SCIENTIFIC MISCONCEPTIONS OF THE PAST
, New York, Feb. 06 - /EWire/ --
My Father was an engineer and when I was a little boy he told me many fascinating stories about
the building of the great engineering marvels of the world. I heard details of the construction
and problems of building all the great bridges. One memorable story he related to me was about
the laying of the great Trans-Atlantic Cable from New Found land to Ireland. I listened to all
the details with great interest. One problem experienced by the engineers, was to occupy my
mind for over fifty years until a satisfactory solution was eventually found. My Father told me
that when the cables were laid on the Ocean floor they snapped and after they were repaired and
returned to the ocean, they snapped again. This problem plagued the fledgling cable company
for years and even threatened its very existence. I asked my father what caused the cables to
break. He said that the scientific experts at the time gave the reason as undersea landslides and
At that time I could have been eight years old but I distinctly remember thinking that those
reasons given sounded ludicrous. In my mind I just knew there had to be some other reason but I
certainly did not have an answer at that time, and no one else did.
Here I pause to make the point that much of the theories and information handed down to us
over the last two hundred years by, so called, experts lack validity: they are just downright
wrong. They were based on popular misconceptions which existed at the time. They are now
passé. We still however hold on to these outdated concepts and by so doing mislead another
generation. Because of this we compound the problem by denying a new generation their era of
enlightenment. But more serious we allow others to build even more erroneous theories on those
judgmental errors of the past. By so doing we deny ourselves a new era of exciting discoveries...
In this article I will show you blatant examples of these monumental errors by scientific experts
and the danger of building upon these erroneous errors.
We now come forward eighty years to the year 1947. A Norwegian Freighter plying from South
Africa in the south Atlantic ran into a seamount. This seamount was not on the ships charts
and no one had ever encountered the seamount before. The seas had never been charted before
because the technology did not exist. During the Second World War sonar had been used and
perfected. Lloyds of London, the Insurance giant, declared that it was time that the oceans are
mapped for they now had the technology which was side sweep sonar.
1957 was declared the “International Geographical Year” and the mapping of the Atlantic was
to be started in that year. Another project slated for that year was to retrieve a core sample from
the middle of the Atlantic. That project was named the MOHO project. The scientists, of the day,
declared that the oldest sediment on earth was to be located at the mid Atlantic. That sediment
would tell them the age of the earth. This was all postulated by the scientists of the day just fifty
six years ago.
The mapping of the Atlantic sea floor started in 1957 as scheduled and was to go on for years
in fact the job is not yet completed and perhaps never will be. In 1959 scientists were able to
announce that the mapping had revealed a parallel range of mountains, one mile apart running
up the middle of the Atlantic. The mountains were separated by a canyon which compared to the
Grand Canyon in size. For the first time in one hundred years the mystery of the snapping Trans
Atlantic cables was solved. What had occurred was that the small cable, when laid on the ocean
floor had to span the mile wide canyon, a span for which it was never designed. The immense
stress across the canyon span had snapped it repeatedly. So there, at last, was the truth but it
took one hundred years. The funny side of the story is that up to the time of the discovery of the
undersea canyon the scientists all touted undersea landslides and turbidity currents. Since then
however nothing more has even been heard of these undersea anomalies: they just never existed.
Now let us see what happened to the MOHO project. The ships with drill rigs were set up in
the Mid Atlantic and the cores of the sea floor were taken. When the cores were examined
more surprises lay in store. Instead of finding the oldest sediment on earth they found the
newest seafloor. They discovered that lava was oozing out of the Atlantic sea floor pushing the
continents of Europe away from North America by about 6 feet every sixty years. That process
became known as sea floor spreading and is still going on.
These examples show us how we develop false theories and have to live with them through
the ages because we don’t know better. We all thought at the time that the ocean floor was flat
and sandy. Now we know better as we look at the convoluted sea floor relief on today’s high
Just 50 years ago we know nothing of the deep sea floor. Today we done know much more but at
least we have come a long way from 1859 and the Trans Atlantic Cable.
Richard Guy is a Structural Engineer who has built Highways, Ports, Airports and Refineries on
lands that were one under the sea. His books “The mysterious Receding Sea’ and “The Ascent
of Man: Downhill all the Way” can be obtained by emailing him at Richardguy9@gmail.com.
Or calling 347-298-6880. His video series “The Mysterious Receding Seas” can be seen on
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