No Ice at South Pole? ARCHAEOLOGY NEWSFLASH 747
WATER-SKIER IN THE ICE
“Can you believe it!” shouted my fellow traveller. “Look,
look! There’s a water-skier!”
“Can’t be!” I retorted.
“Yes, yes, look!”
The very word “water-skiier” was enough to awaken a
stampede. Everyone crammed against the starboard
windows. Our plane dipped down to a thousand feet.
Sure enough, behind a powerboat, on a small stretch of water
skimmed some guy in a wet suit.
“It’s minus sixty out there!” someone exclaimed.
There was good reason for the fuss. This was Antarctica,
you see. Just down the coast a 200 mile-per-hour blizzard
was raging, whipping up a deadly ice cloud. But here, in
frozen sunshine, skied a Frenchman.
I recalled with amusement that some years ago the French
government had passed a law for its Adelie Land territory in
Antarctica, exempting its inhabitants from military service –
when its only inhabitants were penguins!
Now Antarctica had a French research base. And we knew,
dropping out of the sky unannounced, that we were their
first visual contact with the outside world in six months.
Antarctica… Between the stark white ice cliffs and the
black of the ocean below us appeared a ribbon of milky
blue, where the ice plunged under the water. It was so
beautiful, I just gasped.
Yet it is a bleak and deadly land. That water-skier could
not dry off under a tropical palm.
Not any more.
A WORLDWIDE WARM CLIMATE
There is definite evidence that our planet once presented a
warm subtropical climate from pole to pole.
Corals, which grow only in warm waters (of at least 20
degrees Centigrade) once grew near the poles. Canada,
Alaska, Newfoundland, Greenland and Spitzbergen contain
Coal seams are also found near the poles. The vast coal beds
are simply fossilised remains of trees and plants.
The remains of animals now confined to warm regions are
found all over the earth.
VEGETATION AND ANIMALS
Antarctica: In 1976, an Italian expedition discovered away
below the ice – a petrified forest!
Antarctica: The Admiral Byrd expedition found and
photographed a mountain composed totally of coal,
indicating former lush growth here. They also found ancient
palm trees under the ice.
Antarctica: In 1968, in the mountains of central Antarctica,
an American expedition came upon the jaw bone of a
crocodile-like amphibian (called a labyrinthodont), as
well as skeletons of other animals – creatures that could have
survived only in a warm to hot climate. Similar finds were
made again in 1986.
Northern polar regions: Abundant remains of tropical
animals have been uncovered in icy Greenland, Alaska and
In these same northern polar regions are numerous fossil
trees: beech, myrtle, laurel, breadfruit, cinnamon, oak,
walnut, banana, grape vines, and so on. And from a line
north of Labrador across to Alaska: giant sequoias.
Spitzbergen and Greenland now shiver in darkness for half
of the year and lie almost continuously under snow and ice.
Yet a rich, temperate flora once covered these icy wastes in
the Arctic Ocean. Fossil remains of magnolias, fig trees,
palms, arborescent ferns (which are typically tropical)
and animals from warm climates have been discovered…
also pines, firs, spruces, cypresses, elms, hazels and water
South polar region: Redwood forests are found buried
under massive ice deposits. These towering giants (now
typically found in the north-west of the U.S.A.) once
flourished in many diverse parts of the world, as evidenced
by many coal and fossil finds.
Back to the Arctic Circle: Here are two very interesting
island groups – the New Siberian Islands and the
Spitzbergen Islands. Remarkable things have been
reported by explorers who have been there.
Immense frozen gravel mounts were discovered to have
entombed within them entire fruit trees with the fruit still
on them. In the New Siberian Islands, whole palm trees
have been found, with their leaves and fruit.
You know, tropical animals cannot live in icy water.
Neither can sub-tropical plants ripen seeds and sow
themselves in arctic conditions.
ONE CLIMATE WORLDWIDE
“If we listen to the unequivocal testimony of tropical plants
and animals found away to the north and even within the
arctic regions, we must declare that geology knows only one
climate until this sudden change came; and this astonishing
climate seems to have been practically uniform over the entire
globe.” (George McCready Price, The New Geology, p.654)
“There is but one climate known to the ancient fossil world
as revealed by the plants and animals entombed in the rocks,
and the climate was a mantle of springlike loveliness which
seems to have prevailed continuously over the whole globe.
(Alfred Russell Wallace, The Geographical Distribution of
Animals, Vol 1, p. 277)
“When nearly the same plants are found in Greenland and
Guinea; when the same species, now extinct, are met with
of equal development at the equator as at the pole, we cannot
but admit that at this period the temperature of the globe was
nearly alike everywhere.
“There seems to have been then only one climate over
the whole globe.” (Sir William Dawson, geologist)
Overall, the climate of Planet Earth was mild and springlike,
perfect from pole to pole.
THIS ANCIENT WORLD EXISTED
WITHIN THE MEMORY OF MANKIND
There is good reason to believe that this world of perfect
climate existed within the memory of the human race.
The traditions of ancient humanity preserve the recollection
The ancient Chinese say that before the great Catastrophe,
“There were no impetuous winds, nor excessive rains. The
sun and moon, without ever being clouded, furnished a light
purer and brighter than now.”
Numerous ancient traditions contain details of the world
“before the Flood”, details which seem to stem from a
common origin: the original perfect state; a glorious land;
long age spans; but growing disobedience to spiritual laws –
and eventual destruction.
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