Mar 14, 2024 - News

Welsh metal monolith appears four years after similar find in Utah desert

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A crew in Utah investigates a monolith discovered in a desert canyon in November 2020. Photo courtesy of the Utah Department of Public Safety
A crew in Utah investigates a monolith discovered in a desert canyon in November 2020. Photo: Courtesy of the Utah Department of Public Safety

Remember the mysterious, shiny monolith that appeared in a Mars-like red rock Utah canyon in November 2020, inspiring copycats around the globe?

Well, another one was discovered this weekend by a hiker on a Welsh bluff, the news site Wales Online reported.

Catch up quick: Researchers spotted an upright triangular prism of metal 3 meters tall on Nov. 17, 2020, in a remote canyon of San Juan County while they were surveying bighorn sheep.

  • The Bureau of Land Management concealed the location to prevent throngs of looky-loos from getting lost or stranded on the rough desert roads. Internet sleuths spotted the canyon on satellite images, and a flurry of tourists showed up for selfies.
  • As the world braced for an alien invasion, the monolith disappeared as mysteriously as it arrived.
  • Two extreme athletes said they and their friends removed the monolith to prevent environmental damage to the fragile site.

Yes, but: The monolith's appearance on public land was under federal investigation, and the men who took it were getting death threats online. So they returned it to the BLM.

Zoom out: Similar structures soon appeared in Romania, California, New Zealand, Turkey, the Isle of Wight, and a prehistoric stone circle in Cornwall in Britain.

The latest: The newly discovered Welsh monolith was described as "perfect" by a hiker who spoke with the New York Times.

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