The world of internet again bustling by the discovery of an object like a pyramid in Antarctica. Since last week a number of Western medias busy to proclaim an object like the pyramid captured by the Google Earth.
Some scientists was interviewed speculate that the object was an evidence of human civilization ever existed in the northern hemisphere. In fact, there are some scientists who say that the object is a relic of an alien who had stopped at the Earth. But is it true that the object is a pyramid? If true, and then who has built it? Human or alien?
|This Antarctic mountain bears a striking resemblance to a pyramid captured by Google Earth. (Picture from: http://adf.ly/1gFeUP)|
According to several scientists interviewed by Live Science, the object like pyramid shaped was actually a mountain which has similar sloping sides to the pyramids in Egypt. The sides were created as a natural phenomenon.
"This is a mountain that looks like a pyramid, Usually there are two sides like a pyramid, rarely has four sides (like a pyramid)," said Eric Rignot, an Earth science expert at the University of California as quoted by Live Science on Tuesday, November 29, 2016. According to him, the pattern similar to pyramid was many in nature. Some mountain on Earth, he said, had the sides like a pyramid.
The mountains like a pyramid itself is one of several peaks in the Ellsworth Mountains of Antarctica. The mountain was first discovered by US pilot, Lincoln Ellsworth on his journey on November 23, 1935, as described in a study of US Geological Survey (USGS) in 2007.
The nameless peak is located south of Ellsworth Mountains, in an area called Heritage Range. In that place is found some rare fossils of ancient creatures that about 500 million years old.
Meanwhile, according to Mauri Pelto, an environmental studies expert at Nichols College, Dudley, Massachusetts, the sides similar to pyramid at the mountaintop was caused by erosion of permafrost that occurs over millions of years.
He explained that the snow or water usually fill cracks or crevices of the mountain during the day. At night, when the temperature dropped dramatically, water or snow will freeze, expand and turn into ice. As a result of this expansion make the slit on the mountain enlarged.
This process is ongoing so as to create large cracks and that ultimately led to these parts were destroyed. This process has already been studied in another mountain shaped like a pyramid, like the top of the Matterhorn mountain in the Alps.
|A pyramid-shaped peak called Matterhorn in the Alps. (Picture from: http://adf.ly/1gFeUP)|
The nameless mountain in Antarctica has three sloping sides of the same. Pelto suspects that the three sloping sides were eroded at the same speed.
"I suspect, rock type on the three sides was fairly uniform," said Pelto. The fourth side of a mountain that looked more different. He extends eastward, not tilted like the other three sides.
He also denied that the mountain was newly found. He said that near the mountain, precisely in the south, there is a research station belonging to climate scientists. The area was known as Patriot Hills. "You can see the mountain from Patriot Hills," he said then. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | LIVESCIENCE]
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