One of the strangest scientific blunders that I recall regarded the invention and early use of the x-ray machine. Patients experiencing extreme abdominal pain would be asked to stand behind the machine as an image was made of their internal organs. Doctors would find the patient’s organs sitting far too low, diagnose them with a disorder known as “dropped-organs” and subsequently perform surgery to remedy the malady. This sometimes included sewing the organs to muscles of the abdominal wall to keep them in place.
As it turns out, organs fall and lie in the chest cavity when lying down and drop downward when we stand. Doctors who had familiarized themselves with the position of internal organs in cadavers lying on a dissection table had unfortunately not taken into account the effects of gravity on organs when the body is placed in an alternate position.
Uniformitarianism is a key component of today’s scientific method and basically maintains that “the present is the key to the past.” The present is indeed a great reference point and serves science very well, but strict adherence to uniformitarianism does not allow for alternate earth conditions existing in the past unless no other route is possible.
Sometimes as in the x-ray example above, having actual information from the past can be an extremely important key to the past. These 16th century maps are certainly not the most reliable sources of information on the Antarctic continent, but I believe there is enough substance here so as they should not be completely pushed aside and ignored.
If these maps are indeed legitimate, then we would have to accept that the continent was devoid of much or all of its icecap just a few thousand years in the past as opposed to millions. Today Siple and Carney Island are covered and encased in ice, as is Atka Bay. Plus it may be more than coincidence that the Foundation Ice Stream just happens to lie over the same location where these ancient maps place a similarly shaped bay. Mapping this bay would have meant that thousands of feet of ice in and around the Foundation Ice Stream did not exist, and mapping Siple and Carney as well as Atka Bay would have required a reduction or lack of ice in those areas as well, meaning likely all of Western Antarctica and at least the northern portion of Eastern Antarctica would have been completely free of ice.
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