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Debunking the Pyramids of Antarctica Myth

Updated on April 6, 2017
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Dean Traylor is a freelance writer and teacher. He is a former journalist who has worked on various community and college publications.

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Can't be a mountain! That's too easy... | Source

Sometimes, the best way to debunk a story is to read it. Case in point: The story about the discovery of ancient pyramids in Antarctica. Recently, this tale of intrepid explorers discovering a series of man-made structures on a continent that has been too harsh to support sustainable human life for millions of years went viral over the Internet.

The story was picked up by many news outlets and blogs throughout the world, and has made its way as a meme on Facebook and other social media sites. By all accounts, this story would sound like the greatest archeological discovery of a lifetime.

However, nearly everything about this article, including the pictures and descriptions of the “explorers” hint that this was merely a hoax. Even the news outlets that ran with the story are suspect. Whatever the case may be, the story is its own undoing.

The Photos

I guess if you squint your eyes you'll see the pyramid.
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Photo was one in a series. This photo has been cropped and posted on several blogs and news sites. The original can be found in Al Powers flickr.com | Source
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Originally posted on paranoidnews.org | Source

The only "real" proof of the pyramids comes from a series of photographs supposedly taken during the expedition. Several show mountains with seemingly smooth edges partially covered in snow. Others show a conical shaped mound of snow near the coast. Finally, there appears to be an icy pyramid on a frozen plain.

The photos are not exactly compelling. The giant “pyramids” with clean edges are clearly mountains. In fact, these mountains look like any mountain range existing in extremely cold climates. The smooth edges and sides are more likely the result of two things: natural erosion and the proximity of the photographer from the mountain when the shot was taken.

The icy cone near the coast is impressive and seems like it was made by humans. Then again, it’s near the coast and that portion of its structure appears to be the result of wind, sea, or both (Update: The photo in question was actually cropped from an original photo. It wasn't the subject of the original photo. See caption for the actual person who took it)

The “snow pyramid” on the plain (also near the coast) is the least compelling. It suspiciously looks like it was photo-shopped (then again, looks can be deceiving). Also, it appears small in scale and closely resembles a pile of plowed snow (remember, there are bases with runways that need to be cleared down there).

The Article

There are several clues to the article’s authenticity. Part of the problem is its length. For a story about a new, earth-shattering, history-changing discovery, it is relatively short (at least the one presented by In Serbia News was minuscule). Recently, an article about the discovery of new species in the “lost world” of Australia garnered a very lengthy write-up.

The story is not new, either. It appears that variations of the story have been circulating on the web for nearly a decade. While there are some slight variations, the story hasn’t changed much, either. Most sites have added opinions, rather than updates. In fact, the “new” version of the article has the same lead from its original publication. The original writer --whoever that might be -- claimed in the lead that the search was ongoing and that eight researchers are involved. No names are given to the explorers.

This leads to another flaw in the pyramid story. The websites and blogs that chose to print it didn’t bother to validate the story. It appears nobody involved in the expedition were contacted. Any sense of sourcing done in the article was to mention an obscure website known for printing pseudo-scientific-themed articles (no link available). It’s obvious that many sites merely searched the web, found the story and placed it on their sites. This is not exactly investigative journalism at its finest (that is if you dare to give it that distinction).

The News Outlets

Most of the news outlets are found on the Internet. Many of them have posted questionable stories in the past. One such website reporting on this matter is Before It’s News.com. This site was once the darling of citizen journalism. Its platform allowed for anyone to post a newsworthy article.

Over the years, Before It’s News has been taken over by conspiracy theorists, cranks, and ideologists who have written articles about such ground-breaking stuff as secret lunar bases, alien infiltration, and shadowy government activities.

When this story was “reported” on their site in late 2012, it took on a whole new dimension. The result was, shall we say, unique. On top of eight unnamed explorers from America and Europe discovering the pyramids, there were hints of hidden Nazi bases and remnants of the lost continent of Atlantis.

The other sites are not better, either. Many will put a political stance to it, while others will run with pseudo-scientific slants. Many center around the theme of the lost continent of Atlantis. It’s not surprising to see some sites adding the line “the government doesn’t want you to know this…”

Aliens vs. Predator

Interestingly enough, this story’s origin may not have anything to do with Nazis, Atlantis or government cover-ups. Instead, it’s Hollywood. To be precise, a movie that pitted two iconic space monsters against one another.

According to a trailer of Alien vs. Predator (which is based on the movie, as well as the Dark Horse Comic series), a group of explorers uncovers an ancient pyramid in Antarctica. To make a long story short, the aliens and predator battle one another inside it while the humans try to stay out of harm’s way.

Is it a coincidence? The answer is most likely no. The story is just a myth kept alive by the nature of sensationalistic websites on the Internet. Yet, its flaws are so glaring that nearly anyone reading it can spot them. There are websites that have debunked it; however, as long as there are those that use it as affirmation for their beliefs in “alternative news” of the paranormal, conspiracies, or other bizarre matters, this story will not meet the cold and frozen death that it deserves.

Update 2016: Possible Explanation from Nature

It appears the pyramids are not a mystery, after all. For years, climbers heading to Antarctica's largest peak, Vinsen Massif, have passed by one of these supposed pyramids. Even a National Geographic photographer snapped a few pictures of it from the peak of Vinsen Massif.

There are other photos and videos on the Internet showing climbers ascending this peak, while the pyramid can be seen in the background. And, by all appearance, no one is really paying much attention to it. There's a reason.

The "pyramid" may well be a natural formation known as nunatak. These are mountain peaks that jut up above massive glaciers. They are found throughout Antarctica and Greenland. It is believed that these formations were formed by years of erosion caused by the shifting glaciers.

Below is a video that examines the photos and explains what these "pyramids" are. Warning: the grammar can be confusing, but the creator(s) behind the video are spot on in their analysis.

Ancient Pyramids in Antarctica (2013)?

Update: Another Viral Article Claims Google Earth Has the Definitive Images

From Google Earth (not cropped)
From Google Earth (not cropped)
From Vicente Fuentes' video (cropped)
From Vicente Fuentes' video (cropped)

Just when the Antarctica Pyramid was starting to fade into obscurity, another article on the matter has gone viral. This time, a name – as well as coordinates – was given. Vicente Fuentes, a Spanish paranormal investigator who writes for Ufotopia.com, posted an image of a supposed pyramid and a Spanish language documentary on the topic in mid-March 2016. Nearly every paranormal blog and internet fringe publication -- such as Before-Its-News.com -- published duplicate articles.

Fuentes (who was described as a “vivid researcher”) made the claim that Google Earth captured evidence of a pyramid in Antarctica. And, for good measure, he placed the satellite image side-by-side with another satellite image of a pyramid in Egypt. Also, he gave the coordinates that anyone could plug in for Google Earth (79°58'39.25"S 81°57'32.21"W)

Many true believers have touted this as being the best evidence to date. They claimed that it was impossible for mountain ridges and peaks to be nearly perfect in symmetry.

However, a closer look reveals that the Antarctic pyramid -- possibly a mountain peak known as Schatz Ridge (a better view is the lead photo used for this article) – is not as perfect as many pyramid believers suggests. There appears to be a canyon on one side. Also, as mentioned, this particular ridge is located near a popular mountain routinely used by mountain climbers (who probably didn’t give it much thought about it being anything more than a glacier horn or nunatak).

Additionally, the photo from Fuentes appears to be cropped. The side-by-side image of a real pyramid may trick some viewers into believing they’re seeing two similar structures – when in fact, one is a huge mountain that’s mostly buried under ice (and clearly connected to a half-buried ridge with two other peaks) and the other is a man-made structure that’s less than a thousand feet high.

And what’s the story with Fuentes? He claims to have a degree in Industrial Engineering (with emphasis in chemicals) and mathematics who has an interest in things “that nobody dares to talk about.” He has written numerous articles on the paranormal including one about a “portal” he claimed to have uncovered in Antarctica (which sounds like the centuries-old debunked Symmes Hole).

Update 2017: Fossils Near One of the “Pyramids”

Back in November 2016, CBS news ran a story about the Internet stories pertaining to the Antarctic Pyramid. In the report (available on the Internet), a professor of Earth system science at UC Irvine had been contacted by the Internet science news outlet, Live Science.

Eric Rignot wrote in an e-mail that an unnamed pyramid-shaped peak within the Ellsworth Mountain ranges was the result of nature.

“This is just a mountain that looks like a pyramid.” He wrote.

He further stated: “Pyramid shapes are not impossible – many peaks partially look like pyramids, but they only have one to two faces like that, rarely four.”

Still, the article added something that opens up another interesting – and possibly more plausible – find in the region. In an area within the range known as Heritage Range, fossils from the Cambrian period have been found. Most of them are trilobites that lived more than 500 million years ago and were confirmed by a 1972 USGS (United States Geological Society) report on the region.

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      Phil Janes 20 hours ago from Washington Coast

      Correction: I gave the coordinates of a different pyramid. The one at Princess Elizabeth Station is also censored on Google Earth.

      71°56'56.82"S 23°20'47.35"E

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      Phil Janes 22 hours ago from Washington Coast

      Pyramid-shaped features do exist. The debate is over what's inside. Are they naturally formed and solid? or constructed by an intelligent race? Do they contain cavities, like the Pyramids of Giza? If hollow, they might not reflect radar normally, which could account for the fact that the feature at Princess Elizabeth Station appears flat and level on Google Earth. More likely, this is just more Google Earth censorship. My installed version of GE now shows zero elevation everywhere; maybe I need to reinstall it. But the online version has mountains everywhere except where that pyramid is... and perhaps other Antarctic pyramids as well.

      The pyramid I'm referring to is at

      79°58'38.03"S 81°57'40.29"W

      If there's nothing here to see, why is GE hiding it?

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      Dean Traylor 43 hours ago from Southern California

      Nope, the Byrd interview has had a lot of misinterpretation anchored it over the years. I've heard things such as he spot Symmes portal to a hollow earth. Didn't find it nor did mention any real desire to find it. At this point I take the Byrd interview with a grain of salt.

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      It’s Real 43 hours ago

      Those pyramids are real. Isn’t there a lot of footage from the 1930’s when Admiral Byrd went to Antarctica.

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      Angel Lozano 4 weeks ago

      Lets take a trip to Antarctica... I would like to see whats down there... It's late spring at the moment in Antarctica. So we should be fine to explore for a few months. I can see if the federal government can pay for our trip. If this is a pyramid we will have to enter it and see if we find any aliens or secret tools. Hitler was in search for alien form and I believe so is Putin. lol jk jk

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      Dean Traylor 4 weeks ago from Southern California

      To Shay Chandler, you need to post something other than a link to a webpage. In fact, it will not be allowed by editors. Please the reason for the webpage and how it relates to this article.

      Thank you.

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      Shay Chandler 4 weeks ago

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      For summer alexis 2 months ago

      Yeah I've also got some of those air particles in my bedroom in Michigan. Turns out the Earth is completely covered in them, spooky...

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      Summer Alexsis 2 months ago

      Hi Dean. Interesting article. I always like to do my research.

      I just thought I'd let you know that while it be very possible that these aren't man-made structures, I thought maybe you'd find it as interesting as I did to learn that particles in the air in Antarctica are the same particles found in tropical climate! Again, this has no evidence that man built 'pyramids' in Antarctica. However it does provide evidence that Antarctica was a tropical climate at one point, which then leads to possible civilization, and so on and so forth.

      https://www.livescience.com/40893-weird-ancient-an...

      thanks for the read!

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      P. Stander 3 months ago

      shot for the post Dean, I feel all findings should be well documented and evidence should always be available if someone wants proof. So much fake news going around. That being said most of the world believe in evolution and that's just as fictional as pyramids in Antarctica until evidence is provided :)

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      Dean Traylor 3 months ago from Southern California

      Bird, can you name the source?

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      H. Hirsch 4 months ago

      Good article, good effort Dean Traylor. Really interesting comments though from, well, who knows, maybe Mr Mega-Alias :).

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      Dean Traylor 4 months ago from Southern California

      Sly,

      Antarctica has been a frozen continent for millions of years...not thousands. Also, i researched the ancient maps you're alluding, to. . In fact, I wrote an article about one of them. Let's just say they are not as accurate as they were believed to be. At best they matched what was known about the world at the time, but also consisted of some conjectures (that all four corners of the world had land mass to help "balance" the planet) that have been proven to be unrealistic and inaccurate.

      You may want to read the first paragraph to realize I'm writing about an article from a defunct website that had little or no evidence to support its findings. The missing details are things such as a name for the expedition, the people involved, and the precise location of the supposed pyramids (which will come later when another site republished this viral article). In other words, the original person who made this claim -- as well as the numerous sites that republished it -- most likely didn't go to the frozen continent.

      By the way, mountaineers that have climbed Antarctica's peaks saw nothing unusual about them. Many have seen these types of eroded peaks before in Alaska and Greenland (which I mentioned in an update). They are known to most as glacier horns. Also, as I've mentioned, the photos that accompanied the story were cropped from an original set of photos.

      As I've mentioned in the past others, if you have compelling evidence about these (which you claim exist), produce them. But if you're going to go on a rant and only supply me with the usual response that "the government is covering something up," then don't bother to comment on this page.

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      Sly 4 months ago

      Have you gone to Antarctica yourself to debunk this information? There are many more credible sources, organizations and military installations down there examining real evidence that you are carelessly calling a Hoax. Perhaps before you claim the Antarctica piramyds a hoax, you should go there yourself, or at least speak to sources willing to leak verified facts and information from the multitude of top secret operations going on down there. You'll be shocked at what's really been discovered, given a whole different climate on a continent 3 times larger than the United States exists under the ice. Maybe you should research the ancient maps depicting Antarctica before it was covered in ice thousands of years ago, drawn using technology with mathematical precision far exceeding our own.

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      Maureen68 5 months ago

      When in school years ago, my Professors were positive about many things that today simply are not true. The way I see this, we really do not know what lies on Antarctica, there could be pyramids or not. I do know that this was not a scientific study conducted so really cannot accept your answers as debunking or scientific. Interesting read though.

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      Dean Traylor 5 months ago from Southern California

      Steve, let me reiterate something. This is not about Gobeki Tepe. I'm familiar with it and know it's pushing back the birth of human civilization. It's also raising questions about the reason people came together to form a civilization (the latest I read was religion). But, my article was not about that.

      Also, I never mentioned anything about what the ancients knew and didn't. No where in my article did ever mentioned anything that ancient people were incapable of inventing technology we use today. That's not what the article is about. How you got that from my article is a mystery. Also, I never addressed Nazca or the Bagdad battery (btw, the latest theory was that it was used for religious ceremonies).

      What this article was about was a suspicious claim about pyramids in Antarctica that went viral over the Internet and social media. The problem has been the source of the story. It's unreliable and sketchy at best. This story was born on the Internet....most likely made up by a person writing for a fake news site that have proliferated the net (and I suspect that person has been commenting on this site under several aliases). Whether there are pyramids in Antarctica or not, this extremely vague article should not be seen as evidence of that.

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      Steve M. 5 months ago

      Dean - hah! You kill me! Again, I asked one simple question. I re-iterate, it's too early to tell on Antartica pyramids, so I'm not a believer yet.

      I asked you to give your explanation on something that is not fake news. It's perhaps one (of the many) the greatest discoveries that re-writes history: GOBEKLI TEPE. This is confirmed by experts in their field (I happen to know one that has visited the site), not a journalist. It is 11K years (or perhaps older). According to conventional science, people had no idea how to create a monolithic structure so precise.

      Was it Aliens? I'm more of the belief that ancients developed very advanced technology that was lost and perhaps never recovered. Einstein even believed that if you alter gravity, you could make 50 ton boulders literally weightless. Look at the Greeks, they had amazing minds, and invented things that were not re-discovered for 2K years (pulley system, steam engine, vending type machine, etc). Not hard to believe that ancients 10-20K years ago, would not be able to create these amazing technologies. Baghdad Battery, Illuminating devices used inside the pyramids of Egypt (how did they sculpt in the dark - no evidence of any kind of soot, so fire is out). Antikethira mechanism - worlds oldest analog computer)

      Perhaps you should keep an open mind. Like perhaps your belief that we are the only advanced race in the universe.

      I spent 10 years in Peru and have been to just about everything there (Machu Pichu, Nazca, the Inca trail, which is a feat no one could have done that long ago, mountains were borred thru, sides of mountains literally cut off - Impossible engineering feats, not cropped or faked I saw them. And No, it was not a hallucination).

      Sorry, if you misinterpreted my rebuttals as nasty. I'm a 5% believer. I find these ancient feats incredible and have spoken to engineers that cannot rationally explain them. Maybe you should talk to experts before you call it fake news.

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      Dean Traylor 5 months ago from Southern California

      Hey Randy, sorry for not getting to you immediately. You are right, there are a lot people that don't accept this. In fact, I've deleted a couple of responses from these deniers (simply put, if you are going call me name and then try to take some high road that I'm being rude to other rude commentators makes me shake my head). If there's a silver lining, I wrote an article entitled "Just an Opinion....." in which I examined some of the comments I've received on this. I know where they're coming from.

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      Dean Traylor 5 months ago from Southern California

      Steve, name's not Gene, Dude or Man. And, like I said, you don't know what you are talking about when you call someone a skeptic. Read Skeptic Magazine, Skeptic Dictionary, Skeptical Science or Rationalwiki (although it is a typical wiki site that usually has readers contributing to its creation). These may tell you some cold, hard truth that may destroy your perception of the universe, but deal with it. You'll be a better person for it.

      I've spent too much time answering these off-topic questions and getting bizarre rants in return. As mentioned, I will only address comments that have something constructive to say about the topic in question. I got tired of the pyramid-power people posting thinly veiled rants.

      My advice to you: Stick to the sites that confirm your beliefs and respect that some of us look past that and want don't want to be fooled by misinformation coming from fake news sites or from known hucksters and frauds.

      Also, because somebody on a sports team claims he's a skeptic doesn't mean he's actually a skeptic. I don't know why you keep running with this. Have hooked up with this person? Oh never mind, you'll probably receive the same tired response that's doing nothing wasting my time while I try to do things constructive.

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      Steve Marshall 5 months ago

      Gene, obviously you have trailed off. I'm completely off the Antartica story. I agree, no proof yet. It is quite interesting that there are 7 recognized countries (even more than that) that lay claim to Anatartica. My last question on this topic: Why such an interest in a frozen wasteland? I'm sure you will say Mineral rights, but way off. Why was Nazi Germany so interested (although you can say they were psychos) in Antartica? Why did we (US military) send Operation Highjump there in late 40's (declassified now)? Something very strange there (but of course, I know your answer).

      Let's move on. I asked you your opinion on Gobleki Tepe in southern Turkey? Carbon dating approximately 11k years old. Perfect T square (20 ton structures at that). We didn't have the tools back then. Nothing even close to Stonehenge, these are perfect. No lying here, evidence is totally clear. Go research, and give the opinion I asked? Not hard at all.

      I must move on to folks that do believe that Earth is not even remotely close to being only civilization in this massive, massive galaxy not to mention the Universe (Infinity may not be large enough). But of course, can't wait for your answer - No proof. It's right in front of you Man!

      As a biz person, maybe you should look up the racing skeptic (was a member of US Cycle team - believe last name is Shummer???) Hook up w/ him, he can certainly educate you on how to maximize skepticism- he's an expert on how to make $$ by just saying simple things like: Impossible, They were hallucinating, Too many Sci-Fi movies. This is America - capitalize on capitalism.

      Peace Out & Goooooood luuuuuck!!

      As for not making $$, dude, you need a new manager. You as an absolute skeptic, is missing out. Put your (weak in my opinion) skepticism business to work.

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      Dean Traylor 5 months ago from Southern California

      Steve, I get the impression you don't have a huge grasp of what skepticism is or how this story came into being. First off, you do realize that this article was based on a viral internet story from a questionable "science" site that doesn't exist anymore. The story was vague and didn't offer many details such as the name of the explorers or the country they came from (later retelling of the story would attempt at least to say they were Americans and European). Also, it doesn't really pinpoint a particular area on the continent. Also, as I delved into the story. I discovered that most of the photos used in the numerous re-tellings were lifted, unknowingly from somebody's accounts, and were cropped (as well as being given suggestive captions) to appear to look like pyramids. There were a lot of things sketchy -- or shall I say, a lot of things that makes anyone very skeptical -- that it was an authentic story. What you have is a fake story...this is something I alluded to in the first paragraph.

      Now with this skeptic thing. When you're skeptical of something you don't reject something outright; you merely state that all the evidence for a claim is not there or suspicious. Believe it or not, skeptics will question everything including things that were taught in history or science middle school courses. You may want to proclaim that History is wrong, but those with a skeptical belief will demand proof. In many cases, i believe that history is incomplete. There's always new findings or research that may force us to change our way of thinking about an event. But, a story like antarctic pyramid provides no real clues except a viral story that amounts to oral tradition (in which every time the story is retold, it changes a little).

      Now about that money I make.... here's the grand total...a little over diddly squat! If I proclaimed that the pyramids were authentic, I guarantee you I'd be making hand over fist in money and will be invited to be a guest "researcher" on Ancient Aliens. After all, there's a lot of pyramid-is-power people, ufologists, and other sorts who would have their confirmation bias confirmed.

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      Steve Marshall 5 months ago

      Sorry Dean, let me correct: it's Gobekli Tepe. Predates Egyptians by 6k + years. Go check it out on Wikipedia or whatever. If early humans were this advanced, question is: how did they build this when conventional scientists or wannabes (like yourself - no offense) did not posses the tools to construct this massive, still mostly undiscovered temples?

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      Steve Marshall 5 months ago

      Hey Man, of course the Library of Alexandria burned way before (like I didn't know that) 16th century. But, certainly things/ideas survived and were passed on.

      I'm sure you believe the Wright brothers invented flight. Wrong, they re-invented flight. I can't understand skeptics like yourself. I'm sure the Ancients according to you were "tripping" on mushrooms. It's all right here in front of you.

      When I was in Middle School, the belief was the dinosaurs died of disease, etc. Now, we know what transpired.

      Take Goble-Teke (pardon if misspelled) in Soutern Turkey. An Advaced society for sure (how did they lift 15 ton blocks over 10k years ago?) Can you maybe accept that HISTORY IS WRONG? You're like a govt debunker. Per my previous comment stating bicycle rider (some famous skeptic that seems to have an answer for everything - it's a term I call "Debunking for money") . If 80% believe, then I will debunk and sell a shit load of books. It's OK Gene to say "I can't explain it". I understand. BTW - how much $$ are you making to debunk? Simple question

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      Dean Traylor 5 months ago from Southern California

      There's a lot of questions about Finaeus Map because it was introduced by Charles Hapgood, whose past work was questionable, at best. Although the person and map did exist, it has been in fragments for years until Hapgood came along and put it together. While it appears to have something closely resembling Antarctica, there are also a lot of things that are off, such as the coordinates and the absence of Palmer peninsula. The Library of Alexandria burned down way before the 16th century.

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      Steve Marshall 5 months ago

      Not Peries map, I meant the Oronteus Finaeus map of 16th century. Explain that? Not sure anyone can. Thought is it may have come from Library of Alexandria. Still, either ancients could survey from above or its alien in origin

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      Randy Godwin 5 months ago from Southern Georgia

      Hey Dean, even though you thoroughly debunked the pyramid myth there are always those who deny the obvious.

      I'll have to check out your Piri Reis hub as the mysterious map has interested me since my childhood. (a long time ago)

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      Dean Traylor 5 months ago from Southern California

      Steve Maxfield or Marshall, It's called the Piri Reis Map and I wrote an article about it. It was a perceived (but not accurate) to be an extension of South America -- there was a belief back in those days that there was land on the "four corners" of the world. Still, it's not Antarctica - in part that it is connected and much of it was a guess (and not it wasn't a good guess) ...as for the bike racer dude or the govt....smh.

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      Steve Marshall 5 months ago

      What is delay? Are you the govt? What need to review posts unless you are truly the sceptics? Big surprise!

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      Steve Maxfield 5 months ago

      Sounds like the bike racer dude (Mr. True sceptic). But how about an actual occurrence. Cartographer in late 16th century draws a map of Antartica Ice Free. According to most (and I'm sure you) Antartica was not discovered until 19th century. On top of that, he mapped the multi-million year(s) frozen continent Ice-Free w/ what is now perfect precision. Explain that Mr. Expert Debunker?

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      Michael Orwin 6 months ago

      To my mind there is one sure test to prove that these structures are natural. It is said that these rocks were cracked by natural forces - if so then find in the cracks a fossil that is half in one stone and half in the other. Fossils naturally de-laminate from their surrounding rock. In some place between these rocks in the wall a fossil must have been sheared in two proving the fossil was there before the crack!

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      Dean Traylor 7 months ago from Southern California

      A 2017 update has been included. This time, a scientists speculates and evidence points to fossils in the region.

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      Dean Traylor 10 months ago from Southern California

      Dave

      I'm trying to make some sense of your remarks. All I can say is that I don't think you understand how fake news works. As for the other stuff you mentioned; I think you may need to refine your statement. It jumps around way too much for me to get the gist of what you are saying. Please resend your comments, if possible.

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      Dave 10 months ago

      Your story has a problem in the first sentence..the intriped explorers, making it sound like bumbling idiots.... HELLO only government or people close to governments are allowed there ,,, so if this is bogus ,,,, why would they be allow to publish such bogus crap,,, millions of years as you say,, would don't you think change things a bit ,,,, your story is bogus,, you look at things from a 20 century thinking but not surprised you probably graduated Yale or some other I am so proud of you college. If this is a hoax the question you need to rise is this. ..... Why are they goading me

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      Dean Traylor 10 months ago from Southern California

      JEREMY, Antarctica has been a frozen continent for millions of years. Civilization has been around less than 50,000 (and by less I mean be a lot of years). I'll let you do the math on that. Also consider natural erosion

      Surpringly they can create very symmetrical shapes.

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      Jeremy 10 months ago

      I had never heard about new pyramids. I didn't even know there was a story to be debunked. But I looked at the pictures in your article and have to ask, "Are you blind?!" Those look like pyramids! That is exciting. Not something to be debunked. It's entirely possible that frozen regions were once inhabitable. I think this is exciting and your article is too dismissive.

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      Phil Janes 10 months ago from Washington Coast

      Interesting subject: Do you have the installed version of Google Earth? I do.

      Do you see the pyramids rising vertically when navigating in 3D? I don't. They obviously do have vertical relief in photos, but not in Google Earth (at least not for me).

      The nearby mountains have vertical relief, but Google Earth has evidently censored the elevation data right at the pyramids. Same thing at Princess Elizabeth Station. South of the station, the snow field is shown rising 400' above the station on a 25% slope before dropping to the base of the pyramid. In photos, it is clear that the station is at the top of the hill, and the area to the south is approximately level as far as the base of the pyramid.

      The only other explanation that I can think of is that the pyramids are hollow; like other buildings, they don't show up in radar mapping. Has anyone here actually seen the pyramids in 3D on Google Earth?

      I saw another likely example of such geographic censorship this morning.

      Miles Long UFO Crash Site On Ocean Bottom! 12/30/16

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1zMCjoqKKIA

      (coordinates in the description)

      Either the author of this video has seen the feature sticking up like an upside down ice cream cone on Google Earth, and now it does not stick up (at least for me), or he's a complete idiot who didn't bother to use 3D view. To me, this appears to be a 1000-foot-deep circular crater-like depression on the top of a plateau at an elevation of -13,400; the bottom of the crater is -14,558.

      Unlike the Antarctic pyramids, features on the ocean floor do not cast actual shadows. Instead, I presume, shadows are generated by algorithm, based on the elevation profile and an arbitrary light source.

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      Interesting subject. 10 months ago

      I went to Google Earth and punched in the coordinates Glenn Swart posted and sure enough there it is.

      It does look like a pyramid but in looking at the other peaks in the area I do see many similar pyramidal peaks, none of which look as symmetrical as the "pyramid " in question.

      Interestingly though, I noticed that the area immediately to the east of the "pyramid" is pixelated (not sure if that is a legit word) and blurry.

      Still not enough proof either way but would be fascinating if it were true.

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      jeremy baughman 10 months ago

      i found one of the pyramid on google earth surrounded by a city

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      Dean Traylor 11 months ago from Southern California

      Pbmc, I think you may want go back and read the comments again. I commented on those who were making disparaging remarks rather than stating they disagreed with me. Also you may want to go to rationalwikI and see their definition of a troll...then again that's not important. Those who disagree need to support their opinion rather than call me derogatory names. Also. I'm aware where some of these comments are coming from. One person believes in pyramid in Antarctica because it affirms his religious beliefs. Others are conspiracy theorists who will appeal to ignorance to discredit anything that counters their belief.

      Finally, the articles focused on a fake news viral article. It was written 3 years ago, but I've been updating it whenever possible.

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      pbmc 11 months ago

      I seem to be a bit late to the party as the article is 9 months old but I just stumbled upon it. The author did a decent job stating his case but like others, I wouldn't consider the article a, "debunking". Don't get me wrong, I don't believe they are man-made structures either. It's just that the article is little more than conjecture. This is fine for stating your opinion but not so fine if you are claiming you're debunking something. Actually, I found the comments more interesting than the article. Mr. Traylor seems to be extremely thin skinned. Disagree with him and you're a, "troll". Like the word, debunking, he seems to be playing loosely with the definition of the word. troll. A troll is someone who posts only for the purpose of starting arguments or to upset people. Just posting that you disagree with something is not trolling. At least it was an entertaining read, article and comments.

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      Phil Janes 11 months ago

      New to the forum. Until yesterday, I was of the opinion that the pyramid shapes were imperfect enough to be natural; just a bunch of hoopla over nothing. Just to verify my belief, I found the pyramids on Google Earth, and flew around them; lo and behold, the pyramids ain't there!!!! The optical info does not appear to have been altered but the pyramids have been leveled in Google's elevation data.

      Not having seen the pyramids via Google Earth previously, I can't vouch for earlier posts which seem to indicate that Google's elevation data did indeed show pyramid shapes in the past. If the elevation data have not been altered by Google (or by hackers), then we might have a case of hollow structures which are invisible to radar, just like our skyscrapers without the benefit LIDAR.

      I found an aerial photo looking horizontally southward in which a pyramid is clearly visible behind Princess Elizabeth Station, and distant mountains form a skyline behind the pyramid. The top of the pyramid partly blocks the view of the skyline. I navigated Google Earth to duplicate, as near as possible, the location of the airplane, and rotated my view to approximate what a camera should see from that location. With the station lined up in the foreground, and the background mountains matching the photo, the pyramid is not there!!!!

      A handful of photos could have been photoshopped to show pyramids; but there are many of them, which as far as I know are all in agreement. Not likely!

      If the pyramid was ever visible on Google Earth and no longer is, then someone has altered the elevation data. But Who and Why? Should we blame Google exec's, the MSM, or hackers? Government hackers or private hackers?

      If this is an attempt to debunk the "myth", it's had the opposite effect on me. If there is nothing to hide, then why try so hard to hide something?

      If a pyramid is there optically but not in radar, it must be a hollow shell. I don't believe this to be the case because the elevation data show the level snowfield immediately south of the station sloping up to the south at a 25% slope, rising 400' above the station; the station is actually on the top of the hill. On the other hand, that hill may have been altered so that we will know the data has be altered, thus discounting the possibility that pyramids do not show up in radar.

      We have seen how intricately plots like 911 have been convoluted; if this little deception is attributable to the same conspirators, they've probably thought of just about everything.

      This is not the first time Google Earth has censored or altered the truth. For a while, Street View of Comet Pizza was blocked. The block where a school bus wrapped around a tree last month is blocked from street view. What is Google Earth's policy of censorship and fake geography? Do they have a public policy and a secret policy? Is Google Earth no longer valid evidence in a court of law? Like the rest of the MSM, GE has lost my faith. I can no longer believe anything I see on GE without verifying it on site with my own eyes.

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      trek 11 months ago

      Pyramids are ..............Usually if manmade at least hollow ....Weakness's due to erosion or how say a chamber is made , or what hollow's in what area's of the pyramid , would also make for weakness of the structure ...Yes the outside structure , depending on how thick the brickwork is in part's would either make this structure weaker or stronger in part's ............Then put this Pyramid in an area where later on , heavy snow , compact ice hundreds of feet thick ..and moving , weighing in at million's of tonnes and moving , where water even on the face of the Pyramid would freeze and expand ...What would happen to a structure which in part is hollow ...where say a giant ever moving mass of ice is coming at it ...Don't forget ice can destroy even stone ..So how would a manmade hollow structure fair ? .............Hmm ....just saying ..

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      Dean Traylor 11 months ago from Southern California

      Eric,

      I will not be answering comments like this one in the future. Instead, I'd like to you visit the other article that touches upon this subject entitled, "Just an Opinion: When Antarctic Pyramid Believers Attack." Consider that a rebuttal. The most I will say is that I don't think you read the article, and it's obvious that you didn't read all the comments. After all, it appears that you are appealing to ignorance with your comment (or better known as a suggestive fallacy). Many commentators flat out called me all kinds of wonderful names. Me being rude? All I did was return the favor. On top of that, many of them didn't like the article because it didn't appeal to their confirmation bias. Many of them want to believe it's real (which in some way, I think you may too, despite your claims).

      The article was written three years ago and the focus was on the only evidence for its existence: a viral story from a fake (and now defunct) science news site. Since then, I've updated the article and pointed out other anomalies such as a questionable Google Earth Map and another viral fake news site.

      By the way, how can my point by countered? Do you have proof of that? Or is this more speculation that I was being speculative?

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      Eric 11 months ago

      I just casually came across this article because I saw people raising a stink about it, and while I highly doubt they are man-made pyramids, you have simply been rude Dean. The commenters, even those with tinfoil, have a point that you didn't actually prove anything. You just suggested it is unlikely the structure was a pyramid.

      Most of your points could be countered with the equally speculative idea that maybe the structure is just deteriorated.

      Again, you didn't establish the structure wasn't a pyramid. Rather just that it could be natural.

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      Starfox 11 months ago

      We've all a finite amount of time on this planet. Our resources are finite too. And so perhaps the most important question is, what is the best way to decide where to invest time and money, two very limited resources? What should we spend time investigating, and what is not worth the effort considering the cost in time, energy and hard earned money?

      Since a negative can't be proved, it's foolish from the get-go to strive for the standard of "no one has proved that this theory is absolutely not true." A theory a notch above that might be called "very unlikely, but possible." Since much of the science we've developed so far has essentially no room for the pyramid theory to be true, proving these peaks to be pyramids would require rewriting large portions our understanding of how life evolved on our planet. And what are the statistical chances that we got so much wrong and are still getting the amazing coherence that we're getting from today's science?

      Lest anyone feels that this way of thinking is akin to shutting the book on truly amazing wonders, I've a better proposal. Carl Sagan and Neil deGrasse Tyson present a world full of wonder that is still incomplete in many ways, and the mysteries they present are often just as enigmatic and magical as this phenomenon.

      If we invest ourselves as much in the mysteries they present with the resources dedicated to theories like this one, we'd be infinitely better off as a species. And, if it turns out that these peaks are indeed pyramids, pursuing the avenue I propose will ultimately lead the entire scientific community to investigate the Antarctic. Our work and effort to improve general science would one day lead us back to there...

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      Dean Traylor 11 months ago from Southern California

      So Jeff in Indy...You believe I get paid a lot of money for this article? I wish...by the way, how long have you been part of that pyramid is power cult? It's a bit obvious. Well, sir (sorry, I had to go there) you gave me a good laugh when you stated I have been debunked. I have no idea how you came to that conclusion; however, I had a good chuckle about it.

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      jeff in Indy 11 months ago

      supposition is not fact, and there is one fact that is very peculiar: this is the 1st article that comes in an an ambigious GOOGLE SEARCH of pyramids and Antarctica, almost as if the 'debunking' story was pushed up to the top of the Google search chain by those wishing to suppress a fact. No mention was made of the research lab within spitting distance of the pyramid, and now there are several spotted, of which, NONE of them were debunked by this nonexpert on geography. You, sir, are a geographical fraud, probably paid by someone, like the USARP geo funded groups, to publish a nonpartisan debunking story. Your goofy explanations are all speculation, and not scientific fact. Like all debunkers, you make a red herring comparison to Alien and Predators or some ad hominem like 'conspiracy theorists' to freshen your argument. You, sir, have been debunked.

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      --Rooster 11 months ago

      You know what. Forget about that last message of mine.

      The article is pretty decent. But you should've edited in more sources.

      And the comment section could've been better.

      Oh well.

      Shit happens.

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      Kahlypso 11 months ago

      Hi, these large structures peeking out over the ice are not man made pyramids (forget about alien theories as they remain that, just theories) the last time that Man could have lived on the Antartica is almost 110k years ago. The pyramids on the Antartica will be Step Pyramids, made out of blocks larger than anything we've seen in Egypt or Central America. They wont be aligned to the North/South/East/West as seen ONLY on the Giza Pyramid, and we'll probably only find crumpled remains and cracked rocks.. However if (and when) we find these pyramids, they will be complete and not ransacked like all the other Pyramids, and will command an instant visit from World Leaders and Religious figureheads as they rush to see what was uncovered. Kinda like Putins and Kerry's recent visits and the Patriach of the Russian Orthodox chuch. For exemple.

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      calculus-geometry 11 months ago

      re: Alien vs Predator influence, there is actually a much much older fictional account of ancient alien architecture on Antarctica, H. P. Lovecraft's novella At the Mountains of Madness, which was the inspiration for Alien vs Predator. I'm surprised nobody mentioned it. Anyway, very interesting article. It's amazing how you can trick people with something as simple as a crop.

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      Ethan 11 months ago

      Dean, I admire your willingness to interact with these trolls. I would have given up days ago! Anyway, I enjoyed the read! Someone has to redeem the internet as a place of valid factual information. I, however, lack the patience required. Keep at it!

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      Dean Traylor 12 months ago from Southern California

      Alex, first off, it sounds like youre commenting on the "just an opinion" article. If not, i suggest you read it before you judge my comments toward others on this topic.

      Second, the Bosnian Pyramid was never legitimized. One archeologist claimed it was real, but later recanted after seeing the evidence (or lack of).

      Third, I think you don't have have good grasp of the definition of plagerism. Please look it up next time you accuse somebody of that.

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      Alex 12 months ago

      Okay, aside from this entire article, do you think its necessary and reasonable to research about commenters and dismiss their opinions and beliefs based on their own? Your own actual defense is the fact that these commenters all fall within the same "conspiracy theorist" group and immediately dismiss them and deem them as not credible or intelligent due to that. That is ignorant. Also I'd like to add that this does not debunk anything, Debunking consists of going to the actual site, recording your evidence with pictures, and providing a actual DOCUMENTARY. Give me this, and I will believe you. You provide valid points, but there is valid points on the other side of this argument and facts that you simply cannot dismiss. The possibility of this is not set in stone and they have never officially debunked this. Just like the Bosnian pyramids which so happen to have been proven to be legit. Is it so unbelievable that this could be real? Certainly not. Sounds like you still have a lot of work ahead of you, and to be honest should of researched a lot more then you did before posting this. You might of as well copy and pasted this, because it is legitimately plagiarism reworded.

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      pookie16 12 months ago

      Dean, If you have time, check out Bermuda Triangle Mystery solved by Larry Kusche. It sold about 100.000 copies last time I checked. The Bermuda Triangle Mystery sold millions of copies. Kusche goes to the original sources of the stories (legitimate newspapers or court proceedings) and finds that the mystery is all fabricated long after the event. I could not not make it all the way through the book because it got boring the tenth or eleventh time of looking at the facts and seeing there is nothing there. Your article saved me time having to look at this new discovery of pyramids particularly by pointing out the discovery is not even new (like within the last month). Thanks and I feel your pain.

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      James 12 months ago

      I too came here from Google homepage. I think that it's appalling for them to report something like this as "News". Sometimes they've even posted ads as "News". VERY irresponsible.

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      Wow... 12 months ago

      jayb: If only there was a way to get enough money off these people that they could not afford internet, life would be so much better, and the rest of us so much richer.

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      Tim 12 months ago

      I still want to believe.

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      jayb 12 months ago

      Dean, why do you even engage with nut jobs who will never be convinced that a mountain is a mountain? Engaging them will just infuriate you further - just let them believe that AvP was actually a documentary, you'll not convince them otherwise!

      Good article btw, came straight here for after the frustration I received from seeing a stupid video on YouTube :-)

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      aka 12 months ago

      Can someone explain to me why pyramids are all over the planet, not just in egypt? And we're built before these civilizations had any contact with one another.

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      Ed Smith 12 months ago

      Dean Taylor, well done. Thank you for taking the time to check sources and verify claims. Yes, there are some real jewels out there who want to believe something without doing the homework for themselves. I really appreciate your efforts and support your findings. Thank you. Ed Smith

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      Rish 13 months ago

      Hi Dean, I was looking up the Antarctic pyramid and found your post. It is unfortunate that some people can't be objective about things these days. I believe that this planet is under some kind of observation from beings likely not of this world. I seen a few things which I can't explain and a few recorded sightings can't be explained away either. That said, I am glad when someone tries to debunk something as it gives me a fresh perspective and gives a point of view that is unique. I believe debunking is vital in the search for the truth since there is no point in sensationalism. It is sad that many don't see it like this.

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      Dean Traylor 13 months ago from Southern California

      PHIPHER - the Google Earth coordinates you mentioned in your post was discussed in the last update I wrote for this article. I suggest you go back and read it.

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      PHIPHER 13 months ago

      I don't see any debunking in your post... but the pyramid shape mountains are real, just google earth them in Antartica the exact coordinates are....

      72°16'00.58"S 165°35'40.00"E

      and the almost having similar positions to Giza is at....

      79°58'40.00"S 81°57'49.00"W

      just visit the pictures in Panoramio while they are still available.

      Cheers!

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      Gabriel Trammell 13 months ago

      Ya you can not take "In Search Of" seriously Its mostly just myth and legend. I would not expect a science teacher would refer to it as a good source for facts.Although I used to watch old NOVA documentary's that where far more useful for facts. At least "In Search Of " Is not as bad as that Ancient Aliens show it makes me laugh. I better be quite I might offend the trolls lol. The search for truth will always have its haters and other odd ones. Have a good night Dean and watch out for those lizard people :)

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      Dean Traylor 13 months ago from Southern California

      Gabriel, I used to watch that show when I was a kid. A lot of the stuff scared the bejesus out of me; however, during one episode my father (who was teaching science), uttered the words that would change my perspective on the type of psuedoscience stuff...."B*** Sh**! This stuff doesn't help science, it hurts it!"

      These days, I catch the show on YouTube....it's still entertaining, but I know better.

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      Gabriel Trammell 13 months ago

      We have radar satellites that could be used to solve this phenomenon. I just think if they did find signs of a civilization in Antarctica it would be smashed under millions of tons of ice in a valley not in a mountain range poking out of the ice. I am not a expert tho. Something people should check out tho if they like shows about mystery's. Is a old show called In Search Of with Leonard Nimoy. Its a mix of facts and fiction but done right in my option.

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      Dean Traylor 14 months ago from Southern California

      Vicky, that's right! The pyramids of the world never stand alone. They are placed in groups. Anyway, I mentioned that one photo suspiciously looked photo-shopped. That was the pyramid near the coast. Back when I wrote this three years ago, the lines, shapes, and shading appeared to be muted. However, what I discovered was the photo (most likely lifted --unknowingly -- from someone's Flicker account) had been cropped. It had been taken from afar and it was not the subject of the original photo. In fact, when one looks at it in the un-cropped photo it appears almost to blend in with the background. Also, it appears to be small and possibly windswept (which is very common in frozen and windy places). The cropped photo was most likely expanded, thus giving the appearance that it's bigger than what it appears to be. I am old school when it comes to Photoshop. When I used the program, I used to crop the photos or enhance the colors. I rarely used computer-generated illustrations of lines on them. So, my definition of the term may differ from others.

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      Vicky Nair 14 months ago

      Just one question , Pyramids are never created in isolation but as a unit . Whether the Giza plateau , whether Kailasha mountain , whether the South American pyramids , whether in China , Whether Bosnia and we can keep naming them ? So the idea of being photoshopped and removing the rest as pointed out in your article , is something I would like to hear from you about ?

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      Dean Traylor 14 months ago from Southern California

      Tony, I'll stick to my facts while you stick to your opinion. If you can't read the first paragraph to realize what I was examininging or ignore the updates I placed on it and dismiss it because it goes against yoir beliefs, then there's no point of evplaining it. Also I have a right to defend it. Just as you have a right to keep your opinion to yourself. If you have nothing to add to this, then please go away.

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      Tony Hopkins 14 months ago

      Mr. Taylor – Your condescending replies to these people are hilarious and even more entertaining than the subject of the article. You have so much energy to defend this stupid article which has little to no substance, and filled with opinion after opinion. I don't know which is more embarrassing to witness, the article itself or the one who desperately defends it.

      You mention questionable claims which are followed by only opinions – almost all of them are YOUR opinions. So who cares about your opinion. Some are from hikers. Hikers! My science teacher didn’t include “Dean Taylor’s opinion” or passerby hiker's opinions as evidence for science.

      You should do yourself a favor and stick to the facts. You would find that you would be much more respected. That’s the point though – right? If you did, then there wouldn’t be any content for this article.

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      Dean Traylor 14 months ago from Southern California

      Don't follow, Jojo, please elaborate...is this a complement, condemnation, or a troll act?

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      Dexilicious 14 months ago

      Intriguing shapes! But not pyramids.

      IF these were actual pyramids, the hikers/climbers would have seen features that show it's a pyramid.

      Stone is hard but WILL erode over time. So in the case this IS a pyramid, and a egyptian style (smooth surface) to boot (all other style pyramids have had steps and weren't as smooth as the Giza ones), even then erosion would have been evident. Wind swept snow and ice is killing!

      No visual cues have been seen by the hikers/climbers who actually came close to this mountain range. So clearly no clear erosion on man-handled surfaces.

      Erosion on natural formations is a lot harder to see than erosion on mand-made structures.

      It's a shame they aren't pyramids, cause that would be REALLY cool.

      Dean, have to per chance looked into LiDAR imaging from this region?

      That would give the trolls and nay-sayers a (figurative) run for their money :)

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      Dean Traylor 14 months ago from Southern California

      Craig,

      Although I doubt you will answer me on these, I would like to ask a few questions.

      1. How many fact-based evidence do I have to provide to prove the original article was a fake?

      2. Why do you not mention the stuff from that viral article or ignore it entirely?

      3. Why do you think that finding the "middle ground" by claiming there's no real evidence to prove either side is going to validate your argument (that is if you have one)?

      4. Are you a genuine person, or are you one of several pseudo persona of a troll? Your writing looks very familiar. And you seem to try use the same tactic as another commentator who claimed that he (or she) read this thoroughly, despite missing the most glaring topic that this antarctic pyramid came from a heavily flawed viral article (you'll have to excuse me if I'm repeating that, but it seems it needs to be driven into your head at what I'm trying to point out).

      5. Why did you write that statement: "We should not forget to distinguish the difference between facts, possibilities and opinions?" Something didn't sound genuine when I read it. And I'm getting the feeling that it may reveal your ulterior motives that you actually believe in the pyramids (even if you say "well there may not be significant evidence to suggest that these are in fact pyramids.")

      I'm not an expert on philosophy or logical fallacies (but I'm learning), but the first thing that came to mind was that you were guilty of using one. Well, here's a starting point:

      http://rationalwiki.org/wiki/Science_was_wrong_bef...

      Since you claim you read my article in full, then it shouldn't be a problem for you to read that link and possibly read more since there's links to other fallacies. Maybe you'll discover that it's a totally different fallacy...then again if you are a troll....well I won't feed the troll, anymore.

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      craig 14 months ago

      First, I should disclose that I did read the full article as well as most of the comments, and the author's reply to those comments. While there may not be significant evidence to suggest that these are in fact pyramids, the author in turn does not provide much fact-based evidence to provide that they are not pyramids. There is, however, an awful lot of speculation and opinion (I'm sure the author will fight that back) for both arguments. We should not forget to distinguish the difference between facts, possibilities, and opinions.

      Being in such a treacherous location that is rarely explored or traversed, we may never truly know if these are or not pyramids. It would take a multi-million dollar exploration team, and even then, there will be those who disagree with their findings.

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      Dean Traylor 15 months ago from Southern California

      Interesting you brought that up. I wrote an article on the subject. Although it looks like Antarctica at the bottom, it's actually a continuation and an assumption of South America's continent. Map makers of the time assumed that there were land masses on four corners of the world because they believed it would balance out the world. The map is fairly accurate in terms of what cartographers knew of the world at the time. Still it doesn't contain certain Caribbean Islands while showing a mythical island. Also some of the coastlines don't match up with modern maps and satellite lmages as some ufologists and ancient alien believers claim. There are more details mentioned in the Hubpages article I wrote on the subject. Feel free to check it out.

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      Steve Garrett UK 15 months ago

      If the Antarctic has been covered in ice for millions of years as claimed, how does one explain the Piri Reis map of 1513, which shows the Antarctica land mass with mountains and rivers. It has also been claimed that the only way for the accuracy of Antarctica on the map is if it was photographed from 80 miles above its land mass.

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      Dean Traylor 15 months ago from Southern California

      I'm aware of admiral Byrds expedition. He never mentioned anything about pyramids in antarctica. But he mentioned symmes hole of the hollow earth theory (No he didn't find any proof of that). Theres a lot of false reports about the pyramids ( which is a fairly new phenomenon).

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      karadog 15 months ago

      Mr Dean traylor, i have the Admiral Byrds expedition pics of these "pyramids" ca. 30's and 40's if you want to see them from OP HG.

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      Dean Traylor 16 months ago from Southern California

      Troll, I see you chose an appropriate name. But here's the problem:you need to rewrite your response in proper English. It makes no sense. Also, if you don't have anything constructive to say, then don't bother to write anything.

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      Troll 16 months ago

      You are the completely extreme of a tinfoil hat conspiracy theorist. Just skeptic to a fault.

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      Dean Traylor 16 months ago from Southern California

      Shawn, after further review of your comments, I've come to a conclusion: You skimmed the article and didn't read it. But, unsurprisingly you perused the comments section (and not very well, I can see). And, you most likely are a firm believer in the pyramids and don't want anyone to get in the way of that.

      If there's one thing I've learned about some of you is that (1) you think that discrediting the article by stating there's no facts (which are there is in many facets) and that's it's nothing but an opinion is somehow going to alter the findings in this article; and (2) you purposely ignored that this was an article targeting the viral ones (with no facts) on the Antarctic pyramids. Finally (3) you ignored the updates in order to support your own beliefs in the pyramids.

      Also, you seem to fail to grasp the notion that I responded to those that personally attacked me.

      There's one thing I ask those that question this article as being an opinion: where's your facts? You made the claim I didn't have it, and expressed that you may hold something of value. Do you have facts of your own?

      In your case, I have one other thing to ask: Do you believe you're taking a high road in this by stating "both sides don't have the facts" and continue on by running me down? or that I "insult readers and other thoughts opposed to open to other ideas?" when in fact, you're doing the same thing to me.

      As I said to another rude commentator, I'm calling BS on your statement. And I believe it's time to drop the "open mind". It's obvious that commentators like you are far from being open minded and will follow anyone who affirms your belief.

      Nuff Said.

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      shawn 16 months ago

      all I can see here is people who don't know, none of us can actually know unless we have first hand knowledge, and most of us do not.

      "facts" are missing from both perspectives and if the author fails to realize that he is equal to the tin hat wearing fools he has commented on.

      remember it is the mystery and unknown that is important and the believers are in just a strong ground as the debunkers when articulate points are made without real facts. unfortunately the author lost all credibility and dignity by insulting readers and other thoughts opposed to or open to other ideas. I will overlook his other articles as opinionated and emotional rhetoric.

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      James Duncan 16 months ago

      If anyone has heard of the super continent theory Pangaea... The Pyramids could have been built in an certain area and then the land was broken apart and floated away from each other and created what the world looks like today and the Pyramids were frozen under the ice from billions of years and were finally discover in current day Antarctica.

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      Dean Traylor 17 months ago from Southern California

      Amanda, from what I've gathered, the "pyramid" in question is close to a popular mountain that climbers will venture to. Many of these climbers seemingly don't give it much thought, in part, because these types of ridges (known as glacier horns) are extremely common in very cold climates such as Antarctica and Greenland. Also, the original article that started this, was very vague and didn't give any real names for the explorers or the expedition, itself. Since writing this a second article about the topic came out (where the Google Earth stuff came from). Although the name of the writer was given and a source, the evidence presented is questionable, at best.

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      Lehmann 17 months ago

      Out of long-studied interest in pyramid structures (see the academically regular works of Christopher Dunn, for one), and fascinated by the shapes involved, I executed a Google search today, and went first here, not having even previously known of Hub Pages. Call me cloistered, I work a lot. Whatever the ultimate forensic outcome on this, the debunking party here has relied upon a misconception, namely that Antarctica: " has been too harsh to support sustainable human life for millions of years. " Albert Einstein wrote the endorsing forward to Charles W. Hapgood's book Path of the Pole (originally titled Our Wondering Pole), and within that you will find a considerable geological proof, based upon core samples consistent, for one example, with river silt, that Antarctica was almost certainly a place of hospitable climate within the scope of the existence of structurally modern humans upon the earth, in my own evaluation, and that of many, within the last twenty thousand years. This is further consistent with Hapgood's discussion in his entertaining and less dense Maps of The Ancient Sea Kings, where the Piri Reis map, which was unquestionably in existence in 1512, shows an accurate outline of the terrestrial coastline beneath what is now the Ross ice shelf, very accurate as to outline, though not as to scale. I suggest respectfully that we would all do better, in so many respects, if we would insist upon engagement in fact-based reasoning. As to the Egyptian pyramids, at least as to the Great Pyramid, the idea that these were funerary edifices caved out of granite with simple tools is absurd, and early 20th century research, Flinders Petrie, in example, shows the presence of lathe marks on vases made of very thin extremely hard opaque rock. Again, the work of Christopher Dunn is of particular interest in this regard. This neither proves nor disproves the origin of these pyramid structures, but these factors do indicate that the debunk here attempted was incomplete in its level of research. I do not normally engage in Internet blog discussions, and may not return here, preoccupied with other obligations, but I felt that the Hapgood findings, which are so well documented, in company with the Dunn work, should be brought to the attention of those interested in these phenomena.

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      Amanda 17 months ago

      to me it has to be a hoax.. if not why hasn't any one tried to go inside of it, or at least attempt to knock some of the snow off and let us see if it is actually man made or a natural phenomena. Another thing with all of the technology we have and all of the thrill seekers out there, not a single person has tried to venture inside of it? Also, I went on google earth and looked at the images. You will notice a whole ridge like structure around the so called pyramid, its almost like years of wind may have made it seem like the perfect pyramid structure. However, I wont believe its a true pyramid till someone actually ventures inside...

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      Dean Traylor 17 months ago from Southern California

      Thanks anurag

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      User 17 months ago

      A really well written article. I like the way you state facts :)

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      Dean Traylor 17 months ago from Southern California

      Lena, thanks for the comments....and some food for thought. I was wondering where all the trolls came from. My next move is to probably break away from these sites and form my own blog; however, I'm only doing this part time and it's tough to find ample time to put something together.

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      Lena 17 months ago

      Thanks for your article. It's on the first page of Google results when looking for answers re the myth of these pyramids. Be careful of the trolls on this site, by the way. I believe Hubpages encourages them to stoke up page views and revenue...much of the benefits the writer is unlikely to see. They are a waste of energy.

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      Dean Traylor 17 months ago from Southern California

      I'm just going to call BS on your accusations. I have a feeling if I had the "official reputable agency" or hard evidence to debunk the pyramid "theory", you'd still believe in the pyramid ' s existance. When somebody states what you've stated, several thoughts come to mind such as 1. You don't have the hard evidence to support your belief 2. You don't want real facts to get in your way and 3. You have an ulterior motive for these attacks. You probably want to believe in this stuff because you hope it makes you unique or intellectually superior above everyone else. No, I don't think you're an open-minded person (so don't bother me with that when you respond). I'd worry about your beliefs. I get the impression that every snake oil men will be knocking at your door. Whether you like it or not I checked all the claims for this and found them unimpressive. Also, you may want to Google antarctic pyramid hoax. There you may find others that were not impressed either (especially Skeptics website). Finally if you can't come up with anything concrete, then don't come back with the atracks.

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      Shermik 17 months ago

      Your added "updates" still do not debunk the pyramid theory...get us the official report from a reputable agency.

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      Dean Traylor 17 months ago from Southern California

      To Readers: some updates have been added to this article. Please read them before commenting....thanks!

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      Dean Traylor 17 months ago from Southern California

      FLAT Earther? That sounds like something youd believe in. Do you even know what you are talking about? Are you done trolling? You're reaching.

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      Shermik 17 months ago

      Dean, until you can provide an official report from a reputable agency "debunking" them as pyramids then you must allow for ALL potential theories...stop being a flat earther.

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      Dean Traylor 17 months ago from Southern California

      BTW shermik, where's your facts?everything including Google Earth turned out br natural phenomenon. In fact what you see is high school physics.

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      Dean Traylor 17 months ago from Southern California

      And you folks have been jerks in these comments. I only respond in kind. And so what if I didn't respond to the report to glenn's post? I know how images work and the power of suggestion. It's like that Martin face that turned out to be blurred. Also this is about the viral article about the subject. Why does this fact escape of you who are convinced I had no facts?

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      Shermik 17 months ago

      Dean, you're a bit too defensive ...and your tone in these comments makes me think you have a vested interest in not wanting people to keep an open mind on the topic.

      Why didn't you reply to Glenn Swart's comment above with the Google Earth coordinates (79°58'39.25"S 81°57'32.21"W)? Sure as %#*& looks like a pyramid to me....and EVERYONE with two eyes.

      Admit it, you DON'T have any FACTS to debunk this "myth"....not one shred.

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      Dean Traylor 18 months ago from Southern California

      Nancy, you've touched upon something that's been a problem for years. When there's a documentary aired on the Discovery Channel or History Channel these days, one has be careful about what they are watching. Often they've had programs that favored conspiracy theories or bizarre mysteries involving government cover-ups, UFOs, or some form of pseudo-science and give little or no credence to objective criticism on the matter. They're looking for ratings and they know many people will pay attention (as well as want to believe this stuff) if there is some kind of "manufactured" mystery reel in the audience. As far as it goes, there's a lot of people telling me about the Google Earth maps. Sometimes, the coordinates that are given don't show up. There's also possibility that that may have been for a base camp (since there are several of them on Antarctica ) or there's really nothing photographed in that region, at all. Who knows? I just adds to a mystery that was started by an article that went viral (which was what this article was focusing on in the first place.

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      Nancy 18 months ago

      Well, I didn't come across this on the internet, but on the discovery channel. And on the discovery channel they also mentioned about the US looking into it, even as far as sending massive amounts of people there; scientists and army personnel. So I just went to google earth to try to get a close up. And of course that particular area (AND ONLY THAT AREA) is not as visible as the surrounding areas. Hmmmm, wonder why that is???