An Antarctic mountain with a unique, pyramid-like shape is suddenly internet-famous, with countless theorists contemplating its origin.
But Occam's razor — the idea that the simplest explanation is usually the right one — points to a far more mundane cause: Those steep, pyramid-like sides are likely the work of hundreds of millions of years of erosion, experts told Live Science.
The pyramidal mountain, which doesn't have a formal name, is one of the many peaks that make up Antarctica's Ellsworth Mountains, which were discovered by the American aviator Lincoln Ellsworth during a flight on Nov. 23, 1935, according to a 2007 research paper that was published by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).
The well-known "Pyramid" is a more or less spectacular Nunatak. The British newspaper "Daily Express" had probably already in 2015 or 2016 the hype about the story, the mountain was of artificial origin, kicked off.
The German Wiki:
The mountain is first recorded in maps that were created in the course of the Terra Nova Expedition (1910-1913) under the direction of the British polar explorer Robert Falcon Scott. However, it is considered certain that the mountain was spotted during Scott's Discovery Expedition (1901-1904).
GE used to have a Panoramio image (see below). From another angle, the mountain ridge, which slowly draws into the hinterland, becomes visible - and the "pyramid" quickly returns to the mountain.