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2001: Las Vegas police report discovery of mysterious monolith in Nevada desert

The Las Vegas Police Department shared images of the phenomena on its social networks, generating a wave of reactions and speculation

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June 19, 2024 5:38pm

Updated: June 20, 2024 8:45am

The discovery of a new, silver monolith was discovered in a mountainous region near Las Vegas, Nevada. The police department of the city of casinos shared on its social networks the discovery of this structure in the vicinity of Gass Peak, generating a wave of reactions and speculation.

The spectacular structure is reminiscent of the storyline from the renowned 1968 Arthur C. Clarke science fiction film, 2001: A Space Odyssey, in which a monolith appears throughout history at times when civilization is advanced on the planet Earth and elsewhere.

The monolith, a rectangular structure that reflects the surrounding landscape, was spotted by authority employees last weekend.

Police posted photos on platform X (formerly known as Twitter) along with the question: “How did it get there?”

The exact location is in a hiking area on Gass Peak, which rises more than 2,100 meters above sea level and is about 30 kilometers from Las Vegas.

The police added this commentary: “We see a lot of weird things when people go hiking, like not being prepared for the weather, not bringing enough water … but check this out! Over the weekend, @LVMPDSAR spotted this mysterious monolith near Gass Peak north of the valley.’

The discovery has generated reactions on social networks of all kinds. @NWK1WAYS wrote: “Clearly it's aliens,” while @Nstynick suggested: “Let's open it up, there might be prizes inside.” There was no shortage of skeptical voices like that of @cdharris19, who commented: “Are we really going to do all this again? It is enough to remove the garbage, find whoever threw it away and fine them.”

The first structure of this type was discovered in November 2020 in the state of Utah, starting a series of similar sightings around the world.

Places where monoliths have been found include the Isle of Wight in the United Kingdom, a nature reserve in the Netherlands, the German municipality of Sulzbach, and Neuschwanstein Castle in Germany.

Finds have also been recorded in Toronto, Canada, and more recently, in a mountainous landscape in Wales in March this year.

In the case of the first one discovered in Utah, there were indications that an artist may have erected it, leading many to think that later ones could be the work of imitators.