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After researching the high strangeness in the skies above our heads, I began looking into what’s going on under the surface of our world.
It didn’t take much digging around (excuse the pun) to discover some pretty weird shit going on down there, too!
Let’s start with the natural formations scattered all across the USA.
I was raised in a part of Texas riddled with cave complexes where you could hear a hollow sound when walking across the bare rock that formed the roofs of these subterranean chambers.
It was an eerie sensation to realize there was a whole Chthonic world just a few feet under my feet!
I remember the discovery of the huge Inner Space Caverns in 1963 when they were building a new overpass for Interstate 35. Their drills kept disappearing into a void! It was a big deal when they finally cut a hole large enough to send in a team to investigate.
Turns out caves just keep popping up all over (or should I say under?) Texas — they recently stumbled onto another sizable one beneath a Round Rock subdivision!
Many spelunkers speculate that eventually they will open up passages that will link many of the now separate cave systems into massive complexes.
After all, they had no idea there was a HUGE cave sitting right next to Carlsbad Caverns until 1986!
Only professionals are allowed in the Lechuguilla Cave at present — besides the entrance being tricky enough to be labeled the ‘Misery Hole’ — it’s no small matter to rescue an injured caver. Since many of the formations are so delicate the public may never be invited inside, we’ll have to be content with the hard-won BBC footage for now.
Turns out there are some pretty fascinating things going on in caves… here are a few of my favorites:
1. The Luray Caverns in Virginia are technically the world’s biggest instrument! The Stalacpipe Organ was developed in the 1950’s by Leland W. Sprinkle to strike selected stalactites that make perfect tones. You can hear the music throughout the entire 64 acre cave network!
Working as both a player piano and a live concert instrument, the Stalacpipe Organ has attracted the interest of music lovers from Mr. Rogers to Pepe Deluxé, a Finnish electronic band.
2. The Grand Canyon Cave Hotel Room is nestled 21 stories underground in a sprawling cave complex. They advertise it as the quietest (and darkest) hotel room ever – but be prepared to shell out $800 per night for the experience!
3. The Giant Crystal Cave in the Naica Mine in Mexico was created by a unique combination of temperature and humidity that allowed the crystals to grow to enormous size before the water was pumped out to extract the minerals.
Unlike most caves that maintain a steady cool temperature, the extreme heat and humidity in here can be fatal to humans unless they are properly equipped.
Spelunkers admit that after 10 minutes inside they begin to experience an overwhelming desire to lay down and die. Many skeletons were discovered in this cave.
4. Wyandotte Cave in Illinois boast Monument Mountain, the highest underground mount in the world!
I stumbled on this structure when I was comparing worldwide seismograph readings and noticed this one registering independent rhythms.
Does that flat round wall behind the mount look suspicious to anyone else?
It rekindled my theories that natural portals were used by Old Empire cultures — which I suspect is why we don’t find more physical evidence of early travel.
(Further speculations on portals at my Star Gates in Caves blog.)
So, besides uncountable natural caverns under the surface — what else is lurking under our supposedly solid ground?
How about all those man-made subterranean structures being unearthed all over the world?
In fact, I dare you to name a major metropolitan city that does NOT have a labyrinth of man-made structures underneath it…
Modern historians typically credit these underground complexes with transportation networks, smuggling operations or Prohibition Era hideaways and concoct scary stories to embellish their conclusions.
I suspect many cities under cities were actually completely forgotten (reset scenario?) and re-purposed at a later date, some are too well made just to be a place to stash booty.
Undoubtedly many underground complexes are perfect for nefarious deeds, but is that the only reason we are finding (or creating) huge buried communities?
Some cultures have used subterranean housing much like Tolkien’s Hobbits, crafting cozy homes that include space for storage and livestock with intricate ventilation and water distribution networks.
So, guess what American city this recently (re)-discovered structure was found lurking beneath?
Did you guess Houston, Texas?
Yep, me neither, but that is their original water cistern. According to the narrative it was (supposedly) built in the 1920’s…when the area was a fetid floodplain. Okay. Sure. Whatever.
Anyway, it was abandoned in the 60’s when they broke it and had to build a newfangled reservoir. Then they somehow managed to totally forget about this architectural marvel — which by the way is very similar to the ones built in Turkey during the 6th century.
Naturally the Controller Crowd wanted to demolish the Buffalo Bayou Cistern, but a savvy developer snatched it up and made it into a art venue.
I kid you not.
Don’t even get me started on the tunnels under Washington, DC.
Let’s just mention my favorite bullshit story about their origin involving Harrison G. Dyer, a Smithsonian entomologist (bug collector… mosquitoes were his specialty) who supposedly — just for fun — constructed a network of tunnels under his home in the prestigious Dupont Circle neighborhood.
When found in the 1920’s, they were lined with high-end bricks on which were pasted old German newspapers. That started a lot of rumors until Dyer fessed up to his “hobby.” Now many of Dyer’s tunnels are being integrated into the new Dupont Underground Art Space.
Oh, some of these tunnels have been implicated in the Pizza-Gate controversy because the Alefanis family owns many properties directly above them.
Anyway, it turns out many of the underground cities and tunnels were re-purposed for troop quarters or military training grounds.
Which leads to the next layer of mystery going on way underneath our feet, the D.U.M.B.s (Deep Underground Military Bases).
Now this is some scary shit…
Yep, there seem to be a lot of them and I’m sure they’re building a lot more every day, some as deep as 2,000 feet. The amount of workers necessary to build and maintain these facilities indicates that a lot of people spend a lot of time underneath North America. And they don’t talk about it a lot.
Did you know they have a machine that can melt through rock at the rate of 7 MPH?!?
Called the Subterrene, the Los Almos machine looks like a vicious giant mole.
The beauty of the Subterrene is that, as it burrows through the rock hundreds of feet below the surface, it heats whatever stone it encounters into molten rock, or magma, which cools after the Subterrene has moved on. The result is a tunnel with a smooth, glazed lining. For power, the Subterrene can use a built-in minature nuclear engine or even a conventional power plant.
Regarding D.U.M.B.s, I had a bizarre experience once while driving around outside Taos, New Mexico.
I was in the middle of nowhere on a rather bumpy road and suddenly noticed a beautifully smooth paved single lane road branching off and leading around a low mountain. I turned off and followed it, but just around the bend it went right up to the mountainside. No signs, no guardrail, nothing…just a perfect road ending at a cliff face. When I went back the next week to get pictures, it was gone. Totally gone.
Anyway, turns out it’s not all nasty stuff down there. The world has recently been enlightened about an elaborate underground temple complex in the Italian Alps, Damanhur.
We now know that an alternative community had been building this subterranean 8 room complex since 1978 without anyone noticing until 1992 when someone realized that all the materials being delivered to the building site never resulted in any new construction! When the police finally investigated, they found a trap door leading to these stunning chambers :
But all that is, as they say, just scratching the surface…
Because now we come to the Hollow Earth theory.
I declare that the earth is hollow and habitable within; containing a number of solid concentric spheres, one within the other, and that it is open at the poles twelve or sixteen degrees. I pledge my life in support of this truth, and am ready to explore the hollow, if the world will support and aid me in the undertaking.
This remarkable statement was issued in 1818 by Captain John Cleves Symmes, Jr., an officer in the War of 1812 from a respectable family. He dedicated the remainder of his life to proving the existence of a Hollow Earth.
Known as the man with the hole at the pole, he was subjected to much public ridicule but nonetheless managed to convince then president John Quincy Adams (who botched the formation of Smithsonian Institution) to spend federal resources to launch expeditions to contact the Inner Earth Mole People. Obviously this project did not result in any concrete evidence and was quickly dismissed by the next president, Andrew Jackson.
Many turn-of-the-century novels fueled the public imagination about the existence of worlds within our world. A fascinating tale called Symzonia, Voyage of Discovery, thought to be written by Symmes under a pen name, described a journey through the Antarctic opening where the author meets an advanced race of humans living in harmony because their main law was to exile any wrongdoers to the surface world.
Other books like Dweller on Two Planets inspired spiritual organizations like the “I Am” movement in the 1930’s that attracted over 1 million subscribers. They believed Mt. Shasta in California was home to Inner Earth dwellers who were once inhabitants of Lemuria.
Books such as Then there is the strange tale by Admiral Richard Byrd about his bizarre 1947 Antarctic expedition, Operation Highjump. The official story admits that he did report a “land of blue and green lakes and brown hills in an otherwise limitless expanse of ice.”
However, there is much more to the story according to his secret diary released after his death. In it he claims he was taken to an advanced world beneath the ice:
The radioman and I are taken from the aircraft and we are received in a most cordial manner. We were then boarded on a small platform-like conveyance with no wheels! It moves us toward a glowing city with great swiftness. As we approach, the city seems to be made of a crystal material.
And last, but certainly not least, was the Cellular Cosmology theory that our world is actually inside a nest of spheres.
Proposed by Dr. Cyrus Teed, he collected a bunch of followers and founded the Koreshan Unity community on 370 acres in Florida in the 1890’s. His Utopian ideals attracted the admiration of prominent men like Thomas Edison and Henry Ford.
Makes you wonder if the stories of places like Mel’s Hole in Washington (and the highly protected Devil’s Hole in Nevada) might lead to the world(s) within our world?
After delving for so many clues in both the earth and sky, I certainly have a new respect for the truism: As Above, So Below!