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Magnetic Earth: a Cause or an Effect?

Most of us have been taught that where there is smoke there is fire. One might also say that if there is a magnetic field, there must be a magnet. That is how most theories about the nature of Earth’s core originated, but is they true?

We know Earth has a magnetic field, as confirmed by any compass or the aurora borealis, but how exactly did we come by this magnetic machine? That question, these days, is causing some controversy, and it is not as simple as saying Earth has an iron core.

A virtual dynamo there is generating an electric flux surrounding the Earth, which repels cosmic rays and other deadly hazards. The twist comes because, it turns out, that powerful dynamo has developed only in the relatively recent past—the last few million years or so—whereas the ‘magnetic field’ that is supposed to be the fruit of that magnetic tree was here first—apparently since the beginning. In other words, the planet’s protective field seems to be much, much older than the magnetism that has been believed to cause it.

Now various groups of researchers are laboring to come up with reasons for how this could be so. In the past, science has believed thermal convection must have provided the conditions, which kick-started the machine, but now Dr. David Stevenson of Cal Tech is among many who say that theory no longer holds up. In Tokyo, the Kei Hirose group is trying to explain the existence of the field, with computer models showing a highly conductive liquid iron core. Others think there is a special role for magnesium. Nobody, it seems, is confident anymore of how the generator and its magnetism, which is so important to life on Earth, came to be.

As with the other old question as to which came first, the chicken or the egg, we can now ask: “Which came first, the field of Earth, or the earth of the field?” Maybe the old esoteric notions of Earth as part of a vortex should be reconsidered.


Tunguska’s Mystery Revisited

In June of 1908, something blew up over Tunguska in Siberia. Since 2012, many have believed that a meteor caused the mysterious event—one of the largest explosions in history. The evidence, they say, is an enormous and unidentified object, shown on bathymetric surveys, buried deep beneath Lake Cheko. A new analysis by Russian scientists though, says not so fast.

A group of Italian scientists had reported finding evidence of the object at the bottom of Lake Cheko about five miles from the center of the event, and most assumed that it must be from whatever blew up, causing 1,000 square miles of devastation. Lake Cheko, it had been reported, did not even exist on pre-1908 maps. However, in 2016 a radioscopic analysis of the Italian evidence by the Siberian branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences was made. The sample studied, it turns out, is 280 years old, meaning it is 170 years older than the Tunguska event. As for Lake Cheko’s missing-from-maps status, the area was very remote and poorly mapped, and the lake’s past absence is not considered significant.

The new Russian report is to be released on June 30, the 110th anniversary of Tunguska. If lake Cheko does not hold the cause of the mystery, then theorists must dig even deeper for an explanation. The question remains: if it wasn’t a meteor, what was it?



New ‘Chimera’ Experiments Cause Alarm

Among serious proponents for the existence of Atlantis, are many who also suspect that the forgotten ancient civilization fell because of great evils that flourished there. One of the worst, it is said, was an advanced and unscrupulous science of genetic engineering, which produced many monstrosities. Ancient mythological creatures like centaurs, satyrs, chimeras, maybe even the Great Sphinx of Egypt, are, it is believed, but subconscious reconstructions of the horrors of an otherwise mercifully forgotten time.

Edgar Cayce, the celebrated sleeping prophet of Virginia Beach, was one who recounted such nightmares and who also said in the 1920s that, through reincarnation, many who played key roles in the catastrophic destruction of Atlantis would soon return to resume their ancient agendas. For those who hold such views, plenty of disturbing evidence can be found in recent headlines.

Under the guise of a science intended for the creation of life-saving replacement organs, researchers all over the world have actually begun to try uniting the genes of distinct animal species, creating what are called hybrid chimeras. In-vitro fertilizations of human genes in animal wombs—pigs, for example—would be used. New experiments seeking to plant human stem cells intended to produce specific organs are already underway. Janet Rossant at the Hospital of Sick Children in Toronto is a leader in the field. In 1980 she was one of the first to combine the genes of two species of mice. Now researchers are using techniques that she developed in an effort to create organs for transplant. The journal Nature is already on record defending the practice.

A few years from now, fictional movies like Frankenstein, and The Island of Dr. Moreau could seem passé, while the facts on the ground may seem very strange indeed—some might say ‘evil’—not unlike, perhaps, the lost civilization of Atlantis.