Sunday, January 15, 2012

Old Old Maps tell us about Antarctica

Yesterday we discovered that there is land and a lot of it under the ice in Antarctica.

And, to many folks, this is rather a surprise.

But, it is not really a surprise.


Yes, this is really nothing new.  Land has been known to be under the ice in Antarctica for centuries.

There are maps which show the continent of Antarctica before it was ice covered.

Perhaps the most famous of these is the Piri Reis Map of 1513 which was reportedly made from maps much older than 1513.

The Piri Reis map, according to Wikipedia, ...

"…shows part of the western coasts of Europe and North Africa with reasonable accuracy, and the coast of Brazil is also easily recognizable. Various Atlantic islands including the Azores and Canary Islands are depicted, …  The map is noteworthy for its apparent south-eastward extension of the American continent to depict a southern landmass that some controversially claim is evidence for early awareness of the existence of Antarctica. … "

And, when those old dusty maps such as the Piri Reis map, are compared with what is now being discovered by the use of satellites and other methods of surveying, the correlation is amazing.

Hmmm.  How did those map makers know what was there before the ice fell on it? how did they know?

Could there have been folks who were exploring and mapping the world in the years and centuries after the Tower of Babel dispersion and before the ice covered Antarctica? 

Were those early early maps passed down and passed down and … until we ended up with such maps as the Piri Reis map and others?

Hmmmm.  Interesting.  Perhaps the Bible is true after all (and, of course, it is.)

Anyway, I assume you are now wanting to learn more about the Piri Reis map that seems to have revealed centuries and centuries ago what was / is now under the ice in Antarctica.