Antarctic Conspiracy: There was a civilization in the frozen realm?

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Without a doubt, one of the most intriguing and, to some, most controversial locations on the planet is Antarctica, an ice world full of enigmas and a relatively unknown history. As we might expect, such a mysterious stretch of land is also an ideal breeding ground for conspiracies and wild claims – of which there are ample helpings of both.

While some of the claims are certainly more bizarre than others, all are worthy of examination. And like most similarly outlandish claims, quite often appear to harbor at least an element of truth to them. Whether that proves to be the case here or not remains to be seen. Those claims, questions, and theories, however, will continue to circulate and, in turn, perpetuate themselves.

Some of the claims from this most mysterious of locations suggest it hides evidence of a lost civilization, possibly that of Atlantis. Others claim it acts as an outpost for an extraterrestrial race whose presence has been on our planet for thousands of years. Others still suggest it is home to top-secret government weather experiments, something we know is within our collective technical ability to do.

Whatever the truths and untruths might one day prove to be, Antarctica – the last of the continents to be discovered remains the most intriguing and, in terms of what we know it, distinctly elusive. And it is this that perhaps maintains peoples’ interest.

We will start, though, with one of the most perplexing mysteries connected to Antarctica. And rather than being an outrageous and unsubstantiated claim based on hearsay of anonymous testimony, it revolves around a very real and authentic historic document. First, though, a few facts and intriguing details about this most intriguing place.

Facts And Points Of Intrigue

Just traveling to Antarctica is a job in itself. It is strictly controlled in line with the Antarctic Treaty which came into force in 1961 and features multiple countries that oversee the Antarctic Treaty System. Anyone wishing to go there – and you can’t simply turn up for a holiday – has to receive permission from this group.

Essentially, the area is off-limits to most in the interests of scientific preservation and investigation. This, on the surface, is reasonable enough, given that it is – to the best of our knowledge – the last place on Earth largely unaffected by human activity. However, the strictness of these controls – essentially who gets permission and who doesn’t – has caused some people to question them. Not least, as we might imagine, those in the conspiracy world.

While it might be easy – and possibly correct – to dismiss such conspiracy claims as to the “real” reasons for the security surrounding Antarctica, this type of secrecy and exclusive control only serves to breed such conspiracies. It could be argued that such preservation could be achieved while still opening up the continent to a wider range of research.

Perhaps also interesting is that the majority of the world’s fresh water is locked under the ice sheet, which itself covers a distance of approximately 5 million square miles. And what’s more, due to the lack of precipitation, the land is technically a desert.

We also know that the average temperature in Antarctica used to be a rather toasty 17 degrees Celsius but suddenly plummeted to what we know today. While mainstream thought suggests this happened around 40 million years ago, there are some who believe this warm environment was still in place as little as 6,000 years ago. And with that, we turn our attention back to that intriguing document.

The Piri Reis Map – A Document That Shouldn’t Have Existed When It Did

Perhaps the best place to start when we examine the many mysteries of Antarctica is with the Piri Reis Map. The map was made in 1513 and among other locations – which are correct in their placement and dimensions – that were not known to humanity at the time, is a detailed map of Antarctica. As the late Jim Marrs writes in the book Our Occulted History, “Antarctica is especially puzzling because it has been under an ice cap for at least four thousand years”.

It is largely thought that the creator of the map, Piri Reis (a Turkish admiral) had used other maps (now lost) from a much earlier age. He would claim himself that he had “made use of charts and maps dating back to ancient Greece”. These maps and charts, in turn, were based upon even older documents from ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia, which could have gone back thousands of years themselves.

What is perhaps interesting, especially when we consider that some researchers connect the lost continent of Atlantis with Antarctica, is the musing of prolific author Brinsley le Poer Trench, who would state in his book Temple of the Stars that “tradition tells us that ancient Egypt was a colony of Atlantis”. This is an extremely intriguing notion and might explain such other claims that following the fall of Atlantis survivors made their way to Egypt and essentially kickstarted the ancient civilization that many of us are in awe of still today.

Might that, as we have asked before, explain why they, like other civilizations of ancient times, appeared to start at their absolute zenith and then almost immediately enter a period of permeant decline? That these ancient and mysterious civilizations were, in fact, the outposts and (now) the remnants of an earlier advanced civilization.

What is perhaps most intriguing about the map of Antarctica is that it clearly shows land features that we in the modern age have not only never seen, but are not even sure are there (due to the vast, thick ice covering. It is thought if we accept the map as accurate (and recent satellite images that have managed to penetrate the ice appear to match the shoreline as drawn on the Piri Reis map almost exactly) that these features such as woodland and mountains are not only buried deep under the ice but were once free of its icy covering and very much inhabitable and inhabited by a lost civilization.

Some research suggests that a pole shift took place thousands of years ago which sent Antarctica crashing to the south of the planet and causing the temperatures to plummet (relatively) instantly. There are, for example, cases of animals discovered since that still have unchewed food in their mouths – almost as if something “flash froze” them.

Charles Hapgood was largely the first to propose such a notion, suggesting that it was possible, and perhaps probable, that Antarctica had at some stage in history, a pole shift had sent the continent careering south, and into the icy conditions, it knows today. This occurred because of Earth’s crust displacement. What’s more, Hapgood would suggest that Antarctica could have been free of ice and as habitable to people and animals alike until as recently as 4,000 BC. This, of course, still leaves us around 1,000 years away from the officially accepted beginnings of such great civilizations like the Egyptians and Sumerians. However, those dates, as we know, are, at times, pure guesswork based on what (comparatively speaking) little documentation remains.

Not Accepted Nor Disproven

We should note that mainstream scientists, in the words of Graham Hancock – who has written extensively on this idea, mainly in Fingerprints of the God – “reluctant to accept” Hapgood’s theories. However, nor can they disprove or debunk them either.

When we add the fact that the map in question also marks the correct position of the Falklands Islands (which were still over three-quarters of a century away from discovery), as well as the correct coastal outline of South America, even showing in detail the many of the major rivers (that would not be fully mapped until the 20th century) it is perhaps a little harder to dismiss the map’s authenticity. And what’s more, we know that the map is a genuine document and not some silly hoax.

The fact is that someone has clearly taken the time to not only document this part of the world – a part of the world humanity was ignorant of until the opening decades of the 1800s – some 300 years after the Piri Reis map came into existence (just think about that for a second!) – but they had to have had intelligence, advanced thinking, and quite possibly advance devices and vehicles.

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