posted on Jan, 4 2004 @ 09:35 PM
We have the Time Life series of the paranormal, and one of those books is called "Mysterious Places". It's kinda funny how this theory popped up.
In 1672, a dude named Edmond Halley was studying magnetism, and noticed that in some places North on a compass wasn't true north, it would be skewed.
To explain this, he proposed there was another magnetic field, created by an earth inside the earth. We know now that the reason for his strange
compass readings was caused by both the presence of iron or magnetite in the crust, and the fact that the pole shifts a little bit all the time.
However, he was a respected scientist, and this gave way to MANY people theorizing on this. The theory started that there would be a hole at the north
pole about 6000 miles across, and one at the south pole slightly larger, at 7000. After this was proved to be false, people wanted to hold to what
they said as being correct, rather then accepting that they had been proven wrong. This happens all the time with scientists, they tend to be a
prideful lot in some cases. So then they started coming up with other theories to explain this.
I haven't gotten to the present in reading this part of the book, I'm still at the point where Reynolds set up an expedition which discovered
Antartica while he was looking for his hole (hehe). I'm curious to find out how people today can believe this...