Wired ran this story about a former CIA analyst who searches for interesting activity via Google Earth.
The Salon version has more details on Thompson’s latest discovery last month:
An aerial view of the desert near the small city of Kashgar in southwestern China shows a strange, vast grid structure built into the arid ground. “I haven’t the faintest clue what it might be – but it’s extensive, the structures are pretty big and funny-looking, and it went up in what I’d call an incredible hurry,” Thompson said.
Salon suggests it is an underground bunker system. Digital Journal notes that “some believe the sightings throughout the deserts in China are codes designed to be read by UFOs”. The Daily Mail (of course) ramps up the hype with all sorts of imaginative ideas.
There is suggestion that the place is far from civilization, that it’s mysterious because they were constructed so fast, and the explanation is possibly ominous. But why? Why make it out to be extreme? Odds are it’s something completely mundane. Because no one knows that for sure (can no one check?), it is framed as mysterious and passed along the stream of website after website, regurgitated news. Let me know if something more exciting than new construction happens…
UPDATED (14-Jan-2013) Factories/warehouses. Oh gee. That was exciting.
[T]he area is probably part of an initiative to develop the region into a major manufacturing or economic center, not a secret military base, said Stefan Geens, a technologist and geospatial blogger who has spent months in that area of China documenting its development.
Like I said…