The Zone of Silence Mysterious Phenomenon in Mexico
The stories of the Bermuda Triangle are well known and discussed in depth as to possibilities of vortexes causing such issues as equipment malfunctions, reported disappearances, and time loss. The theories abound as to its connection to other dimensions or possibly extra-terrestrial life. However, there are other places that have similar issues that give people pause to wonder if we have actual connections on earth to places beyond.
Located about 400 miles from the Mexican/US border within the limits of Durango, Mexico by the town of Cebellos is an area known as the Mapimi Biosphere Reserve. Overlapped in this region is a parcel of land that has brought much speculation and theory due to reported malfunctions with electricity and communications.
It is simply known as Zona Del Silencio or the Zone of Silence.
Reports of radio signals being “silenced” or unable to transmit have been circulating for many years, particularly since the crash of an Athena missile sent out of Green River Utah on July 2, 1970. The missile contained radioactive material. The reason for the crash was labeled “inexplicable”.
There is much controversy as to whether there is anything to the phenomenon at all. A look at the Wikipedia page on the subject dismisses it all as an urban legend. However, it is important to note that there are still researchers in the area studying the biosphere for the unique plant and animals that exist there. They are often hindered by the businesses nearby that have grown to capitalize on the alleged strangeness.
There are reports of radios refusing to work, cell phones going dead, and a literal “silence” of all communication. However others have said there were no problems using cell phones or using radios.
So where did this all begin?
It has been said that there were farmers in the mid 1800’s living in the area who talked about “hot pebbles” coming down seemingly out of nowhere.
A pilot by the name of Francisco Sarabia reported that his radio stopped working when he flew over the region in the early 1930’s.
In the mid 1960’s there was an organic chemist conducting a field study who was unable to communicate via walkie-talkie to his team. From there, the speculation of what this area might be has grown.
U S Athena Mysteriously Goes Off Course and Crashes
The true fascination with the Zone of Silence came into being when a United States Athena missile went off course and crashed in the area in the summer of 1970. The missile was carrying two small receptacles filled with cobalt 57, which is highly radioactive. This of course led government officials to create a presence in the area for the search and cleanup. This in turn has led to speculation about the true reasons for the crash.
Was it human error, and equipment malfunction, or is there something to the stories of high magnetic fields in the area?
High Levels of Magnetite and Uranium
Researchers have discovered very high levels of magnetite and uranium which could possibly interfere with radio signals due to their electromagnetic spikes.
It’s also been said that the area has been a hotbed for meteorite activity and particles of metallic dust can be retrieved with a magnet.
There was an Allende (‘rational’) meteorite that hit within a hundred miles of the area in 1969, but whether that makes this area a ‘hotbed’ is a subject of much controversy.
The field studies that have gone on are not related to the Zone of Silence, but rather for data collection and preserving the environment.
Keeping the human element away from areas whose environment is endangered has the potential for causing problems with the landowners in the region.
Many feel that the land belongs to them and should be used for whatever purpose they see fit.
Common Ground: Ranchers & Researchers in the Mapimi Biosphere Reserve
The Anthropology Department of the University of California conducted a study about the area and the relationships between the inhabitants and the scientists. A doctoral dissertation was written by Andrea Kaus entitled Common Ground: Ranchers and Researchers in the Mapimi Biosphere Reserve (updated 1997).
By the accounts in the anthropological study, baseline data was collected for the period of 1988-1990. While there was some dissention, the majority of the locals and the researchers were able to work out a system where the people were given access to all but a small protected area used for biological research. Outside of the illegal hunting that has been known to occur, the only real issue has been the flocks of tourists coming to see the alleged Zone of Silence. The presence of the researchers further adds to the element of unknown phenomenon being studied. This is encouraged by some of the business owners due to the increased revenue.
What About the Locals?
It’s a different story however when the locals are interviewed.
They speak only of the strange lights that are sometimes seen bobbing through the desert on some nights. These are likely explainable phenomenon and are not even regarded by the residents as anything more than “mildly interesting”.
Others insist that the significance of its place on the geological surveys – which is between the twenty-sixth and twenty-eight parallels, as are other structures such as the Pyramids of Egypt – show its significance to the possibility of extra-terrestrial life or other paranormal phenomenon.
Just Another “Urban Legend”?
Is it all just an urban legend perpetuated by people wanting to make money from tourists? Or are the reports of those who claim to have seen extraterrestrial craft substantiated in any way?
Likely any aircraft is military related as there are air force bases in the region of Northern Mexico.
One theory of the area is that it is the location of a former magnetic pole. The earth has not remained stagnant and has shifted on its axis – could this location be a former center to what the beginnings of this planet originated?
Zone of Silence From the History Channel
As with many things, this will continue to be something that will bring more speculation as the questions of the area continue. Many feel that the presence of the researchers is confirmation that the government is trying to cover something up. However, it is important to note that the rumors of this area being a “silence zone” came from a few simple accounts that have been perpetuated over time.
It could be that there are some magnetic sources under the ground that have caused a few blips here and there in radio communication.
The triangular shapes that are found on the backs of the tortoise that is indigenous to the area (the Bolson tortoise) is said to be naturally occurring.
The odd purplish color of the coyotillo happens when there is a dry spell.
Does it answer all things that have been said to have occurred here? That is left for the reader to decide.
What is known is that this area has hundreds arriving for guided tours to see if there communication systems go down. Some report no problems whatsoever, while others have had issues. It may be that due to the magnetic sources underground, it’s as simple as where a person is standing as to what they experience.
While it cannot be ignored that the researchers are wanting this area to be clear and would be compelled to discourage any rumors, the facts that are found point to an area of the earth that is possibly more magnetic than most due to the uranium and magnetite.
A few odd experiences that have been reiterated for many years may be all there is to this otherwise unremarkable patch of desert – or maybe there is something about it that the government doesn’t want to tell us.
Whatever the answer is, Zona Del Silencio has become much louder than anyone ever intended.
Written by Angela Sangster, Copyright 2012 AlienUFOTruth.com