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scotsdavy1
2010-Oct-01, 09:00 PM
anyone here any idea what this black strip in google earth is?

n Tunu, Greenland
69 2' 56.15" N 42 28' 23.32" W

http://i51.tinypic.com/2v2dr7k.jpg

Swift
2010-Oct-01, 09:15 PM
scotsdavy1,

Just so you know, I have edited your post to convert the image to a link. This is for two reasons - first, large images can be a problem for members with limited download speeds. Second, if you note on the bottom of the image, those are copyrighted, which means they can not be reproduced here without permission.

Please do such images as links in the future. Thanks,

HenrikOlsen
2010-Oct-01, 09:58 PM
For those wanting to go to the source, it's here: http://maps.google.com/maps?t=h&hl=en&ie=UTF8&ll=69.103859,-42.923584&spn=2.936611,6.28418&z=7

It looks like it's missing data from one satellite pass. If you looks closely you'll see that in continuation of the black patch there's a similar mainly white patch to the ENE with clear stitching errors along the sides.
In all, it looks like Google only bought a single set of images to cover that area and it wasn't complete.

scotsdavy1
2010-Oct-01, 10:16 PM
sorry swift, my fault, won`t happen again.
henrikolsen, if you look here http://www.panoramio.com/photo/5607387 you will see others are talking about it as well.................

slang
2010-Oct-05, 12:59 AM
[...] others are talking about it as well.................

Pardon my directness, but: so what? Are they saying anything of significance that counters Henrik's initial assessment?

scotsdavy1
2010-Oct-05, 01:25 AM
i am just curious as to why that is all. thought this forum was about things like this.

Grashtel
2010-Oct-05, 05:43 AM
i am just curious as to why that is all. thought this forum was about things like this.
And you got a very plausible and reasonable answer for why its there, what more do you want to know? Short of asking Google or the company they brought the image data from directly there that is about as good as it is likely to get.

scotsdavy1
2010-Oct-05, 12:27 PM
sorry for asking, won't do it again if this is the response here I am sure of that.

Swift
2010-Oct-05, 03:34 PM
Peace everyone. I know people get suspicious of these kinds of questions, because they have often been followed with "well, that just proves the Lizardmen invaded Earth", or something like that, but let's not jump on people till they show cause. And scotsdavy1, HenrikOlsen gave you a possible answer - did that not answer your question?

kamaz
2010-Oct-05, 07:22 PM
If you zoom in: http://maps.google.com/maps?t=h&hl=en&ie=UTF8&ll=69.115611,-42.894402&spn=0.086896,0.308647&z=12

you can see that the map is made of stitched stripes (you can see the stitching lines) and one stripe is simply missing. As to why is it missing -- there is no way you can tell. Most likely though, this is due to a human or machine error. It is conceivable that the stripe was removed because it contains a secret military facility or something like that. That, however, is not very probable: it would be trivial to simply airbrush the image (it's completely white anyway) and nobody would notice, while a black rectangle would only raise suspicion.

grant hutchison
2010-Oct-05, 08:41 PM
Or one might paint the secret military facility white, or bury it under the ice, so it was less likely to be spotted by people flying over the icecap (of whom there are many).

Grant Hutchison

Strange
2010-Oct-05, 08:47 PM
Or you could hide it under a large black strip and paint "stitch marks" on the surrounding ice so people will think it is just a data drop out....

SeanF
2010-Oct-05, 09:03 PM
That, however, is not very probable: it would be trivial to simply airbrush the image (it's completely white anyway) and nobody would notice, while a black rectangle would only raise suspicion.
Okay, so, wait - a black rectangle would only raise suspicion, therefore a blank rectangle is not suspicious? :)

grant hutchison
2010-Oct-05, 09:15 PM
Okay, so, wait - a black rectangle would only raise suspicion, therefore a blank rectangle is not suspicious? :)I think it's the white blankness of the surrounding terrain that renders a white blank inherently less suspect than a black blank. :)

Grant Hutchison

DonM435
2010-Oct-06, 02:02 AM
Thank goodness it isn't 1:4:9 in proportions.

Gemini
2010-Oct-06, 03:07 AM
It's Noah's ark! :P XD

vonmazur
2010-Oct-06, 04:49 AM
Is 19.5 degress somewhere in there?? Call RCH and let him know...

Dale

pzkpfw
2010-Oct-06, 05:36 AM
Since few people noticed post #9 by swift, this thread is closed. If you come back scotsdavy1, and post #3 didn't cover what you need, report this post to re-open this.