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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 Anonymous Coward on Thursday January 10, 2013 @05:19PM (#42551067)

    It's a cleverly designed denial of service attack against the CIA/NSA/etc. By making them waste time trying to figure out what this base is, they're keeping them from discovering actual information.

  • by Synerg1y ( 2169962 ) on Thursday January 10, 2013 @05:19PM (#42551069)
    Too obvious...
  • Maybe.... (Score:5, Funny)

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday January 10, 2013 @05:22PM (#42551113)

    Maybe that's why he's an ex-CIA analyst.

  • by mark-t ( 151149 ) <markt.nerdflat@com> on Thursday January 10, 2013 @05:23PM (#42551133) Journal
    You'd get a pretty good idea, I think... if you simply went to the area. If it's a secure location, you'd get some idea of what it is based on the type of people who are guarding the entrance.
  • by eldavojohn ( 898314 ) * <eldavojohn&gmail,com> on Thursday January 10, 2013 @05:24PM (#42551141) Journal
    Disclaimer: I've never done anything like this. Well, this structure is pretty unique [] in its shape. Judging by the shadow, it's pretty high up and probably serves the most distinct purpose? It almost looks like that might be a prison yard in the middle with a fence in the back? If you're going to make a building that large and use it for office space, why make that shape? Why not just a rectangular or square building? It could also maybe be the beginnings of an airport or air base with that structure being the tower and the field to be built in front of the flat side of the U. The other sites might be hangars?

    If it's a prison, the other sites might be places for arrays of solar panels or perhaps mining sites with the intent of prisoners working on those things. I mean, when you're that far out are you going to make a run for it? The electricity and/or ore would be for nearby Kashgar, Xinjiang?

    If any of that were true, I have no clue what this stuff would be though []. It looks like the upper left of that has had dirt pushed around to level out the ground for something to be built on top of it though. This went up fast but you might have to give it another year or two before it starts to take shape?
    • 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 Gertlex ( 722812 )

      Going by the shadow of what looks like vehicles, I'd say that's a 2 or 3 story building, and it's early/late in the day so the shadows are reasonably long...

    • Re: (Score:3, Interesting)

      by choprboy ( 155926 )

      I don;t think that is very unique at all... Given a layman's construction viewpoint of the surrounding structures, this would appear to be an industrial/earthworks park, not a military base. The structure looks like a simple shed in a large "U" shape, with an entrance gate in the center. This is very reminiscent of the grand walls and entries you see in lots of Chinese structures, even in otherwise mundane industrial settings. You can see a similar structure here [] missing most of its roof.

      Looking around the

      • by amicusNYCL ( 1538833 ) on Thursday January 10, 2013 @06:56PM (#42552263)

        With all due respect, you're talking out of your ass. Look at this picture []. Notice that the image shown there is from 6/21/2011. What you call the "dilapidated buildings" didn't even have graded land or foundations a year and a half ago. If you have Google Earth installed then you can turn back the clock to see what else changed in 2 years' time. Those buildings are not dilapidated or in a state of disrepair, they are under construction. Try again, comrade.

  • Ikea store (Score:5, Funny)

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday January 10, 2013 @05:25PM (#42551149)

    Blue roof, yellow trim. Built on cheap land for no good reason. Duh! It's an Ikea store.

  • Isn't it obvious, the Chinese military like a good anal probing too.
  • This looks like a pig farm, Once they get the pregnant sows into the farrowing pens in the big buildings, they will eventually give birth an then a bunch of tiny huts will appear spread out through the larger farm area. It will take a couple of years to get up to full production/population.

  • no cooling for reactors, so if it is, it's the processing site only.

  • railway and airfield close by

  • IDing (Score:2, Funny)

    by Anonymous Coward

    Try the maps on IBing

  • Maybe (Score:3, Insightful)

    by Krojack ( 575051 ) on Thursday January 10, 2013 @05:33PM (#42551251)

    It's the new burial grounds for the current ruling party. They always like to go out big don't they?

  • A stargate? (Score:2, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward

    For some reason this reminds me of Stargate. No idea why.

  • Gus Fring's chicken farm.

  • by CanHasDIY ( 1672858 ) on Thursday January 10, 2013 @05:50PM (#42551465) Homepage Journal
    Obviously it's a dock for their new fleet of Subterrenes [], as the patent [] recently ran out.

    Sounds crazy, right? Yea, that's what people said when I told them about HAARP 10 years ago; now it has its own website. []

    Crazy is, apparently, a matter of perspective.
  • Found Em! (Score:2, Funny)

    by tnk1 ( 899206 )

    That's where they are keeping Iraq's Weapons of Mass Destruction.

  • The main building is about 150m wide. The two vehicles parked inside it, on the right side, are bulldozers / tractors. The "weird U-shaped thing" is the size of a house... might even *be* a house. The whole thing looks like an ag school field station or, at worst, a work camp (see the stuff to the right of the main building).

    See you again in another few years.

  • The formation of structure and paved spaces almost looks like Chinese characters (to a layman). Probably a clever debt-collector scheme. Once USA intel deciphers it they'll find the secret location where a collection agent will pounce them asking for payment. Sea ports, telcos, ... pay up! It's that or a failed attempt to build a shipyard for a new Noah's Ark for the end of the world... lazy Commies.
  • by loufoque ( 1400831 ) on Thursday January 10, 2013 @06:27PM (#42551887)

    Isn't that the location for an underground alien complex?

  • A high energy laser testbed. The barrels of oil, the cooling pond, the coal electric generators, and the long straight area that would be used for measuring beam focus.

  • High Winds in the area: []
    Paper on effects of high winds on U-Shaped buildings: []

  • to the Israeli Air Force.

  • by retroworks ( 652802 ) on Thursday January 10, 2013 @06:35PM (#42552005) Homepage Journal

    Remember last June, when a village in Austria found out it had been copied by the Chinese, down to the sashes and doorknobs? []

    Now they're copying Area 51 in Roswell. Or maybe Six Flags.

  • Clearly you people don't know what Unicorn Lairs look like. They're not limited to DPRK ya know....
  • It's all spread out so probably a processing plant for something with a high risk of exploding of burning.

    If you look at the second image you'll notice there's a fair bit of greenery nearby and what appears to be residential blocks.
  • ... they are applying stratagem 29 and decking the tree with false blossoms.

    A user called "Anonymous Coward" has said it earlier in different words, but that was voted "funny". Probably because Mr(s). Coward didn't explain it properly.

    • My friend and I invented a card game called Area 52. It is played like war, but if you have a lower card than your opponent, you can throw one additional card to win. And if you win, they can throw one additional card to win all 4 cards. Now if a war happens, you put two cards down. Then you play rock-paper-scissor for the cards. If there is a tie, each side puts down another 2 cards. If you are forced to play cards and have none, you lose. Or if you end up running out of cards, you lose.

      The game a
  • This isn't an isolated installation. There's a small city nearby. There's an airport, and just northwest of the airport, a big area surrounded by a neat oval of roads with trees and road dividers, like an unfinished mall or industrial park. Only a few buildings have been built inside the oval, and there's still farming in much of it. East of the city there are streets laid out, but no buildings. The area has the look of a big failed real estate project. Compare areas west of Las Vegas, or California City []

  • Ok, lets be rational, look at things in a very slightly wider context...,76.060066&spn=0.227835,0.445976&num=1&t=h&z=12&1 []

    If you switch to Map view it becomes even clearer

    As you can see, this place is only a matter of 10 or 15 kilometers from a large densely populated town, it's only a couple of kilometers from a reasonably large airport, there are a lot of smaller farms and a few larger ones, the road G314 looks like it would overlook the "fac

  • You fuckwits in the USA captured the first visitors and locked them up in Area 51. The Chinese are inviting them in, with technology sharing programs and a piece of the potential business profits.

  • China can build what they want. If you are so curious, just ask them.

  • In one part of the complex, two seemingly identical structures are going up, but they are at slight angles to each other. That's gotta drive someone nuts if they are like me. That said I wonder what some of my projects look like from space... I they are lined up down here, but maybe from orbit they'd be obviously crooked.

  • Obviously, the answer is "no"...

  • Quite obviously, this looks like the asymmetric variant of a Rorschach-Test. Now, did I pass, or should I've been more creative?
  • Looks like a Chinese Base in the Desert to me.

  • An Ex-CIA analyst requests your assistance

    I'm am IT specialist. WTF does he want me for? lol.

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