You have no doubt heard of the “Flat Earth Theory,” but what about the “Hollow Earth Theory?” Like their kin, the “Flat-Earthers,” who, despite scientific evidence to the contrary, think the earth is flat, the “Hollow-Earthers, believe that it is hollow.
Unlike the Flat-Earthers, the Hollow-Earthers acknowledge that the earth is indeed round, bit instead of like a bowling bowl with layers of material around a solid core, they believe the earth is hollow at the center. Also unlike there flat earth cousins, their beliefs are not entirely implausible or as easily disproven.
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”.
Throughout the 1800s and early 1900s, there was great interest in the Hollow Earth Theory. In the 1820s, then-Representative Richard M. Johnson (D) of Kentucky (later vice-president under Van Buren 1837-1841) petitioned Congress to finance an expedition to claim the lands inside the earth for the U.S. The petition was shelved by a vote of 56-46.
In 1864 Jules Verne wrote his famous novel, Journey to the Center of the Earth, based on the popular Hollow Earth theories of the day.
In his 1906 book “The Phantom of The Poles, William Reed said that based on his studies and early Arctic explorations, 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”
Later Years and the UFO Connection
While popularized in the 1800s, even in light of scientific advancement, the Hollow Earth theory has persisted into the 20th and 21st centuries. In fact in the 50s and 60s, the Hollow Earth theory was linked to another conspiracy theory – UFOs!
Ray Palmer was one of the first researchers and reporters on the UFO scene during the 50s and 60s. In his groundbreaking publications “Flying Saucers” and “Search Magazine”, he speculated that, because UFOs have been seen in the earth’s sky throughout history, they may very well be from our earth. In fact, the evidence seemed to indicate that UFOs could very well come from a subterranean world inside our earth.
Then on the cover of “Flying Saucers” magazine issue #69 – June 1970 and in issue #92 of “Search Magazine” published in July of 1970, the late Mr. Palmer published a photo that is still a controversy.
The photo (below) clearly showed a deep perfectly circular hole in the polar ice.
Over the years, much like Professor Lidenbrock in the Jules Verne novel, there are those who have claimed to have visited the so-called “Inner Lands.” Most of the people who claim to have visited the Inner Lands arrive there through old mine shafts, caves and subterranean tunnels. Others claim to have traveled through extent volcanoes.
There is good solid evidence supporting all these theories. Evidence also supports the possibility of other hidden entrances to the inner realms in The Bermuda Triangle and other strange areas around the world.
Many of the world’s other “unsolved” mysteries, from Bigfoot to the Loch Ness Monster, have been linked to the Hollow Earth Theory. As those theories go, these creatures have existed undetected for so long, appear so rarely and disappear without a trace, because they live in the “Inner Lands” of the Hollow Earth, and escape back to it through their knowledge of its tunnels and byways.
What do you think? Could there be an inner world below the surface of the Earth that accounts for many unsolved mysteries? Please reply using the comments below.