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The Sphinx's Riddle

On July 23 delegates in Bonn committed Canada to a modified version of the Kyoto Protocol, an agreement to limit greenhouse gas emissions worldwide. As just one example of what this portends, many Can...

On July 23 delegates in Bonn committed Canada to a modified version of the Kyoto Protocol, an agreement to limit greenhouse gas emissions worldwide. As just one example of what this portends, many Canadian municipalities — including Toronto — are committing themselves to large-scale organic waste composting programs. What’s the connection? The municipal schemes are primarily designed to fulfill pledges to reduce by half the volume of waste sent to landfill. But they’re also a way to attain emission reduction credits under the Kyoto Protocol. Methane is 21 times more potent a greenhouse gas than CO2 and landfills release enormous amounts of it. Anaerobic composting of organic material in large waste digestion tanks (a common technique in Europe) captures this methane, which can then be used to generate power. It’s a major emerging trend and two new plants that do precisely this opened recently in Guelph and Newmarket, Ontario. (See articles, pg. 6-16.) More may open soon.

With these kinds of investments in the works, it’s worth reflecting on the assumptions behind the global warming theory. I’ll leave it to others to rehash the conventional disputes over the reliability of evidence concerning weather-satellite data and such the like. Instead, I’d like to draw attention to a far more radical concept. The phenomenon that appears to periodically heat the globe or generate long Ice Ages may, in fact, not be related to gas concentrations in the atmosphere at all.

The radical theory called “earth-crust displacement” was first put forward by American Professor Charles Hapgood in the 1950s. The theory postulates that the earth’s lithosphere (the cool outer crust) periodically shifts over the molten layers underneath. Hapgood postulated that the “trigger” for these cosmic events relates to the buildup of the polar ice caps. Over thousands of years these eventually reach enormous size. The earth’s long-cycle processional orbit is irregular and at some point attains a point of maximum proximity and gravitational pull from the sun. This causes the polar ice caps to function like enormous handles that shift the lithosphere in a violent twisting action. Whole continents are torn apart by volcanic eruptions and inundation of tidal waves; they may shift hundreds or even thousands of miles from their previous positions.

In this model, “climate change” (of the kind that brought an end to the dinosaurs or the last Ice Age) has less to do with changes in the atmosphere than with the wholesale relocation of the earth’s real estate. The area centering on Hudson’s Bay, for instance, would have been located approximately at today’s North Pole. Glaciers once covered North America not because it was colder “down here” but rather because here was up there.

Though it’s tempting to dismiss this theory out of hand, it’s worth noting that no less a scientific luminary than Albert Einstein subscribed to it. (He even wrote the forward to Professor Hapgood’s book.) Furthermore, it’s supported by extensive physical evidence.

Have you ever wondered why whole forests of enormous fossilized tropical trees and other vegetation have been unearthed in the Arctic? Or the remains of crocodiles and other warm-climate animals? It turns out that there are vast “graveyards” in the Far North that contain the jumbled remains of humans, sabre-tooth tigers and other creatures that appear to have been literally torn apart and thrown together by immense geologic upheavals during the end of last Ice Age. Entire herds of mammoths, for instance, were virtually “flash frozen” — their meat so well preserved that indigenous northern tribespeople have fed it to sled dogs. It’s even been served up as an exotic delicacy in restaurants.

Interest in this topic was recently ignited by British author Graham Hancock in his best-selling book Fingerprints of the Gods. The author evaluates earth-crust displacement as part of his investigation into the possibility that a technologically advanced civilization existed long before the ancient kingdoms of Egypt, Babylon and Sumeria. This is not just some “New Age” quest for Atlantis; Mr. Hancock is rigorous in his approach and substantiates many of his challenging concepts with modern computer-assisted methods that have only recently been available.

Mr. Hancock considers copies of ancient maps that accurately describe the coastline of Antarctica, its mountain ranges and dry riverbeds. The maps’ accuracy have been confirmed by aerial research from the U.S. Geological Survey. This is fascinating since this southernmost continent has been buried under mile-deep glaciers since about 6,000 B.C. And the extremely difficult technique required to measure longitude was only discovered in 18th Century England (just in time for Captain Cook to make use of it on his second voyage to the South Pacific).

Mr. Hancock also reports geological examinations of weather effects on the body of the Egyptian Sphinx that establish quite convincingly that it was carved out of bedrock sometime in the period when the Nile desert was a wet tropical area. Computer recreations of the night sky as it appeared in ancient times indicate that the Sphinx was aligned to point at the constellation Leo when it intersected the vernal equinox as it occurred in (ahem!) 11,000 B.C.

The author claims that the Sphinx and certain ancient monuments are star-oriented “markers” left behind to indicate the last time the earth’s processional orbit initiated a catastrophic lithospheric shift and to predict the next one. According to the Mayan calendar — which is so accurate that modern astronomers use it to check their measurements — this obliterating event will occur in 2010!

The issue of catastrophic planetary change is apparently taken seriously by most of the world’s governments. Before they spend billions of dollars attempting to avert disaster from climate change, they should investigate earth-crust displacement. It may turn out that reducing gas emissions will do us far less good than, say, building an Ark!

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