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Apr 15, 2005, 12:07 AM
 
If you go up and to the right a little, you see another weird one.
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Apr 15, 2005, 12:09 AM
 
I'm not sure but there is good size airport on the far left side of the map. You can even see a plane on the runway. Also, if you follow the road there are a few strange looking "compounds" scattered around. Very cool link.
     
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Apr 15, 2005, 12:21 AM
 
Area 51 isn't in their map database. Believe me, I looked.

Though I'm not sure what the hell that thing is in the link, probably something new-age'y or tribal. But it's definately nothing to do with Groom Lake.

edit: Heh, "Groom Lake, NV" doesn't even return anything.

edit 2: This whole area is Nellis Air Force Base. What's interesting to note is that while some odd things are clearly visable, things which have already been photographed and known to be of sensitive nature aren't. Case in point, I can google for sattelite imagery of the base and Area 51 with fairly good detail. However Google doesn't seem to show anything that resembles the gigantic landing strip that Area 51 has, nor anything else.
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Apr 15, 2005, 12:51 AM
 
Originally Posted by sideus
It appears I was wrong.

What's strange though is that I have spent a lot of time looking for that damn thing and haven't found it. Also, what's doubly strange is despite repeated queries into GM, Groom Lake never returned anything.

I think they are messing with me.
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Apr 15, 2005, 12:52 AM
 
Wtf?
Big ass compass.
     
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Apr 15, 2005, 12:55 AM
 
Originally Posted by sideus
Wtf?
Big ass compass.

That's Edwards Air Force Base. I've been there.
     
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Apr 15, 2005, 12:56 AM
 
what the hell is this. It looks real. zoom in ???
http://maps.google.com/maps?ll=37.40...7918&t=k&hl=en
     
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There is a lot of weird stuff, like:

A

B

C (With a clear train of sorts)
     
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Apr 15, 2005, 12:57 AM
 
Originally Posted by Gator Lager
what the hell is this. It looks real. zoom in ???
http://maps.google.com/maps?ll=37.40...7918&t=k&hl=en

that didn't work. It's the triangle with circle's inside it.
     
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Apr 15, 2005, 01:07 AM
 
This thread is simply awesome.
     
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Apr 15, 2005, 01:25 AM
 
Weird set of roads and buildings.

Gator, to get a link of the image, center the image where you want it, then click "Link to this page" on the right hand side. Copy the url.
     
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Apr 15, 2005, 07:00 AM
 
Half of my city isn't even imaged in that much detail. Why would they chose to map empty desert?
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Apr 15, 2005, 08:53 AM
 
we should have gone out there and made a huge apple logo before google took these photos.
     
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Apr 15, 2005, 09:15 AM
 
how are you people finding these place? just randomly putting in some coordinates?
     
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edit: Feel free to post the timeline.
     
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Apr 15, 2005, 10:29 AM
 
Wow, nice, I love this thread.

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Damn, your country is so bloody huge!
     
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Apr 15, 2005, 10:43 AM
 
Slightly off topic, you can find some great Area51 (satellite) pictures here.
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Apr 15, 2005, 11:15 AM
 
Originally Posted by Mithras
That looks like one of those giant solar oven things. Along the semi-circle are a series of mirrors that focus on a collecting point that would reside in a tower at the focus of the semi-circle.

Or, it sould just be an alien travel marker: -> This way to Area 51.
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Apr 15, 2005, 11:20 AM
 
Definitely looks to be a deserted area.

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EDIT: Put the wrong link up...when I find my other link I'll put it in.
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Again?!?!

Hmmm, let me think, who's being a prat and who isn't...?
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Apr 15, 2005, 04:05 PM
 
http://maps.google.com/maps?ll=37.08...5220&t=k&hl=en


now we know where the lunar landing was filmed.
     
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Apr 15, 2005, 04:15 PM
 
I posted the wrong link, and can't find my other one now. Stop whining about it...you could have just said "that's a duplicate" and left it at that.
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I notice how odd some things are like on day 1. the first thing I looked up was the White house, and it's all jpeg'ed out. Sort of funny. So began my new found image art project.

oh.....and zoom all the way out and pull in 1 direction, to simulate the globe spinning. you can go and go and then the US shows back up. thats just funny.
     
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Apr 15, 2005, 05:14 PM
 
Originally Posted by Mithras

A close-up of the Black Rock Desert near Gerlach, Nevada, reveals the pre-event setup for Burning Man.
Photo: Courtesy of Google
     
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Apr 15, 2005, 05:18 PM
 
Ack! A giant penis!
     
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Apr 15, 2005, 05:25 PM
 
Are we sure that some of these shapes aren't from White Sands AFB? They look like targets/missile test areas.

A lot of these areas are just big military playgrounds. Who knows what kind of goofy stuff is out there.
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Originally Posted by namannik
This one is easy! It's a simulated Surface to Air Missile (SAM) site. I'm not sure exactly where this one is, but this is part of an Air Force air-to-ground training range and is used for training by fighter pilots.

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Damn, those are some awesome images. And here I was, content with looking at the roof of my house.

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Apr 15, 2005, 05:52 PM
 
White Sands Missle Range it would be, then?
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Originally Posted by fromthecloud
White Sands Missle Range it would be, then?
Definitely not White Sands. This range is part of the Nellis AFB complex in Nevada. Just zoom out and switch back and forth from Satellite to Map to see the location. These ranges are all over the United States near Air Force and Navy bases.

Here is a range I used to use a lot in Utah (link)

Here is one southwest of Phoenix (link)

This is the dry lakebed at White Sand that the space shuttle landed on once (link)

Here is an airplane over the runway at Edwards AFB. (link). You can see the airplane and it's shadow. A T-38 is getting waiting to takeoff and another is taxiing out.

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Apr 15, 2005, 08:16 PM
 
Originally Posted by sideus
Ack! A giant penis!
Pft.


This is a giant penis. It helps to see it from a more conventional point of view

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Apr 15, 2005, 09:23 PM
 
Looking at all these satellite images reminds me of my days playing SimCity 2000.
     
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A bit off topic:
For all of you Safari-using Google Maps enthusiasts, I recommend upgrading to OS X 10.3.9. It includes Safari 1.3 which is much, much faster at runninf JavaScript (and the difference is quite obvious when using GM).
     
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Originally Posted by Hugi
A bit off topic:
For all of you Safari-using Google Maps enthusiasts, I recommend upgrading to OS X 10.3.9. It includes Safari 1.3 which is much, much faster at runninf JavaScript (and the difference is quite obvious when using GM).
It doesn't seem any faster to me. In fact, the new version of Safari has broken some of the features of Google maps.
     
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Weird, kinda neat.
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Originally Posted by namannik
It doesn't seem any faster to me. In fact, the new version of Safari has broken some of the features of Google maps.
Whoa, that's right, sorry about that. Might explain why it feels faster for me - it's only partly functional.
     
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Originally Posted by sideus
Looking at all these satellite images reminds me of my days playing SimCity 2000.


When will we have the tractor feature? Is it part of Safari?
     
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Man, that's addicting.

I'm having fun retracing the trip through the Grand Canyon. Last summer (after 15 years on the waitlist), we got our permit to run our own trip (i.e. no guides) on the Colorado. Google Maps has an absurdly high resolution for some sections of the river:

Here's Glen Canyon Dam, mile -4
Confluence with the Little Colorado with its stunning turqoise color, mile 62
Here you can see the Colorado in different moods: one photo taken while it's running clear and green, the other a healthy roiling red
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