Apr 10, 2015 I Paul Seaburn

NASA Investigates Mysterious Four Corners Area

Trivia buffs know that the only spot in the United States where one can stand in four states simultaneously is at the convergence of Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado and Utah. It’s an area deemed sacred by many Native American tribes and believed by some spiritualists to be a vortex of healing energy. It is near the site of a famous 1948 UFO crash and recovery. In 2014, researchers using satellite images determined it is a huge methane “hot spot” and has the highest concentration of methane gas in the U.S. Now NASA has sent a team of scientists to determine the source of the methane. With all these things going on around that map pinpoint, what will they find? What might they be really looking for?

Much has been written about the UFO crash in Aztec, New Mexico, in March of 1948. According to various reports, a spacecraft was recovered mostly intact, along with the burned bodies of at least 16 small, human-like aliens. The craft and the aliens were taken to what is now Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio, for study. The incident has been hotly discussed and disputed ever since.

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The so-called Hottel memo that allegedly revealed a cover-up of the Aztec UFO crash

Most of the Four Corners area belongs to Native American nations, including the Navajo, Hopi, Ute, and Zuni nations and tribes. The Navajo often talk about sightings near Four Corners of skinwalkers – a medicine man who has become a powerful and evil supernatural animal-like creature by killing a family member.

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Depiction of a skinwalker

Starting later this month, scientists from NASA, the University of Colorado, the University of Michigan and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration will be in and around Four Corners looking for the cause of the methane hotspot that is half the size of Connecticut. One source may be the region’s high concentration of coal deposits. Methane is released through natural fissures but also by mining and fracking. The researchers say their instruments will pinpoint the cause and help determine a plan to reduce the emissions into the atmosphere. Besides climate change, methane has recently been linked to the mysterious Siberian craters and possibly even the Bermuda Triangle.

The Four Corners area has been full of mysteries for eons. Will NASA let us know if they find anything else?

Paul Seaburn

Paul Seaburn is the editor at Mysterious Universe and its most prolific writer. He’s written for TV shows such as "The Tonight Show", "Politically Incorrect" and an award-winning children’s program. He's been published in “The New York Times" and "Huffington Post” and has co-authored numerous collections of trivia, puzzles and humor. His “What in the World!” podcast is a fun look at the latest weird and paranormal news, strange sports stories and odd trivia. Paul likes to add a bit of humor to each MU post he crafts. After all, the mysterious doesn't always have to be serious.

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