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Something strange looming in the Sahara

Discussion in 'Serious' started by eeevan, 5 Sep 2008.

  1. eeevan

    eeevan Dremel Master

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    While perusing through satellite imagery of the Sahara (crazily good ganj, trust me), I came upon something slightly unsettling:

    http://maps.google.com/maps?ie=UTF8&hl=en&t=k&om=0&ll=20.474863,-12.34314&spn=0.047843,0.090294&z=14

    Take a closer look at all those black marks spotting the geography. At first I thought they might be shadows from clouds, but upon closer inspection I noticed that (well, other than the fact that no cloud could possibly cast a shadow like that) they're only present over populated areas. Could they be burn marks? Other than that I'm completely stumped. And if those are all caused by fire, wtf happened in that area? That scale of destruction is simply unfathomable- but sadly, I've come to learn to never to underestimate the atrocities mankind is capable of.


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  2. jhanlon303

    jhanlon303 The Keeper of History

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  3. Joosh

    Joosh What's a Dremel?

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    I would say they are trees
     
  4. glaeken

    glaeken Freeeeeeeze! I'm a cawp!

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    I was gonna say, look like green spots to me...
     
  5. eeevan

    eeevan Dremel Master

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  6. Charel

    Charel What's a Dremel?

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    Looks like nuclear fallout.
     
  7. hitman012

    hitman012 Minimodder

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    They might be small crop-growing areas, which are circular because of the reach of the irrigation system. They use the same system in the Middle East (example).
     
  8. weasal

    weasal What's a Dremel?

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    I would doubt that it is irrigation systems as none of the darker patches looks like a regular shape as the irrigation systems give a circle here its more of a random shape each time. IMO it looks like craters from something but not sure what exactly. Could be like a firing range for some military and i know its unlikely but hey its just a guess.
     
  9. Sparrowhawk

    Sparrowhawk Wetsander

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    If you notice, very close by is a very large crater.
    http://maps.google.com/maps?ie=UTF8&hl=en&t=k&om=0&ll=21.133183,-11.412048&spn=1.227101,1.768799&z=9
    I'd say it is natural glass from an asteroid impact. I've read old (translated) stories from some sources that claim the Arabs and even some Second Dynasty people ran across large patches of strange glass in the desert in this area.

    Edit: look at the scale on it. It's larger than I first thought - close to 13 miles from one side to the other. That is def. what caused your destruction, not mankind.
     
  10. Stuey

    Stuey You will be defenestrated!

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  11. eeevan

    eeevan Dremel Master

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    The very large crater-looking thing is actually the result of a volcano eroding around the sides and collapsing into itself.
     
  12. Jumeira_Johnny

    Jumeira_Johnny 16032 - High plains drifter

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  13. DougEdey

    DougEdey I pwn all your storage

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    Giant mould
     
  14. liratheal

    liratheal Sharing is Caring

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    Haha, that stuff that's on a load of pavements, lichen or whatever it is!
     
  15. kenco_uk

    kenco_uk I unsuccessfully then tried again

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    It sounded at first like you were on about lightning strikes, but on inspection they look like trees.
     
  16. UncertainGod

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    That's just greenery and shadows.
     
  17. C-Sniper

    C-Sniper Stop Trolling this space Ądmins!

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    its obviously something rude.....a nipple maybe?
     
  19. eeevan

    eeevan Dremel Master

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  20. Nexxo

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    Trees. Keep in mind that due to image processing there may be some colour distortion.

    And lay off the ganj. It's making you see things. :p
     

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