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reply to post by jeep3r
Excellent premise, very interesting. Both poles have buried tropical levels, suggesting they were in an equatorial position in another age. Not sure how to get around that fact.
thinking in geological time always, always messes with our angry monkey minds. we forget that, and the fact the Earths surface is not anchored nor is the core solid or that the world wobbles, quite badly sometimes. the 'idea' of finding tropical forests at the poles isn't too hard to accept if you consider the tectonic activity on this planet has been tearing apart and shuffling the land masses for long, long, long time. these concepts that time and tide (i speak of the molten core beneath the tectonic plates) plus precession and a very unsettled solar system at the time landmasses and plant life were starting to co-exist might have made for some pretty sketchy continental drifts. plus the Earth was spinning a whole lot faster back then. when talking about something as big as a planet, a whole lot faster is relative i know. but inertia is a great architect !
While this is a fun idea, one must sacrifice all the CURRENT speculations about star alignment, winter and solar solstice alignments, and every other positional alignment deemed Canon in both accepted paradigm AND fringe speculations.
Because if the Earth had an alternate equator, then, the Sun, Moon, Stars, and every other everything in the sky would rise and set at completely different positions in the sky.
Probably the last major impact event that could have had a significant effect on equatorial location was 65 Million years ago.
Otherwise, we'd need an extremely significant Chandler Wobble event to occur and a deviation that drastic would cause every ocean on the planet to slosh, basically destroying everything, not to mention the slosh results that would occur with magma chambers, and other places of liquified rock which would likely result in wide ranging Continental Flood Basalt events.
Basically, a change that big would result in the extinction of most life on the planet, similar the Permian-Triassic extinction event which had the Siberian Traps Flood Basalt to thank for some of that.
I enthusiastically encourage some study in Geology and Planetary Physics as opposed to going straight for the box of crayons to draw lines all over the planet because it looks cool.
This blew my mind when i first heard it and whats extra odd is that the magnetic north pole is around the top part of that angular 60 degree ancient equator.
reply to post by jeep3r
I have seen this presented in a utube vid, I'll see if I can find it again.
FYI moving the equator to this new (old) position puts the North Pole in the approximate area of Prince William Sound in Alaska, USA and moves the south pole approx. 30 degrees north almost completely out of the Antarctic circle.
The question I have had is if this was the old Equator, what happens to the alignments that we currently find between these locations and certain star formations, ie the 3 (4) Pyramids at Giza and Orion's Belt the alignment of the great pyramid to the current north pole and Angkor Wats celestial alignment to the constellation of Draco.
The second question I have had is with plate tectonics moving the continents what were the actual alignments in say 10,500 BC or earlier?
Giza Equator Line
edit on 18-1-2014 by RedmoonMWC because: (no reason given)