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The locations that Google Earth doesn't want you to see

Cartography has been through a lot of changes in the last few decades. Big changes. Redrawing the boundaries, if you will.

Plodding along with varying levels of accuracy for a few centuries, using a combination of massive rulers, squinting and coloured pencils, mappers had their world blown wide open with the arrival of satellites, GPS and the internet.

But as groups such as Google started building the biggest, most accurate maps in human history, some problems emerged: not every nation in the world is happy with having their back gardens plastered all over the web.

A favourite of conspiracy theorists and dank, dark forums of the internet - you'll often see stories crop up of areas Google didn't want you looking at, but have since been updated with new images. The following strange locations are still obscured by Google Earth - and we're not really sure why.

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