Google Earth: Mysterious structure spotted in Chinese desert – but what it is hiding?

Google Earth was created in 2001, creating a 3D image of the world for online users to explore.

It has evolved ever since and has captured some of the most baffling sights across the globe.

Whilst Google Maps often takes pictures of innocent pedestrians in awkward positions, Google Earth has shown natural images that often have no explanation.

A mysterious spiked structure in a desert in China has been revealed by the website.

But what is the secret behind the unusual building in the depths of the Xiangshawan desert?

Also known as the Whistly Dune Bay, it is in the remote dunes of Inner Mongolia that the building is found.

Whilst appearing to be out of this world, it isn’t anything to do with aliens or extra-terrestrial life forms.

It is a hotel resort called the Desert Lotus Hotel, which is hidden by the sand dunes in the desert.

According to The Atlantic, it is popular with Chinese tourists as it lies 350 miles west of Beijing.

The bizarre structure is created by attaching the roof panels to metal skeleton poles rather than the concrete building, creating the floating illusion.

The resort boasts a number of activities such as camel rides and desert surfing.

Getty photographer Feng Li captured some of the images of the resort in 2013, with no other images recently to have been revealed.

It is also home to a natural phenomenon that many of the guests partake in.

By running down the dunes, something called the “singing sands” can occur.

The natural phenomenon creates a booming sound which has yet to be explained.

Another confusing sight spotted on Google Earth was a large hole in Russia.

Called the Mir Mine, it has been claimed to have the power to suck in helicopters due to the strong downward winds.

Whilst this is unfounded, it is home to one of the biggest diamond mines which has produced over £10 billion of diamonds today after being created in 1957.

The collapse of the USSR meant that it closed in 2004.

Whilst it is still used to mine underground, the open air mine remains unused.

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