The Hollow Earth
Strange Beliefs: The Pole Holes & the Underworld
Created 12/20/2001 - Updated 12/1/2004


Disclaimer | Introduction | Possibilities | 1. Seismic Data | 2. Gravity | 3. North Hole | 4. Old Stories | 5. People | 6. Anomalies | 7. Reality Check | 8. Earth Facts | 9. References



Auroras | Picture Evidence | Polyannas | Volcanoes


The animation below (hit reload to see it) is a real NASA movie of our earth taken from space. "Scientists using NASA's Polar spacecraft have captured the first-ever movie of auroras dancing simultaneously around both of Earth's polar regions. During a space weather storm on October 22, 2001 Polar's Visible Imaging System observed the aurora borealis and aurora australis (northern and southern lights) expanding and brightening in parallel at opposite ends of the world. The images confirm the three-century old theory that auroras in the northern and southern hemispheres are nearly mirror images -- conjugates - of each other." The commonly held belief is that the Aurora results when electric particles from the sun cause gasses in our atmosphere to glow. Read more about the aurora here. The hollow earth proponents claim that Auroras are caused by the earth's central sun shining through the holes at the top and bottom of the world. Research auroras yourself with a google search!

Picture Evidence

Why doesn't someone just go have a look and settle this once and for all!? Some early photos of the Earth from space showed a gigantic hole at one pole. "The pictures, however, were composites made up of many smaller photos. The "hole" was simply an area that had not been photographed. Nonsense, insist the hollow earthers; these were the real photos that slipped through the web of censorship by accident." 3

The same photos were used by Robert E. McElwaine (B.S., Physics and Astronomy, UW-EC who made this astounding claim: The Earth is HOLLOW! Its hollow shell is about 1500 miles thick at the equator, and about 500 miles thick near the polar ENTRANCE HOLES. The North Polar ENTRANCE HOLE is about 1400 miles in diameter and centered close to the Earth's axis of rotation, while the South Polar ENTRANCE HOLE is slightly smaller, perhaps 1300 miles in diameter, and somewhat off-center. The ENTRANCE HOLES are usually filled up with some kind of fog. At the geometric center of the Earth is a glowing ball of plasma, about 600 miles in diameter, which serves as the CENTRAL SUN that warms and illuminates the Earth's inner surface. The photographs are from two satellites, the ESSA-3 on January 6, 1967 and the ESSA-7 on November 23, 1968.


Jan Lamprecht (author of the controversial book 'Hollow Planets) says the polyanas are huge stretches of melted ice in the polar regions. He states that no one really knows where they come from. Perhaps they are warm water flowing out from inside the earth. The melted ice, however, may simply be caused by heat from the sea floor if lava and/or hot water is rising and melting the ice on the surface. - Again, like the pole photos and the auroras, the polyanas are real verifiable data, but they don't get us any closer to the truth about the hollow earth theory.


Commander Peary observed, according to Lamprecht, that "a vast cloud of VOLCANIC ASH had fallen in Greenland in the 1890's. Peary believed there was an UNDISCOVERED VOLCANO up in the Arctic seas north of Alaska. Later, in 1923, Lt Cmdr Green said there was a volcanic island up there, and he said it lay on a fault line." Lamprecht discovered, however, that there is a large area completely devoid of seismic activity on the fault map he obtained. The blank fault maps may indicate a cover up, no activity in that area, or just incomplete data. Again, interesting, but no closer.

Disclaimer | Introduction | Possibilities | 1. Seismic Data | 2. Gravity | 3. North Hole | 4. Old Stories | 5. People | 6. Anomalies | 7. Reality Check | 8. Earth Facts | 9. References

Reality Checks

Strength of Evidence | Name Calling | Critical Thinking | Trans-Arctic Air Routes
Live from the North Pole | Photos of No Hole

Strength of Evidence

Many claim the Earth is hollow, but ... many people believing a thing does not make that thing true or false. Read that again. Memorize it. Believe it. It is a most powerful and exciting fact! It means that YOU alone may find evidence that disproves what everyone else on the planet believes! It is a key to freedom of thought. Einstein knew this. Gallelio knew this. Tesla knew this. You must realize as well, however, that for every Newton or Copernicus there are others whose entire lifetimes are spent in pursuit of wrong ideas. Don't forget the reality checks! Look for: physical evidence, multiple verifiable reliable sources, repeatable results. Odds are, you've never been to the hole in the earth. You've also never been to the moon. What is the difference? This: You can see moon rocks, pictures and video of the moon landing. Hundreds of people were involved in the Apollo program. ( Some claim, nevertheless, that the Apollo moon landings were a hoax.) I know of not a single unambiguous picture of the hole in the earth, nor anyone who publicly claims to have seen it.

Name Calling

A critical thinker must look beyond name calling. (See our article on propaganda techniques.) For example, some on the Internet newsgroups call McElwaine "a crank" for claims including that the earth is hollow. Does this name calling make his claims right or wrong? Nope.

Critical Thinking

The net is full of strange ideas because people are full of strange ideas. Some things are true, some are not. How can you know the difference? It takes work. Go to it! Sometimes you can only establish probabilities, not certainty. Collect data. Use logic and critical thinking. Don't jump to conclusions. Realize that you can be wrong. Consider as many possibilities and points of view as you can find. Seek clarification of details. Sometimes the truth is unexpected and bizarre. Read Doyle's Sherlock Holmes stories.

Trans-Arctic Air Routes

The Annual Report of the Smithsonian Institution, 1944 reports that Trans-Arctic air routes "the distances of air travel between many major locations throughout the world ... can be markedly reduced if trans-Arctic air routes are pursued" For example, "the distance between New York and Moscow is about 1,000 mile shorter via the Arctic Basin and its peripheral landed areas. ... Over 6,000 miles is saved along the polar route from London to Tokyo." Etc. (p287)

Now in the year 2002, don't flights pass over the north pole all the time? One flight on a clear day would answer the question with first hand observation. Yes, but there are claims that these flights make corrections and never fly directly over the hole in the earth. Still, using our formula for distance to the horizon, we could tell how far one could see based on the altitude of the airplane.

Update: During my trip to London on Sept 11, 2004, I flew up north and was at a very high altitude on a 747, but all I could see below was cloud cover.

Live From the North Pole

Did you know that there is a web cam at the North Pole? Check it out. No hole there. What is the exact latitude and longitude of this camera? They don't say.

Photos of No Hole

Here's one looking down on the Arctic Circle. Here are some nice Arctic weather charts and pictures: 1 2 3 4 5 Alaska from satellite 6 What it's like to be there in a ship 3 Ah ha! Here's a satellite picture that includes the north pole and surrounding area (could be retouched, could be that the hole is outside the area indicated by the square, or it could be that the photo does not really depict the area indicated by the square, but it's still interesting!) From

Here is a high res photo of the area from motherplanet. Again, no hole.


11/18-19/2004 Hollow Earth. Here is a pretty clear recent shot of the top of our planet from the Smart1 moon probe. From esa. Update, A user writes:

"About your 11/18/2004 Hollow Earth post: The picture is of the Atlantic Ocean, not of the "top of our planet". The big chunck at the bottom is South America, the smaller chunck top left is North America (with the Great Lakes near the middle of it) and you can just see northern Africa peeking over the top right, see?"

True. In fairness, the hole into the Inner Earth could still be just over the horizon. This is an interesting picture because it looks different somehow from some of the others I've seen of Earth from space. There are fewer clouds and you can see more land.


Is a hollow planet even possible? How do we know what we know about the earth's interior? Three things are usually cited: gravity, magnetism and seismic data.



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