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  1. #1 Concluding Charles Hapgood's Theory. 
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    Charles Hapgood provided evidence that the end of the Pleistocene Epoch occurred abruptly, ending the lives of millions of animals across America and Siberia roughly 12,000 years ago.

    The reason, Hapgood argued was an abrupt change in the rotation of the Earth around an entirely new axis. Hapgood calculated that during the Pleistocene Epoch the Earth rotated around a North Pole located in Hudson Bay, Canada. (refer Earth's Shifting Crust).
    Hapgood argued that the Earth's crust is able to be displaced from the mantle below it if enough of an imbalance occurs between the amount of ice located in the North and South pole. Hapgood theorised that the imbalance from the centrifugal forces placed upon the Earth would be enough to dislodge the entire crust causing it to move suddenly. This theory did not gain support in the scientific community and Hapgood's ideas have been mostly forgotten.

    However, I believe Hapgood made one major omission in his work.

    He failed to recognise the significance of his discovery that the Earth once rotated around a North Pole located in Hudson Bay.
    By realising Hapgood's omission I have answered all the unanswered questions of geography and history.

    If you are interested - hold up a globe. Place Hudson Bay at the North Pole. next, place your index finger at the bottom of the globe - where is it?
    Then ask - what can be guaranteed to be at this point if this was the South Pole? Answer - an ice cap.

    Now estimate how large the ice cap would be.

    What colour would it be?

    Now what do you have?

    I argue you now have a continuous continent encompassing Antarctica, the ice cap and including Australia (Tasmania with its glaciers) and New Zealand (which has fiords and glaciers at the south-western tip).

    The mapmakers of old gave it a name. Can you guess it?

    Could the existence and resulting melting of this huge ice cap answer the following mysteries of our planet:
    What caused the Younger Dryas?
    Why was the ocean so much lower during the Pleistocene Epoch?
    Did this cause the Great Flood that nearly destroyed the human race?
    What happened to the people who drew the maps that led Columbus, Vespucci, Magellan and Erik the Red to their great discoveries?
    What caused the fiords of south-western New Zealand?
    Why was the temperature colder during the Pleistocene?

    If it happened once, it could happen again.

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    p.s. they called it Terra Australis Incognito.


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    Charles Hapgood provided evidence
    Evidence? He provided nothing of the sort.

    What he did was to come up with some poorly thought out, sciencey sounding hypotheses in areas in which he had no expertise of any kind.

    Every one of which has been thoroughly discredited by scientists who know what they're talking about. Even if experts might once have considered some of his fanciful notions seriously at first release, plate tectonics has cleared those ideas right off the table. As for the idea that humans and dinosaurs once coexisted. Now that's dismissed as rubbish without any scientific expertise required at all.


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    Quote Originally Posted by adelady View Post
    Charles Hapgood provided evidence
    Evidence? He provided nothing of the sort.

    What he did was to come up with some poorly thought out, sciencey sounding hypotheses in areas in which he had no expertise of any kind.

    Every one of which has been thoroughly discredited by scientists who know what they're talking about. Even if experts might once have considered some of his fanciful notions seriously at first release, plate tectonics has cleared those ideas right off the table. As for the idea that humans and dinosaurs once coexisted. Now that's dismissed as rubbish without any scientific expertise required at all.

    With all due respect to adelady I want to make 4 points:
    1. Evidence? Hapgood combined his findings in geomagnetism and radioactive isotopes to calculate that the North Pole was until 12,000 years ago situated atop Hudson Bay. (The Path of the Pole xvii) "The magnetic rocks adopt the direction of the earth's field at the time they are formed and in many cases they preserve their directions of magnetization indefinitely." (The Path of the Pole p5-6).

    2. Plate tectonics: if you had read my post I am suggesting that indeed Hapgood got it wrong. The crust doesn't move like the skin of an orange over the mantle as a whole as Plate Tectonics has proved.

    3. Where did you get the idea I was talking about dinosaurs and humans living at the same time? The Pleistocene Epoch ended 12,000 years ago, dinosaurs became extinct 65 million years ago!
    I don't mind being criticised but please keep the criticism constructive.

    4. There are some things our scientists haven't been able to answer and until we get an answer I suggest we keep looking.
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    Where did you get the idea I was talking about dinosaurs and humans living at the same time?
    Perhaps you need to get a better picture of the whole of Hapgood's oeuvre. He managed to get a lot of things wrong.

    Wiki's a good start, but there's plenty of other analysis of his stuff. And there's a veritable mountain of scientific papers directly contradicting both the larger picture and the specific details of Hapgood's work.
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