By Jim Miles
In 1872 Surrency was the scene of America’s best documented poltergeist events, when a family was plagued by intense activity that was witnessed by perhaps 1,000 people. Could there be a scientific explanation for the Surrency Horror, or is the following story just a geological coincidence?
The Surrency Bright Spot, a Mystery 180 Million Years in the Making
In the early 1980s geologists were looking for a “suture” where North America and Africa collided 500 million years ago, an event which formed the Appalachian Mountains. About 180 million years ago, the continents pulled apart, leaving a chunk of North Africa embedded in North America beneath Florida and South Carolina. Scientists found their suture running in a wide, gentle arc from Brunswick to Americus and the border with Alabama.
What Is the Surrency Bright Spot
During this scientific testing, which consisted of beaming sound waves deep underground and recording the reflections bounced back to the surface, an anomaly turned up, precisely under Surrency and nine miles deep. It is called the Surrency Bright Spot, bright because it reflects sound waves. The curiosity is shaped like a contact lens two miles in diameter. What does it consist of? Apparently some type of fluid, probably water, but perhaps a liquefied gas like methane, carbon dioxide, or even liquid helium. The point is, at that depth its temperature would be almost 500 degrees Fahrenheit and geologists had previously thought that fluids could not exist at such a depth “due to the intense heat and pressure,” said Dr. Larry Brown of Cornell University, who admits that scientists “don’t have a good idea what the formation is composed of.” Brown, director of the Consortium for Continental Reflective Profiling, said the Surrency Bright Spot is “big and we’ve never seen anything like it before,” anywhere in the world.
Stanford Tillman, Surrency’s mayor at the time the discovery was made public in 1987, commented: “It might have something to do with Surrency’s ghost. If this town is known for anything, it’s for the ghost…A lot of us also suspect that the goings-on had something to do with unusual magnetic activities in our area. The discovery of this formation is very exciting to me.”
At last report, scientists continue to study the Surrency Bright Spot.
From Weird Georgia (Cumberland House, 2000).
Jim Miles is the author of two Weird Georgia books, seven books about Georgia ghosts and eight books about the Civil War. To see all of his books go to the Jim Miles Author Page on Amazon. Order autographed books or contact Jim directly at email@example.com