The veil from the mystery has finally been lifted and research shows that the Baltic Sea is indeed free from any extraterrestrial presence. The aliens are responsible! This has by default become the basic argument to explain any and all sorts of anomalies. So was the case with the Baltic Sea underwater rings until recently a rather scientific explanation was presented.
The rings have been a sight of wonder ever since they were first noticed in 2008. First noticed near the Danish island of Møn, the circles have baffled researchers worldwide who were clueless as to how and why they were formed. Many theories for the phenomenon were suggested, which were more or less plausible. Some said that the rings were remnants of craters formed by the World War II bombs while others were quick to assume that supernatural entities were involved, not to mention that aliens and fairies were also often blamed for the occurrence. Studies at the University of Southern Denmark and the University of Copenhagen, however, have finally revealed that the explanation to the rings is quite natural, confirming the Baltic Sea is free from any otherworldly involvement.
According to these studies, the shape of these rings depends on how the eelgrass in that area grows and dies. By observing samples of the water surrounding those eelgrass, it was discovered that the mud contained high levels of sulfide, a substance that is considered poisonous to the eelgrass. Sulfide can either build up naturally in a chalky seabed or is a formed when foreign pollutants or chemicals enter an ecosystem. Though this might make some wonder how human involvement continues to alter and affect marine biology.
Normally the sulfide mixed in the mud is washed away, but eelgrass plants trap the sulfide which increases their exposure to it. Eelgrass plants are normally considered to grow outwards and so they would start at one point and then continue on in a circular form. This way, the rim of the plant consists of fresh and relatively younger plants while the center is comprised of the older ones. Sulfide might be toxic, but its effect is much more lethal to the older plants as compared to the younger ones. This makes the center more susceptible as compared to the outer rim. When the older plants die they leave behind a ring which causes the shape known today as the Baltic Sea underwater rings.
This explanation might not be as fun and exciting as the ones that contained aliens and fairies. For some, it might even make the rings seem normal and boring. What these explanations really show is that there is a far deeper meaning behind every anomaly and that understanding them would reveal an exciting new world of its own. Understanding how something might work reveals the true beauty behind it. At least these studies dispel all other claims as to what caused the formation of these rings. True that many were hoping against it, but facts do dictate that the Baltic Sea underwater rings are free from any extraterrestrial or supernatural involvement.
By Hammad Ali