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Peter Warlow’s Tippe-Top Theory

In my article on geomagnetic reversal, posted a few days ago, I did not mention the possibility that Earth may have flipped over so that we would have true north pointing true south. The reason for this was that I found such a possibility impossible. However, as pointed out to me by Freddie Thornton, there is a way to flip an object as large as Earth on its head without too much effort. If the mass distribution of our planet is similar to that of a Tippe-Top, a reversal could easily happen as a consequence of turbulence in the Birkeland current going through our solar system. This Tippe-Top theory was fist proposed by Peter Warlow, based on Immanuel Velikovsky book Worlds in Collision.

As it happens, Earth does have an uneven mass distribution, with most of the continents clustered north and most of the oceans to the south. This is most likely due to an asymmetric expansion of Earth’s crust. Over the years, this expansion may have influenced the Earth’s spin, making it at times quite suddenly flip on its axis.

South pole view of the expanding Earth

Earth’s expansion as seen from the south pole

Adding to the plausibility of this theory is the fact that ancient myths mention catastrophic events in which the Sun started to move in strange directions and the night sky became different. As pointed out to me by Greg Hummel, the ancient Egyptians tell of times when the sun rose in the west.

Clearly, such a reversal of our Planet’s orientation would be associated with much flooding and great upheavals. The great flood mentioned in the Bible, and the lost city of Atlantis mentioned by Plato, may all be related to a pole reversal.

The latest known geomagnetic reversal happened 41000 years ago, which would set the date of the great upheavals very far back in human history. However, there may have been a more recent and short lived reversal as well. The exact time and number of geomagnetic reversals have yet to be fully mapped out.

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