WHAT IS SO MYSTERIOUS ABOUT THESE AERIAL PHOTOS?
There are times when a few mysteries are at loggerheads with scientific rationality and logic. These are the ones that are perfectly designed to rack your brains and leave you befuddled. The Aerial Photos of the following places on earth took the scientific community by storm.
1) PINK LAKE, AUSTRALIA
Science says that water has no colour but apparently Lake Hillier in Australia doesn’t like to be termed as ‘common’. Far from ordinary, the water of this lake has a bubblegum pink colour, which is distinctly visible in its Aerial Photos.
The lake which is 600 meters in length and 250 meters in width is located on the southern coast of Western Australia. It is highly saline and does not lose its colour when taken in a glass or stored in a bottle. Moreover, the colour of the water remains constant even with a change in temperature.
Scientists have come up with several explanations, the most dominant being that the lake contains a bacterium called Salinibacter ruber, which produces red pigments, thus giving the lake its bubblegum pink colour.
2) BAND OF HOLES, PERU
Finding approximately 6000 precisely constructed holes in the mountains of Peru left archaeologists clueless. Also known as Monte Sierpe (Serpent Mountain), the holes collectively look like a giant serpent when viewed from above.
Located in the Pisco Valley in southern Peru, the ‘Band of Holes’ covers a stretch of 3km and has a width somewhere between 15 and 18 meters. The diameter of each hole varies between 80cm and 2 meters.
Explanations about its origins range from the holes being used as graves to storage pits to some going to extent that it might have something to do with the extra-terrestrials. However, the most widely accepted theory suggests that they were used under the ancient Incan tax system. The holes that were dug out were used to measure food and other commodities, which was then redistributed equally amongst people.
3) LAKES IN BADAIN JARAN DESERT
Desert and lakes are such antonyms that no one would expect them to come together. So, naturally when satellite images exposed lakes in Badain Jaran Desert, it caused hoo-ha in the scientific community.
The 47,000 Km desert is situated in China. It is the third largest desert in the country and is home to one of the largest sand dunes in the world, with some towering to as much as 500 meters. Interestingly, it also shelters as many as 100 lakes. Moreover, almost 50% of the lakes are salt water lakes and the other half are fresh water lakes.
The presence of these lakes has given rise to various theories. While a few explanations suggest that the existence of ground water has given rise to lakes in the area, there are others who believe that atmospheric precipitation is at play.
4) NAN MADOL, MICRONESIA
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Nan Madol is a city constructed on a coral reef. It is an ancient engineering marvel and has been so accurately built that it stands out in the Aerial Photos of the region. Due to its sheer magnificence, the city of Nan Madol has also been compared with the Lost City of Atlantis.
The term ‘Nan Modal’ refers to the mysterious ‘spaces in between’. It is situated off the island of Pohnpei in Micronesia. The city consists of 92 artificially constructed islands that are separated by narrow channels of water. It is built of basalt columns, a few of which are as heavy as 50 tones. Scientists estimate that the city was built after a hard work of several centuries. It spaces ruins of temples, tombs, burial sites and bathing spaces.
A scientific rationale behind its construction is yet to be established. Very little is known about the people who built the enormous city and therefore, it is often linked with aliens and extra-terrestrials.
5) MIMA MOUNDS, WASHINGTON
Seemingly pimples on the Earth’s surface, Mima Mounds have mind boggled several scientists. Quite symmetrical and circular, the riddle about their creation is wrapped up in a mystery.
Formations like Mima Mounds have been discovered in every continent except Antarctica. Thousands of Mima Mounds that are 2 meters high and about 50 meters wide can be seen in western US.
Explanations about its creation vary from earthquakes to glacial flooding, gas venting, shrinking and swelling of clay, whirlpools and blowing of wind. However, a general consensus believes that pocket gophers have been working to push up the soil, thus resulting in the creation of Mima Mounds. Moreover, if this theory is to be believed, then it would take at least 500-700 years to build a ‘mature’ Mima Mound. This hints towards the fact that a generation of gophers must be employed to construct these large structures.
6) NASKA LINES, PERU
Naska lines are geolyphs or drawings made on ground that are still shrouded in mystery. A UNESCO World Heritage site, the size of the geolyphs and the fact that they are still secure in their natural state, has stunned the researchers.
Naska Lines are situated in the arid Peruvian coastal plain. There are thousands of geolyphs that range from a dog to a hummingbird to a simple arrangement of spirals, triangles and rectangles.
There is still uncertainty as to why these large scale operation was carried out. A few possible explanations suggest that the geolyphs were in someway, connected to the water sources, that made it easier for the people in the regon to locate the source of water. A few theories also suggest that they were ritual ground, used for pleassing God and carrying out other ceremonial practices.
7) VANISHING LAKE, IRELAND
Vanishing Lake is an example that when nature plays its magic, it can leave everyone dumbfounded. As a result, when satellite images captured before and after images of the lake, it left everyone goggle-eyed.
Loughareema or the Vanishing Lake is also a mysteirous one which disappears so quickly that it becomes impossible to determine that the lake ever passed through the region of Ballycastle, Ireland. Interestingly, this phenomenon even misled the engineers who built a road straight through the lake.
Scientists believe that the lake has an ability to drain itself due to the presence of a hole in its chalk bed. However, when the hole gets clogged, the water is unable to pass and lake becomes visible.