An island seems to appear as if by magic, other islands are mysterious because of their inhabitants’ origin or fate.
An island seems to appear as if by magic, leaving experts to wonder what created it and how. Other islands are mysterious because of their inhabitants’ origin or fate. All of these five strange and mysterious islands are truly amazing for these reasons and more.
During the 1920s a top-secret biological weapons laboratory was constructed in Vozrozhdeniya, situated in the Aral Sea., where the plague, anthrax, smallpox, brucellosis, tularemia, botulinum, and Venezuelan equine encephalitis pathogens were genetically modified to resist medical treatment.
Gennadi Lepyoshkin, physician, microbiologist, and Soviet Army colonel spent 18 years of his career on the island, where, in a year’s time, he said as many as 300 monkeys would be caged on a range, next to instruments that measured the concentrations of pathogens in the air.
As the Aral Sea dried up, their little haven became part of the surrounding desert, and today lies in ruins. When they left, the Soviets buried the laboratory’s anthrax spores to conceal the project’s violation of the 1972 treaty banning biological weapons. In the 21st century, US and Uzbek officials visited the site, burning warehouses that contained “remains of the previous experiments.” US Defense Department officials believe the anthrax spores have been destroyed, although no one can know for certain that such is the case.
In September 2013 a powerful earthquake rocked Pakistan killing 39 people and destroying thousands of properties.
After the event, the Pakistan Meteorological Department’s director general, Arif Mahmood, said locals reported witnessing the creation of a tiny island, measuring 100 meters (330 ft) in length and 9 meters (30 ft) high, near the port of Gwadar. Pakistani officials said it was possible that the earthquake buckled land under the sea, creating the island, but further investigation would be conducted to determine the cause.
Located in the Parana Delta, between the cities of Campana and Zarate in Buenos Aires Province in Argentina, is an island shaped like a nearly perfect circle with a diameter of 120 meters (390 ft).
Filmmaker, Sergio Neuspiller discovered the Eye in 2016, while he was scouting locations for a science fiction movie.
Having made the astonishing discovery of the mysterious island, Neuspiller and his crew, including Richard Petroni, a hydraulic and civil engineer from New York who’s become involved in the project, decided to make a crowd-funded documentary about the Eye, instead of filming the science fiction movie Neuspiller had originally intended to make.
Surrounded by turquoise water, the island features huge limestone caves, homes to bats, the only mammal native to Socotra. Messages in a variety of languages have been carved into the caves’ walls. Researchers attribute them to sailors who stayed on the island between AD 1 and 6.
Its endangered flora is unique due to the remote location’s isolation, extreme temperature, and arid conditions. A third of its plant life can be found nowhere else on Earth.
The residents of the mysterious island are also unique: They all have a DNA haplogroup possessed by no other people on Earth, and some contend that the Garden of Eden was originally located on Socotra. In 2008, the UNESCO named Socotra a World Heritage Site.
A team of researchers from the University of California at Santa Cruz used paleogenomics research to determine the genetic history of the Rapa Nui, as the lost people of Easter Island are known.
If the results of their research prove to be correct, it’s clear that the Rapa Nui didn’t have help from South Americans in creating and moving the island’s heavy moai. Unaided, the Rapa Nui carved and moved them themselves.
Raiders who kidnapped Rapa Nui to sell as slaves reduced their population from thousands to barely more than 100, and infighting and disease wiped out the rest, leaving their origin and, until recently, the creation of their statues, secrets as mysterious as the island itself.