The unsolved mystery of Russia’s missing hikers is probably broken

The mystery of Dietlov Pass has raised questions for more than half a century.

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The DietLove Pass incident is a horror story often told in hushed tones around a campfire, but this very real – and very mysterious – event has long been characterized by conspiracy theories, scientific conjecture and even a film or It is a matter of two. But the truth of the nine veteran hikers who slashed and escaped through the security of their own tents were dressed in more than half of the snow in the snow of the Ural Mountains, their truth remained undetermined for over half a century.

That is till now. After 62 years of speculation, scientists believe they may have found out what happened in the Ural Mountains in all those years.

Thanks to simulations, analytical models, and even some borrowed Disney technology, the data indicate that a dominant force of nature may very well be the decisive answer.

What is Dietalow Pass Secret?

In January 1959, a team of experienced Russian mountaineers trekked across the Ural Mountains – at least, they were, until they ended up under mysterious circumstances.

A personal diary and film discovered on the site confirms that the team had camped on a section of slopes called the Kholat Sekhal or “dead mountain”. However, some fleeing in the middle of the night, cut their way outside the tent and spread around the mountain – barely clothed despite subzero temperatures and a thick layer of snow.

When a search and rescue team finally found them, scattered in nearby weeks, they found that where six had died of hyperthermia, the remaining three hikers had died from extreme physical trauma. Parts of the body were missing – one passenger’s eyes, another’s tongue – and some severe skeletal damage to the skull and chest.

the only problem? There was no firm evidence to explain why or how this happened. At the time, investigators only concluded that an unknown but powerful “natural force” forced them to leave their tent. The intrigues range from catabatic winds to yeti-inspired attacks and even infiltration-induced terror, but no definitive conclusions were ever drawn to explain the deaths.

Till, potential, now.

Simulation, Disney and a possible answer

In an article published in the journal Communications Earth and Environment, researchers identified data supporting the theory that a small, influential avalanche could be the culprit.

This is not the first time such a hypothesis has arisen. In fact, it was one of the first conclusions drawn – there was no supporting evidence. In 2019, a team of Russian scientists also concluded that it was an avalanche, but data was once again lacking to support the theory. There was no definite evidence of an avalanche – even a small one. The topography and snowfall levels do not match such an event.

Now, however, a team from the Snow Avalanche Simulation Laboratory at the Ecole Polytechnic Federale in Lausanne, Switzerland, is able to use analytical models, simulations and even techniques from Disney’s animation studio to explain how an avalanche May be without leaving evidence behind. .

National Geographic’s report says the avalanche sign is particularly small – perhaps as little as 16 feet of snow and ice, in a concrete slab. This would allow conditions to thwart the events over time, obscuring any debris with snowfall, still posing enough danger to force hikers to find their way out.

But it still did not explain the extreme trauma left on some bodies. To answer that question, the team looked at Disney’s Frozen. Laboratory head Johann Gume borrowed his simulation tool from the Frozen creative team with an animation model to analyze what impact avalanches would have on the body.

Using simulations augmented by these animation models, the team was able to conclude that the suspected avalanche could have a substantial impact if hikers had arranged their beds above their skis, providing a rigid base The force on which will be exerted – crush the skull and chest between two hard forces.

There is still little evidence of what happened next, noting that all the hikers were found outside the tent, but the best theory is that they then tried to escape the avalanche and save their wounded comrades – though their injuries and Extreme temperatures will eventually occur. Proves to be fatal. As for missing body parts? Animals are potential culprits of scavenging.

So while the study goes a long way in explaining a possible, even, scenario for the death of predators on Dietlov Pass, a lot of questions still remain.

And those questions are essentially going to keep conspiracy theorists busy for years to come.

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