The Phantom Poles of William Reed

There are many accounts of subterranean dwellers that live within Mt. Shasta. But how probable is the Hollow Earth theory? William Reed and Arctic explorers provide compelling evidence.  

“Phantom of the Poles” by William Reed

One of the more authoritative and scientific arguments for the Hollow Earth theory was written by William Reed in his Phantom of the Poles. Reed’s book was a serious endeavor to gather information for the Hollow Earth theory. He estimated the earth’s crust to be 800 miles thick and the hollow of the interior to have a diameter of 6,400 miles. He argues that the earth is hollow with openings at the northern and southern extremities. Reed notes, “the poles are but phantoms, the earth is hollow, or all principles of reasoning must fail.”

Reed writes that the earth is not round because if it were, it would be daylight all the time at the poles. Instead, there are long periods of darkness. The north and south poles are flattened, which demonstrates that it is possible to have a hollow or double world. He observes if one were to sail north, “holding that course, you sail round the farthest point north, you gradually pass into the interior, and your head will soon be toward the north and your feet toward the south.” It has been noted in the Artic circle that there is a reflection of water in the sky; this is, however, not a reflection. 

Reed explained that different colors in the aurora borealis are caused by the dirt, dust, and smoke is thrown up onto the earth’s surface from the subterranean regions. The burning of minerals, gas, and oils would also cause changes in this color. Many times there is a noise accompanied by the aurora, which is described as rustling, hissing, and crackling noises. If the aurora were caused by electricity, it would be the same color as lightning. The aurora appears in any weather condition, day or night, and for any length of time, either minutes or days. The aurora borealis remained a scientific curiosity for hundreds of years, and fascinating mysteries still surround its existence.

Reed also argues that there is evidence of hollow earth from outer space. “Shooting stars are meteors passing through the air, thrown up by a volcanic eruption, and all meteors that have struck the earth come out of the earth, internally or externally” Meteors, which have no known substance on the earth’s surface, shoot out of the interior and have properties known to the inner earth. Also, rocks, dirt, and dust that are often found in icebergs were blown into the air from the inner earth and formed with the iceberg. Furthermore, the dust in the Artic Ocean has carbon and iron components, both of which come from volcanic activity in the interior. It is argued that comets pass debris into the earth’s atmosphere, but it is more likely that the debris originates from a terrestrial source. Reed argues that if the dust came from outer space, it would block out the sun.

Reed argues that the North Artic Ocean is never totally frozen over because icebergs and glaciers are moving in and out of the interior of the earth. The icebergs are created in the interior of the earth on streams, then freeze and break away, floating to the surface. It is too warm for icebergs to freeze at the poles, and there is a lack of rainfall. The 1.5 to 2 inches per year of rainfall is not enough to form a glacier or iceberg. The heat at the poles is explained by the warmer temperatures at the poles, where heat rises from the interior. An example of this is the mutton birds or shearwaters of Australia. Reed states that they migrate in September, “and no one has ever been able to find out where they go.” He concludes that they reside in the interior of the earth.

Other evidence Reed cites for the Hollow Earth theory includes the clouds, fog, and vapors found at the poles. Reed notes, “the earth being hollow, the atmosphere in passing out, either north or south, would affect the country it passes into in the same manner.” The Hollow Earth theory also questions the role of gravity because it is supposedly located in the center of the earth. Reed concludes, “Again, if the center of the walls of the earth is the center of gravity, then the greatest attraction would be at the poles, where it is found to be.”


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