The “Pyramids” in Antarctica have spread all over the internet creating multiple theories that lead to a point where there was help from extra-terrestrial species or it was not as icy as it is now.
Speaking to The Sun, Dr. Vanessa Bowman, of the British Antarctic Survey, once said: “Go back 100 million years ago, and Antarctica was covered in lush rain forests similar to those that exist in New Zealand today.”
To put it simply, Antarctica wasn’t an icy continent hundreds of millions of years ago, instead, it was part of an ancient continent named Gondwana.
Gondwana and Laurasia were ancient continents that were later on formed a super continent named Pangaea. After millions of years, Pangaea also broke apart. This is where the Continental Drift Theory, proposed by Alfred Wegener, comes in, this states that parts of the Earth’s crust slowly drift atop a liquid core. In other words, the supercontinent slowly broke apart until the continents were formed until to its current state now.
The other theory that also popped-up along with these pictures is that there were aliens involved in the construction of the pyramid
“Some more avant garde suggestions point towards extra-terrestrial help, buoyed by the location of the pyramid in relation to the magnetic north pole and its alignment with the sun during the summer solstice, something considered beyond the capabilities of the Egyptians.
But all of these are just conspiracy theories. It’s all a bluff. The pictures taken during the expedition were just exaggerated to deceive the naked eye.
Those steep, pyramid-like sides are li
kely the work of hundreds of millions of years of erosion, experts told Live Science.
“This is just a mountain that looks like a pyramid,” Eric Rignot, a professor of Earth system s
cience at the University of California, Irvine, told Live Science in an email. “Pyramid shapes are not impossible — many peaks partially look like pyramids, but they only have one to two faces like that, rarely four.”
Freeze-thaw erosion likely led to its pyramid-like shape, Pelto said. This happens when snow or water fills up cracks within a mountain during the day. When night falls and temperatures drop, the snow freezes and expands, turning into ice. The expanding ice causes the cracks to grow, Pelto said.
This freeze-thaw erosion happens countless times, leading to the creation of larger cracks that can, eventually, cause entire rock sections to break off, he said. These forces likely also shaped other pyramidal mountains, including the Matterhorn in the Alps, he said.
Pelto added that although some news outlets are saying that the mountain is newly discovered, that’s very unlikely to be the case. There’s a research base for climate scientists to the south of the mountain in an area known as the Patriot Hills.
“You can actually probably see this mountain from up there in the Patriot Hills,” Pelto said.
As for the conspiracy theorists who are wondering about the mountain’s pyramidal shape, “at least they’re thinking about something,” he said. “In the end, maybe they’ll learn something in the process.”
(Source for picture 4 and the article above : http://www.livescience.com/57009-antarctica-pyramid-mountain-explained.html)
(Source for pictures 1,2 and 3 : https://owlcation.com/humanities/Debunking-the-Pyramids-of-Antarctica-myth)