Weird Map Stuff

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  1. Noun Sequitur

    Noun Sequitur My Feet Hurt

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    Crappy day at work folks! Please, for the love of all that is good and holy, someone post something cool, quick!

    I'll start. So with the advent of Google Maps (aka backcountrypost.com maps), I've found tons of cool and weird stuff begging to be explored. So I (we) am (are) going to post some screen grabs for discussion. Then, if anyone has a pic of what the area actually looks like from the ground, please post it so we can solve these mysteries. Ready? My current theme is 'strange arcs and circles'.

    Everyone knows Upheaval Dome:
    upheaval.jpg

    But here's a cool one I never would have noticed from the ground. Note how the Behind-the-rocks area near Moab seams to circle around a mysterious focus point. Alien landing site? Energy portal? Dimensional rift? Or just a boring geological explaination? Who knows? Whatever it is, it's a great excuse to go and investigate!
    behindtherocks.jpg

    Right across the valley near Kens Lake is another mysterious arc:
    Mill Creek.jpg

    Needles is full of them. The Grabens:
    Grabens.jpg

    And another double arc a bit to the East:
    Needles.jpg

    So have you found any wild and crazy stuff on teh map that needs to be investigated?
     
  2. Nick

    Nick Post 'em if you got 'em!

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    The aerial of Antelope Canyon is pretty wild. It's such a huge open wash, then it's just a tiny slot for a short bit, then huge open wash again...

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  3. Noun Sequitur

    Noun Sequitur My Feet Hurt

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    Wow I didn't know that, looks different than all the pictures :) I see the wash goes on for quite a ways and slots up a couple more times after that.
     
  4. Nick

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    According to the latest Google Terrain View, the silt problem in Lake Powell is worse than anyone ever guessed! :lol:

    Screen Shot 2013-08-27 at 4.59.42 PM.png

    I guess there's no need for the ferry anymore...
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  5. slc_dan

    slc_dan Desert Rat-Weekend Warrior

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    I almost made it to this spot on a trip in June, but came up a bit short. It's just begging to be explored. I'm sure people have explored it, but I think it's more popular for guys with ropes. It's just south of the confluence of The Gulch, and the Escalante river.

    here basically.


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  6. regehr

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    I love this post! More weird stuff needed.
     
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    Spencer canyon! I think there's a walking route in.
     
  8. slc_dan

    slc_dan Desert Rat-Weekend Warrior

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    That whole area looks really interesting. I walked around the Redbreaks area with @NateGeesaman, and was really surprised at the amazing topography.
     
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    Yeah this whole area is super fascinating. I haven't spent enough time there. Going to be in the vicinity this coming weekend but the forecast looks poor for slot canyons! Storm-friendly hiking ideas appreciated.
     
  10. slc_dan

    slc_dan Desert Rat-Weekend Warrior

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    The roads would be my biggest concern, but good storms mean great weather watching. The best, and biggest variety of clouds come out for monsoon season. The Redbreaks area would be fine, as long as you hung out on the plateau and not the slots. The slots were really fun though. I thought the Escalvcano-Cosmic Navel-Cosmic Ashtray-thing was cool enough to warrant the hike, but the whole hike was incredible.

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    Red Breaks Henry BeeHive GSENM by slc_dan, on Flickr

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    Red Breaks mesa 3 GSENM by slc_dan, on Flickr
     
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    Dan, the Red Breaks mesa area looks really nice. Yeah, not much we can do about the roads except be ready to wait a while...
     
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  13. Noun Sequitur

    Noun Sequitur My Feet Hurt

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    LOL...I saw the map yesterday and thought the same thing.
     
  14. regehr

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    In Utah we don't have crop circles, we have...
     
  15. Nick

    Nick Post 'em if you got 'em!

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    Howells Outdoors Adventure is my middle name...actually it's Keith.

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  17. Nick

    Nick Post 'em if you got 'em!

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    I measured it's wing span on GE and it says 52'. A Cessna Caravan, which that looks very similar to, has a 52' wing span: http://cessna.txtav.com/en/caravan/cessna-caravan

    Obviously it could be a smaller plane and flying above the ground would throw off the measurement, but even if it was a 30' wing span, that thing is still flying way close to the ground.

    Length matches the Cessna Caravan too. What the hell... Try measuring a football field with the GE measuring tool. It's phenomenally accurate.
     
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  18. Dave

    Dave Broadcaster, formerly "ashergrey"

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    What's the dating on the imagery?

    Edit: Google Maps just says 2015. But it's recent, in any case. The shadows under the wing and elevator tell me it's on the ground.

    Edit 2: Google Earth has a date of 4/6/2015.
     
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  19. Nick

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    Yeah, the shadows make it look like it's down, but how is that possible? You'd think it would be in many pieces if it landed in that terrain.

    Hey @NateGeesaman, go check it out, eh? :)
     
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  20. Dave

    Dave Broadcaster, formerly "ashergrey"

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    It's too bad we can't see an N-number. I just checked the NTSB incident reports database and didn't see anything that matches. Google Earth imagery says it happened between 2013 and last April, if indeed something happened at all.
     
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