Posted on March 21, 2013 by Peter Mungo Jupp
Mar 21, 2013
Antarctica is now the coldest place on Earth.
The Katabatic winds howl around Antarcticaâ€™s gale thrashed coast. But once its green valleyâ€™s were filled with thriving Glossopteris Pine and Beach forests. How do we know this? â€śScott of the Antarcticâ€ť was the first to discover telltale fossils on the Beardmore Glacier in 1912. Since then petrified tree stumps and leaves; bones of dinosaurs and marsupials; and fossil rich coal has been discovered in the now hostile environment.
According to classic geology, this previous lush environment thrived millions of years ago in the Permian age. The shifting Antarctic continent, inexorably plodding at millimetres per year, gradually moved into icy hibernation. The flora and fauna were iced over and slowly fossilized, just as in Greenland!
But wait! This formation of a three kilometre thick ice sheet is no meagre feat. Antarctica contains ninety percent of the worldâ€™s ice, yet some of Antarcticaâ€™s valleys are the driest places on earth. Antarctica is technically considered a desert. Incredibly little snow falls in the interior (five centimetres per year rain equivalent) where the ice sheet is considerably thicker. Katabatic snow storms occur only on the coast where there is thinner ice. Is this a contradiction? Nevertheless, classic Geologists argue that, eons of time can explain away these ice sheet anomalies.
Curiously, ice core studies contradict the millions of years of ice cover necessary to fit the continental drift paradigm. For instance, the Vostok ice core station asserts that the continentâ€™s average three kilometre deep ice sheet is only around 250,000 years old. How can this be? The ice sheet should indicate millions of densely layered ice rings if the slow continental drift theory from tropics to cold is correct. Surely the ice sheet would be significantly thicker where a slowly drifting continent first entered the Antarctic pole?
Even this low geological age is now being questioned. Is it possible the Antarctic ice sheet is only a few thousand years old?