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Great Unsolved Mysteries: The Baigong Pipes and Stones

Updated on December 30, 2013
Pipes above caves.
Pipes above caves.
Pipe inside cave.
Pipe inside cave.
Cave entrance.
Cave entrance.

by Christine B.

Near the city of Delingha in China a group of archaeologists from the US discovered a series of pipes that were merged with the mountains not far from Mount Baigong. The scientists were actually searching for dinosaur fossils when they came upon the mysterious tubular structures.

There has always been speculation about the shape of Mount Baigong being much like a pyramid. This bizarre discovery has added to the mystery of the mountain. In the photo below you can see why there has been so much suspicion as to Mt. Baigong being a naturally formed mountain.

Many of the pipes have been found inside caves in the mountain, which occur only on the front face. Two of the cave entrances have collapsed, so they cannot be entered at this time, but the third cave is still intact and has been explored. Scientists have found two large pipes inside this cave. Both of the pipes are about 16” in diameter. Dozens more pipes were discovered on top of the cave that is still open. Are they air vents?

Another mysterious point about the pipes is that they are thousands of years old!

More Baigong Pipes were found on the shores of Toson Lake. The lake is only 260 feet away from the opening of the largest cave. These pipes were hollow and red-brown in color. Their diameters are only about an inch to 1.8 inches and they were positioned in an east-west direction. They also discovered another group of pipes that were just below the surface of the lake. It’s possible that when the pipes were set into the ground the lake water was not as high as it is today.

Another curious find in the area was unusually shaped rocks and fragments that did not match the composition of the other rocks and soil in the vicinity. The Source of these items has not been determined.

In 2003 Chinese scientists analyzed samples of the pipes and found that they were made up of a vegetable/plant composition. They speculated that the pipes were actually fossils of trees. No other scientific group or agency agrees with this hypothesis, however.

China is not the only place in the world where these unexplained tubes have been discovered. In the Southwestern United States archeologists have found pipe-like features made out of sandstone and they were also near a large carve entrance. This phenomenon is referred to as the Navajo Pipes. These pipes range in size from 1 cm (.39 inches) to 50 cm (19.5 inches) and the walls of the pipes are approximately a third of an inch thick. Along with the pipes there is also a strange stone anomaly found.

Because these stones are round and were obviously purposely created instead of being a naturally occurring phenomenon, no one has determined why they are there or what their real purpose was. More of these uniquely shaped stones have also been discovered in Utah and other western states. The stones have been analyzed and it has been determined that they are made up of 30% ferric oxide with large amounts of silicone dioxide and calcium oxide. The stones are positioned about the area’s naturally occurring sandstone.

In the Florida parishes and the older Pleistocene fluvial sediments of South-central areas of the state of Louisiana more tubular structures have been found protruding from the ground. These cylinders are approximately 70 cm (25 inches) in diameter and 100 cm in length.


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