Distortion on Google Maps
As the following gallery shows, a 15-mile stretch of the Southern border in the Hudspeth County in Texas is heavily distorted on Google Maps – it looks as if someone played with the satellite imagery in Photoshop and edited it by hand.
The distortion starts only two and a half miles south of the Fort Hancock border control. It is known that the border fence abruptly ends in Fort Hancock, TX. The distortion ends at the foot of the Quitman Mountains.
It’s unclear why the area should be distorted since there are no visible structures located – see the satellite imagery below.
However, on the Mexican side of the border is the Chihuahua state which is infamous for an extremely high level of violence as drug cartels control many places in the area.
In particular, the valley between the Quitman Mountains and mountains in the northwestern part of the Chihuahua state is a busy smuggling coridor via which drug cartels traffic marijuana and cocaine to the US.