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Has science solved the Dyatlov Pass mystery?

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Eldorado

A 62-year-old adventure mystery that has prompted conspiracy theories around Soviet military experiments, Yetis, and even extraterrestrial contact may have its best, most sensible explanation yet—one found in a series of avalanche simulations based in part on car crash experiments and animation used in the movie Frozen.

In an article published today in the journal Communications Earth and Environment, researchers present data pointing to the likelihood that a bizarrely small, delayed avalanche may have been responsible for the gruesome injuries and deaths of nine experienced hikers who never returned from a planned 200-mile adventure in Russia’s Ural Mountains in the winter of 1959.

Full monty at Nat Geo: Link

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pallidin

Wow. Read the OP statements as well as the above link, and I'm still somewhat perplexed by this tragedy, though I'm sure there is a set of reasonable explainations.

 

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Mr.United_Nations

There was a rumour that another group saw some jets or helicopters dropping bombs causing the avalanche

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Robotic Jew

Sounds plausible and mundane enough to be true. 

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ercbreeze

They followed the footprints to find 5 bodies, so the avalanche injured those 5 and they ran away and died from exposure?  

 

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Nnicolette

Yeah this doesn't even make sense. How did they follow their tracks if there was an avalanche and how did it bash their heads, yet the tent and stuff was still sitting in the camp site and visible.

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b0wn

Umm, did they not find the girls tongue cut out and her eyes? If this is the correct one I remember.

Not sure how an Avalanche conjured Sharp Precision objects and went for her eyes and tongue.

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OpenMindedSceptic

Looking at the simple facts stated higher up this feed, the incident isn't explained by an avalanche.

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HollyDolly

I agree with you BOwn. Avalances can't do that. Either animals did it , or maybe a Alma, as the russians call their Bigfoot. If the lady's tongue,etc. were removed post mortum(after she died) then it was animals.If before death, then something else was invovled.

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Ell

I suspect that their exterior body froze in their tent. Not being able any more to radiate their internal heat, they got very hot, and started to undress in the hope to cool off, which exacerbated their freezing condition, and they next cut open their tent to get outside - again in the hope to cool off. There they froze to death.

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White Crane Feather

I remeber a lengthy discussion about this years ago, and a bunch of us pulled up all kinds of resources. We concluded with an avalanche as well followed by a series of survival attempts where a tree had to be climbed to get wood to start a fire, clothing removed form those who had succumbed, and eventually one group seeking better shelter but succumbing to the elements and potentially tumbling down a nearby ridge. Then we pulled up some information on how small animals will scavenge the tungs out of the dead because that is last part of the body to freeze because it is reachable.

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jethrofloyd

Disney’s ‘Frozen’ Assists Researchers Analyzing 62-Year-Old Mystery Of Dyatlov Pass

https://www.huffpost.com/entry/frozen-dyatlov-pass_n_601b1b82c5b62bf30753dc2f

The snow in the 2013 film was animated so well that it helped one scientist develop a simulation to study the grim 1959 death of nine Russian hikers.

Researchers looking into one of the theories behind the Dyatlov Pass incident, a 1959 unsolved mystery that saw nine hikers killed during an expedition into Russia’s Ural Mountains, drew inspiration from one unlikely source — Disney’s 2013 hit film ''Frozen''.

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