Is it pixilation?
Is it nanotechnology?
Is it Los Angeles in smog?
My longtime friend, artist Francis Sporer, emailed this to me just moments ago. What it actually is, is surprising.
He sent me this link to google maps
and he said: “Go here, enlarge, reduce, etc. This is amazing. What you are looking at is Laguna de Paca, Peru. Into a lake and surrounding countryside. Look at what's under the lake surface by zooming in and out. Investigate other Peruvian or S. American lakes if you want. There are others that show this incredible evidence of ancient human habitation ... I don't have any idea the age of this site/city!”
I went to the link, zoomed in, and wanted to get a clearer look, so I bumped up the contrast in Photoshop, and rotated it about 4 degrees clockwise, which resulted in the image you see above.
I emailed Francis back to ask who sent this to him, and he told me that he had just found it, moments before, while googling around Peru. Wow, I’m glad I’m on his short list!
He said that, Janis, a friend he is visiting, had just told him that her friend, Kathy, scans GoogleEarth and found a bunch of these. So Frances started doing some armchair archaeology, and told me, "most I’ve looked ‘into’ are black or have natural features, not manmade. I found this one ‘accidentally’ on my own while talking with her here.”
As Alice noted, “Curiouser and curiouser.”
UPDATE TO ARTICLE: (ON AUGUST 22, from Janis):