5 Restricted Areas in Google Maps

Google maps is one of the coolest and easiest ways to site see without leaving your home. You can literally look up the Statue of Libery, zoom in and viola! You’re there! But not every location is visible on the site; some of the images are blurred or distorted for security reasons.

The Michael Aaf Building, Utah – The Dugway Proving Ground in Dugway, Utah is a region occupied by the U.S. Army where the military can test biological and chemical weapon systems. The Michael Aaf building is whited out, most likely for security reasons.

Vlissingen, The Netherlands – Oil tanks and several army bases and air force bases have been blurred in The Netherlands. Properties owned by the Dutch royal family are blurred and pixelized as well for security purposes.

Babylon, Iraq – This city looks more like endless farmland, than a bustling city.

Cornell University Combined Heat and Power Plant, New York – This power plant, located in Ithaca, NY and recently opened in 2010, is blurred on Google Maps. The high-tech, eco-friendly facility generates electricity from natural gas as a part of the university’s effort to lower its carbon dioxide emissions.

Mysterious Russian Site – Although I am not entirely sure why this spot has been blurred out, it is located in the Siberian tundra. The closest city is Egvekinot, Russia, which actually is a neighbor to Alaska across the Bering Strait.

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