Google Maps is a great way to map the quickest location to a destination, find your way around on vacation or, every now and then, spot something out of the ordinary. In fact, Google Maps oddities are becoming more common every day thanks to eagle-eyed viewers constantly on the lookout. Online forum Reddit even has a whole section dedicated to the weird and wonderful things people spot on there. While, often, there is usually an explanation for things, every now and then something truly mysterious crops up.
Recently one user was scouring the streets of Beijing when they noticed something odd happening all over the city.
When the camera was pulled back to reveal an ariel view of the entire city, an weird, blue presence appears to be hovering over large sections of the city.
Even when the user zoomed in to Streetview, the blue did not vanish.
Instead, it appears to be a form of “tarp” draped over various areas.
The user quickly took to Reddit to see if anyone knew what was going on.
They wrote: “Large areas around Beijing are covered with what appears to be turquoise tarps. They appear all over, spanning entire suburb-sized swaths of land. They don’t appear to be localised to agricultural land; I’ve found several between roadways, condo buildings, etc.”
Whereas the comments sections are usually bubbling over with theories and answers, this one remained fairly quiet.
One user commented: “Wow, that’s neat!”
However, they offered little in the way of getting to the bottom of the blue.
Another user offered an idea, though they could not be certain if this was the case.
They wrote: “My best guess is they’re there to prevent wind erosion of the soil.
“Some bushes and such are planted through the fabric to help hold it down, and fabric is used rather than tarps because moisture reaching the soil, and airflow to anything trying to grow is essential to help prevent that wind erosion.
“As for the colour, it probably simulates the sky to grass seedlings under it? Once again, pure guesswork.”
A quick Google search could perhaps reveal the facts, however, it certainly is fun to come up with theories and leave this oddity a mystery.
Another user recently noticed what appeared to be a mysterious flying animal in Poland.
Once again, they took a photo and headed to Reddit to see if anyone knew why the rabbit was soaring through the skies.
Unfortunately, the reason was not as magical as one might hope.
Instead, users were quick to hunt around the maps to find clues that revealed the rabbit’s unfortunate fate.