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What in the world have the Algerians found, and are digging up? UFO? Meteor?

 
Shelgeyr

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10/31/2012 11:10 PM

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What in the world have the Algerians found, and are digging up? UFO? Meteor?
Seems like an awful lot of trouble for just a big rock, sitting WAY out in the middle of nowhere...

Take a look - here's a Google Map link:
[link to maps.google.com]

For what it's worth, that thing is quite near a Neolithic tomb, located here:
[link to maps.google.com]

I'm aware there has been some speculation on another site: [link to www.nukingpolitics.com]

It sounds like they're purposefully fictionalizing the story, although it's anyone's guess as to why...
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10/31/2012 11:18 PM
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Re: What in the world have the Algerians found, and are digging up? UFO? Meteor?
Not what they're digging up.. but what are they looking for.

Common archeology sites.
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10/31/2012 11:21 PM
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Re: What in the world have the Algerians found, and are digging up? UFO? Meteor?
It looks a lot like that "Millennium Falcon" thing they found at the bottom of the Black Sea! What's the scale here? Can you tell which is larger?
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10/31/2012 11:36 PM

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Re: What in the world have the Algerians found, and are digging up? UFO? Meteor?
Good thought! The 'Millennium Falcon'-ish formation in the Black Sea is about 197 feet in diameter (I just looked that up). Curiously enough, according to the Wookieepedia ( [link to starwars.wikia.com] that's about twice the size of the actual ship.

But Google Maps shows this thing to be half the size as the Black Sea anomaly, and almost exactly the same 25.61 meters (84 feet) width as the 'Falcon'.

But it doesn't look exactly like the 'Falcon', at least not from space, and from whenever this picture was taken...

BUT... (Hmmmm...) A lot of the original Star Wars was shot in Tunisia, and the landscape here is arguably quite Tatooine-ish... Perhaps we're seeing the beginning work on the recently-announced Star Wars 7 sets?

I wish I knew...
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10/31/2012 11:55 PM
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Re: What in the world have the Algerians found, and are digging up? UFO? Meteor?
If it was a common archaeological dig site, wouldn't you see similar ones elsewhere? And from the tracks it looks like they're using bulldozers (something that was mocked BTW in "Raiders of the Lost Ark").

And what the heck did they mean by (they) "smoked scorpion tails and drank frogs"?
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11/01/2012 12:38 AM

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Re: What in the world have the Algerians found, and are digging up? UFO? Meteor?
The "smoking scorpion tails" phrase is obviously a drug reference, and I got a zillion hits when I just Googled it, although I can't tell from the narrative if they were doing it as a ritual, or a "just 'cause we're visiting" sort of thing.

The "drank (from) frogs" bit - I believe - harkens back to an old adage about crossing the Sahara, which is essentially "carry all the water you can, and don't drink a drop of it until you can't find any frogs", because if you squeeze a frog you can apparently get a lot of moisture out of them, although I don't know if that means "through their skin" or if it simply refers to urine. Personally, I've never drank from a frog before, and I'm in no hurry to try. But there ARE frogs in the Sahara, or at least parts of it.

Makes me wonder two things...
1) Would one really drink from frogs in a camp or village setting (I thought it was strictly a "deep desert" sort of thing), and
2) Would you do so while you were on some sort of secret mission? I'd think that would be counter-productive in the extreme...
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11/01/2012 02:11 AM
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Re: What in the world have the Algerians found, and are digging up? UFO? Meteor?
I hope it's the "Heart of Ashurbannipal", located at long last. But you're probably right: UFO crash site.
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11/01/2012 07:55 AM
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Shelgeyr (OP)

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Re: What in the world have the Algerians found, and are digging up? UFO? Meteor?
I hope it's the "Heart of Ashurbannipal", located at long last. But you're probably right: UFO crash site.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 1862659


Uh, I think you're way off base with that "Heart of Ashurbanipal" speculation. If you're talking about The Library, that would have been way over in Iraq, in Nineveh. And it wasn't situated underground.

If, as I assume, you're talking about the mythical lost ruby said to be the size of a man's fist, it was lost in Syria (if it ever existed at all) by Ashurbanipal's descendents. "Syria" comes from "The Sons of Ashur" after all, and the general consensus is that the "Ashur" referred to was one of the Ashurbanipals.

Neither of the famous Ashurbanipal rulers (I or II) ever did anything anywhere this far west or south of their domain. I honestly think the legend has just been misplaced to the Sahara from the Middle East where it actually originated (that is, once again, if it happened at all).

Nice wild guess, though. I still think it is probably a meteor. Far too small to be an oil-patch drilling site, unless the picture was snapped just when they were getting started.
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Re: What in the world have the Algerians found, and are digging up? UFO? Meteor?
Yoda's head?

And I meant the ruby. Just Syria, huh? News to me.
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11/04/2012 10:12 AM

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11/06/2012 06:24 AM
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Re: What in the world have the Algerians found, and are digging up? UFO? Meteor?
I bet it's an old-style lever-pull voting booth. I sure miss those.
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11/06/2012 03:58 PM
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Re: What in the world have the Algerians found, and are digging up? UFO? Meteor?
Who else has HD non-military updated photos of this area? Can anyone provide a non-Google Maps link?
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11/07/2012 08:57 PM
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Re: What in the world have the Algerians found, and are digging up? UFO? Meteor?
Probably an election stealing device.

But seriously children, can't someone go digging in the desert without everyone and their dog assuming it's a UFO?

I engage in my fair share of random speculation, but seriously...
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11/11/2012 09:05 PM
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11/13/2012 01:56 AM

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01/02/2013 12:46 PM
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Re: What in the world have the Algerians found, and are digging up? UFO? Meteor?
Any update on this? What did they find? And seriously... smoking scorpion tails?
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01/02/2013 01:11 PM
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Re: What in the world have the Algerians found, and are digging up? UFO? Meteor?
wtf !! here is another one
[link to maps.google.com]
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01/02/2013 01:14 PM
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Re: What in the world have the Algerians found, and are digging up? UFO? Meteor?
sorry here is the link , i dont know how to post google map link ??
[link to maps.google.com]

wtf
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01/03/2013 11:19 AM
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Re: What in the world have the Algerians found, and are digging up? UFO? Meteor?
Those coordinates are for one of those neolithic tombs the article mentions. Cool!
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01/03/2013 11:42 AM
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Re: What in the world have the Algerians found, and are digging up? UFO? Meteor?
Open the whole country up for fun...
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Re: What in the world have the Algerians found, and are digging up? UFO? Meteor?
That's some brutal landscape the've got nearby. Turn on the Panoramio pictures in Google Maps/Earth to see.
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Re: What in the world have the Algerians found, and are digging up? UFO? Meteor?
There is a runway and some buildings about 1500 meters or so due north of that dig. If you look in the area just south of the buildings and east of the landing strip taxi way, you will see what appears to be a logo "DJINET" or something. Might be the signature of the photoshop artist. Just sayin.
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Re: What in the world have the Algerians found, and are digging up? UFO? Meteor?
There is a runway and some buildings about 1500 meters or so due north of that dig. If you look in the area just south of the buildings and east of the landing strip taxi way, you will see what appears to be a logo "DJINET" or something. Might be the signature of the photoshop artist. Just sayin.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 2362947


There seem to be neolithic tombs all in all directions from there. Small sample:

South:
[link to maps.google.com (secure)]

[link to maps.google.com (secure)]


North:
[link to maps.google.com (secure)]

[link to maps.google.com (secure)]


Northwest:
[link to maps.google.com (secure)]
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Re: What in the world have the Algerians found, and are digging up? UFO? Meteor?
Open pit mine
Kimberlite is exposed in the midle

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01/13/2013 09:09 PM

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Open pit mine
Kimberlite is exposed in the midle
 Quoting: biscuits and gravy


Seems a bit small for a diamond mine, but I guess they all start small when first dug. However I'm fairly sure - not certain mind you, just fairly sure - that this isn't kimberlite pipe territory.

If you know otherwise, please let me know!
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01/18/2013 12:48 PM

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Re: What in the world have the Algerians found, and are digging up? UFO? Meteor?
Here's what might prove to be a helpful map...

[link to pubs.usgs.gov]


It is of all of Africa, but you can zoom on to Algeria specifically.

It doesn't show this particular dig site however, but it does shoe the formation in which the site is located.

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