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White continent, dark secrets

By Rep. T. Lloyd

Special to the Sun

The Antarctic Sun, part of the United States Antarctic Program

News published during the austral summer for the United States Antarctic Program at McMurdo Station, Antarctica.

Of all the research that takes place on this great continent, there is a suspicious lack of attention paid to certain theories that, while extraordinary, deserve closer examination. We are living on the edge of a largely unexplored land, and it's time we looked at more than just rocks, glaciers and penguins.

I am talking about evidence that has come up repeatedly, indicating that we are not the first beings to inhabit this place, nor is science the only activity here. When are we going to acknowledge that there may be more going on than meets the eye?

As everyone knows, the continent is almost completely covered by ice. What lies under that ice, miles deep in many places, is still unknown. The truth is coming out, however, as a few brave souls seek the answers to some troubling questions.

In his book, Fingerprints of the Gods, Graham Hancock presents strong evidence that Antarctica was charted long ago by unknown people, when temperatures were much warmer.

He cites a number of old maps, such as the one drawn by Oronteus Finaeus in 1531, reproduced here. Experts examined the original and its age was verified. It was made in the 1500s--three centuries before Antarctica was allegedly even sighted, much less documented. The map is startlingly accurate, depicting ice-free mountain ranges, a South Pole that's just about dead on and the Ross Sea as it would look without the ice shelf.

You can even see Ross Island.

How could someone draw such a map more than 200 years before Capt. James Cook even sailed south of the Antarctic Circle?


The Oronteus Finaeus map, more than 300 years old, depicts Antarctica with ice-free areas. Map courtesy Fingerprints of the Gods, by Graham Hancock, Three Rivers Press, New York, 1995.

Hancock's answer is that it was actually mapped long ago, perhaps thousands of years earlier, and Finaeus merely copied those ancient sources.

Is it possible that a race of people or other life forms were present in Antarctica before it was covered by ice? It's a fact that long ago the continent was warm enough to support plants and animals, including a reptile called Lystrosaurus. Paleontologists say it roamed Antarctica 200 million years ago.

That may not have been the end of it.

In the under-reported world of alien sightings and abductions there is a link between Antarctica and reptile-like creatures. According to the Omega Files, compiled by "Branton," "Some 'contactees' such as Maurice Doreal claim that the reptiloids [human-like reptile creatures] in prehistoric times lived in the Antarctic region, when it was a subtropical zone, and that they were subsequently driven underground and off the planet by a race of pre-Nordic humans whose lost and long-forgotten civilization now lies buried deep beneath the sands of the Gobi Desert."

Is it possible those reptiloids evolved from the earlier Lystrosaurus--or that both creatures were some form of alien life?


The Lystrosaurus, a land lizard that lived in Antarctica 200 million years ago. Could it be related to the reported reptiloid creatures of today? Image from Antarctica, Reader's Digest, Pleasantville, New York, 1985.

And what about the presence of Hitler's forces here at the end of World War II? Is there yet another connection?

According to Branton, an abductee named Alex Christopher says he saw reptiloids and Nazis working together aboard antigravity craft or within underground bases. At least one of those bases is reported to have existed in Antarctica.

Again, the facts support the claims: In 1938 the Nazis sailed south and sent numerous exploratory missions to the Queen Maud region. They filmed and mapped about 250,000 square miles of territory from the air, and pilots dropped giant darts to lay claim to what Germany called "Neu-Schwabenland."

There were reports of ice-free areas, underground caves heated by geothermal activity, and even pools of warm water. According to the Omega Files, the Nazis established a secret Antarctic base known simply as 211. With supplies shipped through white-supremacist South Africa, Hitler had a foothold in this new land, possibly working in concert with the reptiloids.


An artist's rendering of a reptiloid, which are often said to be wearing hoods. Image from

Next, consider the massive push by the U.S. government to explore "uncharted" areas of Antarctica following World War II with Operation Highjump, the largest Antarctic expedition ever. The naval mission set sail in 1946 with 13 ships (including an aircraft carrier), 23 aircraft, over 4,700 men and enough supplies for six months. Why such a large force?

According to Branton, Adm. Richard Byrd had been instructed to destroy 211 with this Antarctic invasion. They circled the continent, making periodic flights inland. One of their destinations was Queen Maud Land.

Operation Highjump was declared a success at testing equipment in cold conditions, but no mention was made of the military battle some say ensued. Why did the 6 to 8 month mission end after just two months?

And now, in 2000, is it just a coincidence that the new government contractor in Antarctica is a multi-billion dollar defense giant? Are we in the latest phase of a battle with Nazi-alien forces?

As you can see, there are many unanswered questions surrounding this great continent. Many of them are scientific; some of them are not. We owe it to ourselves, our country and our planet to keep our eyes open. You never know what the next discovery may be.