posted on Aug, 26 2012 @ 03:16 PM
I had discovered this "black hole" and posted it to the blacktriangles yahoogroup on 4/22/2012. I'm not sure why I didn't post it to ATS, but I
often post the same data on several forums.
But I reported 8/30/2010 for the imagery date. The date on the history window doesn't seem to match the date at the bottom of the page. I think the
date shown changes with the size of the area that you are viewing.
I am certain there was never imagery uploaded on the date indicated because I routinely check for updates to the TTR, which is where I first noticed
this crop up. Technically, I check for updates and "down-dates" since Google Earth is known to upload old imagery completely out of the blue. Also
they sometimes screw up and the new data is shown when you look for history.
The USDA sells imagery, something I hadn't realized at the time. I'd have to research it all again, but to my recollection the resolution isn't
very good. Or at least they don't sell the general public the good stuff. As you know, the suckers er I mean readers at Dreamlandresort buy Groom
Lake imagery every other year. It shows up on google earth a few months later after they spend the money. Not that I want to discourage anyone from
contributing to the fund.
When that new water tower showed up on my last panorama, sure enough the foundation work was there on the last Google Earth. Sadly, nobody has got off
their arses and done a panorama this year. I brought the gear when I went to watch Red Flag 2012-4, but the winds kicked up and put an amazing amount
of dust in the air. It was so bad I didn't even bother to do a panorama at the TTR, which involves virtually no hiking. The last time I went to do a
panorama at the TTR, a pack of wild horses decided to occupy Brainwash Butte. I'm game for adventure, but not that much adventure.
If only there was a "researcher" that lived around the range like Chuck Clark. Back in the Freedom Ridge days, you could get decent imagery with
just a telephoto lens and a barlow.
From reading the Keyhole forum (Keyhole was the company that Google bought to create Google Earth), Google determines when to order imagery based on
crowd sourcing where people look. So the more people looking around the NTTR, the more often it will in theory get updated. Groom Lake is an obvious
place that gets viewed often. Not so much for the TTR or the rest of the range. One issue with the TTR is it is possible to identify the foreign radar
at Site 4 (Have Glib). The same goes for Tolicha Peak ECR. So maybe the USAF asks Google to delay updates. Remember, Google is a very compromised
company when it comes to dealing with the US government since Google has government contracts. That is why it is important that people go out there
and photograph these sites so that we can be sure there is no censorship.