Miles of striped network grids discovered in China desert

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Quigley_Sharps, Nov 15, 2011.

  1. Quigley_Sharps

    Quigley_Sharps The Badministrator Administrator Founding Member

    Here's a new geological conundrum courtesy of the Mysterious East: A group of people studying online maps stumbled across a series of strange patterns in the Chinese desert large enough to be seen from space. The unusual white designs appear to have been etched into the ground and their creators clearly don't lack for ambition: They are over one mile long and 3,000 feet wide. The researchers have yet to identify the silver or white material used to fabricate these outsize desert grids.
    You can see a detailed satellite view of the desert pattern here.
    So why would the Chinese government--or anyone, for that matter--go to such trouble to paint such gigantic stripes on such remote territory? People analyzing the photos suggest the Chinese military may have constructed them as space-targeting grids.

    According to Gizmodo, the various patterned sites are located in Dunhuang, Jiuquan, Gansu, north of the Shule River. The Shule crosses the Tibetan Plateau to the west into the Kumtag Desert—meaning that the painted sites would serve as an ideal, isolated location for training in military targeting.
    Slash Gear notes that in one of the grid photos, you can see three structures that are destroyed or partially standing, "as if they were for target practice." Another image of the grid clearly shows aircraft resting in the pattern's inner circle.
  2. Falcon15

    Falcon15 Falco Peregrinus

    Test target cities? The "grid" I saw at your link is very random looking...
  3. mysterymet

    mysterymet Monkey+++

    Looks like mining.
  4. Opinionated

    Opinionated Monkey+

    Oh, I can top that ~easy~.

    Go to googlemaps and paste this:


    Then zoom out slowly. About 1/3 of the way away from "as zoomed out as it will get" you will get your proverbial socks knocked off.
  5. jasonl6

    jasonl6 Monkey+++

  6. Opinionated

    Opinionated Monkey+

    I agree! Either something really weird is going on (I know about seal level rise but that is WAY offshore!) or fishes are a whole bunch smarter than we give them credit for being. [monkeyeating]
  7. CaboWabo5150

    CaboWabo5150 Hell's coming with me

    I must have done something wrong.. My socks are still comfortably located inside my shoes... ---- Nevermind.. Found it...
  8. Falcon15

    Falcon15 Falco Peregrinus

    What? Have you never read H.P. Lovecraft? Innsmouth Horror? It is not FISH it is FISH PEOPLE who worship Cthulhu...

    Either that or you found the true location for Bikini Bottom...
  9. Opinionated

    Opinionated Monkey+

    I find the fish people more credible. ;)
  10. Tikka

    Tikka Monkey+++

    I already had a push pin in Google Earth:

    'Atlantis' spotted on ocean floor off Africa | The Sun |News
  11. Yoldering

    Yoldering Monkey+++

    Okay, this is interesting...
  12. GrandpaDave

    GrandpaDave Monkey++

    I admit it... I did it...
    that's my way of telling the mother ship to get me the Hell outa here!!!!
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  13. weegrannymush

    weegrannymush Monkey+

    Well, I tried....but can't make any sense out of what I am seeing....sea, coastline and land. Nothing is springing out at me (well, thank goodness for that, lol) - what are you all seeing that I am not?

    Also, regarding the Chinese "grids" etc., I have to say that the "foil strips" look phony to me...they seem to have been superimposed on top of everything, no contours which would show if they were going up and down hill for example. Could it be a hoax??? Just askin'!

    I am just about dead with curiosity on the quoted post...please, somebody, somewhere, clue me in!
  14. jasonl6

    jasonl6 Monkey+++

  15. DKR

    DKR Raconteur of the first stripe

    Old stuff is good stuff.

    From Feb of this year
    Mysterious Nazca-like Site near Dunhuang in China


    (Soirce - China: Google Earth spots huge, unidentified structures in Gobi desert - Telegraph : worldnews)

    <form class="usertext" id="form-t1_c2zr55htc9" action="#"><input value="t1_c2zr55h" name="thing_id" type="hidden"> It is an optical test range for autonomous cruise missile targeting systems, to simulate the street grids of cities. If you check the scale of the grid on google earth (+40° 27' 6.89", +93° 44' 20.77") you'll notice that the grid is the size of several city blocks. If you look here (40.479272,93.47713) they have a fake airport painted out over ditches, creeks and inclines. There is also a paved runway short way away, with random bomb craters in it.
    The round circle with the 3 jets in the middle is a blasting test range, used to test the dispersion, and effectiveness of explosions over a varying ranges.


    Try these
    In Nevada.
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  16. ssonb

    ssonb Confederate American

    Its just an Iphone app.................
  17. Witch Doctor 01

    Witch Doctor 01 Mojo Maker

    Satellite registration marks to accurize satellite cameras...
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