Google Maps Unearths Giant Patterns in China's Gobi Desert

November 16, 2011

Google Maps Unearths Giant Patterns in China's Gobi Desert

A Google Maps satellite captured these images of bizarre structures and patterns on the surface of Gobi desert in China.

The internet is abuzz with guesses and conspiracy theories about the purpose and meaning of the designs, throwing out ideas such as military practice compounds, QR codes, China's version of Area 51, and military satellite targets. Whatever they turn out to be, the images and patterns are fantastical. It makes you wonder what other secrets Google satellites will uncover—they're like the Wikileaks of mapping.

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Postcards from Google Earth by Clement Valla
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Via The Daily Mail

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Ward Andrews

Hi, I'm Ward Andrews. I started in 2009, you can read about why here. Thanks for participating in the Community. I also run an interactive agency called Drawbackwards. I love basketball, electronic music and creating experiences that improve daily life. You can follow me on Twitter @wardandrews.

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