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Old 2020-09-28, 15:01   #1
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Default Mystery spot on Google Maps?

While randomly browsing Google Maps, I came across an area in southwest China that has been pixelated out even though it appears to be in the middle of nowhere:

https://www.google.com/maps/@31.2434.../data=!3m1!1e3

Any theories on what's really there? Secret military base? Re-education/concentration camp for Tibetans? Xi's vacation home?

Heck, Google Maps shows clearer pictures of Area 51 and the White House.
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Old 2020-09-28, 15:20   #2
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If there is some sort of human habitable structure there then the inhabitants must very hardy. That is rugged terrain more than 5km above sea level. And a lack of access infrastructure (no road or rail entry) means either underground tunnels or airborne ingress/egress only.

It's probably just a flaw in the image file.
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Old 2020-09-28, 15:25   #3
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If there is some sort of human habitable structure there then the inhabitants must very hardy. That is rugged terrain more than 5km above sea level. And a lack of access infrastructure (no road or rail entry) means either underground tunnels or airborne ingress/egress only.

It's probably just a flaw in the image file.
Zooming in shows clear evidence of a road of sorts, including some side-tracks which appear to go nowhere.

There are also some circular features about 20m across to the north of the obscure area.

I would guess some sort of military testing site for explosive devices.

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Old 2020-09-28, 15:33   #4
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Zooming in shows clear evidence of a road of sorts, including some side-tracks which appear to go nowhere.

There are also some circular features about 20m across to the north of the obscure area.

I would guess some sort of military testing site for explosive devices.
What looks like an interesting crater about 20m across at https://www.google.com/maps/@31.2245.../data=!3m1!1e3 and what looks like two slit trenches about 50m from it to the south east, near the end of a side track. Must have been a fairly big bang to dig that one, if it isindeed a crater.
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Old 2020-09-28, 15:42   #5
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Have you also seen this perfect soccer field in the nearby town Bagaxiang?
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Old 2020-09-28, 16:17   #6
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Looks like a pool of water to my eyes, if the Dark blue area is being referenced.: smile:
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The end of the road at https://www.google.com/maps/@31.2229.../data=!3m1!1e3 looks especially interesting to me.

It ends abruptly in a straight line perpendicular to the road. There is some suggestion that the perpendicular straight line extends some metres to each side of the road.

Could it be the entrance to a tunnel? If so, why would anyone want to build a tunnel in a spot as remote as that and why would anyone want to hide an adjacent area? And what the heck is a rhetorical question anyway?

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It's probably just a flaw in the image file.
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There are also some circular features about 20m across to the north of the obscure area.

I would guess some sort of military testing site for explosive devices.
I think that you are both right. There is still data in the white area. Also, there are 2 lines that look like data issues. I tried to access some image sources that I have that are independent. But, they don't work in that part of the world.
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I think that you are both right. There is still data in the white area. Also, there are 2 lines that look like data issues. I tried to access some image sources that I have that are independent. But, they don't work in that part of the world.
I'll take a flight over it in FS2020 and (hopefully) report back. Assuming I am not assassinated first.
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Old 2020-09-28, 18:53   #10
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My guess is a missile facility of some sort.

I did find some news articles like this one from August about the Chinese building SAM bases near Lake Manasarovar. The Kailash-Manasarovar region is sacred to adherents of Buddhism, Hinduism, Jaonism, and Bon-po. The "mystery spot" is about 10 miles from Mount Kailash.
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You can see it here in Sept of 2018. The road goes in after July of 2015. The craters have been there since at least 2009.
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