The Mystery Of The Baigong Pipes
In 1996, author Bai Yu was traveling near mount Baigong, which sits about 25 miles (40 km) southwest of the city of Delingha in the Haixi Mongol and Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, in Qinghai Province, China. During his travels, he came across a six foot deep, triangular cave which seemed to be artificially dug; intrigued, he ventured inside (there were two more caves, near it, but they had collapsed). Upon entry, he made a discovery that would cause debate for years to come, as inside the cave he found what appeared to be an array of metal pipes, with hollow centers, that ran through the cave and protruded from it’s exterior wall, or appeared to run all the way to a lake 260 ft (80 m) away. Yu took samples of the “pipes”, and analysis confirmed what he already was starting to think; the pipes were around 150,000 years old, predating humans by 100,000 years. Could it be? Bai Yu discovered something extraordinary? Or is there a plausible explanation for these pipe-like structures?
Those who like to believe in the fantastic have sighted the “Baigong Pipes” as an example of OOPArt (out of place artifacts), which occurs when something is found and dated to a time when it couldn’t have possibly existed unless put there by an external force. The external force in this case, is extraterrestrials. Bai Yu theorized that the three caves he found, combined with a stone outcropping, were remnants of a pyramid that sat atop “Mount Baigong” (it’s actually more like a hill). He also saw how large and flat the surrounding basin, was, and decided that he was in the middle of an Alien landing field and temple. He, as well as many others, believe that the pipes were used just as we use pipes today; to bring water too and from the lake to the pyramid. However, scientists have recently made discoveries that they think shut down Yu’s ideas.
Similar pipe-like structures found in the Navajo lands of the Southern United States, as well as in parts of Louisiana, have cast doubt on the OOPart theory. These structures were found to have been created by precipitation processes, and by sediment deposits hardening around the taproots of trees, which later died and left the “pipes” hollow. Furthermore, more extensive analysis of samples from Baigong have shown that the pipes are composed partially of plant materials; lending more credence to the idea that they are a freak occurrence of nature, and not “man”-made.
Even with evidence going against them, UFO and alien enthusiasts believe that the Baigong pipes were put there by a greater extraterrestrial society that once inhabited the area. So until major excavation takes place and conclusive evidence can be found, the pipes will remain a mystery.