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What do you think this is?

Asked by flutherother (34425points) August 23rd, 2013

What is this very large blue structure in the deserts of Western China? You can see it on Google Earth at:
40 26 11 88 N
90 47 33 44 E

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ragingloli's avatar

According to my research, it is probably the Lop Nur potassium sulphate plant.

There are several photos of the area here:
https://www.google.com/maps/preview#!q=%E7%BD%97%E5%B8%83%E6%B3%8A&data=!1m4!1m3!1d99096!2d90.787239!3d40.48456!2m1!1e3!4m10!1m9!4m8!1m3!1d4332895!2d90.726757!3d40.4293212!3m2!1i1366!2i535!4f13.1&fid=7

After translating the labels of these photos, the Google God led me to this article:
http://www.newshome.us/news-4733233-SDIC-Luo-K:-the-introduction-of-NOSA-build-a-strong-security-system.html

A further visit to Wikipedia also refers to this installation as a potassium chloride factory:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lop_Nur

The “pools” themselves are solar evaporation ponds, similar to what they use to manufacture table salt.

Claralily's avatar

According to my research, it is probably the Lop Nur potassium sulphate plant.

flutherother's avatar

Thanks @ragingloli The place is huge and in the middle of nowhere. I couldn’t figure out what it could possibly but that makes sense, thanks.

DWW25921's avatar

According to the people above me… Problem solved! Impressive show of nerdtastic researching there @ragingloli Anyway, I have nothing more to add, but that’s all kinds of interesting. :)

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