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[click_to_tweet tweet=”Roopkund Lake in India is sixteen thousand feet above sea level a glacial lake, and it is overflowing with skeletal remains” quote=””] but the real amazing thing about skeleton lake is what killed the people that are there So in 1942 this Indian forest ranger stumbles across Roopkund Lake and sees that it is full of skeletons, it is full of the remains of hundreds of people… looking back up through the frozen ice in this lake it would have been an absolutely terrifying sight! So this forest ranger became concerned that these might be Japanese soldiers as part of some kind of WWII maneuver and reported it to the British But on a follow up study in the 1950s they found that these skeletons were in fact much older than that but even after this forest ranger discovered them they don’t know how they got there, and they don’t know what killed these hundreds of people dozens of theories were put out ancient soldiers a caravan of merchants a royal wedding party maybe they died of disease maybe they all froze to death this mystery goes unsolved for decades there were some songs and stories that were told that lent some possible explanation to how these people came to be there and what killed them In 2005 as part of a National Geographic expedition they begin examining the skeletons and they find some interesting things one: it’s a mixed group.

There are women, there are children there are older people they think they may have been other way to a festival celebrating Nanda Devi all of these skeletons suffer from similar wounds blows to the heads and shoulders with a blunt object this area of India, because its in the mountains, in the Himalayas 16,000 feet above sea level, over a glacial pass the weather is out of control there the area is also known for extreme hailstorms… and that is what killed all of these people the songs and folklore were about the Goddess Nanda Devi becoming angry at a traveling party in an act of rage she cast down stones as hard as iron striking all of these people dead and all of the scientific evidence, all of the forensic evidence backs this up they were killed when a freak hailstorm started dropping hailstones that were as big as nine inches in diameter that is what killed the people at skeleton lake a friggin hailstorm! so while it may have taken until 2005 to definitely prove with science that the hundreds of people at Roopkund were killed in a freak hailstorm the stories, the song of the area, have been telling this tale for over 1100 years subscribe here and watch more videos here people steal the skeletons, they are slowly being taken the region is trying to get the area earmarked, designated as a protected region leave them at the lake, it’s skeleton lake, its what it’s named after them leave them there

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