The universe is full of mysteries that challenge our current knowledge and all over the world there are mysterious objects that defy explanation. This is the case of the Baigong Pipes.

In a mysterious pyramid in China’s Qinghai Province near Mount Baigong are three caves filled with pipes leading to a nearby salt-water lake. There are also pipes under the lake bed and on the shore. The iron pipes range in size but the strangest part is that they may be about 150,000 years old. If they were made by humans, history as it is commonly viewed would have to be re-evaluated.

The research began in 2002 by a team of scientists. The local Delingha government told Xinhua the pipes were analyzed at a local smelter and 8 percent of the material could not be identified. The rest was made up of ferric oxide, silicon dioxide, and calcium oxide.

The silicon dioxide and calcium oxide are products of long interaction between the iron and surrounding sandstone, showing the ancient age of the pipes. Liu Shaolin, the engineer who did the analysis, told Xinhua: “This result has made the site even more mysterious.”

And to further add to the mystery, Zheng Jiandong, a geology researcher from the China Earthquake administration told state-run newspaper People’s Daily in 2007 that some of the pipes were found to be highly radioactive.

Though some have since tried to explain the pipes as a natural phenomenon, Yang Ji, a researcher at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, told Xinhua the pyramid may have been built by intelligent beings. He did not dismiss the theory that ancient extraterrestrials may be responsible.

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