Have Aliens Visited Antarctica?
The sheer vastness of Antarctica is stunning. Despite the fact that it is the fifth largest continent, containing 70 percent of the world’s freshwater, the majority of its surface remains largely unexplored – not to mention what could possibly lie beneath the ice.
Antarctica’s discovery by the Western world remains contentious as far as crediting a single person, but it is generally accepted that the discovery occurred sometime around 1820. Though there have been alternative theories positing that its discovery may have occurred centuries earlier by ancient civilizations that potentially utilized extraterrestrial technology.
A WARMER CONTINENT
The evidence of an earlier discovery of Antarctica might be found in the Ottoman Piri Reis Map dated 1513 — shortly after Columbus’ discovery of the Americas. The Piri Reis mapping appears far more advanced than typical 16th century cartography, leading some to ascribe to theories that the map may be proof of the presence of “off-worlders,” or Antarctica aliens with advanced technology.
Dr. John Weihaupt, an emeritus professor of Geology at the University of Colorado Denver, says he believes a discovery of the continent prior to the 19th century was made. Though he says the actual means of discovery remain unknown.
Some believe the Piri Reis map shows a subglacial topography of Antarctica that harbored life during a period of warmer global climates. A study by scientists from LSU and Rice University found deposits of follis pollen in layers of sedimentary rock, indicating a tundra warm enough for plant growth as recently as 12 million years ago. However, theories focusing on the Piri Reis Map would suggest a warmer Antarctic climate more recently.
Aliens in Antarctica, Pyramids and Out of Place Structures
The discovery of several four-sided pyramids has ignited curiosity. Some claim that the pyramids are the work of ancient or alien civilizations, while others say that they are simply nunataks — protruding peaks of mountains buried beneath the ice that have been shaped by erosion.
However, the distinctly shaped sides of each face are what alternative theories see as evidence of the pyramids being man-made. An additional dome-shaped structure protruding from beneath the ice has raised further questions and perpetuated the belief of an ancient civilization buried beneath that the Ottomans may have been aware of or contacted.
Typically when one brings up the topic of anomalous entities on our planet’s southern tundra, Admiral Byrds’ Antarctic expeditions, Operation Highjump and Operation Deepfreeze, are mentioned in the same breath.
Between the time of the Great Depression and WWII, Admiral Richard E. Byrd of the U.S. Navy pioneered explorations of both poles. A8fter a multitude of trips to the arctic territories, there is one Byrd narrative that sticks out more than the rest: his record-setting flight over the North Pole.
According to an alleged diary entry written during his polar flight, Byrd came across a warm, lush climate with Mammoth-like creatures and an ancient human race that had been residing within the Earth.
His plane was commandeered mid-air and landed for him by some entity — what some say were Antarctic aliens, or what others claim where a race of entities living inside the Earth who intercepted his plane with saucer-shaped aircraft. Upon landing, he was met by emissaries of some previously unknown civilization, who expressed their concern about humanity’s use of atomic bombs during WWII and employed Byrd as their ambassador to return to the U.S. government and relay their sentiment.
The Betty and Barney Hill Abduction
On the evening of September 19, 1961, Barney and Betty Hill, along with their dog Delsey, were returning to their Portsmouth, New Hampshire, home after a short vacation to Niagara Falls. They were traveling on Highway 3, just south of Lancaster, when they saw a bright light in the sky. Betty, who was in the passenger seat, watched the light move lower into the sky. At first, Barney thought it was probably an airplane. Betty, who had heard of unidentified flying objects (UFOs), was sure she was looking at a flying saucer.
The Hills stopped to get a closer look at the object and let Delsey out for a short walk. Barney remained curious, but just a little frightened. He got out of the car and used his binoculars, but still could not figure out what he was looking at. He stopped the car a few more times on the way home. He described seeing lights of all different colors and rows of windows on the object. He described the object as “pancake shaped.” At one point, he approached the object and could see several occupants inside, which scared him so badly he ran quickly back to the car to join Betty where she was waiting for him.
The couple then heard buzzing sounds and felt tingling sensations throughout their bodies, but ultimately, they drove home, where they went straight to bed exhausted. They did not wake up until late the following afternoon. They then realized the four-hour trip home from Niagara Falls had taken them seven hours. Betty noticed the dress she was wearing was torn in several places and had a pinkish powder on it. The powder was later examined by five different laboratories. None of them could identify the substance.
The toes of Barney’s good dress shoes were scuffed to the point he could no longer wear them. The binoculars strap was broken and looked like it had been cut. Both Barney and Betty were wearing watches at the time of their unusual encounter. Both watches quit working and never worked again. Shiny, concentric circles appeared on the trunk of the car that seemed to have some sort of magnetic connection. They noted a strange reaction from a compass after it was placed near the circles.
At her sister’s urging, Betty called the nearby Pease Air Force base to report the incident. As Betty and Barney each recalled the incident, they became convinced they had been abducted by extraterrestrials.
The Betty and Barney Hill abduction story was the first of its kind, but certainly not the last. Although the incident happened more than 50 years ago, it is still being discussed and analyzed today. Were the Hills really abducted? If so, what happened to them during their time on the spaceship? What and who did they see? How did they communicate? Where were the extraterrestrials from? Let’s find out what exactly happened in the aftermath of this historical milestone event.
The Air Force Investigation
Barney would have preferred to just keep the experience quiet and between the two of them, fearing that he and Betty would be viewed as “eccentric.” Betty won their brief argument on the issue and on September 21, she called the Air Force to report their experience. Major Paul Henderson visited them in person and wrote a report of the interview dated September 26, 1961. It’s unclear whether or not Henderson viewed the Hills as credible; a National Investigations Committee on Aerial Phenomena (NICAP) report concludes that there was “insufficient data in the Air Force files.”