Explorers reveal bit of Baltic sea floor mystery. Lots of hype, little substance.


The Ocean X Team dove down to the circle-shaped object in the Baltic Sea and met something they never experienced before. First they thought it was just stone or a rock cliff, but after further observations the object appeared more as a huge mushroom, rising 3-4 meters/10-13 feet from the seabed, with rounded sides and rugged edges. The object had an egg shaped hole leading into it from the top, as an opening. On top of the object they also found strange stone circle formations, almost looking like small fireplaces. The stones were covered in something resembling soot.

Right now, scientists are examining samples from the circle-shaped object, and experts in sonar imaging are processing data from the ship to hopefully shed more light over the mysterious object.

Tip. Ghost theory

From video screen capture

Video, in swedish

You simply can’t make heads or tails out of this. There is no scale, there is no way to tell how or even IF this fits in with the huge circular image previously given. This is a small area. I certainly can’t tell what kind of rock it is from the picture. They note that no vulcanism is known in the Baltic. But this area WAS completely covered by glacial ice at one time (PDF):

The postglacial Baltic waterbody gradually grew out from the dammed ice melt water. It filled the
depression on the earth surface that recently was loaded under up to 3 km thick, retreating ice sheet.
The land surface in the depression was severely reworked by pre-glacial rivers and moving ice and
melt waters during the waistage the glaciers, and subsided under the ice load. The fresh waterbody
was born in the SW end of the present BS, close to to the Danish land-bridge, damming the new-born
Baltic Ice Lake (BIL) from fatal drainage toward the Atlantic.

I’m leaning toward thinking we may be seeing glacial effects on the sea floor here. But, there is no way to tell… this is a rather unscientific expedition. It’s certainly been high on hype as you can see from the video.

For more on the background of this story, click here for previous posts.

For an update go here: Baltic sea explorers provide confusing babble not of this world

  5 comments for “Explorers reveal bit of Baltic sea floor mystery. Lots of hype, little substance.

  1. Byron Leon McAllister
    June 16, 2012 at 12:38 PM

    Ummmm, if that’s an anomaly, then everything we see all around us is an anomaly. Hence, the word “anomaly” would have no real meaning, and could be retired from the language.

  2. idoubtit
    June 17, 2012 at 10:34 PM

    Thanks for adding these. I’m still not at all clear on scale and glacial effects still seems the best explanation I can think of.

  3. spookyparadigm
    June 17, 2012 at 10:49 PM

    I could be wrong, but the scale does not look terribly large.

  4. spookyparadigm
    June 17, 2012 at 10:53 PM

    When it was just being detected by the sonar, the use of the term anomaly was appropriate, as that gets used for “there is a reading here, we can’t even tell if it actually refers to a physical thing or interference or equipment error,” so anomaly is the most neutral way of referring to “something that sticks out as data in a return and that’s all we can say.”

    Once they dove down, unless there is evidence otherwise, it would be appropriate to call it a geological formation that as of now has not been sufficiently properly investigated to have any decent chance of explaining how it formed.

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