Google Maps users convinced they’ve found secret rocket hidden deep in desert

After spotting the odd-looking site deep in the Taklamakan desert people think they’ve uncovered a hidden Chinese rocket, although others believe there’s a much simpler explanation

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People are convinced they’ve discovered a secret rocket hidden deep within a desert on Google Maps.

The unusual spot, which was shared on the Reddit page r/GoogleMap, shows an odd-looking structure which somewhat resembles a rocket in the Taklamakan desert in China.

The site is in Qiemo County, Xinjiang, and after following the coordinates, it shows that there are a number of other similar sites which are located next to industrial buildings near the centre of Taklamakan desert, according to Daily Star.

It’s the world’s second largest shifting sand desert which spans 337,000sq km (130,000sq mi) and has dunes which reach as high as 18m (60ft).







People are convinced they’ve discovered a secret site hidden deep within a desert
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One Reddit user uploaded the image of the site with the coordinates before asking the online forum if the structure was a rocket.

Replying, another user then shared an article from China Power regarding China’s missile forces.

The article suggests that in the desert, there is at least one Rocket Force brigade.

It states that: “China’s land-based conventional missile capabilities have developed significantly over the last several years.”

Another extract from the article reads: “The PLA Rocket Force, which maintains and operates China’s land-based conventional and nuclear missiles, has fielded multiple new missile systems over the last several years.”







There appears to be a rocket in the Taklamakan desert in China
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Although it seems that not everyone is as convinced by the bizarre structure with some coming up with a much simpler explanation.

One said: “Most of the smaller towers look like oil/gas, there are dozens all around not just those few.”

Someone else simple commented: “Oil area.”

A third person then asked: “There’s a tonne of these things in the area. Maybe oil or gas wells?”

Another person identified the site as an “oil processing plant with deflagrated gas” near the town of Tazhong.

Petro China’s Tarim Oil Field Company was the first to discover there was oil and water in the middle of the Taklamakan desert, according to CGTN.

It launched various different energy projects and now have over 300 workers who live in a “largely manmade oasis”.

“The fields are equipped with facilities like a gym, stadium and karaoke house to help workers overcome the desolation,” they wrote.

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