A GEOLOGICAL MYSTERY:
Most people do not know that Mima Mounds exist, yet these structures probably cover more land surface than any other formation type. There is no better place to start than with the Late Great William R. Corliss' Sourcebook Project. Mr. Corliss was a physicist who scanned for anomalous papers published in Scientific Journals and compiled his Sourcebook Catalogs grouped by science. Here are some excerpts from a couple of his books.
CAROLINA BAYS, MIMA MOUNDS, SUBMARINE CANYONS AND OTHER TOPOGRAPHICAL PHENOMENA, A Catalog of Geological Anomalies, Published in 1988.
Page 116 Description. Rounded mounds of soil, usually symmetrical, measuring from a few inches in height to roughly 100 feet, with diameters from a few feet to as much as 1000. These mounds occur by the hundreds of thousands and represent a major geological phenomenon. :
EXCERPTS FROM "UNKNOWN EARTH - MOUNDS AND PIMPLED PLAINS:
Excerpts from the Late Great William R. Corliss' collection of anomalous papers published in Scientific journals 'UNKNOWN EARTH: A Handbook of Geological Enigmas'
"Natural earthen mounds exist all over the world but seem best-developed in the United States It is also in the U.S. that speculation about mound origin has led to heated exchanges in several scientific journals. Several careful scientists have been ridiculed because they proposed that pocket gophers might have constructed the mounds A frozen-ground-plus-erosion theory has been hawked as the only solution in the most reputable publications. It is indeed the question of origin that provides the major motivation for including the mounds in this book.
A second must be the overwhelming quantity and precision of the best-developed fields---called rather rudely 'hog-wallow prairies. The major centers in Washington and along the Gulf Coast contain hundreds of thousands of beautifully sculpted mounds that must stimulate the curiosity of the most blase geologist.
1st article: The Mystery of the Mima Mounds, cheffer, Victor B,; Scientific Monthly, 65:283-294, 1947.
11. On the prairies of western Washington near the southern tip of Puget Sound are scattered thousands of
Our maps show a very strong association between the stone lines and Mima Mounds. They have two things in common:
1. Most stone lines are located on Mima Mound fields.
2. The the stones that made up the Mima Mound Field decorations also have the same artificial characteristics as the stones in the stone lines.
Commonly referred to as Mima Mounds because Mima County Washington was one of the first places they were studied.
Some facts about the Mima Mounds also know as pimple mounds and many different names around the world.
- Mima Mounds can be found on all continents except Antarctica.
- Mima Mounds appear only in the recent geological record.
- Mima Mounds have been through at least one ice age, the Wisconsin, and maybe more.
- By conservative estimates Mima Mounds cover about 10% of the Earth's continental surfaces.
- It is possible that when Mima Mounds initially appeared that they covered 40% or more of the Earth's continental surfaces.
- All Mima Mounds look to be of a similar age.
- Most of the original Mima Mounds have been destroyed by the activities of both nature and man.
- No new Mima Mounds are being created.
The process that created the Mima Mounds:
- only happened once in Earth's geological history.
- happened recently, geologically speaking.
- altered up to 40% of the continental surfaces of the planet.
- created Mima Mounds on almost every type of terrain on the planet.
- created Mima Mounds from islands south of South America to islands north of the Hudson Bay.
- stopped suddenly and has never happened again .
- The process has eluded science for over 150 years, though not for a lack of effort.
Surprisingly, few people even know the Mima Mounds exist.
The world map shows only a very small portion of Mima Mound locations around the world. Coverage is best in the Western U.S.
THE STONE DECORATIONS:
There are artificial stone decorations on the Mima Mounds of the Weed field in the southern Shasta Valley.
These decorations are very substantial.
The approach here has been to investigate the stone decorations from three directions.
- examine the decorating stones.
- examine other Mima Mound fields for similar decorations.
- look in Google Earth for other areas with the same unique aerial footprint.