Many have wondered in recent years why there is all the fuss about Antarctica, and why there are such strange goings on on the southern polar continent, everything from very strange, and very long wave seismic waves (as I detailed in the last chapter of my book Roswell and the Reich), to curious activity around Lake Vostok, sudden outbreaks of strange illnesses, including rumors that the entire continent has been shut down and is now under some sort of "security clamp."
Well, if you've been following those stories, here's an interesting perspective:
What is interesting here is that the article mentions Lonsdaleite, a substance reportedly twice as hard a diamonds, in addition to this new mineral - Wassonite - a complex crystal lattice of sulfur and titanium. We have, perhaps, a clue here on why Antarctica is such a prize to the various nations of the world: its meteorites, and the new possibilities of materials engineering and materials science that they offer. Notice also the use of nanotechnologies to analyze these minerals, a statement that implies its use in their creation.
It is interesting to ponder something else: these are the finds we're being told about. One wonders what else has been found that we haven't been told about, and that raises an interesting, odd - nay, off-the-wall - sort of connection. There have always been persisting rumors that the Nazis invented some sort of super-hard material - "Impervium" was its reported name - but never much more than a tenuous case, as I also reported in Roswell and the Reich. But what if the mineral was in fact found in a meteorite during their 1938-39 expedition to Neuschwabenland? While there is no evidence to suggest such a find during the expedition, it is not beyond the bounds of possibility, and an early discovery of "Lonsdaleite" would rationalize in some respects the alleged process of the formation of "Impervium" that I detailed there.
Wild speculation? To be sure! But intriguing nonetheless. And in any case, the fact remains that the Antarctic meteorites are yielding new possibilities for materials science, and that's well worth keeping the southern continent under lock and key.