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Odd 'Round' mountain in Russia - What is it?

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posted on Mar, 23 2011 @ 06:28 PM
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Guys,

Sorry if this is in the wrong place and sorry if my searching skills are pants. I tried with basic terms like 'round', 'mountain' and 'Russia' but found nothing


I was making my way over to Japan on Google Earth, but got a bit lost and found myself about 1500 miles north

Not a geographical fail, just a wrong turn I assure you! Honest


Anyway, this strange piercing mountain caught my eye, and from quite high up as well! Its not fitting with the rest of the landscape and quite honestly I have NEVER seen anything quite like it!
(If someone can find something similar they can have one of my finest homemade cookies!
)



A bit closer:



And closer still, using the 3 main Sat versions:



Its location on Google Maps is: 57.588031,134.648438

I suppose it would be reasonable to assume that its just your regular volcano carcass, but because I can't find anything on it, it just remains a mystery!
I think its just too perfect looking. Its too round dammit!


So please, if there is anyone that can assist me in finding out more about this place, I would be most intrigued


Klis

Mystery Solved: Thank-you Chakotay


It is called the 'Kondyor Massif'

Olelog - Good info on the site!
Wikipedia

Not a Volcano or an Impact Crater apparently



edit on 23/3/2011 by Kliskey because: Apparently Spherical only applies to '3d' or globes - Who knew ;D - Sorry for my English!

edit on 23/3/2011 by Kliskey because: Typo

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posted on Mar, 23 2011 @ 06:34 PM
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In mathematical terminology: It's fractal distribution is in my opinion perfectly natural.



posted on Mar, 23 2011 @ 06:39 PM
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Well, oddly enough I just went to google earth and I found it almost immediately. How weird is that? Here are the coordinates....57"34'08.68"N 34"38'59.65"E.
And I don't have a clue what that is.



posted on Mar, 23 2011 @ 06:42 PM
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I think imo its an ancient meteor impact site. ....maybe.



posted on Mar, 23 2011 @ 06:45 PM
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Would a meteor erect 'walls' or in this instance peaks, around it? Or would it just make a big hole?



posted on Mar, 23 2011 @ 06:46 PM
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are you sure that's not an impact crater? A really really old crater.



posted on Mar, 23 2011 @ 06:47 PM
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4 miles wide... meteor or supervolcano?

Odd of the Russians not to boast about something this unusual...

And hauntingly beautiful.


Got it: Kondyor Massif
edit on 23-3-2011 by Chakotay because: CLASSIFIED



posted on Mar, 23 2011 @ 06:50 PM
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How about a huge Kurgan?



posted on Mar, 23 2011 @ 06:54 PM
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Nice wrong turn
( I'll never get you to be my navigator)

I dont know what it is yet, looks natural to me though.
It looks like theres a road leading into it too.
It shows signs of activity in the middle of it, and i wouldnt be suprised if the miltary has been using it as a natural fortifcations?

Good find.



posted on Mar, 23 2011 @ 06:57 PM
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Just adding a bit of humor


Yeh, it does look like a road and the colours also suggest that there could be a village or town in the valley - But alas, no name



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posted on Mar, 23 2011 @ 06:58 PM
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Kurgan...like the one in hellboy... could be! great idea



posted on Mar, 23 2011 @ 07:05 PM
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Good job! Ya got a star from me.

From the article Chakotay linked...


The 6-kilometer-wide ring looks like an impact crater, or the caldera of an extinct volcano, but it is neither. The Kondyor Massif in eastern Siberia (Coordinates: 57°35'N, 134°40'E) was formed by the intrusion of igneous, or volcanic, rock that pushed up through overlying layers of sedimentary rock, some of them laid down more than a billion years ago. Kondyor (also spelled Konder) Massif interests geologists not just because of its unusual appearance, but also because of its mineral richness. Among the highly valued minerals at this site are gold, silver, and platinum.



posted on Mar, 23 2011 @ 07:08 PM
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Nice find OP

I noticed that the round sides are at about 4000 ft elevation whereas the center is about 2300 feet
Crater site?
Anybody know why it's pink in color?



posted on Mar, 23 2011 @ 07:21 PM
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posted on Mar, 23 2011 @ 07:26 PM
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reply to post by Frogs
 


Aha! Thank you both


I had just found on Wikimapia that its called 'Kondor Mountain' - But google'ing that yielded nothing, so I ignored it. Came back here and the mystery has been solved by ATS's finest
Stars to you!

Indeed an interesting geological anomaly

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posted on Mar, 23 2011 @ 09:28 PM
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Originally posted by Kliskey
reply to post by meathed
 


Just adding a bit of humor


Yeh, it does look like a road and the colours also suggest that there could be a village or town in the valley - But alas, no name



edit on 23/3/2011 by Kliskey because: (no reason given)


My Computer is playing up so, i just got back.

Like i said nice find.
It is an interesting shape.
We all know mother nature can work wonders with her touch, but there is something about it that makes me think that it may be man made.
My thoughts is that it isnt natural, it could be the remains of some type of mining waste from tunnels that the russians have dug into the ground and the surrounding mountains.
Just pitcure in your mind, machinary sitting in the middle of that circle slowly depositing the waste material from the tunnels a circular pattern, slowly building that mound up.

Just a thought.



posted on Mar, 23 2011 @ 09:43 PM
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I do love this place - always learning something new!

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