When it comes to unexplained mysteries, UFO occurrences, nothing seems to beat the Mapimi zone of silence. (Otherwise known in Spanish as La Zona del Silencio.) It’s the popular name for a desert patch near the Bolson de Mapimi in Mexico, overlapping the Mapimi Biosphere Reserve that is the subject of an urban myth that claims it is an area where radio signals cannot be received. It is located about 400 miles South of El Paso, Texas of the united States.
In July 1970, an Athena test missile launched from a U.S. military base near Green River, Utah toward White Sands Missile Range lost control and fell in the region. The rocket was carrying two small containers of cobalt 57, a radioactive element. Immediately, a team of specialists arrived to find the fallen rocket. The aerial search lasted three weeks. Finally, when the rocket was found, a road was built to transport the wreckage, along with a small amount of contaminated top soil. As a result of the US Air Force recovery operations there, a number of myths and stories relating to the area arose, including “strange magnetic anomalies that prevent radio transmission“, mutations of flora and fauna, and extraterrestrial visitations.
As it turns out, there may be some kind of natural anomaly associated with this region. High levels of magnetite have been discovered there, and scientist have also found that the area is a hot bed for meteorite activity, raising speculation that there may be some unusual magnetic properties associated with the minerals in the chalky soil. Researchers have been trying to determine whether magnetic ore is naturally occurring or is the product of contamination from thousands or millions of years of meteorite bombardment. And if the high-magnetic properties are a result of natural causes, could this be the reason that so many iron-rich objects from space find their way to this remote spot on Earth?
Theorists are quick to point out that the Zone is geographically located just north of the Tropic of Cancer and shares the same latitude south of the 30th parallel as the Bermuda Triangle, a fact scientist point out is probably a simple coincidence. In fact, scientists at the Mexican research center have dubbed the region, the Mar de Tetys, or The Sea of Thetys, because at one time, millions of years ago, the area lay at the bottom of an ocean.
In defense of the theorists, there have been a number of unusual tales that have come out of the Zone. Strange lights, floating orbs, burning bushes, flying saucers, and alien encounters have all been reported with a degree of abundance considering the sparse population of the region. Ranchers of the area report the night sky is often filled with mysterious lights, and they have reported “floating aircraft” that allegedly landed vertically in the desert, often causing brush to ignite and catch fire.
There have even been reports of encounters with strange humanoid-like creatures. One ranch family claims they are regularly visited by a trio of blonde, long haired humanoids, two males and a female, that speak perfect Spanish. As the story goes, the visitors only ask for water, never for food or other provision. And when asked once by the rancher where they came from, they reportedly answered “from above“. Other stories have since been told of a man and his wife in 1977 who had car problems (a flat tire) and were momentarily stranded in the area, and were approached by two strange looking blonde haired male-humanoids (who appeared from out of nowhere, walking) asking them for directions to the nearest town known as Ceballos, a ragtag community that holds on precariously to its existence some 25 miles across the barren plain from the heart of “The Zone”. The couple gladly gave them the information they sought then thought to ask them where they were from and how they got there, seeing how they were walking. One of the males replied, “We are from the place of the Sagittarius.” They watched these two wander off in the opposite direction from which was pointed out to them and after about 50 yards, they disappeared into strange vortex type of window (perhaps plasma) that the couple could see onto the other side, green trees in the background (where none exist in the area) and was shocked by how fast that window closed with the two blonde haired males waving them goodbye … and disappeared, seemingly into thin air.
Then there's the story of the visiting researcher at the “Biosphere” who became lost in the desert. He reports he was directed back to the research center by a similar trio of blonde “strange looking people.” Another story has it that a TV news investigation crew was aided by strange beings in the desert after being stuck in the road after an unusual cloud burst. These “beings” reportedly wore long raincoats and ball caps, something you don't often see in the desert.
You can read more about Mexico’s “Zone Of Silence” in a report written by Scott Corrales at the following link. http://www.strangemag.com/zoneofsilence.html
Other sources used in this report - Wikipedia - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mapim%C3%AD_Silent_Zone
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