Is the Earth Hollow? . . . And if so, What Waits Below?
by Dennis Crenshaw
This intriguing question has attracted the attention of free thinkers, scientists and a wide assortment of crackpots back through the ages.
The most ancient stories of modern mankind can be found written on the clay tablets of Mesopotamia . Two, Gilgamesh” (Table XII) and The Descent of Ishtar to the Underworld, are about adventures among different kinds of creatures inside the earth. (1)
Plato wrote of enormous subterranean tunnels both broad and narrow that made up the earth’s interior. Dr. Edmond Halley , of comet fame, believed that all heavenly bodies were hollow and in a speech before the members of the Royal Society of London stated, beneath the crust of the Earth, which is 500 feet thick, is a hollow void.
Then there was Leonhard Euler (1707-1783), noted mathematician and one of the founders of higher mathematics. He stated that, mathematically the Earth has to be hollow. He also believed there was a center sun inside the Earth’s interior, which provided daylight to a splendid subterranean civilization. (2)
Next to carry the Hollow Earth banner was Captain John Cleves Symmes Jr. war hero of the War of 1812.
[Hollow Earth writings of John Symmes].
Once his studies led him to believe in a Hollow Earth, he used his knowledge to convince James McBride , a Miami Ohio millionaire. Mr. McBride used his political connections to Rep. Richard M. Johnson (D) of Kentucky [later vice-president under Van Buren 1837-18411] to petition congress to finance an expedition to claim the lands inside the earth for the U.S. The petition, by a vote of 56-46 was tabled and the minutes of this petition and vote are still archived in the Congressional Record . (3) * Watch the BONUS Video at end of report.
The Hollow Earth was next theorized by William Reed in his 1906 book The Phantom of The Poles . Based on his studies of early Arctic explorations and scientific evidence, he wrote that the Earth is not solid as widely believed, but hollow with openings at both ends. In the summary of his revolutionary theory, Reed states: The Earth is hollow. The Poles, so long sought, are phantoms. There are openings at the northern and southern extremities. In the interior are vast continents, oceans, mountains and rivers. Vegetable and animal life are evident in this New World and it is probably peopled by races unknown to dwellers on the Earth’s surface. (4) . . . Read Complete Article