Antarctica: NASA Images Reveal Traces of Ancient Human Settlement Underneath 2.3 km of Ice

Washington, D.C. | Recently released remote sensing photography of NASA’s Operation IceBridge mission in Antarctica led to a fascinating discovery when images revealed what some experts believe could be the existence of a possible ancient human settlement lying beneath an impressive 2.3 kilometers of ice.

The intriguing discovery was made during aircraft tests trials of NASA’s Advanced Topographic Laser Altimeter System (ATLAS) lidar technology set to be launched on the Ice, Cloud and land Elevation Satellite-2 (ICESat-2) in 2017, that aims to monitor changes in polar ice.

“There’s very little margin for error when it comes to individual photons hitting on individual fiber optics, that is why we were so surprised when we noticed these abnormal features on the lidar imagery,” explains Nathan Borrowitz, IceBridge’s project scientist and sea ice researcher with NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland.

“As of now we can only speculate as to what these features are but the launching of ICESat-2 in 2017 could lead to other major discoveries and a better understanding of Antarctica’s geomorphological features” he adds.


Although NASA scientist Nathan Borrowitz claims the infrared images are definitely intriguing, other experts claim they are clearly the proof of ancient human engineering

A human settlement buried under 2.3 km of ice

Leading archeologist, Ashoka Tripathi, of the Department of Archaeology at the University of Calcutta believes the images show clear evidence of an ancient human settlement beneath the ice sheet.

archeo-india“These are clearly features of some sort of human-made structure, resembling some sort of pyramidal structure. The patterns clearly show nothing we should expect from natural geomorphological formations found in nature. We clearly have here evidence of human engineering. The only problem is that these photographs were taken in Antarctica under 2 kilometers of ice. That is clearly the puzzling part, we do not have any explanation for this at the moment,” he admits.

“These pictures just reflect a small portion of Antarctica’s total land mass. There are possibly many other additional sites that are covered over with ice. It just shows us how easy it is to underestimate both the size and scale of past human settlements,” says Dr. Tripathi.

Remnants of a lost civilization

Historian and cartographer at the University of Cambridge, Christopher Adam, believes there might be a rational explanation.


The map of Turkish admiral Piri Reis in 1513 AD shows the “ice less” coastline of Antarctica

“One of history’s most puzzling maps is that of the Turkish admiral Piri Reis in 1513 AD which successfully mapped the coastline of Antarctica over 500 years ago. What is most fascinating about this map is that it shows the coastline of Antarctica without any ice. How is this possible when images of the subglacial coastline of Antarctica were only seen for the first time after the development of ground-penetrating radar in 1958? Is it possible Antarctica has not always been covered under such an ice sheet? This could be evidence that it is a possibility” he acknowledges.

« A slight pole shift or displacement of the axis of rotation of the Earth in historical times is possibly the only rational explanation that comes to mind but we definitely need more research done before we jump to any conclusion.”

ICESat-2 (Ice, Cloud, and land Elevation Satellite 2), part of NASA’s Earth Observing System, is a planned satellite mission for measuring ice sheet mass elevation, sea ice freeboard as well as land topography and vegetation characteristics, and is set to launch in may 2017.

10 Comments on "Antarctica: NASA Images Reveal Traces of Ancient Human Settlement Underneath 2.3 km of Ice"

  1. Earth has been hit by meteors and obviously a few larger objects like an asteroid that left a huge it could have been knocked of its axis in the past..destroying old cities ,civilizations.

  2. Fernando Chacon | January 8, 2016 at 2:34 am | Reply

    How many times has life thrived,only to be brought down again by changes in weather. This cycle will continue. Human civilization is a lot older than we think. So is man.

  3. afartinthewind | January 7, 2016 at 10:39 pm | Reply

    Anyone interested in this discovery should look up Graham Hancock’s books “fingerprints of the gods” and “magicians of the gods”. He has been exploring the mystery of missing ancient civilizations for the better part of 30 years and touched on this very topic back in the early 90’s.

  4. This article fails to mention that the Piri Reis map from 500 years ago was copy by the Turkish admiral from several other much older maps.
    Also, another possibility is tectonic shift. While gradual, who can say for sure that aren’t forces or events in our universe that could cause a cataclysmic shift? The “city” could be extremely old, possibly from a prior civilization now destroyed.

    • John Macconnor | January 9, 2016 at 2:40 pm |

      You better read more about the Piri Reis map. It is not a copy of anything and entirely authentic work waaay ahead of its time.

    • The map was created from much older maps. He even mentions that fact in the margins of the map itself. If memory serves me, the maps in which this one was comprised were at the library at Alexandria and were in poor condition, and if he hadn’t made this map the info would’ve been lost forever.

    • Sounds like you need to read A LOT more about the Piri Reis map John, actually if you had ever read anything at all about it you probably wouldn’t have said what you just did, sheesh lol.

  5. How ancient could it be?

    • We need to accept, Antarctica was a relatively warm and forest covered ‘continent’ while the land bridge remained between it and South America/Australia/South Africa…
      Once the land bridge finally broke, ocean currents were enabled to completely circle the South Pole and the climate there rapidly became cold and frozen. There are the remains of ancient trees in Victoria, Australia, which are pine trees from that era far distant in the past.
      In terms of Time Scale, there are also some interesting conclusions which may be inferred from data obtained by the WMAP survey of Universal Space, and the connection between Spacial Gravity and Earth Time.

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