5 Strange Places That Are Blacked Out By Google Maps

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It's probably safe to say that Google Maps is one of the greatest technological innovations of the last 10 years. With just a few clicks, you can view any place on the face of the Earth.
Well, almost any place.
There are some areas of Google Maps that, for one reason or another, are concealed or obscured in some very obvious ways. Here are the five most suspicious-looking ones...

1. Junction Ranch, CA

Junction Ranch, CA
Junction Ranch is in the middle of California's Mohave Desert. There lies a mysterious airstrip...some believe it's part of the China Lake proving grounds, which is an air force testing location for drones. While that's suspicious in and of itself, even weirder is that only parts of the base are obscured from Google Maps. When you zoom in on the base's location, there are parts of buildings intentionally scratched out. What's going on down there?

2. Sandy Island

Sandy Island
Sandy Island was discovered by Captain Cook during his explorations of and around Australia in the late 1700s. However, despite the island being seen on maps for the last 200 years, the area where Sandy Island is supposedly located is mysteriously blurred out on Google Maps. Something fishy is going on there.

3. Thule Air Base, Greenland

Thule Air Base, Greenland
During the Cold War, the U.S. had B-52 bombers carrying nuclear weapons on a regular basis. This strategy was supposed to serve as a deterrent to the Soviets. However, accidents happen and in 1968 a plane carrying a nuclear payload crashed while taking off from Thule Air Base in Greenland. During the crash, the nuclear weapon was said to have released a significant amount of radiation into the surrounding environment. The area of the crash is still blurred out on Google.

4. Kangtega, Nepal

Kangtega, Nepal
This mysterious area in the Himalayan Mountains is completely blacked out on Google Maps. While the potential reasons why it's blocked range from a military base to Nazi UFOs, it's unlikely that we'll ever know the full story. That is, unless you want to hike up all 22,000 feet to find out.

5. Siberia, Russia

Siberia, Russia
Russia's vast northern forests are seemingly a hotbed of paranormal and generally unexplained activity. While most of us wouldn't bother looking at a forest on Google Maps, the Russian government isn't taking any chances. Deep in the Siberian wilderness is an area of land that from far away looks normal...however, when you look closer, it's very obviously copied and pasted from another place. The geography just doesn't synch up. So that begs the question, what's going on here?

Check out a video discussing all five of these places.

Well, those are pretty darned mysterious. I wonder if Google is working in league with some evil forces in the world to cover these sites up, or if something else entirely is at play.
[Credits: Viral Nova]
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