Ancient prehistoric animals. Beautiful old lush forests. Extraterrestrial possibly and ancient technologies. According to the theory of “hollow earth”, it can be found when entering earth through entrances such as the one claimed to be in Antarctica. Hollow earth theory and Antarctica is widespread these days.
Scientists once took claims like this seriously, according to “Hollow Earth,” a book by David Standish. English astronomer Edmond Halley proposed to the Royal Society of London in the 1690s that the Earth consisted of nested, spherical shells that spun in different directions and surrounded a central core. Halley thought the space between shells may have had luminous atmospheres that might have supported life.
American officer John Cleves Symmes expanded Halley’s theory in the 1810s by claiming that those spheres could be accessed through holes in both poles. Mainstream science does not agree with any such theories today. Yet, nobody really knows. No real investigations have been conducted to the knowledge of the public. The hollow earth theory remains just that a theory mostly found online these days.
The Hollow Earth appears in the fictional writing of Edgar Allen Poe (where Antarctica was the entrance), Jules Verne, Edgar Rice Burroughs (creator of Tarzan), Rudyard Kipling and even Australia’s own Sir Douglas Mawson, who, while acting as physicist on Shackleton’s Nimrod Expedition, wrote a fictional account of his visit to the cavernous land of ‘Bathybia’ whose entrance was through an Antarctic volcano.
Modern science holds that the Earth is an unbroken series of layers, crusts, and liquid magma surrounding a dense, hot core made primarily of iron and nickel. But in the 17th century, some of the leading scientific minds of the time had a different theory—that the planet is hollow. This idea has proved incredibly durable.
If it is to be believed that the Earth is in fact hollow, and home to all manner of super-race and megafauna, why have we never contacted them, or gone there? Some claim, certain powers that are in control are keeping such facts from the general public.
As of 2022, a team of Hollow Earth advocates was again planning to mount an expedition on a nuclear-powered icebreaker (this expedition was previously delayed by the recent events). They believe there is an opening in the sea floor which will allow access to the interior of the earth under the near-constant cloud cover and ice of the Arctic Sea, seven days out from Murmansk, Russia.
Even if they don’t find it, the Hollow Earth theory will likely continue on. Until humans can actually peer into the Earth’s core, who can say that it’s not filled with any of the theories. Modern science is not disproving it as much as theorists are not proving it either. At some point in the future, some additional information will reveal more about Antarctica and “Hollow Earth”. Until then, the “hollow earth theory” will remain just that, a theory. Antarctica keeps fascinating many. It is a place of wonder. The last true land frontier for humanity. If you would like to read a fun story involving Antarctica, try Arctic Ave. A great mystery thriller by Daniel River.