Great Pyramids of.... Antarctica?
Contributed by Zach Royer
(AA) There’s talk all over the internet about pyramids in Antarctica, something we at Apparently Apparel love to write about. What appears to be causing all the discussion is this picture, showing what looks like two, possibly three pyramids lined up Giza style, nearly covered in snow and ice.
Frankly, I think we’re looking at plain ordinary mountains here, albeit ones of unusual apparent symmetry. But suppose we ARE looking at pyramids (and I think the size of these mountains would preclude that, but that’s just me), or, to put it differently, supposed there WERE pyramids in Antarctica? What would it mean?
Well, for one thing, it would confirm the speculations of many Atlantologists (including, incidentally, the Nazis), who believe that the ice-covered continent was in fact Atlantis, the continent literally being “sunk” under water, in this case, ice. The presence of such structures would raise the bar considerably not only for Atlantology but also for the possible motivations of the Nazi expedition in late 1938 and early 1939, and make it likely – if they discovered such structures during their aerial reconnaissance flights over the southern continent – that they decided to follow up with further investigations.
The reason any discovery of such structures on Antarctica would be significant is rather obvious, for the possibility would be quite strong that if they could be excavated (a mighty big if in Antarctica’s case!) the sites might yield some significant records or artifacts of a lost human past. One might even speculate that the discovery of ancient records and technologies might be considered a top prize. Such a discovery could rationalize not only the curious Nazi expedition, but also the postwar attempts not only to internationalize the continent but to keep the curious visitor OUT of the continent.
While I remain skeptical at this moment, the story is nonetheless worth watching, providing, of course, that we don’t get the usual mix of internet hysteria and hype (and yes, already the story has been predictably linked to extra-terrestrials and secret Nazi flying saucer research bases.)
Another story that just surfaced today is about palm trees having once thrived in Antarctica, when it was much warmer of course, which included the image below by Etienne Classen of Integrated Ocean Drilling Program. The picture shows a pyramid structure surrounded by ice right in the center of the shot, right on the coast, as if this was what they were trying to photograph, an obvious clue which prompted the research and writing of this story.
[Author's Note: I've Googled the supposed photographer Etienne Classen and the only thing coming up is the article about palm trees and the image below, no profiles or bio, basically it's as if Etienne is a new name given by whoever submitted this photograph. In order to go to the Antarctic, don't you think you have to be a scientist with a verifiable background? Anyone else notice this, or is it just me? ZR]
The article explains how palm trees thrived on the coast of the icy continent many aeons ago. Was Antarctica covered with ice during a previous pole shift as is postulated in new age theories, or is that mumbo jumbo? If the poles were to shift...does the mile thick ice sheets move with them? Is this what happened in the past?? Those are just a few of the questions we have...be sure to cast your vote below.
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"The study published in the journal Nature shows that tropical vegetation, including palms and relatives of today's tropical Baobab trees, was growing on the coast of Antarctica 52 million years ago. These results highlight the extreme contrast between modern and past climatic conditions on Antarctica and the extent of global warmth during periods of elevated atmospheric carbon dioxide levels. Around 52 million years ago, the concentration of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere was more than twice as high as today.
"If the current CO2 emissions continue unabated due to the burning of fossil fuels, CO2 concentrations in the atmosphere, as they existed in the distant past, are likely to be achieved within a few hundred years", explains Prof. Jörg Pross, a paleoclimatologist at the Goethe University and member of the Biodiversity and Climate Research Centre (BiK-F) in Frankfurt, Germany. "By studying naturally occurring climate warming periods in the geological past, our knowledge of the mechanisms and processes in the climate system increases. This contributes enormously to improving our understanding of current human-induced global warming." Computer models indicate that future climate warming will be particularly pronounced in high-latitude regions, i.e., near the poles. Until now, however, it has been unclear how Antarctic terrestrial ecosystems responded in the geological past to a greenhouse climate with high atmospheric CO2 concentrations."
[Source of Image and Article Tropische Verhältnisse in der Antarktis - Goethe University - http://www.muk.uni-frankfurt.de/42674344/166?]
Everything sounds good except the 52 million years ago statement. It makes more sense to think that vegetation could have occurred much more recently than that, before the last Ice Age, before the event of 10,500 BC, of which researcher Graham Hancock has said in his fantastic work "Quest For The Lost Civilization".
In this full-length video (2 ½ hours), well-known researcher and author Graham Hancock compares the similarities of three ancient civilizations: Egyptian, Meso-American, and Cambodia’s Angkor Wat. This flick is professionally made, easy to understand, and has incredible photography of these rather complex sacred sites and their artwork.
Hancock’s basic premise shows these three civilizations all share the following:
(From USAHitman) I watched an outstanding video on Youtube titled What’s Going On In Antarctic. The video provided a revealing tour of the bases on Antarctica. I had no idea there was that amount of “science” being conducted down there. Towards the end of the video he shows a pyramid at the Palmer Station. The pyramid is very intriguing and made me very curious as to why a pyramid would be built in Antarctica out of the public’s prying eyes. Here is a picture taken from the video.
As I said, this made me curious so I downloaded Google Earth in March 2012 so I could see it for myself. Well, when I went to that location the pyramid is no longer there! Here is a picture from my 2012 Google Earth.
There are several possible explanations for the disappearance. The pyramid could have been photo shopped into the original video or out of the latest version of Google Earth. The author of the original video could have put the pyramid in the video to alert people to look at the Palmer Station more closely. I checked out their website and it looks benign but whenever someone is actively doing anything to affect the climate I am immediately concerned. The Palmer Station website is at pal.lternet.edu/ . Please check it out.
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