Mount Baigong is located in Huaitoutala County, 40 kilometers southwest of Delingha City, the capital of the Haixi Mongolian and Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture in northwest China's Qinghai province. To the southwest of the mountain are two shimmering lakes on a plateau, one called Tuosuo and the other, Keluke. The incredible thing is that the former is a salt water lake, and the latter is composed of fresh water, despite their connection with the Bayin River.
Upon arrival at Mount Baigong, a rare heavy rain that had been ravaging the area for a couple of days had just stopped, giving way to the scorching heat of the sun and ultraviolet rays pouring down on one's head. The place looked just like the surface of Mars depicted in an American science fiction film: flame-colored rocks were dazzling under the sun and clusters of stiff-necked desert plants stood in the sweeping wind.
At more than 2,800 meters above sea level, the air is thin and crisp. The legendary "iron pipes" are scattered around the foot of the mountain, rusted and weathered. Who made them and brought them to this barren site? What is known is that this place has never seen industrial development in any real sense, and no construction has ever been conducted around Tuosu Lake. Thus, the news of an "Extra-Terrestrial (ET) relic site" immediately roused much attention, especially from scholars.
Investigations by experts resulted in the following hypotheses:
--Relics of prehistoric human beings. It is believed that prehistoric men held higher industrial and cultural achievements than existing human beings. Relics of their achievements remained after they disappeared with changing glacier conditions. However, no sign of glacier activity was evident around Mount Baigong.
--Fossils of plants with tube-shaped stems formed under high pressure. Scientific analysis tells us that fossils of fauna and flora can only remain the same; fossils could not change into forms such as iron pipes positioned in different ways. In addition, there has neither been any report of iron in the surrounding area, nor is there any evidence of fossils.
--A unique geological phenomenon. After an investigative tour of the area, Zheng Jiandong, a geology research fellow from the China Earthquake Administration said he favors the possibility that when underground magma rose to the surface ferric materials froze to form the tube-like objects. "There is indeed something mysterious about these pipes," he explained, "for example, the size of the pipes tends to be small and some of them are highly radioactive."
--A decision of ET beings. The Qaidam Basin of Qinghai is high in altitude, there are few clouds and air is transparent; while Mount Baigong is very close to the lakes. If an ET being entered our planet in an aircraft, the mountain would be the most eye-catching landmark, and the area would be ideal for landing. Are the pipes used for research into the chemical elements of the Tuosou Lake?
Educated guesses and hypotheses have been piling up. However, one thing is certain: stronger evidence and closer scientific analysis are needed before any of the hypotheses can be proven.
By People's Daily Online