The rusty tubes, ranging from needle-size to 16 inches in diameter, reach from deep inside the mountain to a saltwater lake 260 feet away. Many of the hollow pipes are uniform in size and seem to be placed purposefully. The ancient objects are embedded deep enough into the mountain wall and floor to preclude modern human handling. The inhospitable environment surrounding the mountain sees only the occasional nomad. Unless these wanderers developed secret advanced metallurgy skills, the pipes were not formed by human hands.
It's one of the great mysteries of the ancient world. Mt. Baigong in the Qinghai Province of China is crowned by a strange pyramid-like structure, full of caves that contain perfectly symmetrical, time-eaten metal pipes. They're inserted deep into the rock, and seem to feed into a nearby lake.
Could it be . . . aliens? According to Atlas Obscura, that's a common belief:
Here you can see the mountain top, and a piece of one of the pipes. There is something deeply uncanny about finding rod-straight metal tubes in an ancient rock.
And here's the real story.....
According to an 2003 article in the Xinmin Weekly, Chinese scientists using atomic emission spectroscopy found the Baigong Pipes to contain organic matter of plant origin. In addition, the news article also stated that tree rings were found in sections of these rock formations and, as a result, they were judged to be fossil trees or tree roots.
So, do you buy this explanation or do we still have a real life mystery?
[Research scientist] Gao Ping, traveled to "Alien Hole" to examine the outer walls of the tubes, and removed two samples. These two samples were forwarded to Lanzhou University, Analysis and Testing Center for testing. Employing a precise method of examination called "10-9 plasma emission spectroscopy," Lanzhou was able to demonstrate the composition of the tubes, revealing dozens of common metals and trace elements. Along with Zheng Jiandong and other researchers' in Beijing test work, these material results corroborated and were consistent with similar results for organic content.
The samples revealed a gradient of potassium and iron consistent with organic fossilization, which thereby in Ping's opinion, supported a case for the tubes' being plant fossil in origin. A cross sectional spectroscopy of the tube-like wall to wall structure revealed that iron content increased as measures were taken towards the outer wall, commensurate with a decrease in potassium at the same time; a pattern commonly revealed in organic fossilization. Experts through observation, although not finding trunk wood, bark or other plant structures under the microscope, did observe macro concentric structures that resemble tree rings. Researchers from outside China have also seen the tubes revealing a tree ring structure.
If these tubes were indeed once trees then, given that then they are located in the ancient Gobi Qaidam desert; and given the great number of fossilized trees found, this therefore begs the question, where did they come from ?
Originally posted by SLAYER69
No offence, but basalt with columnar jointing does not run underground for 80 meters to a lake basin and it's shores.