Where There Are No Google Maps

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Fri, Nov 7th, 2014 12:00 by capnasty NEWS

Meg Van Huygen of Atlas Obscura investigates the quirky censorship found on Google maps on his well-researched article. Reportedly, censorship ranges from single houses all the way to an entire archipelago, all for a variety of bizarre, mysterious or purely governmental reasons. Above, the Severnaya Zemlya islands, a censored piece of forgotten Russian land.

The islands are named after elements of the Russian Revolution — Bolshevik Island, Komsomolets Island, and so on — although that may or may not be connected to their obscurity. No one lives on Severnaya Zemlya, and the jury seems out on why the land is censored. But censored it is, in possibly one of the most severe and obviously intentional cases on Google Earth. Even if the northernmost island didn't look like it had been drawn freehand in MSPaint, that giant gray bar would definitely seem to be hiding something.

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