Have Aliens Visited Antarctica?
By: Gaia Staff | Sept. 17, 2018
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 ambiguous, as far as crediting one particular person, but it is generally accepted that it was around 1820. However there have been alternative theories positing that its discovery may have occurred centuries earlier by ancient civilizations – who were possibly privy to extraterrestrial technology.
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 extent of the continent’s mapping appears to be advanced far beyond what 16th century cartographers’ capabilities — those who subscribe to theories of aliens in Antarctica believe the map is proof of the presence of “off-worlders” 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 claims the actual means of discovery remain unknown.
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A WARMER CONTINENT
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 much more recently.
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.
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