“Irrelevant Artifacts: 150,000-year-old pipes in a Chinese pyramid

In a mysterious pyramid in China’s Qinghai Province near Baigong Mountain, there are three caves filled with pipes leading to a nearby salt water lake. There are also pipes under the bottom of the lake and on the shore. The iron pipes vary in size. Dating by the Beijing Institute of Geology showed that these iron pipes were smelted about 150,000 years ago. What is even stranger is that some of the pipes turned out to be very radioactive. The logical thought of a nuclear reactor and cooling system arises.

150,000-year-old pipes baffle scientists in China

In China’s Qinghai Province, near Mount Baigong, there is a mysterious pyramid with three caves filled with iron pipes of various sizes. The pipes lead to a nearby saltwater lake and are also located under the bottom of the lake and on its shore.

Dating by the Beijing Institute of Geology has shown that the iron pipes were smelted about 150,000 years ago, if indeed they were made by humans. This dating raises many questions for scientists, as humans have only inhabited the region for the past 30,000 years. Even in the known history of the area, the only people who inhabited the region were nomads, whose way of life left no such constructions behind.

The pipes are of interest to many researchers and enterprising minds, but traditional scholars remain skeptical. Artifacts such as these pipes are called Oopart (artifact out of place). It is a term applied to dozens of prehistoric objects found in various places around the world that seem to demonstrate a level of technological advancement incompatible with the time in which they were made. Ooparts often provoke debate and frustrate traditional scientists, but delight enterprising researchers open to alternative theories.

Although some have tried to explain the pipes as a natural phenomenon, Yang Ji, a researcher at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, said the pyramid could have been built by intelligent beings. He did not reject the theory that ancient aliens might be responsible, saying that this theory is “understandable and worthy of study … but scientific means must be used to prove whether or not it is true.”

Another theory is that the pipes were built by prehistoric people who used methods lost by people of a later period. This may be due to the fact that ancient people were more connected with nature and had a better understanding of its laws.

The pipes lead into a salt lake, although there is fresh water in the neighboring twin lake. The surrounding landscape is studded with oddly shaped stones. The stones stick out of the ground like broken poles. The head of public relations for the local Delingi government said the pipes were analyzed at a local smelter, and 8 percent of the material could not be identified. The rest consisted of iron oxide, silicon dioxide and calcium oxide. The silicon dioxide and calcium oxide are the products of a long-term interaction between the iron and the surrounding sandstone, indicating the ancient age of the pipes.

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