Real-Life Voyage Into The Hollow Earth?
By James Donahue
For years I have been reading strange stories about how Admiral Richard Byrd flew into some kind of
a vortex, or entrance to another world in the center of the Earth during one of his exploratory expeditions to the North Pole.
And I have known about a Hollow Earth Society of believers. But I always thought it was some kind
of a gag. Something like the Church of Bob. A number of "believers" who share a "tongue-in-cheek" joke that goes to the extreme.
But if it is a joke, someone forgot to tell the late explorer Steve Currey, of Provo, Utah. Currey,
who traveled some of the toughest rivers of the world and shot photographs for National Geographic, chartered a Russian nuclear
icebreaker and offered a charter trip for 100 people for a historic voyage "beyond the North Pole."
His expedition was supposed to have happened in 2007, but unfortunately, Currey died unexpectedly
in 2006 of a brain tumor. Now a new expedition is being planned by Brooks A. Agnew, whose company, Zegrahm Expeditions, offers
three-week cruises into the Antarctica, South Georgia and Falkland Islands.
Agnew maintains that a major film documentary company has agreed to finance this strange voyage, scheduled
to occur in the summer of 2013. He says he will be accompanied by a film crew and a team of researchers, plus about 100 people
willing to pay for a cabin aboard the chartered icebreaker. The research team will consist of 100 of the "best scientists,
film makers and Earth explorers who will journey by sea to a place not seen by civilians in more than 200,000 years."
Currey also had promised scientific observations as the ship cracked its way through the ice through
the Arctic Sea toward the North Pole. Currey says he wanted to go to 84.4 N. Latitude, 141 E. Longitude and "resolve once
and for all whether the hollow earth theory has any validity."
The original expedition was expected to depart Murmansk, Russia, on June 26, 2007. The icebreaker
was to head north to the geographic North Pole north of Franz Josef Land. From here the ship was to direct its course toward
the New Siberian Islands on Meridian 141 East Longitude.
"It is estimated that within about 600 miles from the North Pole on this meridian the expedition will
reach the open ocean of inner earth," the promotional article said. "If we are successful in finding the polar opening, then
within 1,700 miles from any farthest north Arctic land bordering the Arctic Ocean, we should reach the inner continent just
as Admiral Richard E. Byrd did on his 1947 flight beyond the pole."
The story continued: ". . . the admiral and his airplane crew accomplished a physical flight of seven
hours duration in a northerly direction beyond the North Pole. Every mile and every minute of that journey beyond was over
ice, water, or land that no explorer had seen . . . as progress was made beyond the Pole point, there was observed directly
under the plane’s course iceless land and lakes, and mountains where foliage was abundant. Moreover, a brief newspaper
account of the flight held that a member of the admiral’s crew had observed a monstrous greenish-hued animal moving
through the underbrush."
After that, the story gets quite incredible. It suggests that the lost tribes of Israel are living
in the hollow core of the Earth, that their leader is a descendant of King David, and that the capitol city is a place called
The price tag for this strange adventure was $19,000, and Currey made no promises that the expedition
will find the entrance to the hollow earth. The fee covered hotel accommodations, the trip on the ship which is described
as a floating palace, meals, lectures and helicopter trips to look at points of interest.
The bottom line: "At all times the expedition will be at the mercy of the weather, ice and sea conditions,"
the promotional article concludes.Books have been written claiming that explorers to the North Pole, including
Admiral Richard Byrd, have all seen this hole in the earth that connects to a hollow world inside the planet. There are people
today who actually believe that a second world exists inside our own, with a second sun burning at the core of our globe.
One story talks about explorer Olaf Jansen who sailed northeast from Murmansk, Russia, squeezed his
vessel through a lead in the ice on July 1, 1829 and accidentally entered the North Polar opening.
Amadeo Giannini’s book World Beyond the Poles told how Admiral Richard E. Byrd flew in
1947 beyond the North Pole and over a "land beyond the pole." Giannini wrote that : "As progress was made beyond the Pole
point, there was observed directly under the plane’s course iceless land and lakes, and mountains where foliage was
abundant. Moreover, a brief newspaper account of the flight held that a member of the admiral’s crew had observed a
monstrous greenish-hued animal moving through the underbrush."
Other books on the subject include The Hollow Earth by Raymond Bernard, 1979, and Etidorhpa,
by John Uri Llyod, 1890s. The latter was a story about a person that traveled to the "Inner Surface" of the Earth.
Bernard describes the Earth as a large hollow ball with a crust about 800 miles thick. He maintains
there are two openings, 1,400 miles wide, at the North and South Poles. At the center of the earth is found an inner sun rather
than a molten iron core that is 600 miles wide.
Bernard’s inner world and outer world is divided by a third, middle earth filled with caverns,
tunnels and inner cities.
Llyod reports that as people travel down toward the center of the earth, gravity produces less and
less of an effect until they reach a point where there is no gravity. At this point, he says, people can then travel around
by mere thought. When there, the heart no longer beats and individuals no longer need to eat. Because there is less gravity,
vegetation that grows in the inner earth becomes extremely large.
All of this seems to have gone completely unnoticed by NASA scientists, despite the fact that NASA
astronauts have flown countless missions around this planet, photographing every inch of it. One would think that holes 1,400
miles wide at the two poles would have been captured on some of that film.