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Antarctic anomaly mystery resurfaces again

Posted on Thursday, 29 December, 2016 | Comment icon 36 comments

Is there an impact crater beneath the ice ? Image Credit: CC BY-SA 2.0 Eli Duke
A peculiar 151-mile-wide anomaly is believed to lie beneath a region of Antarctica known as Wilkes Land.
Known as the 'Wilkes Land Anomaly', this mysterious feature, which descends to a minimum depth of 848 meters beneath the surface, is thought to be a giant impact crater left behind following a cataclysmic asteroid strike - possibly even the one responsible for wiping out the dinosaurs.

Over the years however several alternative theories have been put forward and more recently the Internet has been awash with rumors that something else entirely may lie beneath the Antarctic ice.

Most notably, controversial YouTube channel 'Secure Team 10' has put forward the idea that the site is actually home to a secret Nazi base that has remained hidden since World War II.

The claim does have at least some merit as, back in October, Russian scientists revealed that they had located a secret Nazi facility in the Arctic that had been abandoned since the 1940s.
That said, the Antarctic is a far less accessible region that the Arctic and the size of the anomaly is far beyond the scale of any German bases from that era. There's also the fact that much of the 'evidence' in favor of this theory consists of questionable Google Earth images of the region.

While it's certainly an interesting idea, ultimately it is far more likely that the Wilkes Land Anomaly is exactly what it was originally believed to be - the site of a large asteroid impact crater.

"This Wilkes Land impact is much bigger than the impact that killed the dinosaurs, and probably would have caused catastrophic damage at the time," said Ralph von Frese, a professor of geological sciences who discovered the site back in 2006.

"All the environmental changes that would have resulted from the impact would have created a highly caustic environment that was really hard to endure."

"So it makes sense that a lot of life went extinct at that time."

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Tags: Wilkes, Antarctica

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #27 Posted by XenoFish on 5 January, 2017, 6:42
Come on man. You know the two default answers around here. It's either aliens or demons. It worse when it's demonic aliens.
Comment icon #28 Posted by Thorvir on 5 January, 2017, 14:54
I know.   I was hoping the poster I quoted would come back and explain her claim.  Wishful thinking on my part.
Comment icon #29 Posted by Dyna on 6 January, 2017, 17:16
Or have you heard of the idea of ancient advanced humans who met their demise?
Comment icon #30 Posted by Myles on 6 January, 2017, 17:23
I don't think that is a realistic option.
Comment icon #31 Posted by seaturtlehorsesnake on 6 January, 2017, 20:23
i guess all ancient humans met their demise, you know,  eventually.  so that's one accurate thing to that very generic question
Comment icon #32 Posted by freetoroam on 6 January, 2017, 20:58
Maybe we will see it more clearly when the iceberg breaks away, it could have an effect on quite a large area. brw
Comment icon #33 Posted by MissJatti on 15 January, 2017, 10:47
Its Atlantis
Comment icon #34 Posted by XenoFish on 15 January, 2017, 13:14
It never turns out good for anyone. Keep it on ice.
Comment icon #35 Posted by AustinHinton on 21 January, 2017, 18:19
Fools! The anomaly is of course Time Baby. Gravity Falls already solved this mystery.   But seriously though, someone needs to get a grant and some gear and go see what this anomaly may be.
Comment icon #36 Posted by Maureen_jacobs on 22 January, 2017, 1:35

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