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GEHFileBot
07-29-2005, 11:54 PM
This is a discussion thread for the following file:<br><br><b><a href=http://www.googleearthhacks.com/dlfile1404/Blocked-content-in-North-East-Russia.htm>Blocked content in North East Russia</a></b><br><br>I don't know what they are blocking. Do You?<br><br><img src=http://www.googleearthhacks.com/images/new/495010blackout.jpg>

solution
07-29-2005, 11:55 PM
What the hack is this?

felipeboralli
07-30-2005, 02:39 AM
Seems to me a flaw in image junction from the satellite photos. When GE wants to hide something (like the Capitol), they just do extensive blurring in the desired region.

prettygoodcarpenter
08-03-2005, 12:49 AM
They are pretty good businesspeople @ Google. Maybe it says Yahoo or MS

Atlanta Mike
08-03-2005, 01:27 AM
Probably a ruskie missile silo they didn't want shown.

maddognz
08-03-2005, 04:50 AM
it gotta be sumthing big (like a air field for instance) because by the google earth measurement tool the blacked out area is about 6.3miles x 2.3miles, unless of course it is just a defect in the mapping :-P

skunk
08-03-2005, 10:37 PM
something's exploding here...white smoke around it...i wonder whats going on here

hoode1
02-03-2006, 07:32 AM
thats where russian disneyski is being built
cant tip off the kids to the new chernoble heart ride

kareemamir
02-03-2006, 07:41 AM
thats where russian disneyski is being built
cant tip off the kids to the new chernoble heart ride

dude thats quite harsh!

pandaboy
06-10-2006, 03:48 AM
thats where russian disneyski is being built
cant tip off the kids to the new chernoble heart ride
dude thats quite harsh!

But funny! :cool:

HiImNewWillYouBeMyFriend?
07-19-2006, 01:33 AM
Seems to me a flaw in image junction from the satellite photos. When GE wants to hide something (like the Capitol), they just do extensive blurring in the desired region.

Actually, I think they blurred the Capital (presuming you mean Washington D.C, specifically the Whitehouse) so as to retain the basic image of a famous location which people already know is there and will certainly want to visit, without compromising security.
With a site which is unknown to the public, such as this one in question, it would seem more reasonable to block it completly, rather than risk its identification from an albeit blurry image.
So as to avoid suspicion, if they really wanted to block a site from public view, they could make it look like an error of some discription e.g a mis-alligned splice, which would hide the site whilst not attracting any interest from theorists.
This said, it may well be an innocent imaging error. Though it is fun to theorise, and let's face it... there ARE secret locations in various places on earth. If this is one, then missile silos seem reasonable, it is Russia after all.

Fluxay
01-18-2007, 11:15 PM
maybe it's helicopter or plain crash?

SpiderX22
01-18-2007, 11:29 PM
Its no longer a black spot nor is it smoking. But now its censored with a weird tan blur.

oldhippie353
01-19-2007, 02:41 AM
Actually, I think they blurred the Capital (presuming you mean Washington D.C, specifically the Whitehouse) so as to retain the basic image of a famous location which people already know is there and will certainly want to visit, without compromising security.
With a site which is unknown to the public, such as this one in question, it would seem more reasonable to block it completly, rather than risk its identification from an albeit blurry image.
So as to avoid suspicion, if they really wanted to block a site from public view, they could make it look like an error of some discription e.g a mis-alligned splice, which would hide the site whilst not attracting any interest from theorists.
This said, it may well be an innocent imaging error. Though it is fun to theorise, and let's face it... there ARE secret locations in various places on earth. If this is one, then missile silos seem reasonable, it is Russia after all.
Looking at the White House in Washington DC seems to be quite easy and clear. No blocking going on here. Too bad for our soldiers in Iraq that they can't blur the areas where our friends and family are temporarily housed. I can go right to the area west of ------ and zoom right in on combat housing units (chu's), US helicopters parked on runways and even the swimming pool our soldiers take a break in. If North Korea and Russia can blur "sensitive" areas on Google Earth, it's my personal opinion that certain areas in Iraq should be able to be blurred during war time for the sake and safety of soldiers that don't have a choice of whether or not to be there for everyone to see.

eivissa
01-19-2007, 05:34 AM
I really dont wanna let you down, but it's nothing. You can see it here http://local.live.com/default.aspx?v=2&cp=66.26524~179.218324&style=h&lvl=11

EyeWonder
09-25-2009, 10:56 AM
I hate to let down the last poster, and show up two years late... but didn't any of you notice that image the last poster told you to visit is totally doctored? Do a search on it... There is not a single unblurred, or undocted image of this area.
In fact most of the satellite imagery servers convieniently "split" the globe right over this area. Nasa worldwind won't even let you get close. Google is blurred, maps.live.com and flashearth both show an OBVIOUSLY spliced image. It looks like a 3rd grader copied the mountains to the southeast and pasted it over the area. Anyone willing to settle for that picture as reality needs a swift kick in the face.
I don't think russia has only 1 ICBM complex as wikipedia suggests it may be. And I highly doubt that this is a radar station. If you notice... other countries are catching on that if you blur a sensitive area, it only marks it as sensitive.
Two years of trying to figure out what is here is starting to drive me a little crazy. Googles new "historical" maps don't show it... you can't unblur this image with any software... Just what in the hell is being hidden from the public and why?
Someone needs to go on one of those russian snow expeditions and accidently "stray" into this area and see if military personnel try and stop them.
Any naysayers out there that say they can find a clear image of this area, I freaking DARE you to look close at it, make sure it's not doctored, and post a link here. I've looked on every possible satellite in the world and none of them show this area uncensored at a decent resolution.

Munden
09-25-2009, 10:32 PM
Well, in all honesty it'll continue to drive you nuts because there's nothing to find. That's the thing about a 'mystery' like this .. there's not really a mystery.

Another thing to keep in mind is that many of these services start with a map based on the same imagery. If there's a hole or glitch in the original, it'll be in all of them. There was a time where you could see the same image mistakes all over the world in each different mapping product. The thing is that Google has ended up fixing most of them simply through adding high resolution imagery.

One example is to look at this image mistake in New Zealand using Bing:
Here's the link to the location. (http://www.bing.com/maps/default.aspx?v=2&FORM=LMLTCP&cp=-37.851001~175.651131&style=h&lvl=13&tilt=-90&dir=0&alt=-1000&phx=0&phy=0&phscl=1&encType=1)

That line of badly duplicated image was in every mapping service at the time.

Each service, once it's bought the data, is 'fixing' the bad spot in its own way.

If it's driving you that nuts, just request the image from Digital Globe. The smallest area you can request would run a bit more than $400. If the secret is as dark as you believe, surely that's a small price to pay for the image.

It's a lot to pay for a picture of The Middle of Nowhere, though. :)