From weird creatures to odd structures, join
me as we explore 10 weird things found in the ice in Antarctica. 10. The Google Earth “Find
Ever since its creation, Google Earth has been used to look at things in the world in
all sorts of ways. But an unexpected side effect of this was
people looking at the map and finding things they didn’t know were then. Such as when one man went to examine Antarctica,
he found a blurred out section of a map that was so large that he felt it couldn’t be anything
other than a massive building. Which would be weird since the only building
in Antarctica are research centers. “I’ve searched the entire continent and I
couldn’t find anything quite like it. I thought maybe there’s a peculiar place in
the images where there happens to be a gap, but I don’t think that’s the case.” In terms of size, the “mass” is 14 miles by
4.5 miles, and when said person searched all of Antarctica to see if something similar
was around, he couldn’t find a thing. Which truly makes it a one of a kind thing. And thus making it all the stranger. So what exactly did he find? Many fans went to Youtube and other places
to weigh in on it, and there have been many guesses. Such as a government facility that they don’t
want you to know about. After all, they apparently have the right
to have Google Maps blur certain areas if they feel it’ll “expose” certain things about
said structures. However, a 14-mile long building in Antarctica
is not only improbable, it’s illogical. Why would anyone want to make something 14
miles long in Antarctica? What purpose would that serve? Either way, it’s there, and many people want
to know why. 9. Meteorites
It may not seem so strange at first, but finding a meteorite in Antarctica is actually very
important. Not the least of which is because when meteorites
come from the atmosphere and land on Earth, they often times shatter on impact. Or, if left exposed to the elements, they’ll
wither away. Thus not letting scientists study them. But because of Antarctica’s snowy tundra and
cold temperatures, the meteorites that land there actually have a very strong likelihood
of surviving, and thus many go to the continent just to find rare meteorites from space. A great example of this happened in 2015. NASA teamed up with Stanford University to
go and search the ice continent for a meteorite that was said to have landed there over a
decade prior. What was so important about this particular
meteorite? Simple, it came from Mars, which scientists
are still openly studying in the hopes of colonizing it one day. Anyway, they did indeed find it, and when
they looked into it, they found that there were actually fossilized remains of ancient
microbes from Mars. A big clue into the history of said planet. So as you can see, while meteorites may be
somewhat common the Earth itself, sometimes you need to go to the ends of said Earth to
find the ones that make the most impact. Which this one most certainly did. 8. Elongated Skulls? This next entry is one that is a bit controversial,
because there are some out there who believe that this entire thing was a hoax. Basically, a team of archaeologists from the
Smithsonian apparently found a set of three elongated skulls in Antarctica during a dig. Should this be real, it would be the first
time proof life from well beyond the modern age of humanity was found in Antarctica. What’s important about this isn’t just the
fact that humans MAY have lived on the continent beforehand, but that they were ones who had
rather elongated skulls. These skulls have been found in other countries
and continents, including Peru, South America, and in Africa. Which might go and show that during the days
of Pangea (when all the continents were unified) that there were people in Antarctica and other
countries mingled there as well. Now, as stated before, many consider this
a hoax, mainly because the “area” which they claim to have found the skulls doesn’t technically
exist. What’s more, the press conference held for
the skulls seemed to have had some weird dialogue from the team. But regardless of whether it’s honestly real
or not, it does raise an interesting question about life on Antarctica in regards to humans. For while it’s easy to think of the place
being a frozen wasteland for all of eternity, that’s honestly not what many people think. There is a possibility that before it froze
over, that it was a place of great greenery. Which meant that humanity could have lived
there once upon a time. So maybe these skulls aren’t the proof of
that, but there may be other proof in the ice just waiting for us. 7. The Curious Case Of Invertebrates
So while it’s true that humanity doesn’t technically live in Antarctica outside of a few research
bases, that doesn’t mean that there isn’t life within the snow and ice at all. What scientists discovered quite shockingly
is that there is a plentiful race of creatures living within the snowy mounds of the continent. Mainly, invertebrates. Or, creatures without a spine. To be even more specific on the matter, about
67 different kinds of invertebrates live on this frozen tundra. Yes, they’re small, tiny even, but they live
here, and that means they deserve to be talked about, and yeah, some of them are downright
strange. First and foremost, there are the Nematode
Worms, Mites, the Rotifer, the Tardigrade, and the Springtail. All different, all unique, all live in Antarctica,
and yes, all strange. But wait, there’s a catch to this that makes
it even stranger. You see, because of the temperature of the
land, they aren’t exactly “living” all the time. If the temperature goes above freezing point,
they’ll start to move around and go about their days. Yet, when it drops, which is often, they’ll
hibernate for lack of a better term. They “moving” periods sometimes only last
an hour, if that! Whereas their “hibernation” can sometimes
last up to months! Think about trying to live like that, where
you’ll have moments of “life” and then months upon months of “sleep”. Not exactly a life worth living, am I right? Regardless of how strange it is though, it
is proof that even in the harshest conditions in the world, life finds a way to live, even
in Antarctica. And, if something like these many species
of invertebrates can be found in the snow and ice, what else could be waiting to be
found? 6. Dinosaurs
Another one that may not be the biggest shock in the world, but around 70-200 million years
ago, it’s believed that dinosaurs once roamed around the realm of Antarctica. If you’re wondering why this is a big deal,
it enforces the notion that we made earlier in the video about Antarctica not being as
cold as it was back in the earlier days of the Earth. By many estimates, it’s believed that Antarctica
could’ve been at least 50 degrees warmer than it is right now. And while that may not make it the warmest
place ever, it was enough for some reptilian-like creatures to have lived there based on fossils
found in the 1980’s and beyond. This helps paint an even clearly picture of
what life was like back in the days of the dinosaurs. As it’s clear their reach truly was to every
corner of the Earth before being wiped out by the asteroid that hit the Earth. Plus, if there were dinosaurs in the lands
of Antarctica, that would also raise all sorts of questions about what creatures were in
the oceans around the continent. While cold, the waters of Antarctica right
now are full of life, so that would go to mean that there was a lot of life back then
too. Who knows what other fossils may be frozen
in the continent. 5. Pyramids In Antarctica
Pyramids are something of a curious thin on Earth. Mainly because while they are magnificent
structures that mean a lot of things to a lot of people, it’s sometimes unclear how
they got made. And why they’re in some many places around
the world. One place that just about no one would suspect
to have such a structure would be Antarctica. The cold and desolate continent is one that
is believed to have not had life on it in hundreds of thousands of years, if not more
in the range of millions. So the idea of massive man-made structures
in the style of a pyramid would be ludicrous…or so we thought. Fast forward to 1901, and pyramids of a sort
were discovered on Antarctica. The first was discovered by a British Expedition
group, but they decided to keep the place a secret. Then, two more were found by Google Earth
of all things (which again shows the power of the platform, I’m just saying). And when it was confirmed that they were real,
it led to all kinds of questions about humanity and our history. Dr. Vanessa Bowman, who works at the British
Antarctic Survey, noted that this isn’t just about Antarctica now, but what it may have
been like a long time ago: “Go back 100 million years ago, and Antarctica
was covered in lush rainforests like those that exist in New Zealand today.” This is yet even more proof that human life
was thriving on Antarctica at some point in time. And who knows what these pyramids could truly
be like? They have been found, but are unable to be
fully researched and explored because of location. But, if they were, and clues were found of
who made them? History would truly be rewritten. 4. Petrified Mammals
While it’s interesting to find out more about dinosaurs and humans that may have lived in
Antarctica at one time, it does raise the question of what other kinds of animals might
have lived there as well. Which brings us to 2009, where the fossilized
remains of a mammal was discovered. It was about the size of a cat, yet was one
that laid eggs. Further study stated that this was an ancient
mammal that lived back around 250 million years ago. But just as interesting, this species is thought
to have moved to Antarctica after leaving Africa when an extinction-level event hit
the planet (and there were plenty of them back in those days, trust me). Anyway, the animal believed that Antarctica
was the “cooler” place to go temperature wise, and thus left South Africa for it. Nowadays, it’d be the opposite, but the world
wasn’t the same back then. So again, this asks the question, “What other
kinds of creatures lived in Antarctica when it wasn’t frozen?” 3. Blood falls
Imagine being the first person to find this. A bunch of water coming from ice that looks
blood red. Can you imagine the shock and horror? But despite what it looks like, it’s not what
you think. The “blood falls” is a waterfall coming out
of a glacier in Antarctica that flows red, giving it its rather infamous nickname. The glacier in question is the Taylor Glacier,
and the reason for its red coloring is rather simple in context. And no, it’s not blood or anything related
to that honestly. This particular glacier isn’t just holding
a bunch of ice together, it’s also holding back an ancient body of water, one that is
two million years old and filled with microbes and other things from days long gone by. When the glacier broke enough to let the water
flow forth (no one knows exactly when this happened). The water that was sealed away was high in
salinity, as well as heavy in iron. That last point is very significant. Because when you mix saltwater with iron,
then expose it to oxygen, and you get oxygenation, which is what causes iron to rust. A similar effect happens here, and the result
of this mixing is that you get a waterfall that looks blood red. The Blood Falls themselves are five stories
high on the Taylor Glacier, and the waters actually flow rather slowly, which is why
the ice is “stained” by the “blood”. Ironically enough, the reveal of why the water
was red was rather recent. There were many thoughts and theories as to
why it happened. Including algae being the cause. Either way though, it’s another mystery solved. 2. Plane Crash
Sadly, planes crash somewhat frequently in our world, especially when it comes to smaller
vessels. But finding a wreckage of a plane in Antarctica
is not something that typically happens. Yet, in 2013, a Canadian plane disappeared
without much of a trace. And a year later, it was found in Antarctica
via Mt. Elizabeth. There’s a lot of mysteries as to what happened
to the plane, and why exactly it ended up buried in snow on a steep hill on the continent. The only clues that we do have is that there
was an alarm signal dispatched from the plane shortly before it vanished. And some speculate that the plane’s pilots
actually crashed the plane into Mt. Elizabeth in the hopes that someone would survive the
crash. Sadly, it wasn’t to be. 1. 100 Year-Old Whiskey
Let’s end this on a bit of levity, shall we? During an excavation, some archaeologists
were shocked to find multiple crates filled with whiskey. Whiskey that had been under the ice for apparently
100 years. Which means it was well-aged, obviously. There are a few twists in this tale though. First off, because the team feared damaging
the bottles, they waited three years for very special tools to be made so that they could
extract the crates of ice without issue. Then, when the whiskey was extracted, and
the bottles were found to be intact, one of the workers looked to the scientists and said,
“Would you like to try it?” The scientist refused, stating that it was
more important for the whiskey to be studied than to be tasted. That’s some restraint right there. Thanks for watching everyone! What did you think of these finds in the ice
of Antarctica? Which one was your favorite? What was the oddest of the bunch? Let me know in the comments below, be sure
to subscribe, and I’ll see you next time on the channel!

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4 thoughts on “10 Weird Things Found In The Ice Of Antarctica!

  • August 15, 2019 at 1:46 pm
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    First!

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  • August 15, 2019 at 3:43 pm
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    Number 3 was very cool! Good video guys

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  • August 15, 2019 at 5:39 pm
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    The mysteries of Antarctica is truly fascinating..
    We still have to find out what other weird things are buried under the thick ice..
    Great video.. Thanks for sharing as always..๐Ÿ’–

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  • August 15, 2019 at 6:08 pm
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    Your top ten count down was ok but why don't you get serious and have an adult real count down like the good stuff they have found and are still finding, like the UFO's and the bodies .. Now that's what I call a good count down, oh but I guess everyone could'nt handle that cause they are still asleep… Well I say , it's time to wake everyone up…..

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