Lately it seems like there are more earthquakes – just maybe in the last month or so – but it has not proven because it remains within the range
of extremes over the years that USGS gives in their online statistics. It does seem like every time I log on to ATS, I see a little box on the right
about an EQ >5 somewhere in the world.
Then there are the sinkholes, namely in Guatemala City and in China. Granted, the Guatemala hole is probably attributable to old and substandard
infrastructure under the buildings in the area. The sinkhole in 2007 is less than a mile away, from what I understand. In addition, rains also
contributed to the subsidence in both places.
But…there is a nagging thought in my head that we are experiencing a rare but not impossible or unheard of geologic event on the Earth. Another
symptom, or indication, of this is the oil rig accidents in Pennsylvania and I think, Texas? There was a bad oil spill in Ohio. Not to mention some
increased volcanic activity in various places.
The thought I have is that the Earth’s crust is on the verge of slipping, in one piece, upon the liquid underneath. Not the same thing as the
tectonic plates working to and fro against each other until a slip causes an earthquake; this is more like a loose fruit skin, maybe a peach, sliding
over the flesh underneath.
The pole shift is a familiar subject to most of us here, and it has a myriad of different scenarios and consequent aftermaths attached to it because
although we know that magnetic reversal does happen, from the evidence in the rocks on the seafloor, we do not know what exactly happens, both within
the Earth as well as upon it.
We truly have no idea what to expect and are only just beginning to understand some of the mechanics behind the phenomenon.
I will now give an overview of my thought, and then follow by elaborating anything necessary to give the reader the clearest possible description of
The theory that the Earth’s crust might slip, as one piece, dramatically and over a relatively short time period, geologically speaking; over the
course of a few centuries, was presented by Charles H. Hapsgood in the early part of the last century. Albert Einstein supported Hapsgood’s ideas
and gave good reasons for doing so.
Hapsgood’s Theory of Earth Crust Displacement
His ideas were eventually somewhat discredited in the eyes of the scientific world due to some inadequate supporting evidence in regard to his idea
that Antarctica was actually the lost continent of Atlantis, having slipped around 30° around the globe from where many think of the original
location of Atlantis, near the Bermuda Triangle, all the way down to the South Pole.
But throwing that one part of his theory out, since it really isn’t part of the theory but rather what was probably the inspiration of his curiosity
into the matter, and was probably a personal wish rather than a public possibility, the rest of his thinking on the subject seems pretty logical and
plausible to me.
I guess I have a pet theory of my own, similar to Hapsgood’s, in regard to Atlantis. It maybe a plausible theory and then again, it may turn out to
be unlikely or even impossible.
I think that there was a crustal displacement, just as he hypothesized, connected with the end of the last ice age and the resulting re-arranging of
the Earth’s body mass to maintain a stable rotation and orbit.
Instead of going south, though, I think that part of the lost island of Atlantis ended up on the East side of the North Sea, on the west coast of
Mainland Orkney Scotland, at a place called Skara Brae
Skara Brae is supposedly an abandoned Neolithic community site, but there are some out of place clues and anomalies that seem to suggest otherwise.
Hieroglyphics at Skara Brae
The author of this site really did some good investigating and research and it is very interesting, but she proposes that the inhabitants of Skara
Brae came there from Egypt. Given the evidence she is working with, it is far more likely that the residents left Skara Brae and wound up in Egypt.
A recent find by an ATS member, resulting in this thread
, supports a migration from
Skara Brae to Egypt, but not from Egypt to Skara Brae: King Tut’s DNA is a 99.6 percent fit with the R1b haplogroup, which is the most common
Y-chromosome haplogroup in Europe reaching its highest concentrations in Ireland, Scotland, and western England.
Skara Brae is on the western coast of Orkney, right in the heart of haplogroup R1b’s concentration!
Going back to the crustal slip theory, Albert Einstein outlined his support for Hapsgood’s theory in a forward written for one of Hapsgood’s
In a polar region, there is continual deposition of ice, which is not symmetrically distributed about the pole. The earth’s rotation acts on
these unsymmetrical deposited masses, and produces centrifugal momentum that is transmitted to the rigid crust of the earth. The constantly increasing
centrifugal momentum produced in this way will, when it has reached a certain point, produce a movement of the earth’s crust over the rest of the
earth’s body... (Hapsgood, 1958, p. 1)
So, the causal agent in one theory of crust slippage has to do with the re-distribution of mass necessary following an event that greatly changes the
topography in regard to weight and and mass. Such an event would be inevitable in response to a melting or freezing event in the ice caps, such as
what took place 12,000 or so years ago, at the end of the last ice age.
A melting event of that magnitude would, according to Hapsgood’s theory, have the potential to slide the crust, as a unit, a full 30° in any
direction, and quite possibly this could relocate ruins from a southern Atlantic ocean point all the way to where Skara Brae is, today.
Therefore, given that possibility, that what is left of Atlantis is called Skara Brae today, having migrated through the processes of the slipping
lithosphere, we can then consider what might be the cause behind the mysterious polarity-swap of the North and South poles.
A full explanation is found here
, and I will mention the highlights as they pertain to
the topic at hand:
- Two of the "new" authors, J. Kirschvink and D.A. Evans, are at the prestigious California Institute of Technology, while Hapsgood
was a PhD-less history professor at Keene State College. Status is important when theorizing.
- Kirschvink et al propose a scientifically acceptable
mechanism for the onset of rapid crustal slippage. They visualize a huge chunk of the seafloor suddenly foundering and thereby changing the planet's
mass distribution. This imbalance caused the continents to shift rapidly in order to restore the smooth rotation of the earth around its spin axis.
Within a period of 15 million years, they envisage, the continents had slipped about 90°. Part of what is now North America moved from the South Pole
to near the Equator. Evidence for this huge shift is seen in measurements of the earth's magnetic field frozen in the rocks. In other words,
Kirschvink et al used the methods of paleomagnetism.
- The "new" crustal slippage is really only accelerated continental drift (a dominant and
well-established paradigm) and not the more radical notion of the entire outer layer of crust slipping over the earth's mantle like a greased onion
skin. Nor is the proposed process anything like pole flipping, where the entire planet flips 180° like a Tippy-Top -- a dynamically impossible event.
- The proposed foundering of that chunk of seafloor occurred 534 million years ago, roughly coincident with the Cambrian Explosion of new
life forms (new phyla). The resulting gross climate changes and environmental havoc could have been conducive to the rapid evolution of life. Although
today's scientists favor this linkage of catastrophism to rapid speciation, Berkeley paleontologist J. Valentine admitted that, "...it doesn't
provide a specific mechanism by which animals suddenly evolved new "body plans." Even so, scientists have long searched for an event -- any -- that
might explain the puzzling Cambrian Explosion.
What I found significant in that list is this: “They visualize a huge chunk of the seafloor suddenly foundering and thereby changing the
planet's mass distribution.”
The disaster in the gulf might very well fit that description, following the latest rumors that the earth surrounding the well casing is a crumbling
mess that is collapsing underneath the sea bed.
This could be a causative event. It also might be the effect of the geologic changes from a slipping of the lithosphere, brought on by the efforts
toward redistribution of weight in response to the melting ice caps at both poles, in recent years up until right now; something still in the process
of major change.