Mystery Lines In Chinese Desert

Gobi LinesThe interwebs are buzzing with conspiracy theories regarding mysterious lines in China’s Gobi Desert seen from space. Ted Thornhill reports for the Daily Mail:

A Google Maps satellite has spotted a series of bizarre structures during a sweep of the Gobi desert in China.

The internet is buzzing with theories about what their purpose is, with suggestions ranging from giant QR readers to practise targets for military satellites.

To add to the intrigue, they are located on the borders of Gansu province and Xinjiang in northwestern China – an area that the superpower uses to build military, space and nuclear equipment.

In fact, some of the sites are less than 100 miles from Jiuquan, where China’s space programme headquarters and launch pads can be found.

Some internet users have been trying to overlay one of the strange structures on to various U.S. city maps, worried that there may be a sinister military purpose behind them.

Others have pointed out that if China wanted to attack a U.S. city, it doesn’t need a practise map in the desert.

However, upon zooming in, planes and burnt-out trucks can be seen on some of the photographs, which hints that they may indeed be targets of some kind…

[continues in the Daily Mail]

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18 Comments on "Mystery Lines In Chinese Desert"

  1. At least nobody can claim it looks like Jesus. Or maybe they can…

  2. At least nobody can claim it looks like Jesus. Or maybe they can…

  3. Give ’em time.

  4. Anonymous | Nov 15, 2011 at 6:16 pm |

    I see Cthulu… we’re all doomed.

  5. Anonymous | Nov 15, 2011 at 11:14 pm |

    I think this is much ado about nothing

  6. MoralDrift | Nov 15, 2011 at 7:14 pm |

    I think this is much ado about nothing

  7. Anonymous | Nov 16, 2011 at 1:26 am |

    I dunno what these are particularly but if you follow the road north from it, it hits a highway. I can only assume that this is not a super-secret government highway since just to the west, following the highway is what looks like a tourist stop, and there’s no gate or checkpoint cordoning the shapes off from that highway. I don’t read Chinese so I’m not sure what that is but all the photos of it and the people looking like tourists in the photos kind of tell me it’s not exactly classified by the Chinese govt. I would guess the airport is exactly what it looks like. An airport. No idea about the squiggly lines in squares, but it does look like they’ve been there awhile. They have sediment obscuring them.

  8. I dunno what these are particularly but if you follow the road north from it, it hits a highway. I can only assume that this is not a super-secret government highway since just to the west, following the highway is what looks like a tourist stop, and there’s no gate or checkpoint cordoning the shapes off from that highway. I don’t read Chinese so I’m not sure what that is but all the photos of it and the people looking like tourists in the photos kind of tell me it’s not exactly classified by the Chinese govt. I would guess the airport is exactly what it looks like. An airport. No idea about the squiggly lines and squares, but it does look like they’ve been there awhile. They have sediment obscuring them.

  9. Everything I’ve read on them has testimonial evidence that supports the notion that they’re all former military testing sites that have since been turned into local tourist stops.

  10. Everything I’ve read on them has testimonial evidence that supports the notion that they’re all former military testing sites that have since been turned into local tourist stops.

  11. Ronniedobbs | Nov 16, 2011 at 2:50 pm |

    Its where all the cheap plastic crap that we overextend our credit cards comes from. duh….

  12. Ronniedobbs | Nov 16, 2011 at 10:50 am |

    Its where all the cheap plastic crap that we overextend our credit cards comes from. duh….

  13. DeepCough | Nov 16, 2011 at 5:38 pm |

    Hmm….. I think the aliens got drunk and punched in the wrong coordinates.

  14. DeepCough | Nov 16, 2011 at 1:38 pm |

    Hmm….. I think the aliens got drunk and punched in the wrong coordinates.

  15. Anonymous | Nov 17, 2011 at 7:32 am |

    I think they are looking for something.

    Something they somehow narrowed down to that exact rectangle of earth’s surface, then are exploring to see where to dig.

    But what is it?  Big uranium deposit?  They’d strip mine for that.  Some lost emperor’s tomb?  Perhaps there’s a catch of exotic matter there or a crashed alien ship…

    Maybe they are trying to narrow down “The Gobi Death Worm” cryptid before some foreigner with a camera gets the prize?  IMO they’d SUE (well if the polite “Yu give us money!” letter is ignored) James Randi for the $ million or take it out of his/his producer’s hide in fees.  You know, he’s got this reward for “Proof” of the “Supernatural” and a “Cryptid” is part of that.  They can reason and “Lalala not listening lalala” the Giant Squid, but more or less they’ve laughed out loud the possibility of such a beast.

  16. greengestalt | Nov 17, 2011 at 3:32 am |

    I think they are looking for something.

    Something they somehow narrowed down to that exact rectangle of earth’s surface, then are exploring to see where to dig.

    But what is it?  Big uranium deposit?  They’d strip mine for that.  Some lost emperor’s tomb?  Perhaps there’s a catch of exotic matter there or a crashed alien ship…

    Maybe they are trying to narrow down “The Gobi Death Worm” cryptid before some foreigner with a camera gets the prize?  IMO they’d SUE (well if the polite “Yu give us money!” letter is ignored) James Randi for the $ million or take it out of his/his producer’s hide in fees.  You know, he’s got this reward for “Proof” of the “Supernatural” and a “Cryptid” is part of that.  They can reason and “Lalala not listening lalala” the Giant Squid, but more or less they’ve laughed out loud the possibility of such a beast.

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