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Inner Core of the Earth

What is down there, in the inner core of the earth?


There are a couple of competing theories about the contents of the earth, deep down.


One camp – conventional science, says that this question is no longer of interest, since they solved this one years, decades ago. Their reasoning is that seismic waves from different areas of the Earth, or as measured during atomic bomb bursts can delineate just what constitutes the mass of the Earth. And this is all the proof they need to dismiss speculation about the hollow nature of the Earth.

They also told us that the earth is not flat, so how can we trust them?


Of course, on the other side of the argument is the group which states that all the evidence has not yet been assessed. Has anyone actually traveled to the center of the earth and come back to tell the tale? There are some true believers who would answer in the affirmative. But do their remembrance of things past meet the smell test?


Of course, conspiracy theorists have had a heyday, since the governments worldwide have shown a decided propensity to hide strange occurrences from “the little people,” believing in their cold little hearts that they know best. Of course, they knew best when tricking unsuspecting Army volunteers into ingesting LSD or raining toxins on towns in experiments kept secret for fifty years. And then there’s all the nonsense about Area 51 and what the military authorities saw or did not see.

Some observers have claimed that certain satellite photos have shown definitively entrances near both the North and South poles. But in the days of Photoshop, who knows what’s real and what’s not?


We have yet to receive definitive proof either way regarding the make-up of the Earth’s core, so why not keep an open mind? That seems like common sense, well out of vogue. So, for many of us, the jury is still out on the truth behind the inner core of the earth.


Scientists have assumed that the inner core is a smooth sphere, but images examined in the mid-1980’s show instead a lumpy blob, with mountains several miles high and canyons six times deeper than the Grand Canyon.


Researchers speculate that the mountains were caused by ponderous currents in the molten mantle, where hotter, less dense areas rise from the core like hot air from a radiator; cooler regions closer to the crust sink toward the core. Such movements could well push up some areas of the core and depress others. But the belief in the world within the earth is far too durable to yield even to reams of computer printouts or acres of satellite images. There are always contradictions in the data or obscure areas in the images, always for a dedicated believer to wedge in doubt and cling to a contrary notion.


Thus the dark at the back of the cave persists, along with a deep-seated need to know for sure what is there. Not by abstract calculation or inference, but for certain. Beyond that, there is the compulsion to envision better worlds, where intractable human problems have been solved, where the future is under benevolent control. There is an almost instinctive human eagerness to follow the path of any dim trail of anomalous clues when there is a possibility that it will lead to shining or secret place, whether it be Agartha under the earth, Atlantis beneath the sea, or a ring of stones pulsing with primeval energies. Proving that such places or things do not exist is not enough. Indeed, it is hardly relevant.


The mysteries will remain as long as we are here to ponder them.



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