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Santa Barbara Channel Map
updated: Jan 12, 2014, 1:40 PM

By Edhat Subscriber

When looking at the channel on Google Maps/Earth I always wonder if there is some secret thing on the ocean floor. Can anyone tell me what the two blacked out areas and the round thing are?

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 COMMENT 484705 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-01-12 01:48 PM

The oil rigs. Because terrorists can't read nautical charts.


 COMMENT 484706 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-01-12 01:58 PM

They're not blacked out. Zoom in on them - they're the actual aerial photos, whereas the majority of the ocean is faux water to cut down on unnecessary bandwidth (why store or distribute high resolution data of open ocean?).


 COMMENT 484708 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-01-12 02:01 PM

They aren't blacked out. These are detail areas taken at a different time with different lighting and sea-state. If you zoom in you'll see the oil rigs. Some parts of the coast show similar lighting.


 COMMENT 484709 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-01-12 02:04 PM

There are actually four areas that are not blacked out, but rather show real satellite images of the oil platforms in those areas. The rest of the generic blue areas surrounding them show the contours of the ocean floor. There are nine platforms shown and four of them are labeled on Google Earth (Holly, Hillhouse, Henry, and Texaco Platform Habitat).


 HOLAZOLA agree helpful negative off topic

2014-01-12 02:04 PM

I don't see what you are seeing, but the Channel is a big place. OP- Could you right click on the area and select "What's Here?" then post the coordinates that show in the search box? I'm sure you will get more "sensical" answers.

For example: Platform Holly is 34.389988,-119.906159


 MTNDRIVER agree helpful negative off topic

2014-01-12 02:09 PM

Yeah, what they said. Zoom in!


 COMMENT 484728 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-01-12 03:03 PM

The hidden alien spaceport, duh!


 COMMENT 484733 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-01-12 03:52 PM

I like Google Maps. The house I grew up in, at 4718 East Exeter Blvd., Phoenix, AZ is visible down to the bbq my dad built. And the palm tree in the upper right corner that I planted in 1969. Unfortunately the entire property was bulldozed last year and a McMansion is being built in it's place.

But I still love the clear desert air in the Google Maps photos.


 COMMENT 484735 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-01-12 04:11 PM

3 People explained it and it makes perfect sense. Learn something new here all the time. I zoomed in on them for the first time and it's really cool.


 COMMENT 484760 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-01-12 06:23 PM

If you read Tom Clancy novels, you probably want a juicy story of some sort of secret underwater government installation and an autonomous sub-surface drone program. Unfortunately, all we can provide are oil platforms in the otherwise mundane oil industry.


 BULLSEYEB agree helpful negative off topic

2014-01-12 07:19 PM

760, sounds like you have a novel waiting to be written there. Go for it!


 COMMENT 484768 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-01-12 07:47 PM

Bullseyeb, more than likely Steven Spielberg would make a movie about my hood. He went to my high school.


 COMMENT 484775 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-01-12 08:06 PM

Dan: Mine too. What year did you graduate? SS was only there during my senior year, and hardly anyone remembers him, he was such a nerd. That was a looong time ago.


 FLICKA agree helpful negative off topic

2014-01-13 07:50 AM

ARTEMISIA, Goes to show, "Nerds" rule! Wonder what the ultra-popular kids, cheerleaders and football jocks, are doing now.


 COMMENT 484840P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-01-13 09:01 AM

Those aren't all oil rigs. Haven't you seen the movie Face Off? One of them is Erehwon, a secret supermax prison!


 COMMENT 485163 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-01-14 10:33 AM

Is the warden of Erehwon named Ydobon?

In 7th grade we read a story about the leader of a mythical country named Notgnihsaw who threw a piece of wampum across a water body, and none of use figured out where that country was.....


 COMMENT 485317 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-01-14 04:12 PM

I don't know about oil rigs, but you can see the Copper Baroness offshore Point Sal. It sunk nose-first, and it's still down there nose first. Check out the submarine topology around Japan, too. The ability to see the ocean floor on Google Earth is incredible.


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