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KaosFactor
Dec 10, 2000

Rommel Rommel

And the other end dissipates about 10 mi east of the lake...

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clarkwgriswold
Aug 22, 2005

Oh, you've remodelled the garage. Must have cost you hundreds.

A Furious Foetus posted:

Awful lot of prostitutes on Street View.

Awful lot of prostitutes on the streets.

iSuck
Jul 21, 2005

by T. Mascis


That's no highway. It originates just the same as it fades away from seemingly nowhere. Also, the 'lanes' look like they could fit an aircraft carrier.

Zaftig
Jan 21, 2008

It's infectious


Looking around North Korea has always been interesting to me, since the entire country is unlabeled. A lot of the buildings are blue or red, too.



Look around here for more of it. Once I found a part that looked like a burn mark on paper, but I couldn't find it again. If you want to look around, it's easiest to find a coastal city and find more from there.

When I checked it to find this link, it suddenly got blurry, and when I zoomed in and out one notch, it suddenly took me to somewhere in Russia.

The Casualty
Sep 29, 2006
Security Clearance: Pop Secret


Whiny baby

Zaftig posted:

When I checked it to find this link, it suddenly got blurry, and when I zoomed in and out one notch, it suddenly took me to somewhere in Russia.

Google maps has been buggy for me too as of late. It keeps reverting to the lowest resolution image and then I end up looking at the northernmost tip of Canada.

edit: While looking through North Korea I found this. At first I saw the northern half of the construction, and I thought it was possibly a military airfield, but the concrete strip is too narrow and short to be of much use to jets. Then I zoomed out and noticed that it appears to continue much further on the other side of that hill! I can't tell for sure but it looks like there's a tunnel going through the ground. I wonder what it is...

The Casualty fucked around with this message at Dec 4, 2010 around 00:30

Earwicker
Jan 6, 2003



Mein Eyes! posted:

Related, though Google street view: http://9eyes.tumblr.com/

holy poo poo, thanks. this is a hell of a lot better than every other "funny street view images" site I've seen.

Crash-Override
May 9, 2009


Looking through a coastal city in North Korea, I found this:http://goo.gl/maps/dTGM, it looks like a massive beach resort complex of some sort, and if you go further down the coast you can find one that is bigger. I have no idea what it is, though I would like too.

Foyes36
Oct 23, 2005

Food fight!

SyHopeful posted:

I've always wondered why Lake Baikal has a superhighway disappearing into its depths...



I'm glad I'm not the only one to notice that thing. Maybe something weird with the map itself? There's no way that's a real human structure, at least as it's not mentioned at all on Wikipedia.

Supreme Allah
Oct 6, 2004



Lullabee posted:

I love the one of the random kid sitting on a side walk by itself.


There's more than one

Anomalies
Mar 1, 2010


Skippy D. Doodah posted:

It looks to me like an airplane on the roof of a building in Manhattan.

http://tinyurl.com/2fxyaz5

Yup, there is.

quote:

77 Water Street actually has a WWI Biplane complete with a landing strip on the rooftop of the building. Apparantly its a full-size model of a WWI Sopwith Camel, designed by Rudolph de Harak, in 1969. It was built primarily to amuse the inhabitants of surrounding skyscrapers, notably the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center.

mr. nobody
Sep 25, 2004

Net contents 12 fluid oz.

I was randomly scrolling around iceland and suddenly my eyes couldn't figure out what was going on in this picture http://goo.gl/maps/OEvz (go to half zoom if it's not by default).

Perspective is really strange, tilting my head to the left makes the left (now top) part of the picture look like it is stretching towards a horizon.

Frostwerks
Sep 24, 2007


It looks like an aerial view of iceland, mystery solved.

ApexAftermath
May 24, 2006

reaching
present participle of reach
To draw a conclusion based on more than a moment's thought.


SyHopeful posted:

I've always wondered why Lake Baikal has a superhighway disappearing into its depths...



My brain just broke looking at this and then trying to google it and finding nothing. What is going on here???

CGameProgrammer
Nov 5, 2008


ApexAftermath posted:

My brain just broke looking at this and then trying to google it and finding nothing. What is going on here???
Nothing. It's a bug with the satellite imagery. Otherwise it would have to be floating above all the mountains on the east side.

Bloody Hedgehog
Dec 12, 2003

Gotta' nuke something.


ApexAftermath posted:

My brain just broke looking at this and then trying to google it and finding nothing. What is going on here???

Just some sort of error either in the original photography or in the assembly of images on Googles end. If it were real it would be some monster 200 lane highway.


And to contribute, more Ship Breaking, near Alang in India.

Skyworks
Oct 2, 2010

by angerbutt


The Casualty posted:

Google maps has been buggy for me too as of late. It keeps reverting to the lowest resolution image and then I end up looking at the northernmost tip of Canada.

edit: While looking through North Korea I found this. At first I saw the northern half of the construction, and I thought it was possibly a military airfield, but the concrete strip is too narrow and short to be of much use to jets. Then I zoomed out and noticed that it appears to continue much further on the other side of that hill! I can't tell for sure but it looks like there's a tunnel going through the ground. I wonder what it is...

It is likely a military airbase of some sort. I remember reading something years ago that stated they store the fighter aircraft inside hollowed out mountains to prevent them being bombed and just roll them out and take off.

Time Cowboy
Nov 4, 2007

But Tarzan... The strangest thing has happened! I'm as bare... as the day I was born!

There are some strange landforms in Central Asia that I can't quite figure out. You can see them even at a pretty low zoom, they're that big:

http://maps.google.com/maps?ie=UTF8....300293&t=h&z=6

I'm referring to those parallel strips of alternating high and low terrain. Perhaps the extremely weathered remains of some ancient continental collision belt, even older than the Appalachians? It might be clearer on a terrain map:

http://maps.google.com/maps?ie=UTF8....150146&t=p&z=7

If you zoom in, it's one of the weirdest looking terrains I've ever seen:

http://maps.google.com/maps?ie=UTF8...893768&t=h&z=10

But it gets weirder. Zooming in on one of the lakes in the northwest corner of this weirdness, you find this:

http://maps.google.com/maps?ie=UTF8...893768&t=h&z=10

Still following that same southwest-northeast trend of the landform, What the hell is it?

withak
Jan 15, 2003

F != m * a

The closeups look recently-glaciated to me. The larger scale could just be tilted layers exposed at the surface. Some types of rock may not be as suitable for agriculture so they stay forested over.

Time Cowboy
Nov 4, 2007

But Tarzan... The strangest thing has happened! I'm as bare... as the day I was born!

It's definitely post-glacial. What you suggest about tilted rock layers would make sense, except that's a really consistent alternation across a big chunk of country. I could see it being alternating layers of, say, sandstone and limestone; the sandstone would have resisted the glacial erosion better than the limestone, which would become the lowlying, lake-dotted bands of terrain. Whatever it is, I've never seen anything like it on such a scale.

Limbo
Oct 4, 2006




Anomalies posted:

Yup, there is.


Snake Plisskin really went low tech this time, I guess. drat budget cuts.

President Ark
May 16, 2010

Looks like you got a good deal there!

Bloody Hedgehog posted:

Just some sort of error either in the original photography or in the assembly of images on Googles end. If it were real it would be some monster 200 lane highway.


And to contribute, more Ship Breaking, near Alang in India.



This actually appears in World War Z.

razz
Dec 26, 2005

Queen of Maceration


There is a reason why Google Earth is centered over Southeast Kansas as a default - that is where one of the creators of Google Earth is from, my hometown actually! The Mac version of Google Earth centers on another Kansas town - the hometown of another one of the creators.

The geodetic center of the USA is also in Kansas, but that is not why Google Maps defaults to Kansas.

Just gotta throw that little bit of Kansas fame out there because we don't get much notice

CaptainN
Jul 28, 2004



Mein Eyes! posted:

Related, though Google street view: http://9eyes.tumblr.com/
Apart from one pic (of the old guy standing under the hedge), pretty much all of the pics from the UK are rather bleak. So many chavs in slums.

ymgve
Jan 2, 2004




Zaftig posted:

Looking around North Korea has always been interesting to me, since the entire country is unlabeled. A lot of the buildings are blue or red, too.



When Kim Jong-il wants to play a game of Team Fortress 2, the people obey.

GWBBQ
Jan 2, 2005



Blind Rasputin posted:

I hear there is some bunker complex somewhere where all the world's seeds are kept in case of some catastrophe? We gotta find it on google maps.
It's not exactly a secret. Here's a list of addresses provided by the National Plant Germplasm System.
http://www.ars-grin.gov/cgi-bin/npgs/html/sites2.pl

Boneitis
Jul 14, 2010


What about this little bugger?

http://maps.google.com/maps?hl=en&q...5,0.676346&z=11

wikipedia posted:

The Richat Structure is a prominent circular feature in the Sahara desert of Mauritania near Ouadane. It has attracted attention since the earliest space missions because it forms a conspicuous bull's-eye in the otherwise rather featureless expanse of the desert. The structure, which has a diameter of approx 50 kilometres (31 mi) and is located 400450 metres (1,3101,480 ft) above sea level, has become a landmark for space shuttle crews.

Initially interpreted as a meteorite impact structure because of its high degree of circularity, it is now thought to be a symmetrical uplift (circular anticline or dome) that has been laid bare by erosion. Paleozoic quartzites form the resistant beds outlining the structure. The lack of shock metamorphism at the site further backs the latter claim

Dacke
Jun 29, 2006



I still can't figure out what these little pits on Attu Island are about. If you scroll up a little, you can see hundreds of them scattered everywhere. I googled the island for a bit and can only conclude that they were maybe made by the Japanese before the Battle of Attu during WWII. Storage pits, foxholes maybe?

Imaginos
Mar 3, 2003



Zaftig posted:

Looking around North Korea has always been interesting to me, since the entire country is unlabeled. A lot of the buildings are blue or red, too.



Look around here for more of it. Once I found a part that looked like a burn mark on paper, but I couldn't find it again. If you want to look around, it's easiest to find a coastal city and find more from there.

When I checked it to find this link, it suddenly got blurry, and when I zoomed in and out one notch, it suddenly took me to somewhere in Russia.

North Korea fascinates me as well. Grab this nifty kmz file for GoogleEarth and explore the hell out of the place: http://www.nkeconwatch.com/north-ko...d-google-earth/

Megadyptes
Oct 7, 2009

Yeah... If you hit them hard their heads bleed all over the ice and their legs convulse.


Time Cowboy posted:

There are some strange landforms in Central Asia that I can't quite figure out. You can see them even at a pretty low zoom, they're that big:

http://maps.google.com/maps?ie=UTF8....300293&t=h&z=6

I'm referring to those parallel strips of alternating high and low terrain. Perhaps the extremely weathered remains of some ancient continental collision belt, even older than the Appalachians? It might be clearer on a terrain map:

http://maps.google.com/maps?ie=UTF8....150146&t=p&z=7

If you zoom in, it's one of the weirdest looking terrains I've ever seen:

http://maps.google.com/maps?ie=UTF8...893768&t=h&z=10

But it gets weirder. Zooming in on one of the lakes in the northwest corner of this weirdness, you find this:

http://maps.google.com/maps?ie=UTF8...893768&t=h&z=10

Still following that same southwest-northeast trend of the landform, What the hell is it?

Came here to post something in the exact same area.

http://goo.gl/maps/FXVb

That double field line thing stretches away on either side for loving miles. When there's an obstruction like a river or something it stops nice and neat and then continues on the other side. It makes twists and turns, you lose track of it from time to time but it always reappears somewhere else along a bit. Came across that years ago on NASA WorldWind back before Google Earth was big and it's puzzled me since.

DILLIGAF
Nov 16, 2003

I don't know, I find it hard to take hipster/non-hipster advice from someone with a Brony avatar!

Dacke posted:

I still can't figure out what these little pits on Attu Island are about. If you scroll up a little, you can see hundreds of them scattered everywhere. I googled the island for a bit and can only conclude that they were maybe made by the Japanese before the Battle of Attu during WWII. Storage pits, foxholes maybe?

The layout and the way they are spaced scream ammo bunkers to me. Bury them, spaced out, to keep one from setting off another in a sympathetic detonation if it goes up in smoke.

You see similar layouts on a lot of military bases.

Zooming out, I see the airfield, and would like to offer Avgas bunkers as an alternative explanation. Same principle applies.

DILLIGAF fucked around with this message at Dec 4, 2010 around 21:52

withak
Jan 15, 2003

F != m * a

Looks like an unused right-of-way. Maybe originally intended for a pipeline or power line or railway or something. Though it's about 3/4 of a mile wide. That's odd. Bizarre Siberian property situation maybe?

withak fucked around with this message at Dec 4, 2010 around 21:57

Frozen Horse
Aug 6, 2007
Just a humble wandering street philosopher.

Catzilla posted:

Go here in google maps (lat/lon)...

38.265877,105.950453

I always find this really strange, it is a 1:500 scale model of an area of land built next to a Chinese military base.

It is indeed a terrain model, of some of the most worthless real estate to be contested: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aksai_Chin

eightyeight
Sep 16, 2007
Ah, I'm sorry, I can see that due to my unthoughtful posting style I have now ruined the thread. I will be gone now as I clearly have nothing to contribute.

Time Cowboy posted:

There are some strange landforms in Central Asia that I can't quite figure out. You can see them even at a pretty low zoom, they're that big:

http://maps.google.com/maps?ie=UTF8....300293&t=h&z=6


Those are indeed strange land formations. I couldn't help but pick out this...

Guy smoking a decorative pipe with a little smiling dude on the bottom? Some of the detail is lost in zooming out to see the whole image but...wow.

FrozenVent
May 1, 2009
a richer bytestage

eightyeight posted:

Those are indeed strange land formations. I couldn't help but pick out this...

Guy smoking a decorative pipe with a little smiling dude on the bottom? Some of the detail is lost in zooming out to see the whole image but...wow.

I see a Romulan Bird of Prey.

Sima Sam
Oct 4, 2010

Nah man, I'm the EVENING star. All that bad stuff was my bro.


eightyeight posted:

Those are indeed strange land formations. I couldn't help but pick out this...

Guy smoking a decorative pipe with a little smiling dude on the bottom? Some of the detail is lost in zooming out to see the whole image but...wow.

That looks like Fry from Futurama vomiting to me.

The Casualty
Sep 29, 2006
Security Clearance: Pop Secret


Whiny baby

Skyworks posted:

It is likely a military airbase of some sort. I remember reading something years ago that stated they store the fighter aircraft inside hollowed out mountains to prevent them being bombed and just roll them out and take off.

Awesome if true. It's like something out of loving Ace Combat.

ActionExpress
Dec 28, 2002


Goreld posted:

Secret Nazi training facility?

That marking doesn't seem like a helipad, it looks like the German cross.



Thats actually on Coronado Island in San Diego,

withak
Jan 15, 2003

F != m * a

Treasure Island in SF also has a bunch of swastika-shaped barracks buildings.

Muffin Rhino
Dec 31, 2006

I am SO gay for Doctor Cox.

razz posted:

There is a reason why Google Earth is centered over Southeast Kansas as a default - that is where one of the creators of Google Earth is from, my hometown actually! The Mac version of Google Earth centers on another Kansas town - the hometown of another one of the creators.

The geodetic center of the USA is also in Kansas, but that is not why Google Maps defaults to Kansas.

Just gotta throw that little bit of Kansas fame out there because we don't get much notice

I found this pretty cool as I'm from Southeast Kansas. What town is it?

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WT Wally
Feb 19, 2004


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

We kayaked out there over the summer. The large ship further out is the car carrier Accomac, and you can actually paddle your boat into the interior of it. The site is awesome, but I have to stress that it is crazy dangerous. Those old ships were put together with huge thick spear-like nails. Now they're all rusting just below the surface of the water. Visibility was bad, but every now and then you could catch a glimpse of a row of spikes as you passed over.

I wasn't expecting that at all. The whole time I was very worried about accidentally capsizing and getting impaled.

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