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Blind Rasputin
Nov 25, 2002


anonumos posted:

The same thing happens when they mothball naval ships. They keep them in (nearly) operating condition just in case some unforeseen event requires more airplanes or ships than we have in active service.

And some of them are used for parts. It's the most meticulously maintained white trash front-yard in the world.

Does anyone know the coordinates of that river where they store a bunch of Naval ships in the middle of the river? They are all tied to each other and basically kept in near operating condition. Last I read they basically send a crew out there to de-rust and de-kelp them and make sure nothing has rotted every few months, but besides that its just a ton of ships waiting for the next war in the Pacific.

edit: Those directions from USA to Japan was the funniest thing I've seen all week. drat good recommendation goons.

Blind Rasputin fucked around with this message at Dec 1, 2010 around 21:04

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Beowulfs_Ghost
Nov 6, 2009


I stumbled across this thing a couple years ago when looking into taking a trip to eastern Oregon. Some coworkers had mentioned the sand dunes outside of the small town of Christmas Valley, and the near by "Lost Forest" sounded pretty interesting.

When I went to look it up on Google Earth, I noticed this;

http://maps.google.com/maps?hl=en&i...138702&t=h&z=13

No tags on Google Earth or Maps to give a clue to what it was.

Turns out it is an over-the-horizon radar system. And that is just the transmitter.

http://www.globalsecurity.org/wmd/f...tmas-valley.htm

Knight2m
Jul 26, 2002

Touchdown Steelers

Google map/earth search Rachel, NV. I'll try to get a pic when i get home.

E;fb. Thats what i get from trying to post from my phone.

Knight2m fucked around with this message at Dec 1, 2010 around 21:09

Beowulfs_Ghost
Nov 6, 2009


Knight2m posted:

Google map/earth search Rachel, NV. I'll try to get a pic when i get home.

E;fb. Thats what i get from trying to post from my phone.

http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&sou...008669&t=h&z=17

Interstellar travelers and/or super secret test pilots are a growing market for greasy chicken

Goreld
May 8, 2002

"Identity Crisis" MurdererWild Guess Bizarro #1Bizarro"Me am first one I suspect!"

Here's an interesting collection of street names.

amishmatrix
Mar 21, 2009



It's amazing how fast nature reclaims her own

Red Cat
Nov 4, 2008


Blind Rasputin posted:

Does anyone know the coordinates of that river where they store a bunch of Naval ships in the middle of the river? They are all tied to each other and basically kept in near operating condition. Last I read they basically send a crew out there to de-rust and de-kelp them and make sure nothing has rotted every few months, but besides that its just a ton of ships waiting for the next war in the Pacific.

edit: Those directions from USA to Japan was the funniest thing I've seen all week. drat good recommendation goons.

Sounds like the Suisun Bay Reserve Fleet, which is mostly old merchant ships. According to Wikipedia, the government is in the process of breaking down most of the Suisun ships.

The battleship Iowa is there for now, but it won't be broken down -- they're still working out where it will end up going as a museum ship.

There are a couple of other National Defense Reserve Fleet sites here and there around the U.S. Some of those ships could be used as merchant-marine-type transport in an emergency.

Blind Rasputin
Nov 25, 2002


That Bing maps effect of almost a stereoscopic projection of the image.. how do they do that? Is it available for all things or just a select few places, cuzz its really cool.

psyopmonkey
Nov 15, 2008


Indeed.

To the OP:

Im stationed in Doral, FL right now (that should tell you plenty). Ive been inside of the building surrounded by the dirt circle. There is nothing TS or crazy going on there, its just a military building. You should be more interested in the circle of trees to the south east of the building. The Iron cross adjacent to the building in the west was due to "vandalism" in the late 80s.

To the craters outside of Groom Lake:

All of those craters are from Ordinance drops. 37.176954,-116.04691 is an actual nuke testing site, which if I remember correctly still has Trinitite on the edges.

TO ALL OF YOU CRAZY NECK BEARDS:

Im not going to mention what kind of clearance I have, lets just say pretty high up there, or what kind of job im doing. However, please believe me ON GOOD AUTHORITY that most of the stuff you see that looks all spooky and "clandestine" is really quite boring and never has aliens in it. Everything that I cannot talk about that ive been around is extremely boring.

There is some crazy stuff out there, but its right under your nose or in countries you never think about.


To add to this "wonderful" thread:

Check this out!

nildrohain454
Nov 17, 2006

Conk-a-reeeee!!!


Blind Rasputin posted:

That Bing maps effect of almost a stereoscopic projection of the image.. how do they do that? Is it available for all things or just a select few places, cuzz its really cool.

Tell me about it. Check out the Bingham Canyon Mine that I already posted:

ApathyGifted
Aug 30, 2004
Tomorrow?

Beowulfs_Ghost posted:

I stumbled across this thing a couple years ago when looking into taking a trip to eastern Oregon. Some coworkers had mentioned the sand dunes outside of the small town of Christmas Valley, and the near by "Lost Forest" sounded pretty interesting.

When I went to look it up on Google Earth, I noticed this;

http://maps.google.com/maps?hl=en&i...138702&t=h&z=13

No tags on Google Earth or Maps to give a clue to what it was.

Turns out it is an over-the-horizon radar system. And that is just the transmitter.

http://www.globalsecurity.org/wmd/f...tmas-valley.htm

You want some cold war insanity? Check out this map on Wikipedia showing the range of that radar station, along with its counterpart in Maine:

Click here for the full 666x542 image.

Beowulfs_Ghost
Nov 6, 2009


http://maps.google.com/maps?ie=UTF8...017338&t=h&z=16

Noticed this while looking for areas to go mushroom hunting.

I'm guessing it has to do with the natural gas facility located near the town of Mist.

John Big Booty
Jan 31, 2008
Living in the 8th Dimension, things get rough.


Beowulfs_Ghost posted:

Noticed this while looking for areas to go mushroom hunting.
Is that a euphemism?

GWBBQ
Jan 2, 2005



psyopmonkey posted:

You should be more interested in the circle of trees to the south east of the building.
Do you mean the building is less interesting than a circle of trees, or that there's something interesting (underground building?) about those trees?

Beowulfs_Ghost posted:

http://maps.google.com/maps?ie=UTF8...017338&t=h&z=16

Noticed this while looking for areas to go mushroom hunting.

I'm guessing it has to do with the natural gas facility located near the town of Mist.

Looks like it's just an incomplete image. Google Maps gives copyright credit to Digital Globe, GeoEye, State of Oregon, USGS, and USDA Farm Survey. Bing has complete satellite photos of the area and credits AND, NAVTEQ, and USGS.

ExplodingSims
Aug 17, 2010


Yeah, I'm with this guy. What's so interesting about those trees? Am I not seeing something?

Stathol
Jun 28, 2008


psyopmonkey posted:

Ive been inside of the building surrounded by the dirt circle. There is nothing TS or crazy going on there, its just a military building.
I never really thought otherwise. The CIA comment was meant in jest.

psyopmonkey posted:

You should be more interested in the circle of trees to the south east of the building.
Correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't that just the remnants of the old AN/GRD-6 array that the AN/FRD-10 (the dirt circle) replaced?

psyopmonkey posted:

The Iron cross adjacent to the building in the west was due to "vandalism" in the late 80s.
Ah. I guess that's why it appears to have been sand-blasted off.

psyopmonkey posted:

To add to this "wonderful" thread:

Check this out!
Hmmmm...I've seen this somewhere before, but I can't remember what the explanation is.

swyft
May 27, 2005

Forgive the lack of warning, but it's time for my daily massacre!

Goreld posted:

Here's an interesting collection of street names.

I click on your link, I have a look and a laugh and wonder where the gently caress in the world this could be, zoom out and its 10 minutes away from where I work!

Small world.

Raw_Beef
Jul 2, 2004

We know what you been up to and my advice on that little venture is to pack it in. It won't work. It will all end in tears.

psyopmonkey posted:

To the OP:

You should be more interested in the circle of trees to the south east of the building.



There is some crazy stuff out there, but its right under your nose or in countries you never think about.


To add to this "wonderful" thread:

Check this out!

Explain the Greenland monolith's connection to the mysterious circle of green in Fl. The government has answers!



Its funny that the ship graveyard off of africa looks just like the fleet in Suisun. Except the ones in Africa are all sunken. They are tied together and set up like mothballed, but i guess the owners just left them there to sink.

Beowulfs_Ghost
Nov 6, 2009


GWBBQ posted:

Do you mean the building is less interesting than a circle of trees, or that there's something interesting (underground building?) about those trees?


Looks like it's just an incomplete image. Google Maps gives copyright credit to Digital Globe, GeoEye, State of Oregon, USGS, and USDA Farm Survey. Bing has complete satellite photos of the area and credits AND, NAVTEQ, and USGS.

I was figuring it was another of those "post 9/11" security things. I guess it is just a fluke with the sat photos.



Weiner Hog posted:

Is that a euphemism?

Nope, I go hunting for chanterelles in the Coast Range during the fall. My Google Earth is stuck full of yellow thumb tacks marking known spots and logging roads to get in and around the mountains.

psyopmonkey
Nov 15, 2008


Indeed.

Stathol posted:

Correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't that just the remnants of the old AN/GRD-6 array that the AN/FRD-10 (the dirt circle) replaced?

Another option would be a parabolic array with a few Marconi's attached. If it can cook your popcorn, it can send info...

Philman
Jan 20, 2004


heres a modification on an earlier one.

DIRECTIONS
Go to Google Maps.
Click Get Directions
Type Taiwan as the starting point.
Type China as the end point.
Scroll to direction #23.

CaptainAttitude
May 31, 2003

This haircut was a good idea.


ReidRansom posted:

Yeah, they're all over the place. There are remains of several pretty big ones on Dugway Proving Grounds in Utah. Also one at Misawa AFB, one in Germany somewhere I recall. Bit puzzling if you don't know what you're looking at though.

I work at Dugway Proving Grounds and I can see one in the distance from where I work and I pass another one on the way home. A couple of them have been turned into weather monitoring stations. Also, if you have some time to waste go to youtube and search for UFO Hunters area 52. We all got a good laugh from that bullshit.

Panzerfaust
Jul 8, 2006

Just when you think that there's nobody around to kill you, BOOM, remote controlled Panzerfaust outta nowhere.

Since people are talking about ship graveyards (a topic that never fails to creep me out), here's favourite, which I posted in the last google maps thread.

It's located in Rossville, Staten Island. As far as I know, it pretty much just consists of ships that are no longer viable to maintain, and they're dumped there to rot. A couple years ago I remember reading that the city planned on finally cleaning it up, but a quick google shows that it's still there and still a complete mess. Here's the google maps link, and you can find water level photos if you're interested both here and just about anywhere else if you google "Arthur Kill ship graveyard". Also, if you'd like some more history on how exactly this place came to be, I found an old NYT article on it, which you can read here.

Pigsfeet on Rye
Oct 22, 2008

I'm meat on the hoof


The infamous USN building at NAB Coronado that ended up in the shape of a swastika.
http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&sou...e=UTF8&t=h&z=17

Oddness: If you ride by this area in Beltsville, MD all you see is a guard station and an address on a wall for each complex. No clue which agency owns it.

http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&sou...018818&t=h&z=16

More oddness: Unknown stuff at Aberdeen Proving Ground

http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&sou...9,0.075274&z=14

Pigsfeet on Rye fucked around with this message at Dec 2, 2010 around 01:00

The Casualty
Sep 29, 2006
Security Clearance: Pop Secret


Whiny baby

amishmatrix posted:

It's amazing how fast nature reclaims her own

On that note (and along with the ship graveyards), here's Mallows Bay, MD. 152 wooden steamships were abandoned here at the end of WWI, and as you can see, some of them on the northeast shore appear to have become artificial islands with vegetation growing from them.

http://maps.google.com/maps?t=h&q=3...4,0.004823&z=18

ZebraBlade
Mar 26, 2010

Something is rotten in the state of Denmark

The Casualty posted:

On that note (and along with the ship graveyards), here's Mallows Bay, MD. 152 wooden steamships were abandoned here at the end of WWI, and as you can see, some of them on the northeast shore appear to have become artificial islands with vegetation growing from them.

http://maps.google.com/maps?t=h&q=3...4,0.004823&z=18

There is a lot of history sitting inches below the surface right there.

CornHolio
May 20, 2001



The Casualty posted:

On that note (and along with the ship graveyards), here's Mallows Bay, MD. 152 wooden steamships were abandoned here at the end of WWI, and as you can see, some of them on the northeast shore appear to have become artificial islands with vegetation growing from them.

http://maps.google.com/maps?t=h&q=3...4,0.004823&z=18

That right there is the best location to film a horror movie.

Chef Tony
Jun 13, 2005

The Miracle Blade will stay sharp the first time, the fourth time, everytime!

Burned out houses in San Bruno. Kinda creepy to see them from street view and realizing they're gone.

http://maps.google.com/maps?hl=en&i...009645&t=h&z=17

best friend massage
Sep 12, 2010


This isn't exactly a landmark or anything, but it's on google maps and it's weird, so hey.

Here's the google maps page.

(USER WAS PUT ON PROBATION FOR THIS POST)

Nuggan
Jul 17, 2006

Always rolling skulls.


I just randomly dumped the street view icon on the map and found this guy sitting at the north pole:

http://maps.google.com/maps?ie=UTF8...toid=po-3426769

Longinus
Jan 4, 2003
Wil is Nil

Mecca looks pretty cool.

http://maps.google.ca/maps?f=q&sour...=h&z=19&iwloc=A

Revol
Jul 31, 2003

EHCIARF EMERC...
EHCIARF EMERC...


psyopmonkey posted:


Check this out!

What the hell? It looks like a blackout covering something, but what would be in the middle of Greenland?

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Sep 12, 2010


Revol posted:

What the hell? It looks like a blackout covering something, but what would be in the middle of Greenland?

That's where the secret emergency Green reserves are.

It is completely consensual

TheLastManStanding
Jan 14, 2008
Mash Buttons!

psyopmonkey posted:

To add to this "wonderful" thread:

Check this out!

Holy crap. I knew Greenland was remote and pretty much empty, but there is literally nothing there but rocks and ice. I kept trying to find something but there really is nothing. Wikipedia says the entire population is only 56,000 which is crazy considering they are the 13th largest country and the largest island that is not a continent.

withak
Jan 15, 2003

F != m * a

Blind Rasputin posted:

That Bing maps effect of almost a stereoscopic projection of the image.. how do they do that? Is it available for all things or just a select few places, cuzz its really cool.

It's because they make their continuous map images by stitching together a bunch of small single images taken from from a moving platform along with some corrections and warping to get rid of geometric distortions away from the center of each frame. This works fine when you have pictures of something relatively flat compared to how high up the camera is but with tall buildings you can sometimes end up seeing all four sides of a building in one image.

TapTheForwardAssist
Apr 9, 2007

he's the one who gives his body/
as a weapon of the war/
and without him all this killing can't go on


swolf posted:

Even better, try getting directions from the USA to Japan. Check direction #27.

Plus "This route has tolls.". Good to know.

Picnic Princess
Feb 9, 2008



How about a giant motherfuckin' T-Rex?

http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=h...3,0.006899&z=17

DB Cooper
Sep 14, 2004
FBI never found it cause I gave it all to Lowtax

WierdFishes posted:

How about a giant motherfuckin' T-Rex?

http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=h...3,0.006899&z=17

You can also climb up to its mouth. About an hour from me.

Paladine_PSoT
Jan 2, 2010

If you have a problem Yo, I'll solve it.


Chef Tony posted:

Burned out houses in San Bruno. Kinda creepy to see them from street view and realizing they're gone.

http://maps.google.com/maps?hl=en&i...009645&t=h&z=17

Is it just me or are the houses there at some zoom levels and not at others?

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Mongoloid Joe
Jul 2, 2009


The man made Palm Islands in Dubai are pretty awesome to look at and zoom in on.

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