It’s a new day on the internet, which means a new conspiracy theory: due to Google Earth, a strange new pyramid has been spotted in Antarctica.
Except it’s simply a hill. Even the “new” component of the conspiracy idea is basically a rehash of a story about pyramids at the South Pole that has been reported for years.
So let’s start with the first Pyramid (AKA mountain). The British Antarctic Expedition of 1910-1913 found it. It was then kept hidden from the rest of the globe by dubbing it “The Pyramid” and using that name on every geological study of the region.
These geologists thought they were smart with their double bluff, but they couldn’t have predicted that 100 years later, “truthers” would see through their ruse and find that the Pyramid is, in fact, a pyramid, most likely built by an extraterrestrial civilisation, or Atlantis. Maybe. Definitely.
A new mountain has re-ignited the wheel of conspiracy ideas. It is located at the coordinates 79°58’39.25?S 81°57’32.21?W. It’s undeniably a mountain.
“The pyramid-shaped formations are located in the Ellsworth Mountains, a 400-kilometer-long range, so it’s no surprise that there are rocky peaks poking up above the ice.” “The peaks are certainly made of rock, and the fact that this specific peak has that shape is just coincidental,” Dr Mitch Darcy, geologist at the German Research Centre for Geosciences in Potsdam, told us.
“It’s not a difficult form, therefore it’s not a unique coincidence.” It is a nunatak, which is basically a rocky outcropping that protrudes over a glacier or ice sheet. This one has the shape of a pyramid, yet it is not a human-made structure.”
Although the Matterhorn in the Alps and Mount Bulandstindur in Iceland are noteworthy examples, pyramid-shaped summits are relatively frequent.
On top of that, there is practically no benefit to establishing a covert facility in Antarctica. If it were, international governments would have fought over its resources long ago. Fortunately, the South Pole is rich in natural diversity and scientific potential, and long may it remain thus.
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