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What Did Google Earth Spot In the Chinese Desert? 257

New submitter snooz_crash writes "An Ex-CIA analyst requests your assistance in IDing a base that he has been observing for quite a while. The base has been in existence for several years, but its shape and location do not lead to an immediate answer to the riddle of 'what the heck is it?'"
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What Did Google Earth Spot In the Chinese Desert?

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  • by mindcandy ( 1252124 ) on Thursday January 10, 2013 @05:52PM (#42551489)
    Just southwest of that structure is what's obviously a pretty big electrical substation (you can see the transmission tower shadows leading to it) .. also, look further west and you see another U shaped building with no roof and what are obviously little rooms/cells .. so be it dormitories or whatever, I think you're on the right track.

    That's a big substation though .. something need a lot of juice.
  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday January 10, 2013 @06:00PM (#42551607)

    Go there? Why not try calling a local official first? The site is right next to the city of Kashgar -- find a phone number and pick up the phone. (OK, find a native Chinese speaker first...) 60 seconds and few questions later you might have *an* answer, if not *the* answer.

    Who knows, the city's website (http://www.xjks.gov.cn/) might even have news about the project. Although I think the site may be Slashdotted already.

  • by icebike ( 68054 ) on Thursday January 10, 2013 @07:54PM (#42552759)

    Nothing here is old or defunct.

    Use Google Earth. Click the clock button, and drift back in time.
    Nothing was here in 2009.

    Its just a mining operation of some sort.

  • Re:Factory (Score:4, Informative)

    by phantomfive ( 622387 ) on Thursday January 10, 2013 @09:28PM (#42553501) Journal

    Why would you devalue your currency to print your way out of debt when you could simply not pay it back?

    Historically, these two have gone hand-in-hand. That is, governments that can't pay their debts also frequently have trouble funding anything without just printing money.

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