Utah biologists discover mysterious metal monolith in middle of desert

Source: The Hill | November 24, 2020 | Marina Pitofsky

Utah officials discovered a mysterious metal monolith in southeastern Utah last week during a mission to count sheep.

The Utah Department of Public Safety confirmed in a Monday statement that crew members with the department’s Aero Bureau were working with the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources to conduct a count of big horn sheep in a southeastern portion of the state on Nov. 18.

Workers spotted an “unusual object” and landed to investigate in a remote area of red rock. They found a metal monolith that was installed into the ground.

The crew said there was no immediate explanation for who installed the monolith.

Officials said in the Monday statement that they are not disclosing its exact location because “it is in a very remote area and if individuals were to attempt to visit the area, there is a significant possibility they may become stranded and require rescue.” 

Officials also joked that it is illegal in Utah to install structures or art “without authorization on federally managed public lands, no matter what planet you’re from.” 

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