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Google Earth shows 2Km long Artifact being Exposed by Melting Antarctic Ice

Retraction: September 3, 2018 – The coordinates for the artifact pictured below (75° 0’46.98″S 0° 4’52.71″E) matches Kohnen-Station which is a German summer research facility in Antarctica that opened on January 11, 2001. It can accommodate up to 20 people and according to Wikipedia, “it is supplied by a convoy of 6 towing vehicles, which carry up to 20 tones each and 17 sledges.”

Therefore, it is more than likely that the artifact spotted by Google Earth which shows a total of 22 objects protruding about the ice (see picture), and which have led to much internet speculation (see here and here) are nothing more than logistical equipment covered by snow left behind for future scientific missions.

For that reason, I can no longer support the conclusions reached in my prior analysis of the artifact in the picture and am henceforth withdrawing the article from circulation.

Apologies for the error.

Michael Salla, Ph.D.

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Tags: Antarctica, German Antarctic Base

  • Neil Wilkes

    Good Work, Michael.
    One problem with the internet age is the proliferation of Armchair Experts who junt around on Google Earth & then claim to have made discoveries of huge significance that turn out to be simple misidentification of much more prosaic items.
    There is some great imagery for the station online too – see this one
    http://forum.aerosoft.com/index.php?/topic/53473-antarctica-x-kohnen-station/