Strange structures in the Chinese desert


As reported by a handful of readers, a popular story about “strange lines in China” is making its way around the internet. There are a variety of odd-looking items in the area of the Kumtag desert, but this one is the most striking:



You can view that location in Google Earth by using this KML file.

The big question is: what is it? Some theories I’ve seen floating around online:

• Calibrating grid for a Chinese spy satellite.

• Lines drawn with white material.

• Dust dug by machinery.

• Street map of Washington, DC.

There’s certainly other possibilities as well. What do you think it is?

(via Gizmodo)