Google Maps Street View has captured an image that looks like something out of a nightmare. It has photographed a road in New Mexico, USA that appears nothing like a normal road. More like Edvard Munch’s The Scream painting than a real location, Highway 285, near Albuquerque, is an array of blurred colours. Google Maps shows the road to be a green-grey colour while all around it is a mass of purple and pinks.
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What’s more, the road appears to lead absolutely nowhere making it look even more supernatural.
New Mexico is particularly famous for being home to Roswell, known for UFO sightings and the paranormal.
However, there is likely a more rational explanation for the bizarre distorted image.
Realistically it is probably a glitch, which often happens on Google Maps. The cameras can sometimes make a mistake when splicing the images together and create some tricky optical illusions.
This particular one is much harder to explain, but it may have simply rendered the images around it incorrectly.
It is far from the first time entire streets have been morphed into other-wordly sights.
Cherry Dale Road in Chester is a quiet road home to a number of quaint houses and gardens with a few pedestrians out on the street.
Yet when moving through the area, the whole world changes and it becomes a multicoloured world of geometric shapes.
Another example is a road in Santa Catarina in Brazil. When attempting to explore it on Google Maps, it hides a weird secret.
Travelling down the road, the entire map suddenly goes black, plunging the user into the dark.
It continues down for quite some way of the road, also showing some mysterious green markings.
Sometimes the glitch only happens to part of the Street View image, as with a street believed to be in Europe.
While the row of houses may seem ordinary enough, a strange phenomenon appears to be occurring on the pavement and on the walls.
A bizarre purple substance seems to be staining the stone. It creeps up the exterior of the houses as though invading the properties.
In some places, it morphs into a sickly yellow colour and is rather like something out of a horror film.
The unusual staining seems to mainly avoid the doors and windows, but it’s unclear why this is.