Antarctica – once a tropical paradise – DVD


Antarctica – once a tropical paradise
Ancient Destructions DVD Series Episode 21

  • The age of the Antarctic ice sheet is no more than 6,000 years old
  • The validity of the Vostok Antarctic ice cores is disputed

Antarctica today is covered by an ice sheet up to 5 kilometers thick. It is the coldest place on Earth. It is amazingly the driest desert on earth with snow only falling around its wind blasted boundaries.

But it was not always so cold and remote. Geologist Molly Miller of Vanderbilt University discovered in the Beardmore Glacier area of Antarctica the remains of three ancient deciduous forests complete with fossils of fallen leafs scattered around the petrified tree stumps. These trees are alive today but only grow in warm moist areas such as Queensland, Australia. Antarctica also harbors bones of extinct marsupials and dinosaurs with massive coal beds full of once flourishing flora and fauna.

When did this fabulous age exist and more importantly what caused the dramatic change? It must have been a sudden and dramatic change for there are no intermediate phases with changing vegetation patterns. And how did a five kilometer ice sheet develop inland in Antarctica where there is little snow or precipitation? These are impossible questions that modern geology struggles to answer. Did continental-drift bring Antarctica to the poles or was it a shift in the earth’s axes that not only caused the death of the tropical rain forests, but place a massive ice sheet on the continent?

And when did this occur? Classic geology would have you believe this ice sheet to of been in existence for millions of years. Two powerful facts totally contradict this. One is the existence of two ancient maps the Piri Reis and the Oronteus Finaeus maps both hoary with antiquity. Incredibly they show Antarctica Ice free, these maps are reckoned to have their source in the two thousand year old libraries of ancient Alexandria. This would mean that Antarctica may have of been navigable in the not too distant past. Perhaps in the time of the Pharaohs?


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Peter Jupp is the author of the series. He is an Australian archaeologist with a passion not to follow traditions in archaeology. Peter does not think archaeology involves being ‘thrilled’ by dusting off broken pots and bones. What drives him is a passion to ask questions about civilizations and huge constructions that were suddenly smashed and just “disappeared” from the face of Earth. He also questions how cosmic interference from comets and other planets affected out planet.

Peter Jupp majored in Archaeology at the University of Melbourne and also attended the School of Creative Arts at Melbourne University where he studied film making techniques and production. Jupp’s inquisitive nature, and dedication to the mind’s love of logic and beauty has led him into an area of passion that seeks answers from many disciplines. Hence he has also studied Earth Sciences, Biology, Mythology and Art at a tertiary level.

In earlier years he studied Applied Chemistry at RMIT, and later lectured in Medical Imaging at the Sydney University School of Radiology. The resulting culmination of knowledge in areas such as magnetic phenomena, chemistry and biology, as well as ancient history and mythology, powerfully informs his unique slant on archeology.

This keen interest in the life sciences has given Peter ‘Mungo’ Jupp an unusually broad based understanding of the human journey on our planet, and lends a fascinating edge to the storyline of his films. His sense of humor, musicality and creativity enrich these documentaries…. thus they are at once entertaining and informative, alternately seducing and provoking the viewer into fresh questioning of our human and cosmic history.

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Weight 3 oz
Dimensions 9 × 6 × .5 in


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