7 Mysterious Objects That Bewilder Even Scientists
There are many objects and places on Earth that confuse scientists and ordinary tourists just by their sheer existence. Often, our distant ancestors puzzle archaeologists with their mysterious structures that seem to be inspired by nature itself. But even nature can trump our imagination.
At Bright Side, we decided to have a look at mysterious structures and formations that exist on our planet. And in the bonus section, we’ll tell you about one of the most puzzling phenomena that scientists only managed to unravel just recently.
Al Naslaa Rock Formation, Saudi Arabia
The mysterious formation in Saudi Arabia puzzles even the most experienced travelers. Not only does this huge sandy rock have almost no point of contact with the ground, but it also has an absolutely even crack that runs through its center, and it seems to be made by a laser. And no one knows what actually happened.
Teotihuacan, or the “birthplace of the gods,” is located very close to the modern capital of Mexico, Mexico City. Currently, only tourists can be found in the ruins of Teotihuacan, but more than 100,000 people used to live in this ancient city.
House of the Fairies
Italy is famous for its countless architectural monuments, including the majestic Colosseum and the famous Leaning Tower of Pisa. However, there are also not so popular, but no less interesting, tourist attractions in Italy. One of them is the mysterious House of the Fairies (Domus de Janas) in Sardinia, whose tiny size is more suitable for fairies than for humans. Nowadays, it’s believed that these stone “fairytale houses” are about 6,000 years old.
Volkonsky dolmen, Russia
The famous Volkonsky dolmen, located in the mountains of Sochi, is several thousand years old. Scientists and ordinary people still argue what the purpose of this object was. Some people are sure of its cult purpose, while others are convinced of the mystical properties of the dolmen. However, the main mystery of the construction is how exactly and with what tools ancient people managed to hollow out a spacious room inside a giant boulder.
The Kailasa temple at the Ellora Caves is one of the most mysterious and largest constructions on the planet, which was completely carved out of monolithic stone. Modern archaeologists can only guess why the ancient Indians needed to manually raise such a unique structure.
The Temple of Bacchus, Baalbek
The Temple of Bacchus in Baalbek is a mysterious construction that was built at the beginning of the first millennium ACE. The temple is so big that the famous Parthenon in Athens seems tiny against its backdrop.
Masuda no iwafune, Japan
In different parts of the Asuka region in Japan, there are unusual carved stones known for having square holes, which were made by the ancient inhabitants of Japan for unknown purposes.
Bonus: The mystery of sliding rocks on Racetrack Playa in the US has been unraveled.
There is an amazing place in California called Death Valley National Park. This national park is known for its very specific lake. It dried up long ago, and 60-pound rocks move by themselves along its bottom, leaving long furrows behind.
For a long time, the phenomenon of sliding rocks could not be understood. But in 2014, scientists finally found a scientific explanation for it. It turned out that the reason why rocks slide is ice: on frosty nights, the remnants of moisture under the rocks freeze. In the morning, the ice begins to melt and break up.
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