A further mysterious metal monolith has surfaced, this time in California, just days after similar structures were discovered in Utah and Romania.
This reflective obelisk was found on the summit of Pine Mountain in Atascadero, San Luis Obispo district.
It was discovered by walkers this week, with photos of the three-sided, ten-foot-high stainless steel piece being distributed through social media.
NewsChannel 12, the CBS station for the Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo districts, reported that the structure was at the top of a two-mile walk in the stadium park.
The latest discovery in California is the third metal monolith in a global mystery with few clues. The information vacuum has caused some to wonder whether the structure is evidence of aliens at work, while more cynical observers have suggested that it is more of a marketing gag.
There is currently a monolith on top of Pine Mountain in Atascadero!
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On November 18, shepherds discovered the first of the metal monoliths in the Utah desert. A little more than a week later the structure disappeared, was replaced by a smaller pyramid and surrounded by rocks.
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM), which manages the area, said it had received “credible reports” that the structure had been removed “by an unknown party.
One person who visited the site said it was neither magnetic nor solid and described it as “sounding like a cardboard box” when he knocked on it.
Days later, a 13-foot-high silver structure was discovered on Batca Doamnei Hill in the Romanian town of Piatra Neamt, and a second sighting led some to question whether the monoliths were a marketing gag.
The local mayor, Andrei Carabelea, said in a statement on Facebook: “There is no reason to panic for those who believe there is life in the universe.
“I suspect that some alien, naughty and horrible teenagers left home with their parents’ UFO and started planting metal monoliths all over the world. First in Utah and then in Piatra Neamt. I am honored that they chose our city.
“Aside from the conspiracy theories, which can be tempting, I would like to see this coincidence as further proof that our city is special. For the earthlings and (perhaps) not only.”
But days later, that too had been taken. “The 2.8 meter (9ft) high structure disappeared overnight as quietly as it had been erected last week,” local journalist Robert Iosub told Reuters.
“An unidentified person, apparently a bad local welder, made it … now all that remains is a small hole covered by rocky earth.
Washington Newsday contacted officials in Atascadero for comment.