From Laura Faunke: I was wondering if there are any professional scientists in this group working in fields such as archaeology, geology, marine archaeology, oceanography, etc., who might like to give their input?
(Who knows! Maybe the OX team would invite you on the next expedition to the anomaly! )
Are there any scientists here who have a reaction to the anomaly, or would like to make some unbiased criticism?
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From first scientist:
Since there has been so much buzz on the subject, I would like to attempt to shed some light on the Baltic Sea Anomaly, which people are referring to as a sunken UFO resembling the “Millennium Falcon”. The discovery was made on June 19, 2011 by the Swedish based “Ocean X Team” during a dive in the Baltic Sea between Sweden and Finland while searching for an old shipwreck. See the side scan image below of the object (poor quality and with no scale, but the circular feature is about 60 meters across).
First, we’ll start by what it ISN’T with increasing seriousness.
-A UFO: Thanks to Occam’s razor, we can state unequivocally that this is simply ridiculous.
Result of a meteor: Meteors, especially one approximately 60m across, create impacts which are characterized by craters. These craters are either eroded and/or in-filled by sediments depending on the site and age of impact. The structure of the anomaly is totally inconsistent in composition and morphology with an impact structure, bolide, or meteor of any kind.
-Something to do with a volcano: The local geology does not support this, nor does its composition despite mafic volcanic stones being found on or near the site. These are the result of early-Holocene glacial and peri-glacial activity and are found strewn around the entire Baltic and North Sea.
-Some sort of gas release feature: Again, the local geology does not support this, although gas release features do often create circular features on the seabed. Pockmarks are one example, but they are depressions. This is not a depression. Gas and mineralized ground water venting can also create mud volcanoes. These features can result from slightly deeper biogenic gas sources than pockmarks or artesian aquifers and are generally conical in appearance. Once again, the local geology does not support this, nor does the anomaly’s apparent composition.
-Underwater Stonehenge: The anomaly lacks morphology (despite being circular with some 90 degree angles scattered around) and lacks proportion to other any other known submerged or exposed ancient man-made structures of any kind or age. Also, all characteristics of the anomaly are explainable by geologic means.
So what might it ACTUALLY be?
This is most likely a submerged relict soil, called a paleosol. It’s the partially preserved “fossil” remains of a sunken “lost” landscape. This lost landscape would be well above sea level between 15-30,000 years ago, and perhaps an idyllic countryside with a shoreline view up to about 9,000 BP; prime real estate if you ask me! I must stress that just because something forms naturally, does not mean it is unimportant or less interesting to science. In this case, it could prove to be very important. Why? The Baltic has a peculiar tendency to preserve things which normally decays relatively quickly on land or underwater. This site could very well prove to be an early Mesolithic treasure trove of information once properly understood, studied, and excavated. Another lost landscape site (also in the Southern Baltic) has been under investigation by MARIS research institute at Södertörn University. The Verkeån site, which is the remnants of a sunken river and riverbank, has produced numerous finds of high interest, including a Stone Age fish trap which is at least 9,000 yrs old, the oldest fish trap construction ever found. Other paleosol sites in the Baltic have equally enigmatic forms which are replete with examples of deep holes, near perfect angles, and rock-hard sandstone or abstract rock-hard clay sculptures crafted by water and time. Some of these sites even have sunken forests, complete with tree stumps.
So what will be found at the Baltic Sea Anomaly? I’m sorry to say there may not be an alien, Chewbacca, or loads of mineral wealth. However, what we may have is a rare and cherished opportunity to study a glimpse of the environment at the end of the Pleistocene, when woolly mammoths, sabre-toothed cats, and other extinct beasts of a bygone era co-existed and competed with early humans and humanoids for survival.
From second scientist (in Swidish and also transated by Bing):
Peter – Jag jobbar som fysiker och ser väldigt objektivt på vad grundläggande uppgifter dyker upp angående objektet. Runda, skulle klippformationer har inte korridorer eller stigar skuren i dem i naturen. Den “dome” är uppenbarligen ett konkret tillverkade av mer än en komponent eller element, ej smält och inte bildas naturligt. Om objektet fanns under istiden, kan det finnas lager av hårt sedement täcker ytterligare ändamål, tillverkade av material som ännu inte undersökta av någon. Objektets yta kan också brytas ner, från att vara nedsänkt så länge. Jag tror att sammansättningen ändras när du gräver djupare i objektet. Ingen kan sefely säga att en pre-mänskliga arter inte ockupera delar av jorden på en gång, att kunna göra föremål med betong, som vi gör … som kyrkor eller fängelser.