This is almost hieroglyphic looking. I’ve looked at this for several days, and have no idea what it might be. All that I am able to ascertain is that it is a clearing, and long piles of what appears to be beach sand (it is in Florida near the ocean) are arranged in a pattern.
Some kind of school for creative bulldozing?
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Here’s the details: SOLVED – see solution below
You can find it here at this lat/lon 30.367654, -86.066723 link in Google maps here
It is about 3 miles east of point Washington, FL and just off Choctawatchee Bay. It is about a mile north of the ICCW (Intra Coastal Water Way) and may be part of the Washington National Forest.
Based on GE timeline, it appears to have been made sometime between 6-28-2003 and 11-14-2003 when it first became visible in GE.
Readers, any ideas?
SOLVED! Verity Jones writes in comments:
Mystery solved. It is part of the Point Washington wastewater treatment facility; you can see the main plant over the river at 30°21’18.88″N, 86° 6’40.24″W if you zoom out.
From Page 6 of the permit here: http://appprod.dep.state.fl.us/nwu/Point_Washington_FLA010252_022_NR_Permit.pdf
“Land Application R-004: An existing 1.1 MGD annual average daily flow permitted capacity Part IV rapid-rate land application system (RIB-004). RIB-004 is a reuse system which consists of two (2) rapid infiltration basins (454,500 square feet, each) on 20.9 total acres with an application rate of 1.94 inches/day at Bunker Road. The rapid infiltration basins are located approximately at <b>latitude 30° 22′ 05″ N, longitude 86°03′ 45″ W.</b>”
When rain causes the volume of wastewater to increase drastically – much more than the wastewater plant can handle, it also becomes very weak and can be pumped to such basins and allowed to filter slowly through the soil which has the effect of cleaning the water.