Antarctica – what’s under the ice cap? Part 1

Antarctica is the coldest place on Earth. The Katabotic winds howl around it’s gale thrashed coast. But once its green valley’s were filled with thriving Glossopteris Pine and Beach forests. How do we know this?

“Scott of the Antarctic” was the first to discover tell tale fossils on the Beardmore Glacier in 1912. Since then Petrified tree stumps and leaves, bones of dinosaurs, marsupials and fossil rich coal has been discovered in its, now, hostile environment.

According to classic geology, this previous lush age thrived millions of years ago in the
Permian age. The shifting Antarctic continent, inexorably plodding at millimetres per year, gradually moved into icy hibernation. The flora and fauna were iced over, slowly fossilized and left to slumber. Just as in Greenland and Canada with their fossil forests!

Antarctica desert but 3KM thick ice sheet?

But wait! This formation of a three kilometre thick ice sheet is no meagre feat. Antarctica contains ninety percent of the world’s ice, yet some of Antarctica’s valleys are the driest places on earth. Antarctica is technically considered a desert.

Incredibly little snow falls in the interior (five centimetres per year rain equivalent) where the ice sheet is considerably thicker. Katabotic snow storms reside only on the coast where the thinner ice. Contradiction? Nevertheless, classic Geologists argue that, eons of time can explain away these ice sheet anomalies.

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Curiously Ice core studies contradict the millions of years of ice cover necessary to fit the continental drift paradigm. For instance the Vostok ice core station asserts that the continent’s average three kilometre deep ice sheet is only around 250,000 years old. How can this be?

The ice sheet should indicate millions of densely layered ice rings if the slow continental drift theory from tropics to cold is correct. And surely the ice sheet would be significantly thicker where a slowly drifting continent first entered the Antarctic pole?

But even this low geological age is now being questioned. Is it possible the Antarctic ice sheet is only a few thousand years old? There are three intriguing contradictions that challenge the hoary age of the Antarctic ice sheet. They seem bizarre and hard to explain.

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Piri Reis and Oronteus Finaeus maps of ice free Antarctica?

Two antique maps, that of Piri Reis map and Oronteus Finaeus map (circa 1500 AD), weirdly show Antarctica ice free. But this was a time when Antarctica had not even been discovered! Even more curious, Turkish Admiral Piri Reis’s map, was apparently sourced from the Pharaohs libraries in Alexandria 2000 years ago.

Investigating cartographers from the U.S air force were puzzled. The map portrayed the Antarctic coastline free of the three kilometre deep ice sheets. These buried coastlines were only recently
outlined by the British polar expeditions. Even ice sheet buried rivers and mountains were shown.

The Oronteus Finnaeus maps were even more comprehensive and show the whole of Antarctica ice free!


How could the sailors of antiquity know a coastline distorted by ice? Is it conceivable that it was ice free when mapped? How could they even have sailed around its vicious Katabotic storm driven coast?

Is it possible that it was mapped at the time of the Pharaohs a few thousand years ago?

These possibilities would require a revision of geology and history!

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Peter Mungo Jupp

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  • steve

    it’s inconceivable to me that sailors of any era could accurately map the antarctic coast if it were iced up like it is today. it doesn’t take a logical genius to notice that since they certainly did make a good map geology and history need more than just a revision. i’m not sure if there’s a baby in that bathwater, but i’m ready to throw it out.


  • mungo

    Yes our prent day paradigms of Antarctica need rethinking!