By Tuan Nguyen
Posting in Government
A massive structure known as the "Eye of the Sahara" has spawned some wild theories over its origins.
You're staring right into the "Eye of the Sahara," a mysterious site located in Mauritania, West Africa.
The breathtaking photograph, taken by Dutch Astronaut Andre Kuipers, offers a close-up glimpse of the massive rock formation (40 kilometers in diameter) known as the Richat structure from the International Space Station as it swung over the Sahara Desert on the Atlantic Coast. The image was captured on March 7 with a Nikon D2Xs camera, according to officials at the European Space Agency.
Long thought to be an Asteroid crater, further examination by experts found that the site's features were unique and lacked signs of shock metamorphism, a form of land deformation usually left in the wake of such a powerful impact. For instance, an analysis of rock samples did not turn up any Coesite, a form of silicon dioxide that's created in the aftermath of a sizable impact or atomic explosion. And recent evidence suggests that the various layers of rock were actually shaped by natural geological processes such as erosion and hydrothermal waters.
Still, the structure's unknown originals have spawned numerous web sites offering up a wide range of explanations, from the scientific to the wildly imaginitive. Some of the more speculative theories out there include claims that the formation may have been of extraterrestrial origin or that the circles are actually the remains of the three rings of Atlantis.
Experts have called for further investigation to figure out how the site came to be. But what do you think?
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Mar 26, 2012
After reading three or four of your "articles" you need a native English speaking editor. They aren't terrible, but there are enough idiom challenges to be distracting from your point.
May I refer everyone to the Wikipedia [on-line encyclopedia] article: Richat Structure for more details....
It's the push-point from when the star gods pushed this mudball into orbit and seeded the planet, billions of years ago.
although it is mysterious but seems to be very adventurous spot. it may be form as a result of any geological activity like volcanic eruption, seismic activity or earth crust displacement.
It's probably the remains of an open pit mine. Those old timers were very industrious. The hard part was moving all those rocks to Egypt to build the pyramids. 8-)
It's in a depression, with cliffs and drainage evidence on the north and west sides. Then again, maybe it's like that wormhole that John Carter used to get to Mars.
Bookmanpc: I hope you don't live in a glass house, because you appear to be throwing stones--and you may imagine the outcome. The subject of your first sentence is unclear. Who is "you?" Does "you" only need a native English-speaking (notice the hyphen) editor after reading three or four of the articles? Why not before he reads them? In the second sentence, the subject (again) is not clear. I assume that "they" refers to the articles, but the sentence structure makes that somewhat indefinite. Who/what is distracting? Do you mean that the reader is distracted? Why not say so? I suggest that we all try to be more forgiving. Not everyone has a perfect grasp of every nuance of the English language--not even "native English speaking editor(s)."
Sorry, ZYSIS, ....geologically speaking, it's not that old...it's more likely the extinct remains of one of those "Super Volcanoes" [ala: Yellowstone] that PBS did a 'special' about...................However, you're on the right track...sort of...only, "this mudball" was a molten sphere when it arrived in what is now termed: 'Earth Orbit', ca. 3 1/2 billion years ago; the remains of a planetary collision which occurred because our Sun's [star god?] gravitational field drew a planetary object, and its moons, into the main part of the Solar System that resulted in a close enough approach to the planet that once existed between Mars and Jupiter for the moons of this planetary interloper to crash into said planet which exploded....The crustal debris plus other rocky debris forming the Asteroid Belt which follows the general orbit of the erstwhile planet; however, its molten interior and core, coalescing into a sphere [as does all liquid in spatial vacuum] is knocked by the force and direction of the impact out of its original orbit toward the Sun; and, due to its large mass, gravitationally takes one of its former moons with it . ...Ergo, as its speed/momentum decays, the paIr settle into a closer Solar orbit, and become what we now know as the Earth and its Moon.......This is related in the 6500 year old, SUMERIAN 'Tablets of Creation' which were discovered, along with many other Sumerian baked clay tablets, in the ruins of the Assyrian [todays Kurds] capital: Ninevah; and, within the ruins of the palace of the Assyrian king: Ashurbanipal, who avidly collected as many Sumerian 'books' as he could...The Sumerian writings, at that time, were around 2000 years old; and which the Babylonians studied the same way we study the writings of the ancient Romans and Greeks......Modern civilization knew nothing of the Sumerian civilization until this momentus discovery was made in the year 1870!!!......Futhermore, our long-range Space Probes have verified the Sumerian description of the outer planets!
So are you saying that somehow you can activate it and it'll turn into an animated vortex that cuts through space-time? Sounds like a good escape route in case of an alien invasion, but why Mars? There's nothing there!
If they ruled out a meteor, then my best guess would be a sink hole. Perhaps it collapsed into a deep volcanic channel millions of years ago....
Fascinating KHM96841 We now know where Atlantis was also, it was a giant 3 ringed Caldera off of the coast of Spain, now under 12000 ft of Atlantic waters. just about where Plato etc., placed it. At the junction of three Tectonic plates.