I absolutely had to blog about this one, since so many people sent me versions of this story, and because I've written about Antarctica in conjunction with the persistent postwar rumors of some sort of Nazi base there, and because of the persistent rumors of "high strangeness" on the southern polar continent.

Tunnels as tall as the Eiffel Tower discovered under Antarctic ice sheets

Here's the crux of the story:

Researchers from a number of UK universities and the British Antarctic Survey - a research centre based on the continent - detected the tunnels when they flew a plane over the Filchner-Ronne Ice Shelf in West Antarctica.

Radar from the plane, as well as satellite photos, revealed that ridges and cavities on the surface of the ice sheet corresponded to tunnels lying at its base.

The 820-foot tunnels are nearly as tall as the Eiffel Tower - which measures just over 987 feet - and more than four times as tall as Tower (Bridge) - which comes in at 213 feet.

Researchers concluded that the placement of the tunnels means that they were most likely formed from meltwater - water released from melting ice - that flowing underneath the ice sheet, over land, and into the ocean.

The data revealed that water moved beneath the ice in concentrated channels, similar to rivers. (Emphasis added)

This intrigues me for the obvious reason that it appears to confirm in some respects those persistent stories about Nazi bases in Antarctica that have been around since the Nazi Neuschwabenland expedition to the continent in late 1938 and early 1939, that I review in my books Reich of the Black Sun, and again in Roswell and the Reich. These rumors have always included the idea, in some circles, that the Nazis actually built and maintained research facilities on the continent for the development of advanced and exotic technologies, a view which I have disputed and continue to dispute, simply because such a possibility would seem to be beyond the logistical capabilities of the German navy during the war, and more importantly, when more secure, less logistically vulnerable possibilities existed for the placement of such facilities in southern Latin America.

But the presence of such tunnels, of such a large scale, hollowed out but under-ice flows of water, suggest the possibility, one which I have entertained as a distinct possibility, of hidden u-boat bases under the ice. Such possibilities would have been within the capabilities of the German navy, and such bases would have been of value for a variety of reasons.

So let's indulge in our trademark high octane speculation once again. Why would one look for such tunnels in the first place, and why would it be the British doing it? the geological and scientific reasons are fairly obvious and do not need to be rehearsed. It's the hidden possibilities, the historical ones, that intrigue me. Tunnels of such size could hide any number of things, large things, and thus perhaps one is looking at yet another attempt to corroborate the existence of lost secret Nazi bases, or even something more ancient. The discovery of the tunnels(or perhaps, re-discovery) places the famous expedition of Admiral Byrd, Operation Highjump, in late 1946 and early 1947, once again into a unique light, for let it be recalled that this expedition was outfitted for a stay of several months, and yet, only stayed for a few weeks, when the Admiral called it quits, and headed back to the USA, giving an interview with the El Mercurio newspaper of Santiago, Chile, on the way back, in which he warned that the USA would have to prepare defenses against "enemy fighters that can fly from pole to pole with tremendous speed."

Joseph P. Farrell

Joseph P. Farrell has a doctorate in patristics from the University of Oxford, and pursues research in physics, alternative history and science, and "strange stuff". His book The Giza DeathStar, for which the Giza Community is named, was published in the spring of 2002, and was his first venture into "alternative history and science".


  1. Guygrr on February 8, 2016 at 11:06 am

    Al over at forum borealis must be going crazy.

  2. Dario on January 28, 2016 at 4:48 pm

    Hi all
    I did some digging and the Dornier Do-26 has never been mentioned as a possible vehicle to reach those areas (polar regions) which it had reached in the past, Chile for example.
    The last 2 Do-26’s went missing at the end of war mmhhh, oh and they were assigned to a secret unit in the travemunde area.

  3. Jon on January 20, 2016 at 7:43 pm

    Can’t possibly be Nazi bases because such tunnels are obviously caused by America’s global warming, and that didn’t start until the 80s. (sarcasm)

    We do know for a fact that the Nazis did have outpost(s) down there, and that there are many good uses for such spaces. Perhaps vehicles made in other places could be stored or based there, even if not developed there.

    We know they did research actic survival and food sources, and would have had access to extensive knowledge of arctic explorers, natives, etc., in the Scandinavian countries (not to mention Stefanson’s book). They could easily have created outposts which could have operated for some time, even though they were not big labs or factories. There is abundant seafood very near, and South America is not far away, either. Good training ground for the Moon?

    They may also have had access to knowledge which indicated places to look on that continent for artifacts from earlier times.

    If one were going to hide pieces of “forbidden” technology, that would certainly be a good place to do so – difficult to reach, forbidding climate, difficult terrain, etc., and no wandering sheep herders to find scrolls in caves. (Think Spitzbergen seed vault . . . .)

    If there are huge caverns with rivers, there can be navigation beneath the ice which is not visible to those on the surface (or in orbit), at least not without modern sensors. The Nazis did love underground facilities – we have still not found all the caves and tunnel facilities they used in Europe, and there have been lots of people looking.

    Interesting timing for the discovery as well, given the sudden change in the “war on terror,” and the possible context of a breakaway Nazi civilization “third element.” Perhaps we have not only reached parity with the “others” out “there,” but perhaps there is a parity shift between players in the breakaway groups originating on Earth.

  4. sjy1969 on January 20, 2016 at 5:36 pm

  5. Nathan on January 20, 2016 at 5:02 pm

    The Antarctic is a very strange place indeed

  6. DownunderET on January 20, 2016 at 3:36 pm

    I think most of people here know about Joseph P. Skipper and his web site

    Over the years he has been able to remove some of the smudging and obfuscation that NASA and the ESA have been doing to photo’s of the Moon and Mars. Well he has done some work on Antarctica, and there is definitely something going on down there that some people don’t want us to see. Why would you smudge up some photo’s of a place that is covered with 2 miles of ice ??????/
    Here are some links to two articles he did on Antarctica, and the smudging is bloody obvious.

  7. Dan on January 20, 2016 at 3:23 pm

    This could be natural though the explanation of concentrated sub ice rivers is a bit odd. Apparently this discovery changed the way they think water flows under ice. Previous thought was that it ran thin and evenly spread.

    After reading this blog entry I took a cruise around the wobble net and discovered Franklin Roosevelt’s older brother went there aboard a nazi ship… !

  8. Robert Barricklow on January 20, 2016 at 1:58 pm

    Probably looking for lost artifacts/technologies.
    Also checking for anything that may be used
    for some nefarious future operations, i.e. – psyche ops.

  9. LSM on January 20, 2016 at 1:43 pm

    just my own cheap 25 cent question but did Neuschwabenland (Newswabianland) in Antarctica ever really go away or has it increaed in size with the decades?-

    it’s just so close to Bariloche (Bariloche is still there, isn’t it?- just like Neuschwabenland) so I think we may see a not so far off connection-

    if nothing important is located in Neuschwabenland why was Admiral Byrd’s ivestigative (add irony to word) “Project Highjump” repulsed?-

    there are still many questions to be answered-

    be well all-

    Larry in Germany

  10. Roger on January 20, 2016 at 11:09 am

    I suspect these tunnels are completely natural. I would call them ice sink holes. Rising natural gases probably formed them. As for why they were studied, probably because scientists were curious about all the sink hole craters they were observing in the ice sheet. These craters might even be over eroded kimberlite pipes holding billions in undiscovered diamonds.

    • Roger on January 20, 2016 at 12:54 pm

      After reading the article I realize the tunnels are horizontal river type channels instead of vertical pipes reaching up to the surface. When concentrated co2 interacts with h2o it forms carbonic acid which has a lower melting temperature than pure water and along with natural salts released from the rocks under the ice could over time form large tunnels and rivers.

  11. Aridzonan_13 on January 20, 2016 at 10:31 am

    As Jackie Gleason would haves said “Hummannah, hummannah, hummannah! That is flipping amazing. The Antartic / Reich page in history is beyond bizzare. “High Jump” still makes my head spin. However, it demands our attention. How, a bankrupt country went from wooden bi-planes to jets and onto preliminary anti-grativitics takes a great deal of explanation, that has not been fully disclosed. Please let me know when someone discovers what they were drinking and smoking.

    • Dan on January 20, 2016 at 3:32 pm

      Antartica is very cool… ? Get it?
      It’s like a well of mystery that never runs dry. I can always go back to it and there is always more to know.

      • Aridzonan_13 on January 20, 2016 at 9:18 pm

        The logistical nightmare that was / is prolonged Antarctic operations is something to ponder. Now, think about possibly doing that subsurface. The navigational / piloting skills 70+ years ago would have been extremely challenging if not impossible. My guess is, if there was a subsurface Nazi presence. They had help and or very precise information about existing infrastructure.

        And if anyone can tell me what took out Byrd’s “attack force” in short order. Let me know. Byrd was loaded for bear and was prepared for anything, or so he thought. Hollywoold made a documentary to cover the debacle. Robert Taylor, and other stars of the time who were in the Naval Reserve, had bit parts and narrated the story. To be filed under “Very Nicely Swept Under the Rug”.

  12. Robertus_Maximus on January 20, 2016 at 10:30 am

    So the tunnels are there. Did we think they wouldn’t be? The questions I now have are: Where were those celebratory nuclear devices dropped? Near the tunnels? Or inland of the tunnels? Can we get someone to go in the tunnels? Does anyone have Geraldo Rivera’s phone number? Why is this coming out NOW? Only reason I could see is the owners have moved and are finished with the base.

  13. marcos toledo on January 20, 2016 at 9:52 am

    Shades of the science fiction novels “The Ice People” or “At The Mountains Of Madness”. Are these tunnels under the ice natural have they been modified in the past if so by whom. What other secrets lays under the ice and land of Antarctica that the governments are playing down or not talking about.

  14. Churchless Mouse on January 20, 2016 at 8:24 am

    The 1976 version of the tourist mapping book, Turistel, published in Santiago, Chile, included a cross-hatched section of land on the Chile/Argentina border. The area was just northeast of the volcano Tronador, and was perhaps the size of Rhode Island. An acquiantance, when asked about this, remarked, “that’s an unclaimed area.” When I questioned how such a large area could be unclaimed by either country and said I wanted to go there. My friend remarked, “we never talk about this and we never go there.”

    • chris on January 20, 2016 at 11:55 am

      Churchlessmouse maybe your friend was getting confused with/relating it as the commune in bariloche nearby?

  15. rich overholt on January 20, 2016 at 6:03 am

    The polar icecaps, North and South, must necessarily melt so that the Biblical firmament (two layers of frozen water at 3 and 7 mile altitude respectively ) can be put back in place

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