The Pole Shift and Earth Crust Displacement Theory

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Geologists Barrie McKelvey and David Harwood were working 1,830 meters above sea-level and 400 kilometres (250 miles) from the South Pole on the lonely island continent of Antarctica. On this Christmas day, Santa really delivered. The geologists discovered fossils from a deciduous southern beech forest dating from between two and three million years ago. The geologists' surprise was complete as it had always been assumed that Antarctica had been within the Antarctic Circle for as much as fifty million years.

The former Antarctic beech forest suggests rates of change that are incompatible with the gradual movements of the earth's crust assumed by plate tectonics. The movement of the earth's crust in relation to its various plates is far too slow for Antarctica to move from the polar zone within three million years. We need an additional whole earth theory to solve this problem.

The idea of "rapid polar wandering" is a whole earth theory that can makes sense of the Antarctic discoveries. Rapid polar wandering assumes a movement of the whole lithosphere (crust) relative to the earth's axis. This kind of movement may be abrupt, thrusting different lands into and out of polar regions, temperate zones and the tropics. Such a movement could bring warmer climates to Antarctica within thousands rather than millions of years.

The cataclysmic pole shift hypothesis suggests that there have been geologically rapid shifts in the relative positions of the modern-day geographic locations of the poles and the axis of rotation of the Earth, creating calamities such as floods and tectonic events.

There is evidence of precession and changes in axial tilt, but this change is on much longer time-scales and does not involve relative motion of the spin axis with respect to the planet. However, in what is known as true polar wander, the solid Earth can rotate with respect to a fixed spin axis. Research shows that during the last 200 million years a total true polar wander of some 30° has occurred, but that no super-rapid shifts in the Earth's pole were found during this period. A characteristic rate of true polar wander is 1° per million years or less. Between approximately 790 and 810 million years ago, when the supercontinent Rodinia existed, two geologically rapid phases of true polar wander may have occurred. In each of these, the magnetic poles of the Earth shifted by ~55°. Interview by James Swagger with Guest Rand Flem-Ath @ Capricorn Radio. James has also appeared on a number of Radio shows including Coast to Coast AM and Red Ice Radio.

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