These days it feels like everywhere is covered by Google Maps -- from our biggest cities to the surface of Mars.

Not quite.

In fact there are still several areas which are not covered by Google intentionally, after claims by governments to remove images of the sites from the service.

Here are 24 of the areas that Google won't let you see after they were redacted by the authorities:

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  • Baker Lake, NU, the Inuit nation in northern Canada

    A man indentified as “Dr. Boylan” believes that the blacked out area seen above and those found in several other locations are blocking the locations of extraterrestrial beacons.

  • Ramstein Air Force Base, Germany

    This NATO air force hub is a retreat for the Operation Iraqi Freedom forces, and as such could definitely be considered a terrorist target. That could explain why the facility is partially blanked out on Google Maps.

  • Pacific Northwest, USA

    Here’s one that gives us chills. What exactly are we not seeing here? The site is close to the Washington-Oregon border and is rumored to have something to do with FEMA, HAARP or, really, anything at all. Prison Planet readers inspected the site in person and could find no identifying details other than an ominous fence and unmarked entrance.

  • Szazhalombatta Oil Refinery, Hungary

    One of the strangest acts of alleged “censorship” is this Hungarian oil facility, which is simply rendered green. That’s right — the grounds are deleted, the buildings are missing, and what you have left is flat grass.

  • Huis Ten Bosch Palace, Netherlands

    You wouldn’t think the Dutch Royal Family would be a prime target for madmen, but the Huis Ten Bosch Palace remains heavily pixilated on Google Maps no matter the angle. (The surrounding area and trees therein, on the other hand, come in crystal clear at close range.)

  • Unknown area, Russia

    Another one that is so mysterious, no one has a clue what it is. One commenter on the website Siberian Light speculates it’s either “a radar station or missile interceptor,” while another notes that the image of the surrounding area appears to have been copy-pasted from another part of the country.

  • Mobil Oil Corporation, Buffalo, NY, USA

    Some have criticized Mobil of Buffalo, NY for blurring their facilities, saying the oil corporation doesn’t have much of a case for being a terrorist target (terrorists hate snow, you know.) On the other hand, we can’t be sure what their reasoning is.

  • North Korea

    You’ve no doubt heard about this country, one of the members of the supposed “Axis of Evil,” but few have ever visited. You won’t see it on Google Maps, either, as the entire country exists in images but without highway markers, street names, or any other identifying details.

  • Reims Airbase, France

    Why is the Reims Airbase in France blocked out? Perhaps it emits a particularly foul body odor. (Just kidding, we love the French.)

  • Indian Point Power Plant, New York, USA

    Everyone from Democratic Governor Mario Cuomo to former Republican Congresswoman Sue Kelly has called for the Indian Point Power Plant to be shut down. On top of environmental concerns, the upstate New York structure is, according to experts in the energy field, not strong enough to withstand an earthquake like the one that recently devastated Japan.

  • Volkel Airbase, Netherlands

    It’s pretty ridiculous how blatantly blurred this one is, but then again, WikiLeaks did publish a diplomatic cable that confirmed the presence of nuclear warheads at this base.

  • HAARP Site, Gakona, Alaska, USA

    HAARP (High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program) is one of the most controversial operations currently active in the United States. The Gakona, AK site and its ionospheric testing is believed by some conspiracy theorists to be the cause of everything from floods to earthquakes, although the evidence of this is very minimal.

  • Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, Salinas, CA, USA

    Here’s the strangest bit of censorship on Google Maps: the Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in Salinas, California. It’s heavily whited out, in fact, as if an angry hand did the trick. The weirdest part is the facility is just what it sounds like: a seemingly-harmless racetrack

  • Babylon, Iraq

    While the surrounding area (including its surprisingly rich farmland) is visible, the city of Babylon, Iraq itself is all blurry. You can bet it has something to do with the insurgents there…

  • Tantauco National Park in Chile

    Why is this refuge for Endangered Species completely washed over on Google? Mashable, which seems to have discovered the strange censorship, doesn’t have a clue.

  • “The Hill” aka Elmira Correctional Facility

    This maximum security prison in upstate New York is understandably blacked out… we guess. After the Attica Prison Riots and several incidents worldwide of uprisings and mass escapes, officials could be worried about a possible helicopter-led breakout.

  • This Russian Guy’s House

    What? Some rich guy’s personal paradise is blurred on Google? According to Wikipedia, what you’re seeing here is “a private palace of the Gazprom CEO Alexey Miller.” Why is he given preference over the rest of us? Perhaps we just aren’t powerful enough to convince Google to blur our own homes.

  • Colonel Sanders

    Here’s the strangest of them all: Col. Sanders, the face of Kentucky Fried Chicken, appears in exactly zero Google Street View images. That’s because, as a Google spokesperson notes, Sanders was a real person and everyone is supposed to be blurred on Google sites…

  • The Faroe Islands, Denmark

    This is a rumored military installation in a country we previously thought as “harmless.” Wonder what they’re really planning…

  • Hungarian Oil Refinery

    The Szhalombatta Oil refinery in Hungary… and that’s all we know.

  • NATO Headquarters, Portugal

    This one would be hilarious if it weren’t so sinister. Whoever doctored the image of the Portuguese HQ for NATO simply copy-pasted another piece of Google Earth over the actual layout of the building. Weird.

  • Seabrook Nuclear facility, New Hampshire

    This is believed to be the Seabrook Nuclear Power Station in the northeast corner of the United States. Are you as fearful of nuclear power as we are?

  • Missile silo, Spain

    According to a researcher with WikiMedia, “On this lot there is a small building with something almost like a silo in the middle. This location is not blocked in Yahoo! Maps. There is no image for this location in Virtual Earth yet.”

  • Atomic site, France

    We’re not sure what “The Marcoule site of the Commissariat l’Energie Atomique” means, but we’re pretty sure the word “atomique” is the keyword here.