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Greenland Symposium Determines Earth’s Magnetic Field Disappearing

Planet’s poles shift every 500,000 years or so; modern humans may be within 200 years of witnessing this rare phenomenon

By Jack Phillips

A recent debate at the Greenland Space Science Symposium indicates that the Earth’s magnetic poles may be getting ready to change places.

The Earth’s magnetic field is growing weaker and is about to disappear. It was suggested that reversals take place approximately every 500,000 years, but with no discernable pattern otherwise. The last one was reported to have occurred 780,000 years ago.

According to a report in the May 10 edition of Economist magazine, reductions in the magnetic field are likely to have serious consequences because the field maintains a shield between the Earth and the Sun, diverting a great deal of dangerous solar radiation around the Earth.

Communications and power grids have been affected by flares on the surface of the Sun. The Earth’s field strength has been decreasing at the rate of 5% per century in recent times.

The Sun’s magnetic field also reverses, but much more frequently—every 11 years. Abnormal magnetic effects are already showing up off the coast of southeast Africa and in the south Atlantic, but it is believed that the Earth’s pole reversal, if it happens, may not take place for several centuries yet.

At the same time National Geographic magazine in the May 2007 issue reports that the North Pole has been moving toward Severnaya Zemlya, a Russian island off the Taymyr peninsula on the central Arctic coast of Siberia. It was located just inside the Arctic Circle south of Prince of Wales Island about 1831. It only moved about 10 feet between 1900 and 1960. Between 1960 and 1968 it moved 20 feet. It is now moving at the rate of 25 feet a year as it travels across the Arctic Ocean.

Its estimated time of arrival

in Russia is presumed to be sometime around 2050.

Charles Hapgood’s book The Path of the Pole suggests that the Earth’s lithosphere, its 30- to 40-mile-thick crystalline outer shell, can sometimes slip its moorings and quickly turn a tropical paradise into a freezer.*

Hapgood believed that the last ice age, during which the site of New York
City was covered with a thick ice sheet, ended because the North Pole shifted rather than because of abnormal cooling.

He mentioned that in 1950 geologists believed that the last glaciation started about 150,000 years ago and ended 30,000 years ago. This estimate was revised, and Hapgood now claims it started 25,000 years ago and ended about 11,000 years ago, which appears to be a much more believable timeline.

Immanuel Velikovsky, in his book Worlds in Collision, found evidence in ancient records and verbal histories of a considerable number of groups of peoples that shifts of the poles may have occurred within historical times. He agreed with Hapgood on the reason for the end of the last ice age, but believed that it was associated with a complete flip of the Earth, not just a slip of the crust.

Chinese and Egyptian records, according to Velikovsky, indicate that the Sun has been known to rise in the West as well as the East. They also indicate that the Earth’s year, within historical times, was only 360 days long. His book was very controversial when published in 1950 and remains controversial today.

Harlow Shapley, professor of astronomy at Harvard University, said, “If Velikovsky is right, all the rest of us are crazy.”

However, Velikovsky made several predictions, which the American scientific establishment refused to investigate. Within 10 years a great percentage of them were found to be accurate.

His research indicated that a giant comet had had substantial effects on the Earth in the recent past. It was his contention that this comet had interacted with the Moon, Mars and the Earth before taking up an orbit around the Sun as the planet Venus.
*This theory is more fully explained in a book by globetrotting investigator Graham Hancock entitled Fingerprints of the Gods: Evidence of Earth’s Vanished Civilization, available from most bookstores or at Also see a 12-page review (complete with more than a dozen photographs and illustrations) of this book in the September/October 1998 issue of the THE BARNES REVIEW magazine which discusses Hapgood’s theories and other evidence for a major slippage of the Earth’s crust about 15,000 B.C. This issue of TBR is out of print, but the article can be purchased from TBR. Please send $3 and a self-addressed, stamped business sized envelope to TBR, P.O. Box 15877, Washington, D.C. 20003 and a copy of the article will be sent to you at no additional charge. Also visit TBR’s web site at to see more about THE BARNES REVIEW. Visit our uncensored bookstore while you are there.

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Updated June 9, 2007