In 2002, in
an area of Qinghai Province, China not known to ever contain people, let alone industry, three mysterious triangular openings were discovered on the top of a Mount Baigong. They were discovered by U.S. scientists on a trek looking for dinosaur fossils.
Inside the openings are hundreds of ancient
rusty iron pipes of unknown origin. Some of the pipes go deep into the mountain.
Some of them go into a nearby salt water lake. There are more pipes in the lake, some protruding above the surface, others buried in the lake bed,
and more still running east-west along the lake shore. Some of the larger pipes
are 16 inches in diameter, are of uniform size and are placed in what seems like
purposeful patterns. The smallest in size are no bigger than toothpicks.
A piece of one of the pipes
So that alone, is pretty weird. But what makes it even weirder is that archaeologists have dated the pipes to around the time when humans were still learning how to cook food in fire, let alone casting metal.
The pipes are made mostly of iron, but are also about 30% silicon dioxide.
Another weird point: the pipes are clear of debris, even though they're craptacularly old, which suggests they were actually used for something. Oh, also, the mountain? Pretty much completely inhospitable to human life.
The landscape around Mount Baigong
Locals living in the southeast area of the province have known about the pipes for centuries and credit them to extraterrestials and have stories of alien visitors.
AND not to mention, there's a 200 foot pyramid near the mountain's summit.
There are, of course, records and other discoveries similar to the Baigong pipes around the world, but those, of course, are for another post.
Thoughts? Theories? Let's hear them in the comments!