Baigong Pipes: The Strange Ancient “Pipes” Found In The Caves Of Mount Baigong
Inside Baigong Mountain Caves and the surrounding area, there are dozens of strange pipe-like structures that are subject to all kinds of conspiracy theories and rumors.
Known as the Baigong Pipes, the first references to the structures appear to be from the Chinese state media-affiliated news site Xinhua News Agency. According to the article, the tubes consisted of “30 percent iron oxide [iron oxide] with a large amount of silicon dioxide and calcium oxide,” while 8 percent of the tubes’ composition could not be identified by the scientists studying it.
The intrigue of the 8 percent material that is unidentified, large amounts of iron oxide deposits and the fact that they look a lot like pipes has led to wild speculation by conspiracy theorists. According to various YouTube videos, and articles from websites that also produce a lot of Sasquatch content, the pipes are evidence of advanced but ancient civilizations, or, equally, ancient aliens.
So what exactly are Baigong pipes? Well, they appear to be as ancient as the conspiracy theorists would have you believe. But this is because they were probably formed by geological processes.
Structures similar in appearance and/or composition to Baigong pipes have been found in southern Louisiana and elsewhere.
“Pipes” found in southern Louisiana, such as Baigong pipes, are most likely fossilized trees according to geologists who studied them.
“The cylinders are presumed to be fossil tree root casts in which sediments replaced the wood and pedological and diagenetic processes caused the outer shape of the tree root to be preserved while the inner structure was lost,” explained a team in a 1993 study. . “Characteristics of cylinders developed in different stratigraphic materials were contrasted to assess the influence of time and lithology on their development and preservation.”
Minerals formed around the roots, before those roots rotted inside, leaving the hollow tube effect. This explanation has also been given for the Baigong pipes, according to Atlas Obscura, with experiments confirming that the “pipes” themselves contain organic plant matter.
Another explanation suggests that the pipes were made in some kind of natural casting. According to that theory, cracks were left in the sandstone by the uplift of the Tibetan Plateau, which were then filled with iron-rich sediment during flooding of the area.
Either way, neither process requires aliens or pipelines to retrieve their alien waste.