In June 1968, as part of a larger group, my brother Alex and his partner
(Boogie) Veino Heimonen were hired by a Vancouver based mining company to
do prospecting from Yellowknife N.W.T to the Arctic Ocean.
Alex and Boogie are not Professional geologists and were hired to bang
rocks, looking for ore deposits.
The group set up the main camp at a large
lake while Alex and Boogie were set up in a satellite camp approximately
10 miles away. The satellite camp did not have radio contact or helicopter
service to the main camp. Apparently in those days 10 miles was not far
enough away to warrant radio contact. If they had a need to replenish
supplies they had to walk to the main camp to get supplies, which was an
all day trek.
Due to the isolation and the long daylight hours they spent a great deal
of each day prospecting. The only vices they each had with them were
cigarettes for Boogie and smokeless tobacco for Alex. When Alex was
telling me the story I questioned their access to alcohol while they were
there, he reassured me that all their camps were dry camps.
Their time in the satellite camp was supervised by a geologist from the
company head office. The company geologist did not stay at the satellite
camp but did put in an appearance periodically, approximately 1 or 2 times
a month. On one of his trips the company geologist told about a strange
rock he had found west of their camp and if they would investigate. The
geologist explained how to locate the area where he found the rocks; it
was not a great distance from the satellite camp. The geologist thought
that the rocks where a remnant of a meteorite or part of a deep seated
intrusion brought to its present location by lava flows, but could not put
the rock in a known geological category (U.R.T.: Unknown Rock Type).
Because the URT was not a great distance from their camp they investigated
that same day. The larger rocks were approximately 3 feet long and 1 1/2
feet in diameter. They were shaped similar to a banana. The rock was
silver in colour and made up of smaller oddly shaped rocks, See Figure1.
The smaller rocks were laminated in various different directions. Alex
described them as being translucent, similar to looking at frog’s eggs
having the appearance of one egg below the other egg in a matrix. The rock
in Figure 1 was easy to see when looking at a side view. When
turned to look at an edge view it seem to have a thickness of a cigarette
paper or less, more like no thickness, very difficult to see.
Alex and Boogie brought several samples back to camp; each sample was
about the size of a medium potato and were made up of the smaller rocks as
in Figure 1. Alex said that neither he nor Boogie could explain
the rock type nor have they seen anything like this before.
Unknown Rock Type
All U.R.T.’s are identical in shape and size.
U.R.T.’s are laminated together, bonded together by a matrix of some
type that is not evident by looking at it.
U.R.T.’s appear to be somewhat translucent
U.R.T.’s are silvery in color
That evening they made a fire using wood from an old, large tripod that
was left behind by a diamond drilling camp. The tripod had enough wood to
allow them a fire for six or seven evenings. One evening while sitting
around the fire Alex was looking at the URT rocks, he threw a smaller
piece (about 8 cubic inches) into the fire. The following morning Alex
scraped through the ashes of the fire in order see how the heat may have
affected the URT. He could not find the rock but did find what appeared
to be clear volcanic glass having a rounded teardrop shape with a burnt
copper colour stain on the small end, see Figure 2, the teardrop
shape was about 3/4 the size of the sample he threw in the fire the night
drawing is not to scale and is drawn by me as I understand it to be.
In the late 70’s or early 80’s Alex wrote a letter to Dr. Sinclair,
Geology Department, UBC, describing the rock as described above, in hopes
of getting help to identify the rock. Dr. Sinclair responded to the letter
about a year later explaining that it takes about a year to do the
research to classify a new rock type, but based on the description as
given to him he could not match it to any known rock on the planet.
Apparently Dr. Sinclair is now retired but still alive.
On August 31, the day was clear with excellent visibility. Boogie headed
south to prospect while Alex headed north to prospect. In the early
afternoon Alex saw two humps to the
of his position. They appeared to have a shape like a half egg; ** they
seemed out of place in relation to the surrounding area. Alex headed to
the two humps to investigate. When he got there he discovered the humps
were two large rocks with smooth rounded surfaces, they were about 8 to 10
feet tall with bases of 12 to 14 feet.
The two humps were near the edge of a cliff**, off to his left there was a
gouge in the cliff** that was about 4 feet by 4 feet, the gouge went down
to the bottom of the cliff to a flat gully**. From his vantage point on
top of the cliff he could see what looked like a fog column (bank), it was
very still with no movement.
Alex went down the gouge to the gully below**. A great deal of the gully
bottom was covered with moss and lichen. He started to walk south down
the gully with the fog column on his left, he then noticed what looked
like a large pile of rocks off to his right**, approximately 20 tons.
After some digging he found 6 or more of those rounded teardrop glass
shapes and a lot of slag that you would find in an assay lab or a smelter,
After investigating the smelted rocks he walked toward the fog column**,
slightly to his left he noticed what appeared to be an old dead tree lying
on the ground**. He walked over to get a better look. It had a trunk that
was about 18 to 20 inches in diameter (56” to 63” in circumference) and
about 8 feet long. The tree had no bark on it. There were so many roots at
the base of the tree that the trunk was not touching the ground while
lying there. The area was mostly rock and did not look like it could
support a tree with such an extensive amount of roots.
Leaving the tree he walked toward the fog column**. He could not find any
evidence of moisture or evidence of a hole in the ground that may be
venting an old underground mining shaft or tunnel. He decided to walk into
the fog column. As he entered only a few steps everything changed: He saw
a grassy field that extended straight ahead for as far as he could see, at
this point the grass was about 12” high. The further he went into the mist
the higher the grass got, about 36” tall and it was a brown colour, there
was a wind blowing the grass in a direction away from him. His vision was
limited from side to side which made him even more cautious, he turned
around and got out of the mist. He could not remember the colour of the
sky that was inside the mist, he thought it may have been grey, but did
remember that the grass was a brownish/beige colour.
He decided to go back into the fog to be sure of what he had just
experienced, and cautioned himself not to walk into the grass, he felt
that walking into the grass would be dangerous but did not know why he
felt that way. He re-entered the mist and went in a little further than
he had the first time and the grass was even higher, about 48”, and his
side to side vision got better. Far off to his right there was what looked
like an oasis with medium sized trees forming a circle and two palm trees
growing in the centre of the circle of trees. To his left was more grass
as far as he could see, it was still a brown/beige colour and the sky was
as he thought a pale grey colour. The sky was clear and not overcast.
Exiting the fog he found himself on his hands and knees, looking down at
the ground. He felt mentally fatigued. He looked up at the mist and saw
two men looking at him, they were standing side by side at the edge of the
fog and about 3 feet off the ground. They appeared to be about 6 feet
tall plus, had long hair and long beards, salt & pepper colour (more salt
colour). They appeared to be about 40 or so years old. They looked
Caucasian having facial features like ours but could not see any
eyeballs. They looked like identical twins. They were wearing pale
coloured pants and robes that extended down midway between the knee and
ankle and a belt around their middle, both were wearing sandals. He looked
back down at the ground then back up at the two men in the mist, now one
is off to one side in the mist and behind the front man. The man in the
front was still standing while the man in the back seem to be sitting on a
chair that was not there, it was a lot more difficult to see him in the
mist. The man in the back reminded him of the statue called “The
Thinker”. Neither of them said anything, they only watched him. Alex
said that at this point he was feeling quite shaken, and decided to get
back to camp.
He went up the sloped bank to the west of where he was**. He looked back
at the fog and the one man continued watching him until he was about half
way up the slope. At the top of the hill there was a body of water that
was close to the edge of a cliff. He walked to his right to go around the
base of the hill then went partway down the hill going south; he noticed
that he was close to his line of travel between camps. He could see small
bodies of water on the top of the hill; he decided to go up the hill to
investigate**. The bodies of water were sloping down both sides of the
hill. The surface of the water followed the slope; in other words the
surface of the water was on an angle (not flat) the water was contained by
walls of grass. The grass was about 12 to 18 inches high by 4 inches wide
and about ¼” thick, shiny green in colour and had a waxy texture. The
grass was holding the water in place. The water was very calm and about 3
feet from the edge of a 30 foot cliff as shown in the diagram Figure 3.
There was no debris floating in the water. (See Figure 3 and
Leaving the two bodies of water he went back down the hill heading to his
line of travel pathway with the intent to go back to camp**. On his way
to camp he noticed a large outcropping of different looking rock. He went
to the outcropping to investigate and discovered it to be a vast amount of
the type of rock that the geologist could not identify, he estimated there
to be about 20,000,000 tons visible to the eye. Most of it was covered
with overburden, moss and lichen. After investigating the outcropping for
a short time, he went back to camp. He told no one at camp the story he
After the experience Alex described to me, he seems to question the
validity of the Bible. As he put it, would the Bible be written today? He
seems to think this is an important question.
The following day they moved both camps to another area for a further two
weeks of prospecting. He did not find anything out of the ordinary in the
Apparently I am the second person he confided in since 1968.
All of what I am relaying to you is from memory based on information given
to me by Alex and letters sent to me by Alex, there is probably more that
I do not remember or misunderstood. To the best of my knowledge the above
Please see Figure 4 for further details
For an enlargement of Figure 3, click
The leaves surrounding the water (A to E) and (E to C) are about 1/4”
thick x 4” wide and about 12” tall, the leaves going from D to E are the
same but 18” tall. The leaves are growing together very tightly and have
a waxy feel to them. The leaves seem to be holding back the water,
although this does not explain why the water is on a slant.
A to B = is about 40 feet
B to C = is about 40 feet
B to D = is about 7 feet
D to E = is about 60 feet