Deserts are fun to peruse, because unusual things are easy to see. I stumbled upon a military-green tank in the California desert, in the foothills of the Cosos Range. Note the big green bulldozer to the east in the larger circle. There are assorted other objects, rusted metal storage buildings (?) and a truck. There are two revetment structures in the area. It does not look like this site has been used for a long time. Directly south is another site with scattered equipment and a lot of shipping containers bent in half by, perhaps, heavy artillery. The Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake is located 30 miles SSE.
The USGS was very helpful in my search for a name for this place. They provided a handy document called "Map showing areas of visible land disturbances caused by two military training operations in the Mojave Desert, California," (shown in a dark rectangle), published in 1986. The point was to show the long-lasting affects of traffic to the fragile desert landscape. This location wasn't included in the rectangle marked by the USGS, perhaps it wasn't even used by the Navy at the time. The Navy and other training areas are shown in light shading. (Regarding the use of "Warfare" vs. "Weapons": The second name is used now and there is a Google link using "Warfare," but it leads to the Naval Air Weapons Station. The USGS map used Warfare in 1986.)
Obviously, I missed a lot of stuff as I "flew" directly to the China Lake base. Yes, that plane is dead, isn't it? In that same area, why would there be dozens of little boats lined up in rows? I found a large cache of old tanks (look smaller than the one I found) a few miles west, near a square cleared in the desert. There is just an amazing volume of equipment and junk scattered everywhere around.
Here is an odd thing, maybe you already saw it but it makes no sense to me....
Targets for shooting all around. And the water basin is certainly intended for floating targets (boats). This whole huge area is not only intendet for shooting training , rather for testing new weapon systems.
KitsuneFox: syzygy - posts I have made here do not receive much attention. I may do a detailed writeup of the now lost Edgemont Park in PA, one of the first electrified trolley parks in the world, but still debating. I'm missing 1 key bit of information.
Aug 17, 2021 10:38:20 GMT
syzygy: BRUTAL! Cars as if were matchboxes in a model town... Brilliant infos you share here in shoutbox - why not you post these?
Aug 16, 2021 17:36:00 GMT
KitsuneFox: In the early morning, before sunrise, of Augusts 11th, 12th, and 13th is reported to be the best viewing time for the Perseids meteor shower.
Aug 10, 2021 10:32:11 GMT
KitsuneFox: Davidson Seamount is the tallest known fully underwater mountain in the world, measuring 7,480 feet base to peak.
Aug 5, 2021 0:02:27 GMT
syzygy: ...and about other hills and humps... stone cold wisdom! ( :
Jul 28, 2021 14:13:17 GMT
KitsuneFox: Mount Wycheproof in Australia is the shortest recognized mountain on the world. It stands at 141 feet base to peak. A mineral named 'Wycheproofite' is mined near the location, and is the only known place it's found.
Jul 28, 2021 10:13:47 GMT
syzygy: Cool! Great extra info series about "all stars" highest mountains on Earth!
Jul 22, 2021 6:25:22 GMT
KitsuneFox: Mount Chimborazo in Ecuador is the highest mountain on Earth, as measured from the center of the planet. The peak is over 6,800 feet further away than Mount Everest, and is the closest land on earth to outer space.
Jul 22, 2021 0:13:35 GMT
SpiderX22: Big news in the Aircraft in Flight database (in Transportation) -> HUGE changes. Thanks RaveyThirteen for your post -> will be changing ownership of the collection (hopefully for me lol) -> look forward to this!
Jul 20, 2021 21:02:26 GMT