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The Strange Sights of Jiayuguan

by Timothy Whitehead on May.18, 2017, under 3D Models, Argentina, Australia, Brazil, California, Denmark, England, Germany, Google Earth News, Google Earth Tips, Google Sky, Google maps, Hawaii, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Mexico, Natural Landmarks, Netherlands, Sightseeing, Street Views, USA

We were investigating China’s new Silk Road that has been in the news recently (find various maps via Maps Mania), and we came across some strange shapes in the city of Jiayuguan, China.


The most striking is this square with an ‘X’ and various zig-zag lines.


Next to it are two other shapes.

There are also many other zigzags that look like ditches and what look like power lines of various sizes crossing the area. If any of our readers knows what the shapes are, please let us know in the comments. We don’t think they are ancient ruins, as those are reasonably well documented and consist of a fort and a wall across the pass that is the Western end of the Great Wall of China (which actually consists of lots of separate walls).


Jiayuguan Fort

Nearby there is a large geoglyph apparently made with trees. According to this post it is the Chinese character ‘lóng’ in cursive script.


At 1 kilometre high, it must be a record, but we couldn’t find any references to confirm that.

On the nearby hills, there are three more geoglyphs that are part of the Rhythms of Life series by Andrew Rogers that we covered in 2011. Read more about them here.


“Rhythms of Life”. Part of the Rythms of Life series by Andrew Rogers.


“Caveman”. Part of the Rythms of Life series by Andrew Rogers.


“The Messenger”. Part of the Rythms of Life series by Andrew Rogers.

There are many other interesting patterns in the region such as a wavy line along the railway line that we believe is for drainage, and some buildings and other structures laid out in arrays.

To see the above locations and more in Google Earth, download this KML file.

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Synchronised Safari

by wentworth on May.18, 2017, under 3D Models, Argentina, Australia, Brazil, California, Denmark, England, Germany, Google Earth News, Google Earth Tips, Google Sky, Google maps, Hawaii, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Mexico, Natural Landmarks, Netherlands, Sightseeing, Street Views, USA

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Fishing for something?

by StreetViewFun.com on May.18, 2017, under 3D Models, Argentina, Australia, Brazil, California, Denmark, England, Germany, Google Earth News, Google Earth Tips, Google Sky, Google maps, Hawaii, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Mexico, Natural Landmarks, Netherlands, Sightseeing, Street Views, USA

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Nun playing at the beach?

by StreetViewFun.com on May.17, 2017, under 3D Models, Argentina, Australia, Brazil, California, Denmark, England, Germany, Google Earth News, Google Earth Tips, Google Sky, Google maps, Hawaii, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Mexico, Natural Landmarks, Netherlands, Sightseeing, Street Views, USA

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Calibration Targets 4: USA

by Timothy Whitehead on May.17, 2017, under 3D Models, Argentina, Australia, Brazil, California, Denmark, England, Germany, Google Earth News, Google Earth Tips, Google Sky, Google maps, Hawaii, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Mexico, Natural Landmarks, Netherlands, Sightseeing, Street Views, USA

This is the fourth in our series on calibration targets. Today we are having a look at a number of locations around the USA.

The first is this interesting pattern at Fort Huachuca, Arizona:

We came across this article which mentions patterns at Walker Field, Maryland and Eglin Air Force Base, Florida amongst others. We couldn’t find a ‘Walker Field, Maryland’ on any map, and try as we might, we couldn’t find the pattern at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida. But we did find a number of interesting sights at Eglin Air Force Base.


We are fairly sure this is a test pattern.


We are not certain whether this is a test pattern or serves some other purpose.


Various markings on this airfield appear to be for calibration.

The spots marked ‘H’ on the runways, are, we believe helicopter landing spots. Do any of our readers know what this symbol means:

Landing spot markings on runway.

There are also no less than 14 separate landing fields in the area. There are also a number of other long structures that we think are probably shooting ranges.

Here is a very old pattern at Cuddeback Lake, California:

A calibration pattern at Cuddeback Lake. There are two more that we have marked in the KML.

There are also two large bulls-eyes at Cuddeback Lake, but we are not sure what their purpose is:

A few more examples from around the USA:

Travis Air Force Base, California.


Beaufort Marine Corps Base, South Carolina.


NASA’s Stennis Space Center, Mississippi.

You may also find this article intersting. It was the source of most of the above locations.

To find the above locations in Google Earth download this KML file.

Next we will be going international. We have found examples in India and South Africa. If you know of any others around the world, please let us know in the comments.

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Angry dogs chasing away Google

by StreetViewFun.com on May.17, 2017, under 3D Models, Argentina, Australia, Brazil, California, Denmark, England, Germany, Google Earth News, Google Earth Tips, Google Sky, Google maps, Hawaii, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Mexico, Natural Landmarks, Netherlands, Sightseeing, Street Views, USA

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Airplane

by kyledolan on May.16, 2017, under 3D Models, Argentina, Australia, Brazil, California, Denmark, England, Germany, Google Earth News, Google Earth Tips, Google Sky, Google maps, Hawaii, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Mexico, Natural Landmarks, Netherlands, Sightseeing, Street Views, USA

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Calibration Targets 3: China

by Timothy Whitehead on May.16, 2017, under 3D Models, Argentina, Australia, Brazil, California, Denmark, England, Germany, Google Earth News, Google Earth Tips, Google Sky, Google maps, Hawaii, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Mexico, Natural Landmarks, Netherlands, Sightseeing, Street Views, USA

This is the third in our series on calibration targets. Note that such targets are used for both satellite imagery as well as imagery captured from aircraft. Today we are looking at some calibration targets in China and other interesting sites found in the same region.

Thank you to GEB reader Kengrok for pointing us to this site showing a variety of patterns:

Next is a set of lines that we covered back in 2011

Nearby is another similar shape, next to a large square. Plain squares are actually quite common for satellite calibration targets, but this particular square probably serves some other purpose as it is not an exact square and is much larger than is typically used.

Here is a smaller square that at first sight appears to have bomb craters on it, but looking back at when it was either being made or repaired, it looks like the patches were always there.

Older image on the left.

Here are what appear to be fake houses used for target practice. The later deterioration might be due to bombs being dropped on them or it might just be weathering, but the older image certainly looks like they were bombed – but again, we may be mistaken.

Here are some large scale markings that look reminiscent of runways, but we believe were never used as such:

For scale, the small square above and bombed houses are marked with arrows.

We believe these next two are either calibration targets for radar, or tests to see if certain patterns can be used to hide objects from radar:

Although it has nothing to do with satellite calibration as far as we know, there is an enormous scale model of a region from the disputed border between China and India. We previously looked at it in 2006.

before
after

Comparison of the scale model (left) and the region it represents (right).

And finally, here is some giant writing:

We don’t know if it is intended to be read by satellites or from passing aircraft. The ground seems fairly flat so we don’t think it is intended to be read from the ground.

For the locations of all the places mentioned in this post, download this KML file

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Sea turtle

by tmblwd53 on May.16, 2017, under 3D Models, Argentina, Australia, Brazil, California, Denmark, England, Germany, Google Earth News, Google Earth Tips, Google Sky, Google maps, Hawaii, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Mexico, Natural Landmarks, Netherlands, Sightseeing, Street Views, USA

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Tanlines

by StreetViewFun.com on May.15, 2017, under 3D Models, Argentina, Australia, Brazil, California, Denmark, England, Germany, Google Earth News, Google Earth Tips, Google Sky, Google maps, Hawaii, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Mexico, Natural Landmarks, Netherlands, Sightseeing, Street Views, USA

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