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    Circular feature. What is it?

    I am not suggesting that this is out of the ordinary, I would just like to know if anyone has an idea of what it might be.
    It is due North of Lancaster CA, a lovely circular feature.

    The Google earth co-ordinates are:

    34, 47' 32.27 N 118, 10' 35.76 W

    Or, if that doesn't work, go: Lancaster CA ... and look North, zooming in just after the green rectangles.

    A circular feature with a line going from 1 o'clock to 8 o'clock.
    It looks man made.

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    Here?

    Maybe:

    Abandoned & Little-Known Airfields:

    (Original) Lancaster Airport, Lancaster, CA

    34.71 North / 118.15 West (North of Palmdale, CA)
    No. How about Liberty Field?

    Liberty Field, Rosamond, CA

    34.8 North / 118.16 West (North of Palmdale, CA)
    In the 1950's the US Rubber Company constructed a 3,500' diameter circular automotive testing track, roughly superimposed over the center of the former airfield.

    “They would bring tires up from the Los Angeles factory which has an amazing history all it's own”, according to John Smith.

    Dodge acquired the test track from US Tire (Uniroyal) in the 1960's, according to locals (via John Smith).

    “The test track was last maintained by the Dodge Motor Company”, said John.

    “It closed down completely in the 1970's when they moved to facilities further out in the desert.”
    Their image of Liberty Field automotive testing track

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    Yep. Seems the same. Thanks 01101001. Question answered.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 01101001 View Post
    seven minutes? You should get some kind of award for that. Amazing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tofu View Post
    seven minutes? You should get some kind of award for that. Amazing.
    I went to look at Google Maps, wishing the original poster had provided a link to make it easier.

    I zoomed way in on the circle with Google Maps and saw what appeared to be a runway in it. A field. Figured out intersection, Avenue B and Sierra Highway, that might have been address. Feed something like field avenue-b sierra lancaster to Google and it spit back the Abandoned Airfields page.

    Initially, I thought it was Lancaster Airport (later called War Eagle Field) because of the similarity in coordinates. After I read the whole page (and all the pictures had loaded) then it was clear that the circle was around Liberty Field, so I amended my suggestion.
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    Sorry, not sure how to provide a link.

    Found another enormous race track .... NNE of Lancaster. The tarred one, North/East of the the dirt-like one.

    Google earth
    35 16'00.66 N
    117 57'46.69 W

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eric Vaxxine View Post
    Found another enormous race track .... NNE of Lancaster. The tarred one, North/East of the the dirt-like one.
    Honda or Hyundai/Kia Test Track? Probably Honda.


    DTG Enterprises:

    Hyundia/Kia officials and california city mayor cut the ribbon on the Korean automaker's new $50 Million Dollar North American Automotive TEST CENTER. The new 4,300 acre Hyundia/Kia facility includes a 30,000 square foot office complex. Vehicles are tested on a variety of surfaces including a 6.4 mile oval track, a 2.75 mile winding track and a 3.3 mile hill road. A 2,000,000 square foot vehicle dynamics area is also included.

    Honda R & D Americas also operates a 3,800 acre test facility just North of California City. The facility includes a 7.5 mile oval track, a 4.5 mile winding course and four courses to test motorcycles and ATV's.
    I'm sure if you keep browsing the area you'll discover more test tracks. The area seems rich with them. It's a region close to LA for support and equipment, remote enough to provide big parcels of cheap land and privacy.
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    Aw gee, are they not anomolous alien sand blasted corn circleish wierd extraterrestial mind boggling odd looking rumour generating unidentified geologically unusual out of this world tabloid column inch perpetuating factless entities worthy of some extrapolation on far reaching and unanswerable questions relating to objects built by people from outer space & time like the unfathomable and seemingy odd acceleration of our technology?

    (Maybe I should just go to bed, then!)

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