The other day, I was checking on a storm front moving into the valley from just southeast of the Mesa and as the interactive map showed the storm moving, I couldn't help but notice a distinct circle in the middle of it that made it seem like the storm was moving around it, as if there were an invisible dome sitting there (because it made a perfect circle of a clearing as the entire storm moved over it). 

Here's a screen cap of where it is in relation to Double Eagle Airport near the volcanoes.  

So, my question is...what is that place?  I'm kind of busy so I don't want to spend too much more time with this (I already downloaded Google Earth on my laptop just so I could get close and see if the 3D view would reveal anything, and I'm close to just grabbing a friend and just going on a ride out there to check it out) but my curiosity's definitely piqued.  There are some goopy-looking reservoirs there and a ball-shaped tower of sorts.  It seems like the best access is "Jim McDowell Rd" north of Atrisco Vista (leads to the airport)

Does anyone happen to know what it is?  

Thanks, in advance, to anyone who might be able to help.

Here's more:

Zooming in

The larger structure

The google "street view" of the smaller structure about half a mile east of the larger one.  

Aerial view of smaller structure.  Double-fencing around the perimeter, like a prison.  Basketball courts on the north side.  

Aerial view of the dome tower just to the south of the larger structure.

Street view (as far as Google would take me) of the entrance to the larger structure. There's a sign there but it's too far away to read.  

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Hi Syd--

The round tank looks like a radar installation. I found this site, which may or may not be it. 

http://wikimapia.org/2375371/West-Mesa-Long-Range-Radar-and-Operati...

Laura, thank you.  That's equally as interesting, but it's not it.  However, your Wikimapia tool lead me to THIS, which is definitely the site.

It says it's a "Soils Amendment Facility" where "Green waste from the City of Albuquerque is mixed with sludge from the water reclamation facility to create compost for use at city parks."

Hmmm, so maybe that big round thing is the water storage, but then, that doesn't explain the double fencing. 

Wikimapia revealed lots of interesting things out there.  

Hey, thanks for the help!  

Cool sleuthing. Yeah, first time I had stumbled over Wikimapia, which is very handy.

I think it's the old West Side Jail facility, which is apparently occasionally now in use as a film/TV set. 

http://www.nmlocations.com/loc_detail.aspx?id=10002878&g=0&...

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