A look at the theories of how the Earth today was formed, and the amazing human achievements in the process.
What happened between 15,000 and 4.000 BC?
Did the land mass of Antarctica move 2.000 miles further South in the eleventh millennium BC, as Professor Charles H Hapgood of Keene College, New Hampshire suggested? Therefore repositioning the vast continent to the centre of the Antarctic circle.
It is already known that the sun’s gravitational pull will increase if the Earth’s orbit deviates by one degree from a perfect circle. It is also known it will have the effect of a greater tilt on the earth, generating immense pressure on its massive ice caps. With their cumbersome weights and great force pushing unrelentingly, the earth’s crust would move. The thirty mile thick hard lithosphere would slip over the soft inner core in one movement causing massive changes.
If Hapgood was right, it would explain the reason for such a fast meltdown of the last Ice Age between 15,000 and 8,000 BC? Also the extraordinary volcanic activity which accompanied it throughout the world. It would explain the evidence of tropical flora, crustaceans, and fossilised palm leaves discovered in the Antarctic ice in recent times, and why coal beds were found by Sir Ernest Shackleton 250 miles from the South Pole. It would also explain the fossilised deciduous southern beach forest found near the South Pole by geologists Barrie McKelvey, and David Harwood in 1990. It would also become clear why at the opposite Pole fossilised palm leaves three metres long, water lilies and marine crustaceans, and giant fruit trees have been found deep in the Arctic Circle; many, found on the Norwegian island of Spitzbergan. at the opposite pole;
This all suggests that long ago the environment in both places was similar to the Caribbean or the Mediterranean.
Oceanographic work done by Russian scientists have concluded the Arctic and Antarctic oceans were warm during most of the last Ice Age. And at their warmest between 32,000 and 18,000 years ago. Many warm blooded mammals living in these conditions, became extinct in the permafrost during the height of the last Ice Age; which happened in 15,000 BC. They were frozen instantly.
Then came the meltdown. Suddenly, between 14,500 and 12,500 BC, then again spasmodically in the eleventh millennium; 40,000 years build up of ice two miles thick; covering millions of square miles, suddenly melted.
Was it a natural climatic change? Or was is it as some scientists believe, a sudden shift of the polar regions due to a movement of the earth’s crust?