With technology on a skyrocket to extinguishing any sort of privacy in our lives, it appears there are hidden away places that to you and us are simple blocks of pixellated colour, there are no hills, lakes, or forests.
There are, unsurprisingly, regions of the planet that officials do not wish to be viewed by any old eye on the web. In many cases Google isn’t actually obliged to censor the locations, especially if they’re from publicly available source material, however in some very rare cases the tech giant will intervene and lay down the pixellated map of secrecy.
Reasons for certain landmarks being hidden by Google are obvious to see (subject to terrorist attack etc), but some are just unintelligible, and downright perplexing. Some conspicuously hidden places have been physically visited by Internet users, only to report back there was absolutely nothing to see there. What on Earth are they hiding?
Here are the most unbelievable secret places Google Earth doesn’t want you to see.
Baker Lake, NU, the Inuit nation in northern Canada
A man indentified as “Dr. Boylan” believes that the blacked out area seen above and those found in several other locations are blocking the locations of extraterrestrial beacons.
Szazhalombatta Oil Refinery, Hungary
One of the strangest acts of alleged “censorship” is this Hungarian oil facility, which is simply rendered green. That’s right — the grounds are deleted, the buildings are missing, and what you have left is flat grass.
Keowee Dam, South Carolina
A man-made reservoir on Lake Keowee has been given the Google blur: and a strong one at that. Why would they want to hide a reservoir? Could be the fact that the dam helps run the Oconee Nuclear Station. Whatever the potential risk at bay, someone doesn’t want us to see it; simple as that.
Tantauco National Park in Chile
Why is this refuge for Endangered Species completely washed over on Google? Mashable, which seems to have discovered the strange censorship, doesn’t have a clue.
Volkel Air Base, The Netherlands
It’s pretty ridiculous how blatantly blurred this one is, but then again, WikiLeaks did publish a diplomatic cable that confirmed the presence of nuclear warheads at this base.
Pacific Northwest, USA
Here’s one that gives us chills. What exactly are we not seeing here? The site is close to the Washington-Oregon border and is rumored to have something to do with FEMA, HAARP or, really, anything at all. Prison Planet readers inspected the site in person and could find no identifying details other than an ominous fence and unmarked entrance.
Mysterious Russian Site
Another one that is so mysterious, no one has a clue what it is. One commenter on the website Siberian Light speculates it’s either “a radar station or missile interceptor,” while another notes that the image of the surrounding area appears to have been copy-pasted from another part of the country.
Huis Ten Bosch Palace, Netherlands
You wouldn’t think the Dutch Royal Family would be a prime target for madmen, but the Huis Ten Bosch Palace remains heavily pixilated on Google Maps no matter the angle. (The surrounding area and trees therein, on the other hand, come in crystal clear at close range.)
Here’s the strangest of them all: Col. Sanders, the face of Kentucky Fried Chicken, appears in exactly zero Google Street View images. That’s because, as a Google spokesperson notes, Sanders was a real person and everyone is supposed to be blurred on Google sites…
While the surrounding area (including its surprisingly rich farmland) is visible, the city of Babylon, Iraq itself is all blurry. You can bet it has something to do with the insurgents there…
Private house of Gazprom CEO Alexey Miller
What? Some rich guy’s personal paradise is blurred on Google? According to Wikipedia, what you’re seeing here is “a private palace of the Gazprom CEO Alexey Miller.” Why is he given preference over the rest of us? Perhaps we just aren’t powerful enough to convince Google to blur our own homes.