Using Google maps enterprising researchers have found a network of strange grid lines on the Chinese side of the Gobi Desert. They include military vehicles and reflective substances arrayed around one of the patterns. The origin and purpose of these structures are baffling to most onlookers. But there may be a relatively mundane explanation:
(UK Telegraph) — Tim Ripley, a defence expert from Jane’s Defence Weekly, compared the structures to similar grids in Area 51, the secret United States military test base in Nevada. “The picture of the circle looks very like a missile test range, with target and instrumentation set out to record weapon effects. The Americans have lots of these in Nevada – Area 51!” he said.
Which of course has the UFO conspiracy crowd all hot and bothered — We Have An Alien Technology Gap With The Commie Chinese! Actually, that sounds like something Michelle Bachmann might actually say doesn’t it?
Update: Skepticism 101 brought up by Eric in comment five below, this could all be fake. Good point to keep in mind.
One of the images reportedly shows vehicles that have been blown up, which points more toward the mundane weapons testing idea and away from anal-probing Grays. And the Gobi would be a great place to build such a facility. The concentric rings with vehicles at varying distances would be the target, the grid lines shown above a few miles away could be the firing range, carefully marked out and with roads that would support heavy trucks carrying missiles or other weapons moving across loose gravel and sand. That makes a lot of sense and until someone has a better explanation I think it has to be our working theory.
Update: a related and more sinister possibility raised by Noastronomer in comments below and mentioned elsewhere online, the grid pattern is intended to resemble a major city-street layout. Some people have even speculated it fits sections of Washington, DC. Or it could simply be to test pattern recgonition software on cruise missiles and other weapons — which also makes a lot of sense. Pattern rec fake city nearby for weapon to get bearing on, target a ways out to test weapon accuracy and effectiveness, that fits perfectly imo. (Lots of fun guessing and more funny pics at Gizmodo)
No doubt the Chinese are unhappy to have their top-secret weapons research facility on the front page of western media. Well, welcome to the 21st century info-age my Chinese overlords and associated Gestapo!