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Are there ancient pyramids in Antarctica ?

By T.K. Randall
June 7, 2020 · Comment icon 162 comments

Are the Antarctic pyramids artificial structures or natural formations ? Image Credit: Google Earth
For years, some have speculated that pyramid-shaped formations in Antarctica could be man-made structures.
Pyramids continue to crop up all across the world - it's a basic shape that has been constructed time and again by civilizations and cultures for millennia, many of which having no contact with one another and in some cases with vast oceans and thousands of years between them.

It is perhaps no surprise, therefore, that when images of large pyramid-shaped formations in Antarctica started doing the rounds online, many people jumped on the idea that they could be artificial structures perhaps left behind by some ancient civilization that has long since gone from the world.

The southern continent has not always been covered in snow and ice - in the distant past it was a much more temperate region with lush forests, swamps and a variety of wildlife.

Some speculate that these 'pyramids' could be evidence of Atlantis or of extraterrestrial visitors, while others favor more conventional explanations.

But could there really be ancient structures protruding from the frozen wastes ?
While there is no denying that some of the rock formations in Antarctica certainly do appear pyramid shaped, the most likely explanation is that these are the peaks of large mountains buried in the ice.

Such features are known scientifically as "nunataks."

Whatever the case however, it is unlikely that the stories and speculation surrounding these ancient pyramid-shaped peaks are going to disappear anytime soon.

You can check out a clip about Antarctic pyramids from the show Ancient Aliens below.

Source: Ancient Origins | Comments (162)

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Comment icon #153 Posted by Captain Risky 4 years ago
@Swede come on down!
Comment icon #154 Posted by Wepwawet 4 years ago
If Antarctica were ice free in 1513, Emperor penguins would not have existed as they would have gone extinct when the ice melted at some point before then. Penguin evolution has continued over the last 60 million years, Emperor penguin evolution over the last 40 million years, and the present Emperors have been around for the last 3 million years. Even if Antarctica froze in one year so that an unspecified penguin then evolved into the Emperor, it's impossible for such a specialized animal to evolve in a mere 500 years. So, where were the Emperors 500 years ago and how could they survive in an... [More]
Comment icon #155 Posted by Captain Risky 4 years ago
The point you've missed is that even though the map was drawn in 1513 AD the maps used to make the Piri Reis map were thousands of years older. 
Comment icon #156 Posted by Wepwawet 4 years ago
So, not even an attempt to address the science, why would that be..... There is no evidence that the Piri Reis map is based on earlier maps, it's just you saying it is. Yet even if it were, according to you it still shows an ice free Antarctica 500 years ago, and all the points I raised are still valid. All those animals dependant on an ice covered Antarctica could not have been alive 500 years ago, and could not have evolved in the time period between the Piri Reis map and the 18th Century. Address those points. And your  is really addressed to the universities of Bath and Tasmania.
Comment icon #157 Posted by Captain Risky 4 years ago
What science? Penguins are adaptive animals. Species have the capacity to evolve and adapt. Penguins don't always live in ice. You can find penguins in ice free areas. I can think of heaps of reasons why researchers would say that and global warming the very first.  Have you even read anything that I've written? the maps that the Piri Reis map is based on is thousands of years old. You really should take that into consideration. 
Comment icon #158 Posted by Captain Risky 4 years ago
Penguins don't live at the South Pole, and more polar myths debunked We're setting the record straight on which cold-dwelling creature lives where.
Comment icon #159 Posted by Windowpane 4 years ago
Heinrich explains that there exists:  
Comment icon #160 Posted by Captain Risky 4 years ago
Thats an opinon. But you're more than welcomed to explain how how the ancients knew of Antartica if you don't what to talk about how it was maped ice free. There is also the issue of other land marks on the Piri Peis map such as the Andes mountain range and even the equator. Theres tons of things but i don't want to inundate you for now. 
Comment icon #161 Posted by Wepwawet 4 years ago
You have not written anything substantial for me to read, and as I've said, I have no interest in this debate about the USAF. Can you explain how the animals alive today dependant on an ice covered Antarctic could have survived 500 and more years ago. Animals evolve to fit their ecology and environment, so todays Antarctic animals could only have survived 500 years ago if they were suited, by evolution, to an ice free Antarctica. It's not relevant how long Antarctica was "ice free" before the Piri Reis map, and neither is the existance of other species of peguins further north not so dependant... [More]
Comment icon #162 Posted by Saru 4 years ago
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