There have been a number of strange going-ons on the planet we call home and usually, we can rely on science to explain the phenomenon. At times, even the scientists are left baffled and can provide no suitable justification. One of these similar phenomena is the mysterious zone of silence. It’s located in the Mapimí Biosphere Reserve in the Chihuahuan desert of northern Mexico and has been causing electronic malfunctions for years.
This 31-mile stretch of land got its name, the zone of silence back in 1966 when the oil company Pemex explored the area. The leader of the expedition Augusto Harry de la Peña became extremely frustrated as he continuously failed to get a proper radio signal. The area causes all radio signals to crash and the compass needle goes crazy. Even though the cause of this peculiar behavior is still unknown, rumors of celestial activity and UFO sightings have been popular for a long time.
Several large meteorites landed in the area in the 20th century where one ranch was struck twice.The zone of silence first made headlines in 1970 when the US Airforce launched a rocket on July 11th which was set to land in the white sands of Mexico but ended up crashing in the center of this zone.
The matter was investigated by Wernher Von Braun, a Nazi rocket scientist who helped America with their space program. “Von Braun was here for 28 days after the crash,” Benjamin Palacios, a Zone of Silence fanatic whose father was the mayor of a nearby town, said in an interview.“The Americans brought temporary dormitories, labs, kitchens, medical facilities, and set them up right here in the desert. They even built a runway to transport cargo directly to Houston. By rail, they hauled away tons of debris,”
Although there is no evidence of any crash or even the craters themselves at present day, it got the attention of the Mexican government. This led to the creation of the Mapimí Biosphere Reserve. There, they built a research station that now attracts scientists and biologists from around the world who regularly come to study the area’s flora and fauna.
“There are lots of stories of aliens and unidentified flying objects in the Zone,” explained Geraldo Rivera, a state bureaucrat, and diehard UFO investigator. “People often get lost in the Zone. When this happens, sometimes tall blond beings appear out of nowhere.” All the people who claimed to have had encounters with the aliens are of the opinion that they are tall, lean, fair-haired, ask for water and have a perfect command over the Spanish language.
Even Benjamin, who’s lived in the area his entire life, has a story. “I was 12 years old when a light appeared from above, and completely encircled us,” he recalled. “I was traveling with my brother in the Zone. We didn’t know what was happening. When we got to back to the ranch, we realized we had lost two hours.”
Even though science is yet unable to explain the inexplicable phenomenon, it attracts a steady stream of tourists, who leave with a story of their own.