After U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry's unusual visit to Antarctica recently, a visit that readers here will recall I blogged about, and a visit scheduled during what was otherwise a global diplomatic junket, I received a number of articles from various readers here, many of them speculating on why such a high ranking official would be visiting our planet's southern-most, and polar, continent. Most of what I received have concerns the "discovery" of a pyramid on that continent, or at least, what are in my un-expert opinion, mighty peculiar and "regularly formed 'mountains.'" Here's the U.K. Daily Mail's version of the story:
The title here says it all, and its a familiar meme within "pyramidology," namely, humans are not capable of building such massive structures, only extraterrestrials are, and besides, they were built so long ago that mankind was not around to build them... Q.E.D. Of course, there are the usual counter-arguments and skeptical articles, such as this one:
Relax, all is completely explainable, the latter article reassures us, from natural causes:
It appears the pyramids are not a mystery, after all. For years, climbers heading to Antarctica's largest peak, Vinsen Massif, have passed by one of these supposed pyramids. Even a National Geographic photographer snapped a few pictures of it from the peak of Vinsen Massif.
There are other photos and videos on the Internet showing climbers ascending this peak, while the pyramid can be seen in the background. And, by all appearance, no one is really paying much attention to it. There's a reason.
The "pyramid" may well be a natural formation known as nunatak. These are mountain peaks that jut up above massive glaciers. They are found throughout Antarctica and Greenland. It is believed that these formations were formed by years of erosion caused by the shifting glaciers.
OK, sure, I get that. Even the Matterhorn, viewed from certain angles, has a "regularity" to it, but no one (as far as I know) is maintaining it was built by extraterrestrials. And for good measure, the latter article gives the following explanation for the more recent resurgence of the "Antarctica Pyramid Story", an interesting history in its own right:
Just when the Antarctica Pyramid was starting to fade into obscurity, another article on the matter has gone viral. This time, a name – as well as coordinates – was given. Vicente Fuentes, a Spanish paranormal investigator who writes for Ufotopia.com, posted an image of a supposed pyramid and a Spanish language documentary on the topic in mid-March 2016. Nearly every paranormal blog and internet fringe publication -- such as Before-Its-News.com -- published duplicate articles.
Fuentes (who was described as a “vivid researcher”) made the claim that Google Earth captured evidence of a pyramid in Antarctica. And, for good measure, he placed the satellite image side-by-side with another satellite image of a pyramid in Egypt. Also, he gave the coordinates that anyone could plug in for Google Earth (79°58'39.25"S 81°57'32.21"W)
Many true believers have touted this as being the best evidence to date. They claimed that it was impossible for mountain ridges and peaks to be nearly perfect in symmetry.
However, a closer look reveals that the Antarctic pyramid -- possibly a mountain peak known as Schatz Ridge (a better view is the lead photo used for this article) – is not as perfect as many pyramid believers suggests. There appears to be a canyon on one side. Also, as mentioned, this particular ridge is located near a popular mountain routinely used by mountain climbers (who probably didn’t give it much thought about it being anything more than a glacier horn or nunatak).
I for one, like the Daily Mail or the author of the second article, Mr. Dean Taylor, am skeptical of the whole "pyramid in Antarctica meme," and particularly of trying to connect Mr. Kerry's visit to it. Granted, there are many strange goings-on in Antarctica, and most readers here know all the stories. When I look at any of the pictures in these articles, one thing I see is what clearly looks like a normal mountain; I see little evidence of an artificial structure made out of "building blocks." Indeed, the original article by Senor Fuentes itself juxtaposes the "antarctic Pyramid" to that of the Great Pyramid of Giza. But the latter is made of blocks of dressed and cut stones, effectively, out of giant "bricks" as it were. What I see in the comparison picture, whether cropped or not, doesn't resemble this at all.
But... that's not all I see. I do see a "regularity" in the supposed "antarctic Pyramid" that does give me pause: neatly aligned "faces" with ridges that are almost too perfectly rectilinear in nice, neat 90 degree angles. And, I have to admit, I do seem to see an indentation of the visible "faces" of this object that are very similar to the deliberately indented faces of the Great Pyramid along the center of its faces, creating a kind of "parabolic reflector" effect in the latter that I've mentioned in my various books about the subject. Arguing against this, however, is the shadow cast by the object even in Senor Fuentes' version of the picture, which has none of the regularity one would expect from a normal pyramidal structure.
So, I remain skeptical of the claim, and yet, very mildly skeptical of the skepticism as well. So I'm left with a case of "you tell me." But in the final analysis, given that there is no report of any detail connecting Mr. Kerry's visit to the continent with this object - whatever it is - we're left with speculation about the latter's visit there, and nothing more.
So how would one resolve this? A remote possibility is that radar tomography might indicate the presence of interior chambers in the object, which would up the ante, for most pyramidal structures around the world have some sort of interior chambers. But in the absence of this, we're left with speculation and, in my case, skepticism about the whole antarctic pyramid idea, for resemblances not withstanding, there doesn't appear to be anything even in Senor Fuentes' allegedly cropped photos suggesting any potential entrances to such interior chambers.
See you on the flip side...