November 15, 2011
Google Earth Reveals Mysterious Structures In China Desert
Satellites have picked up strange, unidentified structures in the middle of the vast, barren Gobi Desert, leaving many to question what China might be building in the region it mainly uses for its military, space and nuclear programs.
Some are tangled, bright white intersecting lines of reflective rectangles, covering up to a mile-long area of the desert, and can be seen even from space. The images, available via Google Earth, also include enormous concentric circles radiating on the ground with three jets parked in the center.
Tim Ripley, a defense expert from Jane's Defense Weekly, compared the structures to similar grids in Area 51, the secret United States military test base in Nevada.
Referring to one of the images, he said: “The picture of the circle looks very like a missile test range, with target and instrumentation set out to record weapon effects. The Americans have lots of these in Nevada — Area 51!”
Many conspiracy theorists believe Area 51 is home to the remains of an alien spacecraft that crashed in Roswell in 1947, and many gave similar hypotheses about the Chinese structures.
“It looks like our own Area 51,“ said one commenter on Baidu, a Chinese website. “Can it be an alien base,” asked another. “It looks like solar energy facilities, with a walkway along the side,” said a third.
The images, all taken at different times, each show uniqueness. One picture from 2007 shows a mass of orange blocks that have been carefully arranged in a circle. In a more recent photo, however, the blocks appear to have been scattered as far as three miles from the original site. Another image shows an array of metallic squares littered with debris from perhaps some type of exploded vehicles. Another shows an intricate grid that stretches some 18 miles.
All of the images are from an area located in Dunhuang, Jiuquan, Gansu, north of the Shule River, which crosses the Tibetan Plateau to the west into the Kumtag Desert. Most of the sites are less than 100 miles from China´s space program headquarters in Jiuquan. And China´s Ding Xin military base is also relatively nearby at 400 miles.
Perhaps the structures are some kind of targeting or calibrating grid for Chinese spy satellites? Or maybe a QR code for aliens? Nobody really knows.
Go to Google Earth´s blog to read more about the strange images and to see them for yourself, at: