A series of archaeological findings made around Mount Baigong in 2002 puzzled researchers, and mystery is still remains unsolved, strongly pointing to the ancient alien theory. The findings were a series of well-arranged metallic pipe-like structures embedded in rocks around Mount Baigong, near Delingha, in Southwestern China.
The place where the pipes were found is located adjacent to Qadim Basin, which is at the foothills on Himalayan mountains. The harsh climate of this area has made it inhospitable throughout human history, and there is scant evidence of human settlement here, even today where only herders quickly pass through the place while moving to fertile pastures down south.
Unknown origin of Baigong Pipes in China
The main finding was a pyramid-like outcropping that measured 50-60 meters high. This outcropping is walled by a system of well-arranged pipe-like structures that terminate at a Lake Toson Hu, a salt water lake, located 300 feet away from the outcropping. The outcropping features 3 entrances with 2 of them having collapsed and the remaining one leading one into a dug-out cave whose rocky interior floor and walls feature embedded pipes.
This findings, the outcrop, pipes, and piping network that connects the outcropping to Lake Toson Hu puzzled researchers, especially considering that there is a fresh-water lake less than 300 feet away from the outcropping. Why choose the salt-water lake and build a series of sophisticated piping network that links the lake to the outcropping? Was this an ancient research center? Or some kind of factory or base of ancient aliens?
The pipes that form the piping complex are not of the same size, with some measuring 1.5 feet in diameter, and the very small ones measuring just an inch or less in diameter. This piping complex is collectively designated as the Baigong Pipes (and officially known as the Bai-Gongshan Iron Pipe).
Out-of-Place historical Artifacts
According to archaeologists and historians, the Baigong Pipes fit well the textbook description of Out-of-Place historical artifacts. To begin with, dating that was done using the less-error prone dating technique called thermoluminescence dating showed that the pipes were formed through smelting around 140,000-150,000 years ago. The dating technique analyzes the crystal structure in the artifact and showed that the pipe materials were subjected to extreme heat before being forged and shaped in a process that resembles human-made metal working. This shows that there was an advanced civilization living at that time that could melt and forge metal pipes as well as built a piping complex to feed salt-water into an industry-like plant.
Still, some scholars opine that the pipes could have been used to relay waste materials to the salt-water lake, but this is unlikely as exploration of the salt water lake shows that it does not seem to contain large scale deposits of iron, metal, and other inorganic wastes that are associated with metal-working.
Chemical UFO Fuel Facility?
Extensive chemical analysis of the materials used to build the Baigong Pipes show that metal alloys were predominantly used. In fact, 92 percent of the materials used were made up of alloys of common metals mixed with the following 3 inorganic compounds; silicon dioxide, calcium oxide, and ferric oxide. Interestingly, the remaining (8 percent) materials could not be identified, even by material scientists, based in Chinese Earthquake Administration, who only noted in 2007 that the pipes were made using radioactive materials.
However, closer examination of the silica variant found in pipes revealed a very astounding fact; the silica variant was non-native to planet Earth but it is abundant in planet Mars. This finding puzzled scientists, historians, and Chinese state officials; but it also enlivened the UFO-investigation community who speculated that Ancient Aliens from Mars may have built the piping complex and the industrial-like plant to produce chemical fuel for their space-crafts. However, this raises 2 questions, why choose a remote region and what fuel could this be?
Mount Baigong is located in a settlement-devoid plain where the mountain is the only monument that rises out of the surrounding relatively flat terrain. So why would this location be suitable? There are 2 possible explanations. First of all, being a remote area, there was less interference by other living things, including animals, that would have disturbed the alien scientists conducting research here. The second explanation is that the location was chosen because it was the only place near a salt-water lake that provided a vantage view over a relatively empty terrain that would allow anyone to see any approaching threat. The need for salt-water is quite interesting as it relates to generation of chemical fuels.
Modern-day industries use salt-water to generate hydrogen gas, which is later liquefied to be used as rocket fuel for NASA spaceships. This is done using a chemical process called electrolysis, which involves passing electric current through water that contains dissolved inorganic salts, usually sodium chloride, the salt that made the water of Lake Toson salty. During electrolysis, direct current is passed through the salty water, and it causes electrically-charged water molecules to split into their constituents hydrogen gas and oxygen gas which bubble out of the solution, and into collecting tubes, or collection jars. The hydrogen gas can then be liquefied by lowering its temperature. It is speculated by UFO enthusiasts that ancient alien researchers used electrolysis to generate hydrogen gas, and then took advantage of the extreme cold at the top of the mountain to cool the collected gas into liquid hydrogen which was then fed into alien spaceship before they took off for outer-space journeys. This explains why the mountain was chosen instead of the plain field.
Out of Time-line
There is also another aspect of these findings that have puzzled scholars, and this is its out-of-timeline nature. According to mainstream history, rudimentary human civilization began less than 50,000 years ago. Therefore, who could have developed this piping complex when humans had not even discovered fire? Could ancient life forms have lived here or were these pipes a product of natural rock evolution process? Its unlikely for the pipes to have been meticulously arranged by natural rock formation or evolution process, and it likely someone or some beings built them. Question is who built them?
Area remains closed
When the Baigong Pipes was given wide press coverage, UFO enthusiasts from the West, as well as curious tourists, started flocking into Delingha so as to visit this archaeological site. There was even a satellite dish placed on a nearby rocky outcropping to capture extra-terrestrial radio communication. However, the Chinese government quickly sent guards who sealed off the archaeological site and to this day still prevent people from accessing the only remaining entrance. Why did the Chinese government do this? There is no convincing answer to this question, but this move does stop UFO enthusiasts and scholars from finding out who really built the Baiging Pipes.