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Who made these circles in the Sahara?

  • Published on May 9, 2022
  • Someone left these marks in the sand. We had to find out who.
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    Deep in the Sahara, far from any towns, roads, or other signs of life, is a row of markings in the sand. There are dozens of them stretching for miles in a straight line in central Algeria, each consisting of a central point surrounded by a circle of 12 nodes, like numbers on a clock. And when we started making this video, no one seemed to know what they were.
    We first saw the circles back in September 2021, after finding a Reddit post on r/WhatIsThis with coordinates asking what the circles could be. With just two upvotes and two commenters, it wasn’t exactly a lively discussion. But seeing the circles themselves on Google Earth was fascinating: They were eerily perfect in their shape and regularity, but so deeply isolated in the desert. We were hooked on finding an answer.
    So we decided to make a video out of trying to solve the mystery, no matter where it took us. We documented every step of the process - from Zoom calls and web browser screen recordings to vlogs and field shoots - to show the reporting process from the inside out. And when we maxed out what we could learn on the internet, we handed over this story to a team in Algeria to take it all the way.
    Check out the circles for yourself: www.google.com/maps/@27.27012...
    Read Will K’s original post: www.reddit.com/r/Whatisthis/c...
    Here’s the 1885 document that Melissa found: www.journals.uchicago.edu/doi...
    Read Dale Lightfoot on the sustainability of qanats: link.springer.com/article/10....
    My interview with Marta Musso didn’t make the final cut, but you can check out her work on the history of the hydrocarbon industry and Algerian decolonization: www.jstor.org/stable/j.ctt1mt...
    I also spoke to Roberto Cantoni, who wrote a great book that covers the same history: www.taylorfrancis.com/chapter...
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Comments • 15 125

  • Vox
    Vox  6 months ago +12289

    Hi everyone! We hope you enjoyed this adventure - this video was a huge experiment for us in format and storytelling, with months of work, dozens of contributors, and lots of moving parts.
    We’d love to answer any questions you have about our process in this thread, so ask away! And if you have suggestions for the next one … leave them below, too!

    • alyssa V.
      alyssa V. 9 days ago

      We’ll done!

    • Niaaal
      Niaaal Month ago

      Thank you Christophe! This was amazing!

    • Cat Camp
      Cat Camp Month ago

      Thank you for doing this and making this video. It was the perfect time in history to be able to talk to someone who is still alive when this was done and the ability to talk to them was simply amazing. Your stars lined up for this one. As Bob said, and I agree, well done.

    • La Pie blanche
      La Pie blanche Month ago

      Rabbit hole in my country 🇩🇿🇩🇿🇩🇿

    • Generation X
      Generation X 2 months ago

      "Bought groceries" bottle of wine first thing in the cart, love it

  • Pizza molecule enjoyer
    Pizza molecule enjoyer 3 months ago +3917

    Of course there is a man, somewhere on Earth, collecting sardine cans that knows the entire history of sardine cans. Incredible.

    • Mazspeed 03
      Mazspeed 03 22 hours ago

      An his name is John West..😂😂

    • Philstory
      Philstory 3 days ago +2

      As a historian you would be surprised, a lot of times if you choose to do research on an incredibly niche subject you might end up diving down a rabbit hole like no other until you've learned an inhumane amount of stuff. Like i was doing a thesis on the boxer rebellion, but as a byproduct of research I also ended up learning just about half of Tulsa's legal professionals in the early 1900s

    • Abu Sedbyyou
      Abu Sedbyyou 4 days ago +1

      so sad it was not aliens...🤦

    • Richard Olson
      Richard Olson 6 days ago

      Pretty achievable, really

    • ToasterGD
      ToasterGD 7 days ago +2

      reading this before watching the video is very confusing

  • Lewis Phillips
    Lewis Phillips 3 months ago +924

    This is so good. I’m mind blown at the fact I get to enjoy this content for free. Keep it up Vox.

  • Hassan
    Hassan 3 months ago +623

    I really loved this video, and at one point when you showed the sardine can pictures to that guy who collects empty cans, I really felt a deep appreciation for the variety of technical expertise we as humans have developed over time. If for not his experience in knowing about something as mundane as empty cans this mystery couldn't have been solved, and really each and every person who was involved in this project combined their skills to form a bouquet of knowledge that is this video.

    • Santino Solis
      Santino Solis 9 days ago

      Yeah, technical expertise like making obscene fetish drawings and putting them on the Internet. Truly an astounding species.

    • krewsadah
      krewsadah Month ago

      M😮 you it Irrerr tprpp

  • glossaria2
    glossaria2 Month ago +114

    This was EPIC. As a professional librarian who sometimes does hours (or even days) of research to look for answers to those small, niggling questions people wonder about but rarely want to pursue themselves, my hat is off to you. Excellent research, excellent resources, excellent follow-through, excellent storytelling.👏👏👏

    • titan1235813
      titan1235813 3 days ago

      @Mohammed Ali And the normal one is less professional ☝🏻😲

    • Dino Sauro
      Dino Sauro 5 days ago

      Best cover up ever, good job Vox at hiding the truth.

    • Mohammed Ali
      Mohammed Ali 26 days ago +2

      @Connor the professional one is more professional

    • Connor
      Connor 29 days ago +1

      What's the difference between a professional librarian and a normal librarian

  • Istok Pavlovic
    Istok Pavlovic Month ago +101

    This is far better than any Netflix movie I watched this year. I was a huge fan and promoter of Vox for years, but with this video you just nailed it. Every little detail of Vox editing style, subtle sounds, graphics, perfect insertions at the right moment, it's a true work of art. You are the leaders of RU-clip storytelling.

    • Abi Adigard
      Abi Adigard Month ago +1

      Kao i uvijek Istok nas uputi na jako interesantnu i kvalitno obrađenu temu, Hvala Istok!

    • Aleksandar Nojic
      Aleksandar Nojic Month ago +4

      Istoče, hvala ti na preporučenom filmu. Ovo je odlično odrađeno!

  • Philippe Anginot
    Philippe Anginot 5 months ago +6682

    Thanks guys for your comments ! Never been so proud to be a sardinologist !

    • BlueHelvetical
      BlueHelvetical 29 minutes ago

      You are a mad lad. Keep doing the great job!

    • Philippe
      Philippe 21 day ago

      @Zakaria Farah Dear Zakaria you're right to be suspicious on the internet… but you can be a so called sardinologist and a former english teacher !!!

    • John MacKelvey
      John MacKelvey 23 days ago

      OMG it's the sardine can guy!

    • Zakaria Farah
      Zakaria Farah 29 days ago

      Don't assume that this is the same guy who you saw on the video. It looks like even Vox fell for it. This is the Internet and there are a lot of impersonations and copycats. The perfect English is suspicious, even Google can't translate that good.

    • The Sam sharma SHOW
      The Sam sharma SHOW Month ago

      Be proud vro.

  • Rae
    Rae 23 days ago +91

    Nowadays we aren't used to such well researched high quality content. Thank you!

  • Mary
    Mary 3 months ago +279

    So these are the scars of colonialism! As an Algerian who didn't know about those circles before I thank everyone who contributed to make such a great research! 🇩🇿♥️

    • AT
      AT 4 days ago

      @ZDiddy7 And neo-colonialism?

    • ZDiddy7
      ZDiddy7 4 days ago +1

      Yea, its a "scar of colonialism".............. in the middle of nowhere, that nobody has come across in 70 years.... Oh the horror!!! I dont know how the country can even go on with such "scars"....

    • Hicksy
      Hicksy 7 days ago

      The richest African countries in order are the same countries in order of being colonized the longest. Interesting FACT. I'm not trying to Excuse people wiping out islands of people which is disgusting and evil

    • AT
      AT 9 days ago

      @Sou Skin colour mutated outside continental African in the northern hemisphere due to colder climate you dumbarse …read a science book.

    • Sou
      Sou 9 days ago

      @AT indigenous north africans have different skin colors and have always lived side by side, get educated about the touareg tribes

  • Gavin Stirling
    Gavin Stirling 3 months ago +288

    Absolutely top quality production, I enjoyed this immensely. Can't believe I've only just discovered this channel.

    • Gecko
      Gecko 2 months ago

      @that one guy get a life

    • keeran
      keeran 3 months ago

      its so good!

    • Gecko
      Gecko 3 months ago

      Literally 90% of ramblind nonsense of useless information, just to give the actual useful answer to the entire topic of the video at 25:29
      Jesus christ, what a garbage video.

    • Darrin Heron
      Darrin Heron 3 months ago +2

      Me too it's like I was with them. I am so into these type of videos where they just dig down into the past and are literally holding history.

  • deoyx
    deoyx 3 months ago +74

    Huge kudos to your ground team for not only being so thorough, but also doing something super risky for a silly internet question

  • PuzzLEGO
    PuzzLEGO 6 months ago +15825

    I think it's incredible that nowadays with the right searching online you can find experts on the most specific things from “Algerian Saharan oasis manager” to "french sardine can collector"

    • Dino Sauro
      Dino Sauro 5 days ago

      Best cover up ever, good job Vox at hiding the truth.

    • Erykah Honey
      Erykah Honey 3 months ago

      Right lol..

    • Kaitlyn L
      Kaitlyn L 4 months ago

      @Dory sadly too many companies don’t preserve their own history. Even ones which start often have to stop when profits go down or shareholders demand it. They don’t directly contribute to new sales after all. Microsoft doesn’t have any backups of their 70s and 80s even some 90s software and documentation for example.

    • Kaitlyn L
      Kaitlyn L 4 months ago

      @Philippe Biendon it’s interesting, the same was said about books, radio, television, CDs… we always think of the wide range of possibilities but then it’s majority entertainment, minority education, very few slivers everything else. The internet has the largest scale of them all, but the ratios remain fairly consistent.

    • Juliane56
      Juliane56 4 months ago

      @Kcxx92 a man spirit ends when the internet fails him,

  • dablakmark8
    dablakmark8 3 months ago +44

    This was a AAA production and we need to see more of these type of content which is award winning stuff.I was hoping honestly that at the end of this adventure there would be some archeology significance like some parts of Egypt. Well on our earth we have many strange and weird things but because of technology the world has become smaller imho...Great stuff, and now you need to find Atlantis....lol

    • Realist38
      Realist38 3 days ago

      @dablakmark8 lol u or them are delusional .

    • dablakmark8
      dablakmark8 3 days ago

      @Realist38 YES IT DID... in the hearts and minds of the people of yesteryear//lol

    • Realist38
      Realist38 4 days ago

      Atlantis never existed

    • Justin Y With Mustache Access
      Justin Y With Mustache Access Month ago +2

      For archaeological significance there is still the tumuli I guess, which actually fascinated me as well because they're either a) really old and yet somehow in the same surface/level of sand as covered up holes from dynamite blasts that came around 2000 years later rather than being under it or b) a burial tradition that still exists to this day.

  • derlaurenz
    derlaurenz 3 months ago +64

    THIS is what I imagine the internet to be: A collaboration tool. Well done, mon ami - this is an asthonishing piece of reporting. You and your supporters should be really proud.

  • Mm's Mom
    Mm's Mom Month ago +24

    I have a suggestion for your next discovery. A few years ago I stumbled across some strange circles when looking into a tsunami that made landfall in Crescent City California back in 2011. While looking around on google earth I noticed the area outside of the Northcoast Marine Mammal center, in Crescent City where there are rows upon rows of these strange circles. They all look similar in shape and size. They are quite large in comparison to the cars on the highway close by and they are all in a symmetrical pattern. I sent an email to the Marine center asking about these circles, but have never heard back from them. I am just a little housewife from Michigan. I won't be making any journeys to California anytime in my future, so I just came to the conclusion that I will never know what the circles are...but if you are willing to go all the way to Algeria for some circles, maybe these in California would be of interest to you too...or to someone else looking for an adventure. Just look up Northcoast Marine Mammal center, Crescent City, California, on google earth. You cant miss the circles in the dirt/grass outside the building that I am referring to.

    • bina nocht
      bina nocht 21 day ago +1

      They are irrigation circles honey. See how the lawn is more green that other places like the sheriffs or the baptist church, thats because they irrigate the lawn with sprinklers. If you look in the center of the circles there a small dark dot that's the sprayer and the rings are where the majority of the water lands. I think they have been removed cos they aren't very good and i think they have banned them in California. If you look you'll see these all over california some are huge for farming some small for lawns.

  • Johannes Swarts
    Johannes Swarts Day ago

    Absolutely fascinating! Relentless research, attention to every detail, and a very interesting conclusion. Thanks for creating this engaging presentation! At the very least, we can remove these apparently enigmatic markings from the realms of alien activity, secret underground bases, lost advanced civilizations, etc.
    Well done!

  • Sir William, Dragonlord of Cromlech

    I would watch an entire series on Google Earth investigations! Mystery, adventure, speculation, expertise, this video has it all!

    • AmbushPredator
      AmbushPredator 3 months ago

      And they would love you to as they will and do lie like the rest!

    • Logan Brown
      Logan Brown 3 months ago

      @I'll be your Stumbleine take a look at the shadows of the icebergs nearby. The 'heart-shaped water' is a shadow from a small peak, the round disk is likely ice.

    • xCyberPlays
      xCyberPlays 4 months ago +1

      id absolutely love that! ive become hooked on these types of videos since there isnt much to do in a small village in the middle of england during a student's summer break.

    • Hermes Djohar
      Hermes Djohar 4 months ago +1

      Please we need investigation on the eye of Sahara

    • Revy
      Revy 5 months ago

      If he reached out to seismic exploration expert who wasn't as useless as Bob this would've been a 30s video

  • Erinne Kennedy-Dock
    Erinne Kennedy-Dock 3 months ago +56

    The interesting thing to me is that these circles are all along an ancient riverbed.....or at least if you zoom out and look at the other landscape features. ...which is possible the reason the line of circles were placed in that exact location. I love this kind of research

  • Akhrib Farouk
    Akhrib Farouk 2 months ago +39

    As an Algerian i really enjoyed the research in our Sahara i hope to see more about it because it is full of RAW places to discover, so welcome to Algeria 🇩🇿 country of wonders.

  • flippert0
    flippert0 3 days ago

    Looks like one of those "the journey is the reward" stories. I'm glad you guys found out what the mysteries was, but I think, meeting the people who helped in finding the truth was equally important and interesting.

  • Lucas Afflalo
    Lucas Afflalo 2 months ago +21

    I don't usually comment on RU-clip, but I really gotta congratulate for the masterpiece of investigation that was made for this video. Thank you for showing that we can find out about almost everything with persistence and help.

  • iea
    iea 6 months ago +20185

    This… This is the kind of content, the kind of journalism, the kind of research I’m subscribed for. Absolutely incredible.

    • Wish U oN my JOURNEY
      Wish U oN my JOURNEY Month ago

      but what did it bring you in your own lifr

    • rob lindy garcia
      rob lindy garcia 2 months ago

      I guess this was OK to watch

    • Lily Leigh Reinheart
      Lily Leigh Reinheart 2 months ago


    • Spooky
      Spooky 3 months ago

      @Dialectical Monist Yeah, maybe. It probably is nice to be independent, especially after 7 years of war with France to earn that independence.

    • Dialectical Monist
      Dialectical Monist 3 months ago

      I'm sure there are quite a few Algerians who are happy with their modern lives.

  • Angelita Becerra
    Angelita Becerra 3 months ago +47

    These people who went to the circles are badass and should be commended 💪🏾

  • GD nation
    GD nation 3 months ago +45

    I would love a breakdown on how you fought your bosses to execute this amazing journalism. That pitch meeting and subsequent feedback must be amazing to learn from!

  • Interest's Gentlemen's
    Interest's Gentlemen's Month ago +14

    From me as a native Algerian I thank every one who made up this great documentary the quality is just amazing, narration ....and all of it . 👏👏👏

  • mary howell
    mary howell Month ago +9

    i almost never comment, but this is such a great video. the fact that all of the theories were also found in the desert (like the tombs and water collection) is what intrigues and impresses me the most. why were they there of all places? this just tells me about all of the other potential finding random things on google earth and researching them can bring. also, so much props to them team of people who travelled into the desert and filmed everything. they did an amazing job. and just staying with the project for over 8 months. this is definitely a video that i'll keep coming back to in the future. truly amazing.

    • Justin Y With Mustache Access
      Justin Y With Mustache Access Month ago +1

      Oh yeah, I remember another case where a 20-30 year old case of a missing person that has since gotten no leads suddenly getting a grim conclusion around 2008-ish or so when a different google maps nerd was zooming around some Florida subdivision or smth and saw what looked like a car underneath a pond and asked the house right next to it about what it was. The guy who went missing was last spotted in a party and the conclusion now seems to be that the guy probably drunk drove his car off the road into the pool and was unfortunately not found because of how murky the waters are there (idk how, but it's much easier to spot the car from a satellite a couple hundred kilometers above than from literally a couple feet away there were pictures of the pond-ish thing on-site and it just looked almost black iirc compared to how obvious the car was in the google earth view) but also because the subdivision was still being built around the time the crash happened or smth.

  • Nitrogen 102
    Nitrogen 102 5 months ago +2136

    Honestly, it's incredible how you found these people and they helped you on the journey. Professors, officials, archeologists, technology workers, etc. It shows how valuable connections really are.

    • 10521577A
      10521577A 4 months ago +2

      It shows how valuable funding is. You wouldn’t be able to do this without money.

    • Joseph Jones
      Joseph Jones 4 months ago +2

      What is money?
      How much money does it take to motivate an Algerian based film crew to contract desert guides and go into the wastelands?
      There is no goodwill or commeradrie in that situation. Just cold hard cash. And perhaps a sprinkling of oppurtunity for greater connections to the US market. Which again noils down to money.
      Yes, it is very neat to see the conditions in another part of the world, but human nature remains the same. And the great motivator worldwide is material improvement.

    • Wahannu Kalingga
      Wahannu Kalingga 5 months ago +4

      Even a sardine can collector

    • McArthius
      McArthius 5 months ago +12

      Also how people all over the world for the most part just want to be kind to there fellow women, & men. I love seeing other countries with no potential religious or ethnic backgrounds work together to discover things about the world we live in. I believe its just a tiny few in power that drive wedges between us all. I love seeing people work together

    • gwho
      gwho 5 months ago +12

      and how crippling social anxiety, avoidant personality disorder is.

  • Verano Avila
    Verano Avila 2 months ago +8

    Wow I was mesmerized by the Sahara because I saw no difference between that and Mars. Our world has such volatile geographies that exploring mundane environments, such as deserts still carry an inherent purpose to understand the earth beneath us. I thoroughly enjoyed this video and hope Vox continues to fund explorations.

  • Jay Dee
    Jay Dee 3 months ago +15

    I'm honestly hugely impressed by the way you've gone about this research...

  • L H
    L H 7 days ago +2

    Wow, I have to say what a couple of talented videographers these two guys are! They really did an amazing job. I'm blown away by the quality of their shots and how they really showcase simultaneously the beauty and desolation of the desert.

  • Racoonma392
    Racoonma392 2 months ago +2

    This is definitely one of my favorite vox videos out there. It's so intriguing to see how they start and how each clue leads to another, eventually leading to the answer. Thank you everyone who was involved in the making of this video.

  • Zappababe
    Zappababe 6 months ago +4191

    It's amazing that there was someone who was an expert in sardine cans, and he even ran a museum of the exhibits he had found or collected! It takes a village, as they say. There are people who have these very specialised interests and you'd never know anything about them or how they had devoted their entire lives to this one, very specific, subject - until someone else comes along and requires their help. Then, suddenly, all the work they had put into this one subject is very helpful in ways that neither the expert nor the investigator could have ever envisaged.
    Wow - thanks to everyone who liked my comment! You've made me very happy!

    • ?
      ? 3 months ago

      I love your comment

    • Akshay Vijayan
      Akshay Vijayan 4 months ago

      22:39 Saupiquet's logo & the one on that old can..

    • Charles Hash
      Charles Hash 4 months ago

      @Zappababe Plus, infants with smaller cranii containing smaller brains are easier to push through their mother's pelvis, likely resulting in lower maternal mortality compared to larger-brained hunter gathers.

    • Shyanne Leroy
      Shyanne Leroy 6 months ago +1

      @Dipan Ghosh very true!

    • Theo Uhrik
      Theo Uhrik 6 months ago +1

      Beautifully put

  • The Skeptoicist
    The Skeptoicist 2 months ago +9

    Very well structured and methodical investigation! The lesson that I would take from here is the importance of PASSION and People WITH Passion in solving today's misteries and problems .. like at some points you will need the right person at the right place at the right time. This documentary illustrates the power of Internet and Networking when you use them deliberately and purposefully. Great job

  • Grayson Fox
    Grayson Fox 3 months ago +9

    Easily one of the best Vox videos I've seen. This was wonderful! Thank you for telling this story.

  • Negiku
    Negiku 4 days ago

    The amount of work put into this is just amazing.

  • Robert B. Hix II
    Robert B. Hix II Month ago +1

    This was amazing. Would’ve been a great full doc film. In this time of misinformation and fact/science denying, features like this are sorely needed.

  • Dobra Espacial
    Dobra Espacial 6 months ago +4213

    I'm speechless. This video is a gift to the world. Well done, guys.

    • Brent Dobson
      Brent Dobson 5 months ago

      Very ...nicely done ...!

    • Aarvin@MS
      Aarvin@MS 6 months ago

      @BELIEVE in JESUS I can write thousands of such similar verses like that and that's also not very unique in its character.. any body could write thousands of those words.

    • Sarah Strong
      Sarah Strong 6 months ago

      Thankyou for sharing this intriguing video with us.

    • Dobra Espacial
      Dobra Espacial 6 months ago +1

      @Eric S Then you can simply not use this word on your comment. What about that? 🙂

    • Eric S
      Eric S 6 months ago +1

      Isn't speechless a bit of a dramatic overstatement?

  • Robert Taylor
    Robert Taylor 6 days ago

    This is just awesome. Awesome storytelling, awesome investigating, awesome collaboration. To have an idea and see it through like this is the dream. Well done!

  • Farah M.D.
    Farah M.D. 2 months ago +2

    This was amazing. The love for adventure and the excitement to solve the mystery and all the people and knowledge along the way is what makes this beautiful, more so than the answer itself. Well done ❤️

  • 1Mountinman
    1Mountinman 2 days ago

    As far as I can tell, they only need to drive 68 miles from Aïn Salah to the first easily discernable circle (27.30326, 3.81927). I was able to identify more that 50 (and estimate 11 more). Pretty wild.

  • Branwyn Lancourt
    Branwyn Lancourt 3 months ago +9

    My father was born and raised in Algiers, amazing to hear the French accents are exactly the same as his.

  • Diya Ghantus
    Diya Ghantus 6 months ago +4647

    This is an incredible effort Christophe, Stories and efforts like these is what brought me to Vox and all it's incredible Team's stories, thank you for taking us through this adventure.

      BELIEVE in JESUS 6 months ago +2

      Repent to Jesus Christ
      ““Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal.”
      ‭‭Matthew‬ ‭6:19‬ ‭NIV‬‬

    • Liz C
      Liz C 6 months ago +2

      I know, right? Seems journalism isn't dead afterall.

    • Kevin Kavai
      Kevin Kavai 6 months ago +2

      This is incredible. Props to them

    • Sometimes Posting
      Sometimes Posting 6 months ago +4

      I wanna watch Samir's crew solve more google earth mysteries

    • A
      A 6 months ago +14

      @J W what an absolutely unnecessary comparison

  • Chad Valentine
    Chad Valentine 7 days ago +1

    I'm *SO* happy you made this video! I no longer have to puzzle over what I saw and try to re-find them myself. I saw them when I was flying to Mumbai aout 20 years ago, always wondered!

  • Maelisa Cruz
    Maelisa Cruz Month ago

    I truly loved this! You guys are common day explorers! I loved it!!! Thank you so much for taking the time to answer something that most would simply overlook❤️

  • M Q
    M Q Month ago +2

    The amount of work the whole team dedicated for this video.
    Thank you so much, we have not only gained information, but lessons of history.

  • LaCarioca
    LaCarioca 3 months ago

    Incredible research work and story-telling job. Thanks for putting forward locals work and stories into yours ! This seems especially important to me as a French person given the difficult history we shared and continue to share with Algeria to this day. Et félicitations pour cette maîtrise du Français ;)

  • GreatJuju
    GreatJuju 6 months ago +1097

    *This should be a series. Mysteries of Google Earth explored*
    So many fascinating things I’ve always wanted to know what it was

    • Tim Eagan
      Tim Eagan 5 months ago

      To VOX : I was wondering and hoping that should this go into production and become a "series" that you will make a formal announcement of it here detailing tentative "Air" dates and/or viewer information

    • Aayush Shrestha
      Aayush Shrestha 6 months ago

      YESSS!!! It should, and in this same manner.

      KEEPMOVN 6 months ago

      Explore google earth!!!!!🖐️🖐️🖐️

    • Byron Law
      Byron Law 6 months ago +5

      I wonder. Is there a way to give this information to Google maps so they can update the What's here? option you get when right clicking a point? It would be neat if these satellite mysteries could be documented with data and videos like this.

    • Tamiko E
      Tamiko E 6 months ago +1

      @CruxCapacitor didn't they get the answer in the beginning? The first or second person they contacted?

  • Nestor Correa
    Nestor Correa 3 months ago +1

    Very well done, thank you for taking the time and effort of conducting the research, and for sharing your findings!!

  • Sese23
    Sese23 2 months ago +8

    This was beautiful journalism, and all the hard work from everyone that was apart of it. Amazing

  • David Jebson
    David Jebson 9 days ago

    Hi Guys, first of all thank you very much for this fascinating video ! The depth and breadth you went to to prove the origin of these marks is truly remarkable and inspiring.
    I'm a Brit living in France for more than 20 yrs and Saupiquet products are advertised on telly every evening so it was easy for me to accept your conclusions.
    Subscribed + notifications - DONE.

  • Wayne Plays
    Wayne Plays 3 months ago +17

    I dont even know why i was feeling so happy at the end, your dedication was priceless

  • Ticron
    Ticron 6 months ago +2300

    Vox, it would make me so happy if you made this a series. Looking for anamolies on Google Earth is a passion of mine. This is one of the few times I have an answer.
    This video means a lot to me. Thank you so very much.

    • zukacs
      zukacs 5 months ago

      @Scorching Goat thx

    • Goldensky
      Goldensky 6 months ago

      It's a great passion btw

    • Ty Bronx
      Ty Bronx 6 months ago


    • Ra Ïd
      Ra Ïd 6 months ago

      There is a lot of mysterious places like this in the algerian sahara this weird shapes and the painting of the tassili

    • missing persimmon
      missing persimmon 6 months ago

      Same here! I mostly "travel" on Google Earth during my spare time. This is such a wonderful video for all curious minds.

  • Cena
    Cena 2 months ago +1

    Simply wow … the amount of time u guys spent researching + the team that went to the circles place and the cherie on top of the cake is the expert sardine can is all amazing . One of the best videos i ever watched

  • sachix
    sachix 10 days ago

    im so happy i get to enjoy amazing contents like this. thank you vox and all people that became part of this extraordinary journey! salute!

  • Alli H
    Alli H 3 months ago

    What a cool and well-told story! I would personally love to see more videos like this. Bravo to all!

  • Otto Vandevelde
    Otto Vandevelde 3 months ago

    Superb story telling, great research work: very well done, loved every minute of the telling. One thought, might you have tried the French Army as they would have explored the back blocks of the country during the war of independence.

  • Astro Katt
    Astro Katt 6 months ago +908

    It’s so strangely inspiring to have someone specialized for everything: You have a desert guide, a senior researcher and your sardine can expert.

    • swansniff
      swansniff 6 months ago +17

      And you have bob.

    • Lars Stougaard
      Lars Stougaard 6 months ago +19

      I'm hungry for more 🐟, I want a video about that sardine museum.

    • Vinayak ‍
      Vinayak ‍ 6 months ago +58

      You see these people with esoteric interests on Reddit a lot but it's nice to see them in real life

  • Spider Pickle
    Spider Pickle 2 months ago

    This video reminds me of the time I ended up spending a couple days scrolling around the Sahara on Google Earth and got completely distracted around Libya and Chad by all the odd weather, volcanic, and geographic features (like the Richat) mixed with interesting human landmarks.
    Still not as fascinating as going Google earth over the Levant, and especially the Dead Sea and the oddly missing map data from one particular side of the sea...

  • 4J
    4J 3 months ago

    Im absolutely mind-blown by the quality of this video. Its almost surreal to think about how a reddit post about circles on the internet was able to lead to all of this, and that such a well put together video documenting so many specifics was able to be made

  • GIDO 74
    GIDO 74 3 months ago

    This was a great video and you did a superb job in getting to the answers you seeked. well done... I must say the all seeing eye on the tin can was just very fitting to the whole theme of mystery... I am still blown away that the wires are still there and bendable, the cans are not rusted away and that the sand storms never closed it all, still some questions here LOL.

  • Anna Beaulne
    Anna Beaulne Day ago

    I'm reading a book atm that talks about the Native Tribe in the book using Stone Circles as Sacred Burial places. They didn't Bury the Dead there , they were just layed within the circles. In 1 part of the book a Native Elder woman talks about a sickness going thru the tribe and there were many bodies piled within the circle and she talked about the animals that would be feeding on the bodies. Plus near the Stone Circles was a place called the standing stones where at certain times of the year someone who's knowledge was passed down from the Elders would read the Sun rize or Sun sets as well as the Moons Rizing and setting in the sky depending on the the seasons for Harvesting information and other info throught the year. Just passing the info along

  • Mirza Nurhan
    Mirza Nurhan 6 months ago +502

    This video isn't just about finding out what those circles are, it's fantastic storytelling, from start to finish. I can't watch a movie without losing interest in the first 5 minutes, but this? This is a masterpiece. Thank you Vox, Christophe and Samir.

  • Zhe Tian
    Zhe Tian 2 months ago

    Amazing adventure, thank you for reviving a part of me that I thought I lost.

  • José Oliveto
    José Oliveto 3 months ago

    An amazing documentary, Christopher... got my attention all the way and I shared it with my friends in Algeria. But a point of concern came to me... maybe it was already solved. It's about the viability and security of those explosives. Are they safe for the inhabitants of the area? Could one day all that dynamite fall in wrong hands, extremists groups for instance? Perhaps the security authorities are unaware of the situation. Anyway, you and your team did a wonderful work ... congrats to all and keep going!!!

  • Brewman
    Brewman 3 months ago

    Wow, that was so interesting. How much effort you put into this. Thanks for the video and thanks for the creps employees who left there cans in the dessert. Great video 👍

  • L J
    L J Day ago

    Very well researched -and very interesting- but I think you could have cut through the chase by reaching out directly to the french oil and gas company such as Elf-Aquitaine ex SNPA where you could have been referred to the crewmen carrying out this exploration who retired in small towns north of Pau and close to Aire. I grew up amongst them in SW France, I heard their stories of exploration of the danger of oil and gas research in the Sahara, many of them Paul Bunyanesque tall tales, so the answer to your interesting question was -for me- quite obvious. In any case, this was well researched entertainment well worth 27 mns on youtube.

  • hello hello
    hello hello 6 months ago +1198

    the most unbelievable is that someone has collected sardine cans in 40 years . I love to see a documentary on that guy 😁

    • Ultra-13
      Ultra-13 4 months ago

      @Zacky Arya bruh there collectors, from video games to anything you can imagine you can collect for, besides all those cans he has collected at some point will become history for the future. If he didn’t collect them then vox wouldn’t have been able to link the can because the company change its name.

    • Zacky Arya
      Zacky Arya 4 months ago

      yea, first thought that came to my mind was like "WHY?"

    • Safe-Keeper
      Safe-Keeper 5 months ago +1

      @Elizabeth Rios ?

    • Amine Bergad
      Amine Bergad 5 months ago +3

      And the fact they needed his help
      Will keep him doing this for the rest of his life ❤️

    • Floydian Dream scapes
      Floydian Dream scapes 5 months ago

      In 40 years or for 40 years?
      In 40 years suggests it was 40 years between collecting.

  • Paul Thomas
    Paul Thomas 3 months ago +15

    The old man's memory is incredible.

  • Jenelyn Pamiroyan
    Jenelyn Pamiroyan Month ago

    Your content and execution is admirable. Best investigation I’ve seen so far from a content creator. I hope you could also cover the mystery and solve the question about “CROP CIRCLES” . Your research is much more credible than the existing ones. Thank you!!!!👏👏👏👏

  • Akin Priestley
    Akin Priestley 3 months ago

    Wow! That was amazing work guys. Thank you for the investigation. It helps us as Africans to know a ‘little bit more’ of our ‘undocumented history’ by the colonialists.

  • Freelaxx 1
    Freelaxx 1 3 days ago

    Just for fun; i found that "line" of circles but I've found at least 35 certain circles (not 20-ish) from CREPS viewable with Google Earth.
    And in my opinion there are faint traces of at least 5 more along that line. Thx for good vid! 🙂

  • Penny Lane
    Penny Lane 6 months ago +854

    Makes you realize how untouched that region is. The fact that 70-year-old tire tracks are still visible!

    • Dopamine Cloud
      Dopamine Cloud 6 months ago

      @Obvious Schism Pollution is a negative effect, a can in a desert isn't ruining anything the way Nitay explains tire tracks do.

    • davy sem
      davy sem 6 months ago +1

      NW , It's called Desert Pavement, and occurs in most deserts. The soil is sand and finer silt which gets blown away leaving a layer of rocks on the surface keeping more soil from blowing away. When those rocks get disturbed by wheels or someone racking them away (like at the Nazca Lines) those marks can take hundreds of years to blend in again.
      Another commentor mentioned about seeing the tracks and diggings made by the land crew in future Google Earth photos. They are right, Their tracks will be very obvious and so would yours if you go there. Then pretty soon there will be so many tracks, the french oil exploration ones will be destroyed.

    • Obvious Schism
      Obvious Schism 6 months ago

      @A lonely Z If litter is not pollution then I don't know what is

    • A lonely Z
      A lonely Z 6 months ago +3

      @Obvious Schism i wouldnt say pollution but rather litter

    • frogGames
      frogGames 6 months ago +1

      @Obvious Schism will likely remain there for another 700 years

  • DC G3
    DC G3 Month ago

    More content like this please! This was amazing storytelling! Well done!

  • K !
    K ! 3 months ago

    This is definitely a job well done! Hands down to all the people involved in this feature.

  • Ana Skellon
    Ana Skellon 2 days ago

    Thank you for your great story. It shows incredible resources, incredible persistence and the power of human curiosity.

  • vliegbrommer
    vliegbrommer Month ago

    I like this video a lot. Well made! Fantastic to see a mystery solved in such a professional manner. Really a very exciting exploration. I hope to see more of this kind of class videos here on youtube.

  • R K
    R K 6 months ago +722

    From an obscure, orphaned Reddit post about a 'bunch of 22-circle marks in the middle of a desert' to a 'mind-bending 27 mins' (countless months of work at Vox) of documentary - involving the scars of colonialism, French canned food & some good ol' dynamite, this is one of the best pieces of content on the Internet.
    Take a bow - Team Vox, Samir Abchiche and his Algerian crew !

    • john b
      john b 6 months ago +15

      hey, vox should at least link any of samir's stuff so we can support his work too!

  • jose padilla
    jose padilla 2 months ago

    This was so good. It makes me happy that human kind continues to be explorers even if what we are exploring is our past

  • Vivian Dibrell
    Vivian Dibrell 6 days ago +1

    Have you explored real (non human made) crop circles?? Now there’s a real mystery!

  • Cate Kim
    Cate Kim Month ago

    Thank you for efforts everyone put out there….I love history and documentation that is close to the truth. Thanks

  • Mason
    Mason Month ago

    Indeed one if the greatest investigations in RU-clip history! One question though: how have those Circles maintained their shapes so perfectly through out the 60+ years since the initial oil exploration in the 1950s? Thousands of sandstorms should have ravaged that area ever since🤔.

  • RMA 98
    RMA 98 6 months ago +1167

    The fact that the grandpa was able to recall the exact year and the name of the entity in charge of the seismic surveys with such swiftness... very impressive. Thanks Vox for such an interesting investigation.

    • Kaitlyn L
      Kaitlyn L 4 months ago

      @ᛐᛦᛑᛆᚵᛂᚱᛆ ᚼᛁᚿᚿ ᚢᚿᚵᛁᚿᚿ I’m guessing you haven’t had freshly roasted, freshly ground, properly prepared coffee!

    • za ki
      za ki 5 months ago +7

      Actually it's not that weird at all. I am Algerian, and my grandma is about the same age as that man. She still remembers many names and acronyms used by the french army from around that period (late 50s).

    • sCiphre
      sCiphre 6 months ago

      ​@Stigstigster likely will, if they can get approval in Algeria, but i think the constellation doesn't support such low latitudes yet.

    • bart2019
      bart2019 6 months ago +6

      @heinzerbrew CREPS' permit allowed them to explore for oils starting in1953, so he probably did see the first explorers around that year. It doesn't mean that these were the people who produced these particular circles, or that they did it in that year. After all, they did have a permit for 5 to 6 years.

    • leafsoup
      leafsoup 6 months ago +1

      It was funny he was like "no way I can remember... Oh yeah it was CREPS"

  • jublywubly
    jublywubly 3 months ago +1

    That was an interesting adventure. Thanks for making this video. 🙂

  • Meraj Shah
    Meraj Shah 2 months ago +2

    Excellent work! I have to admit that I'm more than a shade envious that you have the resources and the editorial mandate to commit those for a story like this.

    • Ibrahim Chowdhury
      Ibrahim Chowdhury 2 months ago

      Was just thinking this - Vox is great for putting their support and network behind this.

  • Chris Stoerzer
    Chris Stoerzer 2 months ago

    I have to say, just how refreshing it was to see a piece of journalism done from beginning to end. In this day and age I have all but given up on what they now pass off as news and journalism. Thank you for your work. I very much look forward to watching more of your content! Well done!

  • uriahvanauken
    uriahvanauken 9 hours ago

    This was just great. Not what I expected at all. The journey was worth just as much as the discovery.

  • Jordan Fredericks
    Jordan Fredericks 6 months ago +851

    That guy who collects sardine cans is my kind of human, and I'm overjoyed that the singular passions of individuals can come together and create something so wonderful. Thanks for this, would love to see more!

    • Siavash Khan
      Siavash Khan 5 months ago +4

      @Wasir Okay but why would someone go down to the comments before watching it? Lol.

    • B J. Schmor
      B J. Schmor 5 months ago +17

      I'll bet he was super-stoked that his expertise was finally needed.

    • sobering cat
      sobering cat 5 months ago +2

      and with his 'Expertise' help solve the mystery

    • Wasir
      Wasir 6 months ago +3


  • Mendelejevo mūza
    Mendelejevo mūza 2 months ago

    I loved following all the way to the end, thank you for doing this research and making this video!

  • NetTubeUser
    NetTubeUser 3 months ago +1

    What an interesting, fascinating, mysterious, and great investigation! Plus, it is really well filmed and edited. Very classy! [added to my favorites and shared on social media platforms]

  • Not yet
    Not yet 2 months ago

    Interesting journey. I have a question for you at Vox:
    Was there any indication as to how these companies chose their specific locations to blast, in the first instance? eg. Was there already areas where humans had been present before they arrived? Such as tombs etc..? If the earth was already dug by such activity it would have saved them time and energy in such heat to dig as much themselves in such heat; especially in the 50's.
    Obviously, that could be an important question to know the answer to, as we would be looking at potential desecration...

  • funkyterrance
    funkyterrance 3 months ago

    Thank you for doing some real, objective, non-sensational investigative journalism! Well done!!

  • JuliaK Fiori
    JuliaK Fiori 6 months ago +1538

    This is HANDS DOWN one of the best videos that Vox has ever made. Kudos to everyone who worked on it for doing such an excellent job. I'm studying French colonialism and will definitely be sending this incredible video to all of my professors.

    • kixW🏳️‍🌈⃠
      kixW🏳️‍🌈⃠ 5 months ago +1

      @MeChupaUnHuevon bro said "france made algeria" u made my laugh so hard 😂😂😂 go learn history before talking son Kingdom of numidia was found in 202 BC before France and it was the the first Algerian nation and the first france natio was made in 481 AD we teached france how to made the toilet and how to clean themselves with soap and we taught them to bathe because they were stinky

    • MeChupaUnHuevon
      MeChupaUnHuevon 5 months ago

      @kixW🏳️‍🌈⃠ No, France made Algeria, Algeria was same as Morocco and Tunis before France invaded it

    • kixW🏳️‍🌈⃠
      kixW🏳️‍🌈⃠ 5 months ago +1

      @MeChupaUnHuevon bro u dont know anything algeria is older than france its self numidia empire was found in 218-201 BC before france and when algeria got weak cuz they helped the Ottoman Empire(turkey) with greece cuz they helped us against spain france attacked algeria and stole everything not algeria only half of africa and they still stealing resources from some africans countries

    • Rabbi Schlomo Ben Goldbergstein
      Rabbi Schlomo Ben Goldbergstein 6 months ago

      @MeChupaUnHuevon tf are u talking about ?

    • MeChupaUnHuevon
      MeChupaUnHuevon 6 months ago +1

      @Ismahane Kemi no, France Algeria. There was no Algerian identity before France. So many Algerians move to France, it would have been easier if Algeria was still a part of France.

  • Libe Chacos
    Libe Chacos 2 months ago

    That was fascinating! I do have a question though.... Does the sand stay that still? No change at all in 60 years of weather and sandstorms?

  • Terry
    Terry 2 days ago

    I enjoyed the journey with you, back in time. Awesome research. Thank you.

  • Rodney Faulkner
    Rodney Faulkner 3 months ago

    Wow very interesting to find such history, I had fallen through the youtube rabbit holes and found this story, What is funny is that i am also involved with mineral exploration and on a recent project also found strange marks on the landscape and was very interested to know what it was and the whys, was actually a big surprise that our exploration camp was so close to this land mark. but nothing as interesting as yours, but similar history in mineral exploration -23.121406 120.558052

  • heynegreta
    heynegreta 8 days ago

    Really enjoyed this video journey, extremely well made and compelling, the mention of stealing oil a bit gratuitous, governments hire oil company expertise to help explore - running a business not stealing? Anyhow, a super video and interesting story, thank you.

  • Andrew Christiansen
    Andrew Christiansen 6 months ago +705

    I have a degree in anthropology, and studied archeology for years. This video reminded me of why I studied what I studied. Humans have baked history into the very soil beneath our feet. Great video.

    • Someone Nobody
      Someone Nobody 6 months ago +1

      I'm taking an anthropology class in college (in Canada) and I really would like to make it my future career. Was it difficult getting a job with that degree? (Also what type of job/career path?) Hope you don't mind my curiosity 😊

    • Dusty Plasma
      Dusty Plasma 6 months ago

      Don’t know nova…see Suspicious Observers channel aka Ben Davidson 〰️

    • Jonas Hartwig
      Jonas Hartwig 6 months ago +8

      I am a trained retail salesman and these tin cans reminded me of the reason why I studied what I study and just give me a boost in my mood when standing there in the store and operating the register.

    • carlos dumbratzen
      carlos dumbratzen 6 months ago +2

      That is what I thought aswell. I was so glad that they took an archaeologist on their expedition, as I ve seen too many of these videos where the end was inconclusive, because they didnt have experts to help them with what to look for.

    • Andrew constantino
      Andrew constantino 6 months ago +13

      I’m currently majoring in anthropology, I feel you man! It’s so important for us to be in touch with our history and knowing what shaped the world around us!

  • Cole Mayes
    Cole Mayes 2 months ago +2

    This is a very interesting article. 🥰 I worked for several geophysical companies in Houston, Texas, on-and-
    off from 1979 until 1994, and while working at GECO Geophysical Company, which became Schlumberger in 1991/1992, I watched how oil exploration migrated from explosives to seismic (sonics) surveying. This show brought back some good memories. 🙏😀

  • Isabella Angeline
    Isabella Angeline 2 months ago +8

    What I enjoyed best about this was everybody’s eagerness and joy to help solve a mystery. This was very interesting, and now I can go to bed happy knowing there are so many wonderful people in this world. ♥️

  • OneMorePixel
    OneMorePixel 2 months ago

    I should pay for this. Amazing work everyone. This is one of the best investigation. The research and video rythm are