said...

Crop Circles.

Barry Kearns said...

IIRC, there was a scene in Close Encounters of the Third Kind, set in the Gobi Desert... where they found something that didn't belong there.

Coincidence? I think NOT!

E.M. Davis said...

Congratulations! You've discovered my latest art installation!

David said...

Antennae.

Also a test of the resolution of our satellite cameras?

ronalddewitt said...

There seems to be faint lettering at many points in the images, so these are not straightforward images. If lettering can be superposed on the terrain, why not funny grids and circles?

Seven Machos said...

IT'S A COOKBOOK!

Tibore said...

Gaaah. Ten of my IQ points just threw up their hands and walked out saying "That's IT! We've had it!" when they spotted the word "alien" in the Telegraph article.

The jets in the circle are likely exactly what the article posited: A missile testing range.

The other odd random stuff is just simply indeterminant. They're not runways because they're too random, but there sure as hell isn't any reason to presume aliens. :-/

That second image - the one around 100 miles from Jiuquan - happens to have some amazingly straight lines. Considering the uneven ground it's on, has anyone considered the possibility of a prank by Google? I'm not skilled enough to tell if it's been digitally manipulated, and I also admit that it could indeed be genuine ground imagry. But still... those lines are so damn straight... sure, I might be fooled, and that might be geniunely just carefully constructed lines that are truly there. But I'm not dismissing my suspicion either. I hate to sound like a cliché, but I can't help but think that it really does look Photoshopped. Someone prove me wrong, please. I'll willingly admit that I'm wrong if evidence is given.

Tibore said...

"E.M. Davis said...
Congratulations! You've discovered my latest art installation!"


Oh great. Another Christo. ;)

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Word verification: putonka. Sounds like either a fake Cherokee word created for a movie, or a euphemism for something dirty... :-S

Methadras said...

One of those images looks like an antenna array built into the ground.

Fernandinande said...

You can see them on maps.google with these coords:
40.459139,93.392029
40.481121,93.479834