This fascinating map provided by NASA shows Antarctica as it looked like in the distant past, free of Ice. We need to start looking at Antarctica from a different perspective since the now icy-continent could have been home to a number of ancient cultures.
June 20, 2016
Antarctica has long been considered as one of the most remote places on our planet due to its extreme climate. However, Antarctica isn’t only Ice. IN factor, there is more to Antarctica than we have knowledge of today. With its 14.0 million square kilometers, Antarctica is the fifth largest continent on our planet, and in other words, is twice the size of Australia.
It turns out that in the distant past of our planet, Antarctica was much more different than we see it today. In fact, the icy continent was located much more north in the distant past, meaning that the now icy continent was ice free in the past.
Interestingly, some 170 million years ago, Antarctica was part of the supercontinent called Gondwana. Around 25 million years ago, Antarctica as we know it, gradually broke apart from Gondwana.
Researchers have concluded that Antarctica was not always cold, dry, and covered in ice sheets. In fact during its long history, when Antarctica was located farther north, and the continent experiences a tropical or temperate climate, meaning that it was covered in forests, and inhabited by various ancient life forms.
But, is there a slight possibility that in the distant past of our planet, Antarctica was home to ancient Civilizations? Many have speculated for decades that icy continent was home to ancient civilizations before written history.
The story behind Antarctica is more than fascinating as there are a number of indicators which point to the possibility that the continent was occupied by ancient civilizations.
In 1929, researchers came across an ancient map that forever changed our views on ancient civilizations and their capabilities.
The Piri-Reis map, created by one of the most famous Turkish officers was a map lost for centuries, established in 1513; it was created with the use of much older maps that are said to predate numerous ancient cultures. The most shocking details about the map were the continent of Antarctica free of ice.
But the Piri-reis map isn’t the only one depicting Antarctica without ice; it turns out that a umber of other maps also depict Antarctica ice free before it was even discovered in ‘modern times.’
Another extremely controversial map is the cartographical chart created by a French geographer by the name of Philippe Buache de la Neuville. The Bauche map come in two different versions. The Buache map has two versions. One of the charts is believed to accurately depict the ice-free coastline of Antarctica while the other chart makes no mention of the continent whatsoever. Claims about the Buache Map and that it depicts the continent of Antarctica Ice-Free are said to have its origins Charles Hapgood’s 1966 book, Maps of the Ancient Sea Kings. Since then, many have claimed that together with other ancient maps, the Buache map was created based on far older maps which are said to have been created by a highly developed ancient civilization. However, many argue that this is incorrect.
NASA map shows what Antarctica would look like without ice
The animation released by NASA completely exposes what the Antarctic continent would look like if all the ice disappeared. The map from NASA offers a glimpse of what lies beneath our planet’s largest Ice sheet, revealing incredible features that will forever change our views on Antarctica. The data was compiled by researchers at the British Antarctic Survey, who worked on the project for over two decades, studying the surface elevation, and ice thickness measured with ice-penetrating radar.
The maps called BedMap2 is the most updated map of the content which includes a staggering 15 million additional measurements which have been done since 2001.
The map offers an incredible view of the icy continent and everything that lies hidden beneath the ice.
Human occupation on Antarctica?
The possibilities are endless if you realize that Antarctica wasn’t always as cold, dry and ‘inhospitable’ as it is today.
The question that we are not asking is the following: is it possible that Antarctica was once warm enough in the past to make it possible for an ancient civilization to live there? The answer is YES.
And if an ancient cultures did, in fact, develop and inhabit Antarctica in the distant past, wouldn’t we find evidence of their life there today? Well according to many researchers, there are structures at Antarctica, there are pyramids there and enough evidence to support the theory of ancient civilization inhabiting Antarctica in the past.
The new map issued by NASA reveals what seem to be a number of lines and structure-like objects seen thanks to the new maps. While many believe, these are mere natural formations, millions of people around the globe believe there is a firm possibility that the new maps will offer conclusive evidence of ‘Antediluvian’ structures located on the icy continent.
Whether or not the archaeological community will ever acknowledge this possibility is an entirely different question.
What do you believe? Is there a possibility that there are actual structures beneath the thick layers of Ice at Antarctica? Is it possible that maps like BedMap2 will help explore Antarctica, searching for evidence of ancient cultures on the continent? Is there a possibility that ancient civilization might have developed there thousands of years ago, when Antarctica had an entirely different climate? Let us know what you think.