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I’ll admit I had never heard of this theory until a few days ago so I decided to investigate. This post is based on my findings thus far…
Humans have an innate need to explore their surroundings and beyond. Although we have become consumed with the exploration of space, there is still much about planet Earth that is not completely understood. Long ago, people believed Earth was flat until it was proved to be round. The views held by most scientists are that Earth is a solid sphere and life (for the most part) exists only on the surface. However, there are apparently those who believe that Earth is hollow and that subterranean races exist within the planet. Seriously.
Could it be possible that the portion of the world we are inhabiting is only one layer? There are those who believe it is very possible. The Hollow Earth Theory has been around for a long time and there are several variations. In 1692, the astronomer Edmund Halley who discovered Halley’s comet, proposed the idea of an hollow Earth. Halley suggested that Earth contained two inner shells separated by an atmosphere, each with its own magnetic poles. Halley believed that Earth contained spheres – one inside another – that turned independently of each other. He also speculated that the aurora borealis was caused by escaping atmospheric gas of an inner sphere.
There have been several variations on the hollow earth theory that include features such as a central sun of the inner sphere, expansion of Earth, and a new examination of the laws of gravity. There are some believers of the hollow Earth theory that also believe the moon and other planets within the universe may also be hollow spheres.
There are many other ideas within the realm of the hollow Earth theory including the proposed idea that we live on the interior of the Earth and just have not realized it. This theory suggests that what we consider to be the surface or outer layer of Earth is actually the surface of an inner sphere and the sun we believe we are looking at in the sky is situated at the center of Earth. Such a theory indicates that when we look out at the universe, we are actually looking within the Earth.
The idea of a hollow Earth appears in myths and legends of various cultures. Greek legend refers to a paradise region known as Hyperborea. According to legend, the people of Hyperborea enjoyed good health and lived 1000 years or longer without growing old. Chinese and Eskimo legends state that there is an opening in the North to a subterranean realm where an underground species resides. They believe the underground realm is a paradise and is where their ancestors came from. Eskimo legend also states that the underground paradise is a place of perpetual light where the sun never sets. According to their stories, it is a land of peace and happiness with a mild climate, large lakes, tropical animals and no darkness. The Hopi Indians also have a legend that states they emerged from an underground realm within Earth. The legends also refer to snake people that resided underground.
There are many other myths and legends that refer to openings in the Earth, underground civilizations, flying machines that resemble UFOs, and beings with advanced technology. Adolf Hitler believed in the hollow Earth theory and some believe he may have found an opening to the subterranean realm and fled there. People often think of the flights of Admiral Byrd in connection with the hollow Earth theory. Admiral Richard E. Byrd flew to the North Pole in 1926. In 1929, he flew over the South Pole. Admiral Byrd allegedly made entries in his diary that detailed entering the interior of the Earth and seeing lakes, rivers, mountains, lush vegetation, and animals previously thought extinct. He documented seeing a sun beneath the Earth and being greeted by advanced inhabitants of underground civilizations. There is speculation over the authenticity and/or existence of such a diary.
Hollow Theory (pun intended)
Although the hollow Earth theory has obviously never been proven, it is no longer viewed with as much ridicule as it once was in some circles. As with any theory, there are many unanswered questions that only lead to even more unanswered questions – such as the migration patterns of birds and animals that migrate north to a warmer climate when winter approaches. Perhaps a tropical paradise such as the fabled Hyperborea does exist far beyond the region of the North Pole. However, the hollow Earth theory will remain in the realm of myth until enough evidence can be found to either prove or disprove the theory beyond a shadow of a doubt.
Based on our current understanding of planetary formation, I believe this theory is without merit (it sure was fun exploring the idea though). I’m open to outside opinions as always but I’m having a tough time buying into this one.
What are your thoughts? Does the hollow Earth theory warrant additional study and research? I would love to hear from anyone that has plausible evidence (or even relevant input) to support this idea.