Google Earth: It's good for more than just looking at aerial views of where your ex is living now.
As it turns out, it's good for a whole lot more, actually: Recently, Google Earth satellite imagery discovered a constellation of three snow-covered pyramids in Antarctica. Scientists and researchers are, admittedly, rather taken aback.
Two of the three pyramids are about 10 miles inland, while the third is directly near the coastline.
The implications? Well, this discovery could end up re-writing our entire history. No research has ever mentioned a civilization in Antarctica, much less one with the technological know-how to construct pyramids. So, how did these pyramids get there? That answer requires a look back in time.
As any 3rd-grader knows, Antarctica is cold. Really cold. Frozen, actually, at least until climate change has something to say about it. But it wasn't always this way; over millions of years, Antarctica has drifted from a position closer to the equator to its present perma-frozen location. The British Antarctic Survey backs this up:
with doctor Vanessa Bowman saying "Go back 100 million years ago, and Antarctica was covered in lush rainforests similar to those that exist in New Zealand today.
NASA seems to agree, too. In an expedition to Antarctica's Lake Vida, they discovered unexpected microbial lifeforms trapped under a 65-foot-thick sheet of ice. They resemble descendants of microorganisms from much warmer climates.
Today's technology couldn't begin to touch the idea of building a pyramid in Antarctica. Manpower and logistics alone would tank the project before it even started. Clearly, these pyramids were built in the past -- a time when Antarctica was inhabited.
Which presents a tremendously complicated problem for our view of history: About 100 million years ago, someone was building pyramids on the Antarctica that was then located at the equator. With estimates of human civilization not stretching back even close to far enough to account for this, maybe it's time we start looking for some different timelines.
Egyptian pyramids are still a point of fascination for generations of modern humans. They've stood the test of time. So what of these even-more-ancient pyramids? What might we learn of their builders, should we go explore them?
Strangely, this wouldn't have occurred without climate change -- making it, officially, the only time that I've had reason to be happy that it's so much hotter outside every year.
Written by Baraka Mistretta