It is almost eight years ago now that I was surfing around on google maps and found this odd blurred spot in far north eastern Russia. Attempts to
research why the images of this particular area which I would soon learn was called “Chukotka” all wound up in dead ends.
The place in question is located at: 66.266304,179.214478 on Google Maps.
In fact, it was during some of my initial research that I first discovered the ATS forum (it would only take me 7 more years to join). At the time
there had already been a thread posted here on ATS about it…so I guess I wasn’t the only one curious about the mysterious place.
Over the years I’ve had more than a casual interest in any developments that might materialize about this area. I believe I’ve located virtually
every website on the Internet that has any information about this area. Now, I know that sounds like a pretty tall tale, ‘every website on the
Internet’, but I’m actually being serious. Oh sure, I’m sure I’ve missed some, but I’ve been to google forums, birding websites, travel
websites, photo, military, oil exploration, mining, and even to Russian websites where I’ve had to translate (as best I can) researching the area.
I can pretty safely say there is more information about the remotest places of Antarctica than there is about Chukotka. And, interestingly, most of
the information about Chukotka that can be found is about one of three subjects…birds, a guy named Roman Abramovich or people researching the
One can find plenty of information about areas just north, and just south, of this area, but this particular location is like a black hole of
nothingness. As it turns out, there have been people looking into the mysterious blurred spot going back even further than 2008 (I’ve found some
early references to it in 2004 and earlier). The areas just north and south of this area were hotbeds of activity during the Cold War, but not this
My research has not been limited to just the Internet either. Working in aviation, airports and electronics we have some excellent access to
satellite imagery and other resources. There too…I’ve found little to nothing.
Here are some topographic images of the area in question
From the maps you can see the area is very remote indeed. Travel there would clearly be a challenge, if you could even get there to begin with.
There are no roads, no infrastructure at all and rivers, bogs and tundra everywhere. However, as remote as the area looks there are areas of
development. Just south of this area is one of the largest diamond mines on Earth (at one point it was the World’s largest), and just north and
west of this area is a monstrous silver mining operation.
Now, I’ve read the many explanations about why this place in Chukotka is the anomaly that it is. Dropped satellite pixels and mismatched image
overlap seem to be the most plausible theories…but on every available satellite known to man (American, Russian, Chinese, Japanese and even
Israeli)? Really? How would this be possible? I’m sorry, I just cannot accept these as the reason. On some satellite images the location has
been obviously altered, cloned or just shows nothing at all. There has been speculation about secret military installations, aliens and all manner of
other bizarre things taking place under the blur, but no concrete explanation. Seems to me, whatever it is must have to do with money if it can
affect so many imaging platforms.
I had hoped that as time passed since my first looking into the subject that developments would come along, that maybe the area would be re-imaged by
satellites like most other areas, or that hopefully someone might come forward with a first-hand account, but no significant developments have come to
It is truly an enigma.
edit on 2/13/2013 by Flyingclaydisk because: link problem