A series of archaeological findings uncovered around Qinghai Province near Mount Baigong near the city of Delingha in southwestern China confused experts a few years ago. The enigma has largely remained unanswered to this day, despite strong evidence pointing to ancient astronaut theorists’ assertions. Researchers were astounded to uncover a succession of well-organized metallic pipe-like structures imbedded in the rocks surrounding Mount Baigong, also known as White White Mountain, in 2002.
The pipes were discovered near Qadim Basin, which is located in the Himalayan foothills. The harsh climate of this area has rendered it inhospitable throughout human history, and there is little indication of human settlement here, even now, as only herders pass through on their way to good pastures further south.
The origins of the Baigong Pipelines and who built them remain unknown. The most significant find was a 50-60 meter tall pyramid-like projection. This protrusion is encircled by a well-organized network of pipe-like structures that lead to Lake Toson Hu, a salty water lake about 300 feet distant.
Two of the three entrances to the outcropping have crumbled, leaving the third to lead to a dug-out cave with embedded pipes in the rocky inner floor and walls. Researchers were perplexed by this discovery and the rock, lines, and piping network that connects it to Lake Toson Hu, especially given the protrusion is only 300 feet from a fresh-water lake.
Why chose a salt-water lake and build a sophisticated piping network to connect it to the outcropping? Was this any sort of ancient research facility? Or a decommissioned extraterrestrial facility or base?
The pipeline complex employs a variety of pipe sizes, with large pipes measuring up to 1.5 feet in diameter and trim lines of barely a few inches. The tubes that make up this system are known colloquially as the Baigong Pipes and are formally known as the Bai-Gongshan Iron Pipe.
Archaeologists and historians saw the Baigong Pipes as fitting into the textbook description of old items discovered out of place.
Radiocarbon dating by the Beijing Institute of Geology revealed that these iron pipes were melted around 150,000 years ago. And, if they were produced by humans, history as we know it would have to be reconsidered.
The thermoluminescence technique was employed by the researchers to determine how long a crystalline mineral had been exposed to sunlight or heated. Humans were thought to have inhabited the area 30,000 years ago. Even in the region’s known history, the only humans were nomads whose mode of life left no such structures behind.
Though some have sought to explain the pipes as a natural occurrence, Yang Ji, a researcher at the “Chinese Academy of Social Sciences,” told “Xinhua” that the pyramid may have been built by intelligent creatures.
He speculated that extraterrestrials from the distant past could be to blame, saying that this theory is “understandable and worth investigating… However, scientific methods must be used to determine whether or not it is true.”
Another theory is that it was built by prehistoric human civilization (as detailed by NASA scientists in the Silurian Hypothesis) using techniques lost to succeeding people. The pipes were tested at a nearby smeltery, according to the head of the publicity department at the municipal Delingha administration. Only 8% of the material could not be distinguished from other types of material.
Ferric oxide, silicon dioxide, and calcium oxide were used to make the remaining components. The presence of silicon dioxide and calcium oxide is the result of prolonged contact between the iron and the surrounding sandstone, indicating that the pipes are thousands of years old. Engineer Liu Shaolin, who conducted the analysis, told Xinhua that “the site has become even more intriguing as a result of this result.”
In 2007, Zheng Jiandong, a geology expert with the China Earthquake Administration, told the state-run newspaper “People’s Daily” that some of the pipelines were highly radioactive, adding to the mystery.
According to another theory, the pipes could represent fossilized tree roots. According to Xinmin Weekly in 2003, scientists discovered plant waste and what seemed to be tree rings in a study of the lines. The discovery was tied to a geological theory that under certain temperatures and chemical circumstances, tree roots can undergo diagenesis (the transformation of soil into rock) and other processes that result in iron deposits.
This article may be traced back to the Xinmin Weekly’s reporting on the root cause of the Baigong Pipes, and none of the study includes citations. There is no definitive understanding of how solid this theory is in relation to the Baigong pipes.