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Giant Staircase and Under-Ice Building Spotted in Antarctica

There’s a lady who’s sure
That the South Pole is gold
And she’s building a stairway in Antarctica

That doesn’t rhyme nor does it make much sense but it’s as good as any of the other explanations for what appears to be a giant staircase seen in a satellite image of Antarctica. If they were closer together, it could possibly be a back entrance into what appears to be an under-the-ice manmade oval building similar to a medieval castle or fortress seen in another image. Do either of these anomalies change everything or nothing about we know of Antartica?

Copies of the Google image of the alleged giant staircase are flying around the Internet. What is agreed on by most viewers is that it definitely looks like a giant staircase in the snow, although it also looks remotely like a giant tire tread. The location is said to be “just off the coast of Antarctica,” which narrows it down to anyplace just off the coast of Antarctica. Since it’s not in the water, this must mean at the edge of the coast or on an ice shelf.

Location of alleged staircase

Location given for alleged staircase

That’s about it. The identity of the person who found it isn’t revealed on any web or social media sites. The lack of info opens the door for the usual speculation that it’s a UFO landing or crash site, a Nazi base, a staircase down to Atlantis or – since there’s been some alleged pyramid sightings in Antarctica recently – a staircase up the side of a snow-covered pyramid for people or aliens with extremely long legs.

dome-like-structure-antarctica

Could it be related to the mysterious underground oval? A Google image of this 400-foot (121 meter) wide oval popped up at about the same time as the alleged staircase. It appears the photo was taken in 2012 over the middle of Eastern Antarctica. That puts it far from the coast so it’s nowhere near the giant staircase. Initial speculation was that this outline out lyin’ in the middle of a frozen plain was a sastrugi – large grooves or ridges in the snow formed by wind and erosion. Since sastrugis are usually more linear than circular, a popular alternate theory proposed is that the image shows the outline of a buried building from a civilization living in Antarctica before it froze over.

Linear satrugi in Antarctica

Linear satrugi in Antarctica

The only expert weighing in on the oval is Ashoka Tripathi of the Department of Archaeology at the University of Calcutta, whose name also pops up on a hoax warning site because the photograph given of him is actually someone else.

So what do we have? A Google image of something that resembles a giant staircase with no other explanatory and another image of what could be wind damage or an underground structure that has questionable verification. Nothing is changed.

There’s no lady who’s sure
Of the fort in the cold
And no one’s buying the stairway in Antarctica.

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  • Larry Burks

    If you open that area in google earth, you’ll see many more of the “so called” stairs. Because it’s not stairs, but just ripples in the ice.

  • Yu Efo

    I can’t tell whether those are “stairs” lying horizontally or pillars rising vertically.

  • Lance Payette

    Ask Richard Hoagland, he’ll know. For Pete’s sake, can you people not see the giant crystalline city surrounding the steps???

  • HoobieSlaw

    Are you people so dense that this is the only explanation you can come up with? There are there are literally dozens of plausible explanations for this without jumping to this crazy conclusion. Ranging from natural to technical phenomenon.

  • Charles Byrd

    Good one.

  • Dan S.

    Maybe. Maybe not.

  • Tannoy

    It was easy to find without coordinates. It’s too big to be staircase. Further melting might reveal what it is in a few years. Perhaps it’s nothing.

  • Jolly Hansen

    Giant Alien piano