By: Dr. Tom Macon, PhD
The Bigger Question
Suppose the huge planet that we all live on and about whose geography and lithography we all are taught about since early days turns out to be hollow, and all the magma, lava like liquids turn out to be illusions inside another semblance of crust, core and mantle, would we human beings as scientists or researchers and discoverers be devastated? Or would we be immensely troubled?
Emergence of the New Concept
Well the ‘Hollow Earth’ concept would help in clearing out a certain number of anomalies regarding various theories that have been developed in our systems since time immemorial. In connection with the newly discovered fact that our old Earth has been expanding since the Jurassic age the newly evolving ‘expanding earth’ discovery supports the continental drift theory to a large extent.
Hollow Earth Theory
With the possible success of such a theory, one can establish that the continents flawlessly interconnected with each other and occupied just 1/3rd of today’s Earth mass. And if that had happened then the dinosaurs would have found it easy to stroll across from one continent to the other upon dry land because Africa, Europe and America would have been placed in close proximity to each other.
The Dusky Picture
There exist plenty of theories about the Earth’s composition which are ever changing. New theories seem to emerge every year. However the most popular theory that stands today is one in which the Earth consists of a solid inner core and a molten outer layer. This theory suggests that the Earth’s center is covered in sphere-shaped crusts, inner core, outer core followed by solid mantle and finally the crust as we reach in the direction of the surface.
Theory of the Theories
The theories about the Earth’s core are largely related to seismic activity and tectonic movement but no actual exploration has ever been possible about the Earth’s interior. No model or map of the Earth’s interior has come up based on seismic activity alone. All that has been possible is the development of theories.
Is the Earth Really Hollow?
The question on fire still remains unanswered. Is the Earth really hollow? The hollow Earth theory suggests that the Earth either is entirely hollow or contains a significant amount of interior space. The scientific theory has dismissed this proposition since at least the last 18th century. The concept of a hollow Earth occurs many times in folklore or in an adventurous fiction along with some conspiracy theories.
Mere Developments of Crazy Minds
It appears that hollow Earth just pretended to be another crazy idea evolving out of the minds of some insanely crazy people. However the range of implications of the Earth being hollow is important. The claims of Admiral Byrd can hardly be understood by geographers of old times but he seems to stay adamant on the fact that the Earth was a hollow with an opening at the North Pole.
Admiral Byrd and his Confused Theory
Byrd was not a poet, and what he described was what he observed from his airplane. He would not have been insane to say that the land beyond the North Pole is the ‘centre of the unknown’ flying over icy and snowbound lands that lie on the other side, whose geography is fairly well known. The theories presented in his book are supported by the observations of Arctic explorers.
World of the Great Unknown
Byrd could not have had any part of the Earth’s known surface in mind when he spoke of the “Great Unknown” but of a place free from cold and ice, a land that exists in warm imaginations with bright blue and clear skies, birds chirping, animals grazing on the land and the landscape covered in green. Well, to say that Admiral Byrd was a lunatic to make any such statement would be inappropriate but it is only on the basis of this imagination that we can understand his statements.
The Perplex Still Lingers ON
To the people who believe in the concept of the solid Earth, it would be bewildering to understand the word ‘beyond’ as used by Admiral Byrd. By this he means that the region on the other side of the Antarctic continent and the ocean beyond has something new to offer. If it were so it would have been in his name. Since nothing like that happened, the theory appears nothing but a fallacy of approach.