A feature on the Baltic Sea surface found by Swedish treasure hunters last summer is making news once again. The most recent media coverage is based on an hour-long radio interview with Peter Lindberg, head of the Ocean X Team (which made the “discovery”), during which Lindberg makes a series of cryptic and titillating statements about the “abnormal” and “mysterious” seafloor object his team has been exploring for a year.
Lindberg outlines a variety of possible objects for the object: “It has these really odd stair formations, and if it is made, it must have been constructed tens of thousands of years ago, prior to the Ice Age,” he explained in the radio interview. (The most recent Ice Age peaked around 20,000 years ago.)
“If this is the lost city of Atlantis, it would be truly incredible,” he remarked. Atlantis is a legendary undersea city that has been mentioned in ancient mythology.
Lindberg recognizes that the item may be a natural structure, such as a meteorite that pierced the ice during the Ice Age or an underwater volcano, but he creates the sense that experts are perplexed by it. For example, geologists allegedly informed him that the item “cannot be a volcano.”
Additionally, Lindberg claims a documentary on the undersea anomaly — the location of which he has not divulged — is in the works, and he is keeping some delicious tidbits for the camera. “We are not giving the whole story,” he stated. “In the documentary, we’ll expose some fairly fascinating details.”
Volker Brüchert, an associate professor of geology at Stockholm University, recently received samples of stone from the item from the divers. According to Swedish newspapers, Brüchert stated, “I was shocked to discover a great black stone that may be a volcanic rock while researching the material.” My view is that this thing, this structure, was constructed thousands of years ago during the Ice Age.”
In other words, an expert appears to corroborate their assertions that this undersea item is inexplicable and may be an old construction complex akin to Atlantis. To be certain, Life’s Little Mysteries reached out to that expert. As it turns out, neither he nor any of the other specialists consulted regarding the Baltic Sea item believe it is strange.
“It’s encouraging to hear critical perspectives on the ‘Baltic Sea enigma,'” Brüchert commented in an email. “What the Ocean-X team has graciously overlooked is that the majority of the samples they have recovered from the sea floor are granites, gneisses, and sandstones.”
These, he continues, are exactly what one would expect to see in a glacial basin, which is just what the Baltic Sea is — a place carved out long ago by glacial ice.
Along with the common rocks, the divers presented him with a single loose piece of basaltic rock, a type of rock formed when lava becomes solidified. This is rare on the seafloor, but not unheard of. “Because the whole northern Baltic region is significantly impacted by glacial thawing processes,” he added, “both the feature and the rock samples are likely to have originated in response to glacial and postglacial activities.” “Perhaps glaciers carried these rocks there.”
Often, glaciers have imbedded rocks. When the glaciers in Northern Europe melted during the end of the Ice Age, the rocks within them fell to the Earth’s surface, leaving rocky deposits all over the region. These are occasionally referred to as glacial erratics or balancing rocks.
Lindberg and the Ocean X Team have declined to comment on the glacial deposit notion.
Apart from a widely-reproduced illustration created recently by a graphics artist depicting the Baltic seafloor object as a beautiful, Atlantis-like archaeological site, there has only ever been one actual image of the Baltic Sea object: the original sonar scan image captured by the divers last summer, in which the object resembles a crashed UFO spaceship. However, experts advised us to dismiss the sonar image.
“The sonar image contains numerous artifacts that make interpretation difficult, and I would not place too much confidence in any interpretation until better processing is performed and details about the type of sonar and other pertinent information are provided,” said Dan Fornari, a marine geologist at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in Massachusetts who specializes in seabed sonar scanning. “I’m implying that the data are deficient in terms of resolution, specificity, and quantification.”
Expert examination indicates that this is simply a glacial deposit identified by the Ocean X Team during a low-resolution sonar study. Since then, widespread media coverage, celebrity, and a global Internet following have occurred. Lindberg regrets the lack of sponsorship for his inquiry. According to reports, several groups have advised him that supporting the dives is pointless because the abnormality “could be something really incomprehensible.” He encourages people to support his and his fellow divers’ work by purchasing Ocean X gear.