Recent drilling by an international team of researchers off the Antarctic coast has revealed the polar continent was once covered with lush rainforest vegetation, and experienced a tropical climate pattern. Presently of course, this evidence lays buried beneath 3-4 kilometers of ice on Earth’s underside–in one of the most inhospitable locales on our planet.
According to the researchers, this rainforest existed during Earth’s Eocene period, occurring between 56-34 million years ago. Around 52 million years ago, trees and plants existed on Antarctica; which had a mean temperature of around 68 degrees Fahrenheit, and was ice-free at the time in question.
As fascinating as this discovery is however, the official research explanation still does not explain how, located on Earth’s underside, this now barren and lifeless continent could possibly ever have enjoyed a topical climate. This is, not unless Antarctica was once located somewhere else on planet Earth; or else planet Earth was not situated geographically as it currently is–with Antarctica at its bottom.
Magnetic Pole Shifts: Scientific Fact, not Science Fiction
According to NASA, Earth’s magnetic North Pole is constantly and elusively shifting away from true north. Simply stated, the true North Pole, or the point located geographically directly atop the planet, is not what is magnetically recognized as north. Rather, north has been moving away from the pole, magnetically speaking, at a rate of between 10-40km per year.
This magnetic migration has accelerated throughout the 20th century; with researchers openly acknowledging this phenomenon, but unable to give any official reason as to why and how exactly this is happening.
Magnetic pole shifts have taken place throughout Earth’s history, with the last one happening approximately 800,000 years ago. When a magnetic pole shift takes place, Earth’s internal magnetic field reverses. On a geographic level, down literally becomes up and vice versa. This means when a magnetic pole shift occurs, continental plates shift with the poles–in some cases wreaking geographical chaos and disorder on a global scale.
Therefore, what this most recent discovery does is lend more concrete credence to the long disavowed theory Antarctica might once have not been Antarctica. Rather, Antarctica might have once been a tropical island continent located closer to Earth’s equator; and shifting towards its underside, as the result of a cataclysmic natural event.
Our Wonderful, Mysterious Planet Earth
Sometimes, climate and planetary changes happen gradually. An example of this is the sustained yet steadily submerging Pacific Island nation of Kiribati. The sea is currently swallowing up Kiribati. Its 110,000 native inhabitants are being systematically evacuated and emigrated to Fiji; because their home country is no longer inhabitable, and will soon be nothing more than an underwater archaeological relic.
Other times however, Mother Nature and her planet Earth do not provide comfortable time buffers with which to relocate people and things from place to place–in order to survive in an individual or community sense.
Maybe that is why this particular Antarctic discovery is so rife with intrigue and mystery. As human beings, we many times remain uncomfortable with explanations or revelations challenging our technological and civilized perceptions of man-made superiority over our planet and its natural processes.
However, sometimes the best we humans can do, be and hope for is to understand the past can become the present again; despite our best interests and intentions–and it remains our duty to learn all we can about ourselves and our planet Earth, before it might do just that.