Utah monolith: internet sleuths got there, but the origins of it are still a mystery
The first person got there only in 48 hours.
On Monday, when Utah officials announced that they had found a shimmering metal structure deep in the desert of Red Rock, they declined to say exactly where.
They hoped it would be enough to prevent amateur explorers from setting out to explore it, risking dangerously losing themselves in the process.
But Some people aided by internet sleuths who had quickly geo-located the structure on Google Earth and posted the co-ordinates online.
David Surber, a 33-year-old former US Army infantry officer who drove six hours through the night after finding a Reddit post claiming to have found the exact location.he scanned the map for the exact features of the terrain seen in official photos and videos, before zeroing in on a canyon that appeared to fit the bill. There, a distinct shadow – long and narrow – could be seen. It’s not visible in historic satellite imagery from 2015, but appears in October 2016 when scrubland in the vicinity also appears to have been cleared.
David, who lives in Utah, swung into action – telling the Reddit community of thousands following the mystery that he was heading there. On the way, he was bombarded with hundreds of messages and requests. They included things like: “Bring a magnet in case there is a secret door!”
He arrived in the early hours when it was still pitch black. At first he was alone, marvelling not just at the monolith but at shooting stars. Then others started to turn up, also having found the coordinates online. He was thrilled to report his find back to Reddit.
“It was a good escape from all the negativity we’ve experienced in 2020.”