Antarctica- Admiral Byrd

Notes from the blog above.

Admiral Byrd is arguably the most important American polar explorer and has had numerous trips to the north and south pole. Link 1

brother of Harry F. Byrd, governor and senator. Link 1

Born in 1888 to one of the oldest and most distinguished families in the history of Virginia, Richard Byrd seemed destined for fame. Link 2

He discovered the Edsel Ford Mountains and Marie Byrd Land in Antarctica. Link 1

He spent five months alone near the South Pole. 1

In 1939 he was made commander of the U.S. Antarctic Service and again went to the South Polar region, discovering five new mountain ranges, five islands, and more than 100,000 square miles of area. 1

He became a member of Federal Lodge No. 1, Washington, D.C. on March 19, 1921. 1

He and his pilot, Bernt Balchen dropped Masonic flags on the two poles. 1

AND MOST IMPORTANTLY: In the Antarctic expedition of 1933-35, 60 of the 82 members were Freemasons and on February 5, 1935 established First Antarctic Lodge No. 777 of New Zealand constitution. link 1. (also I believe I read recently that the president of New Zealand was a freemason at the time of the creation of the lodge.)

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The fourth culminating expedition, Operation Highjump, was the largest Antarctic expedition to date. In 1946, US Navy Secretary James Forrestal assembled a huge amphibious naval force for an Antarctic Expedition expected to last six to eight months. Besides the flagship Mount Olympus and the aircraft carrier Philippine Sea, there were thirteen US Navy support ships, six helicopters, six flying boats, two seaplane tenders and fifteen other aircraft. The total number of personnel involved was over 4,000. The armada arrived in the Ross Sea on December 31, 1946, and made aerial explorations of an area half the size of the United States, recording ten new mountain ranges. The major area covered was the eastern coastline of Antarctica from 150 degrees east to the Greenwich meridian. The expedition was terminated abruptly at the end of February 1947, six months early, the entire remaining armada returning immediately to the United States. The only explanation ever given for the early termination of the mission was provided in an interview granted to Lee van Atta of International News Services aboard the support ship Mount Olympus on the high seas and published in the Chilean newspaper El Mercurio on Wednesday 5 March 1947. The following extracts show the abstract manner in which the admiral was thinking and may explain why conspiracy theorists specializing in alleged Aryan or Nazi activities in Antarctica have speculated extensively about this mission: "Admiral Richard E Byrd warned today of the necessity for the United States to adopt protective measures against the possibility of an invasion of the country by hostile aircraft proceeding from the polar regions. The admiral said: "I do not want to scare anybody but the bitter reality is that in the event of a new war the United States will be attacked by aircraft flying in from over one or both poles." On the subject of the recently terminated expedition, Byrd said that "the most important of the observations and discoveries made was the of the present potential situation as it relates to the security of the United States...I can do no more than warn my countrymen very forcibly that the time has passed when we could take refuge in complete isolation and rest in confidence in the guarantee of security which distance, the oceans and the poles provide. The admiral warned of the necessity to "remain in a state of alert and watchfulness". He said that he "realized perhaps better than any other person the significance of the scientific discoveries made in these explorations because I can make comparisons" (i.e. between now and when he was in Antarctica pre-war). We are abandoning the region after making important geographical discoveries."

So the US government sent 4,000 troops to map out the south pole? Wow, that is a lot of people! Too bad they spent all that money and man power on a 2 month winter trip that lead to nothing but that amazing quote at the end! Very interesting.

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America is about the only significant nation on the planet that never sent an expedition to the Antarctic to plant a flag there, and claim some region as being "discovered" for king and country.

America has planted flags on the moon, but never did that in the Antarctic.

Look at a map, there is NO AMERICAN ANTARCTIC TERRITORY. And never can be.

What America did during the International Geophysical Year was fly over Antarctica an make a bunch of excellent maps and take some scientific measurements and make observations. But America was far too late in the game, at lest half a century too late, to claim any American Antarctic territory there.

By far the biggest slice of the Antarctic is Australian Antarctic territory, only because Sir Douglas Mawson went back there repeatedly sticking Aussie flags into the snow all over the place.

First come first served.

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The Antarctic Treaty was signed in 1959 by twelve countries; to date, forty-six countries have signed the treaty. The treaty prohibits military activities and mineral mining, supports scientific research, and protects the continent's ecozone. Ongoing experiments are conducted by more than 4,000 scientists of many nationalities and with different research interests.

Why can't there be military or mining there? What are they hiding? It is also my understanding that you can't just sail over to Antarctica and walk around.

high res Antarctica map:     

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resolution would not look any different to low resolution. There is NOTHING there to resolve.

Yes the Antarctic treaty of 1959 prohibits the dumping of waste, particularly nuclear waste. Mining and oil drilling are prohibited because of the very fragile nature of the ecology down there.

Why no military ?

Why would you want to build a military base down there anyway, it has no strategic value.

In fact all the US bases in the Antarctic are administered by the US navy, but have civilian scientists. The navy provide the infrastructure and service the bases, but they are not military in the sense that they are not armed for conflict with anyone.

Why no mining ?

It would be easier to mine under several thousand feet of ocean, than through several thousand feet of constantly SLOWLY MOVING solid ice. There may be gold, diamonds, uranium down there, but the cost of mining it with any known technology just totally impossible. Why are there no mines on the moon ? Same reasons, too expensive and impractical.

To understand how remote, and how cold it is down there, and how difficult it is to even survive months of total darkness, you really need to spend a whole year living on an Antarctic base.

I have done that twice.

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And one last thing about the high resolution images. If you look at the link I posted above, you can see in the middle where the big circle is, there are clearly mountain ranges, lakes and land seen. I know with miles of blank white images it would be hard to graph it but I do not believe there is "nothing" there because you can clearly see a mountain range and water.

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There cannot possibly be mountains because the weight of several MILES thick solid ice has pushed down the main Antarctic land mass by roughly half a mile to well below sea level. The only (rock) mountains are in some of the very rare ice free areas all scattered around the coast.

There cannot possibly be inland lakes up on the plateau, when the temperature may be at minus forty degrees or colder all year round.

Again there are hundreds of very small lakes in the exposed rocky outcrop areas around the coast.

I spent one year at one of those ice free rocky areas with lakes, The Vestfold Hills.

Spent many cold hours in small boats taking water samples there.

But further inland up on the main Antarctic plateau, there is just nothing.

It is cold flat and featureless once you get well inland.

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Mc Murdo station is located right on the coast of the Ross Ice shelf..

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All the lakes remained well below freezing temperature, even in summer.
Most remain completely solid ice, but some are so salty they never freeze.
Some very cold, very dark, and very salty lakes, actually have microscopic life in them.
That is what the biologists down there were so very interested in when I was there.

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from Famous Freemasons - Adventurers

Adventurers: Lewis & Clark, Charles A. Lindbergh, Kit Carson, William F. ("Buffalo Bill") Cody, Roald Amundsen, Adm. Richard Byrd, Commodore Robert E. Peary, Sir Douglas Mawson, Robert Falcon Scott

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