The Dark Continent: Antarctica — ‘The Secret Land” – Part 2

By T. L. Keller

Nazi Antarctic Expedition      secret Nazi expedition of 1937-1938 ordered to search of a future military base in Antarctica and establish a German territorial claim.

Neuschwabenland                  Neuschwabenland(New Swabia, in English) was an unrecognized Antarctic claim by Nazi Germany and is now a cartographic name sometimes given to an area of Antarctica between 20°E and 10°W in Queen Maud Land, which is claimed as a Norwegian dependent territory under the Antarctic Treaty System.

New Swabia                            see Neuschwabenland[in Norwegian and German].

secret space program            a highly secret, military space program that has been running in parallel to the publicly-known space programs such as NASA, the European Space Agency, the Russian space program and others.

“The Secret Land”                 title of a Department of Defense documentary film showing the activities of the US Navy and US Army during “Operation Highjump” in 1947-1948.  The Secret Land,was released in 1948 and was narrated by Robert Taylor, Robert Montgomery and Van Heflin.  Highjump was a military invasion force ordered to capture an alleged Nazi naval base in the Neuschwabenland region of Antarctica.  That Nazi base was a part of what some call the Dark Fleet.


In the XXXXXXXXXissue of The MUFON Journal, Part 1 covered the history of Antarctica during the period of the Nazi Antarctic Expedition of 1938-1939, the legendary naval base established by Germany at Neuschwabenland(New Swabia) and the repercussions that took place in 1947-1948 when “Operation Highjump” attempted an invasion there.  Allegedly, Admiral Richard Byrd’s task force was turned away by an overwhelming show of superior firepower from a secret underground Nazi base.  The base at Neuschwabenland is claimed to be at the top of the map (see below) within Queen Maud Land, now claimed by Norway.

An ice sheet covers most of Antarctica averaging over one mile thick with the deepest at over 15,000 feet.  Beneath the ice exists a continent of valleys, lakes, islands, mountains and caverns. However, there are areas, amounting to about 2% of the areas that have exposed rock and soil year-round. Antarctica also has volcanism in Marie Byrd Land (roughly between 100° to 160° on the map below).   Marie Byrd Land is the location of the Mt. Berlin, Mt. Takahe and Mt. Waesche volcanoes.  Mt. Erebus is the most active volcano indicating a long-lasting lava lake below. Mt. Melbourne and Deception Island are also hotspots.  Mts. Erebus and Melbourne are in the immediate vicinity of McMurdo Station on the Ross Ice Shelf.  Natural resources include thermal energy from a number of active and dormant volcanoes, coal,  iron, copper, silver, lead, gold, and silver. Oil and gas reserves are most likely on the coast of the Indian Ocean near Davis Camp on the extreme right of the map below. 1

Map of Antarctica 2

The Lake Vostok Magnetic Anomaly

On November 26, 2000, the Antarctic Sun, a publication by the United States Antarctic Program,  reported an unexpected discovery: 

“When the Russians opened Vostok Station near the geomagnetic pole in 1957, they had no idea that it was situated over an ancient body of water more than 1640 feet (500 m) deep and 243 miles (230 km) [sic] long. And when they started drilling the world’s deepest ice core in an attempt to understand recent global warming in the relation to the climactic cycles of the last 500,000 years, they would not have predicted that they would be stopped at 11,886 feet (3,623 m) by a group of scientists concerned with contamination of the lake’s pure water . . .” 3

As it turned out, Lake Vostok is 250 km (160 miles) long and 50 km (30 miles) at its most extreme width.  By volume, it is one of the largest fresh water lakes in the world.  On the map above, Lake Vostok is located below Russia’s Vostok Station, between 105° and 120° on the map above and half way between the South Pole and the coast on the Indian Ocean.

Then, in the summer of 2000-2001, the Aerogeophysical Research group sent 36 flights over the Lake Vostok region using ground-penetrating radar to map the lake. Maps were created by a Columbia University team lead by Dr. Michael Studinger showing the subglacial Lake Vostok. The dramatic conclusion was: 

“The evidence is a huge magnetic anomaly on the east coast of the lake’s shoreline.  As the first SOAR flight crossed over to the lake’s east side, the magnetometer dial swung suddenly.  The readings changed almost 1,000 nanotesla from the normal 60,000 nanotesla around Vostok.  A tesla is the standard measure of magnetism.  Studinger typically finds anomalies of 500-to-600 nanotesla in places where volcanic material has pured out of the ground.  ‘When we first saw this huge magneticanomaly [sic], that was very exciting.’ Studinger said.  
“’This anomaly is so big that it can’t be caused by a daily change in the magnetic field,’ Studinger said.” 4

Dr. Studinger supposed that it might be a region where the Earth’s crust is thinner. 5Following this discovery, Richard Hoagland and Mike Bara (who by now should be well known to readers of this column) claimed that there was far more to the magnetic anomaly than just a long-term geological process related to the thickness of the Earth’s crust.  In an alternative theory, Hoagland and Bara proposed that:

“Others like Enterprise consulting geologist Ron Nicks, have serious difficulty with [Studinger’s] theory.  Nicks explains that such a thinning would heat the underlying rock and thus diminish(rather than increase — as observed) the crust’s ability to locally amplify the Earth’s magnetic field.
“There is, as always, an equally viable alternative explanation.  An anomaly like this could also be caused by an accumulation of metals. — the kind you would get if you fond the ruins of an ancient, buried city!
“’An ancient city under the ice?’  Such a discovery would be absolutely dazzling, sending shockwaves through our world as profound as the discovery of ‘artifacts on Mars’ or ‘ruins on the Moon.’  And the notion is not as improbable as you may think.”  6

Linda Moulton Howe and “Brian,” a US Navy Whistleblower

Linda Moulton Howe  (a well-known researcher and author) received a letter from a former US Navy flight engineer in 2015.  “Brian” was posted to the Antarctic Development Squadron Six (aka, VXE-6) during the period 1983 to 1997.  He revealed to Howe three highly credible experiences that he had within that squadron.

VXE-6 rescue team 7
Linda Moulton Howe
  • “The Hole”

During the 1985-1986 polar season, his team was assigned to rescue an Australian scientist at Davis Base and return to McMurdo Station.  Davis Camp is on the coast of the Indian Ocean (on extreme right of the map). VXE-6 flew directly to Amundson Scott, refueled, then over arestricted air spaceat Amundson Scott Station (near the South Pole), and then on to Davis Camp. While over Amundson Scott, the crew observed a gaping hole in the ice going deep into the interior, so wide that the LC-130 could fly into it.  According to “Brian,”

“[Our] aircraft was not allowed to fly over a certain area designated 5 miles for the [Amundson Scott] station.  The reason stated because of an air sampling camp in that area.
“It was after this medavac mission where we were briefed by some spooks (Intelligence Agents I presumed) from Washington, DC and told not to speak of the area we overflew.”  8

In November 2017, “Brian” added that the hole opening appeared to be descending into the interior as if it were ramped and not vertical.  Also, while responding to a series of questions from Howe, he said,

“I heard these scientists talking about that there’s some guys there at [South] Pole that were working with these strange-looking ‘men.’  They weren’t saying, you know, ‘alien’ or ‘extraterrestrial,’ or whatever.  And that the air sampling station was actually a joint base with the scientists and the E.T.’s.”  9

  • Silver Disc Observation

During the 1995-1996 season, “Brian” stated that he repeatedly saw silver disc-shaped craft flying over the Transantarctic  Mountains (see map).

“On several flights to and from South Pole our crew viewed air vehicles darting around the tops of Trans Antarctic’s almost exactly in the same spot every time we would fly and view them.” 10

  • Missing Scientists Rescue Mission

The third experience involved 15 scientists (most likely geologists and volcanologists) who went missing while doing field work in Marie Byrd Land in the 1994-1995 season.  The scientific team was out of radio communication for two weeks when the VXE-6 team was tasked to investigate their disappearance.  Upon arrival at the field camp, all 15 were missing.  On order from their commanding officer they returned to McMurdo Station.  One week later the scientists returned to their camp and radioed to be returned to McMurdo.

“Our crew got the flight back there to pick them since we put them into that camp and we knew the terrain and location.  None of the scientists would talk to any of the crew on the plane and to me they looked scared.
“As soon as we landed back at McMurdo they (Scientists) where [sic] put on another of our squadron aircraft and flown to Christchurch New Zealand.  We never heard about them again.
“Their equipment that we brought back from the camp was put in quarantine and shipped back to the United States escorted by the same spooks that debriefed us about our flying over the air sample camp/large hole in the ice.”  11

Additional Commentary by Dr. Michael E. Salla

“Brian’s statement that the scientists were not at their camp when he was first sent to investigate, suggests that they had discovered or were taken into the interior of Antarctica.  It’s worth noting that their location was in the vicinity of one of the buried volcanoes that is linked to large caverns formed out of themal activities.  Brian emphasized that the scientists were scared and wouldn’t talk.

“In his November 2017 interview, Brian said the scientists appeared to be suffering from PTSD, and that after he and his flight crew had returned the scientists’ equipment back to Christchurch, New Zealand, they were again debriefed to remain silent about what they saw at McMurdo. 12  Brian says that he later heard from another aircrew that after his aircrew’s return of the scientists’ equipment to McMurdo, it was sent to a base in Ohio.  He agreed with Howe that the equipment was most likely taken to Wright Patterson Air Force Base for evaluation.

“Conspicuously, in 2016, after Brian met with researcher Linda Moulton Howe to discuss the missing scientists and other anomalies, he received a threatening phone call.” 12


  1. Mehlar, Carl, Editor, Concise Atlas of the World, National Geographic, Third Edition, 2012, pages 129-130.
  2. Courtesy of Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia.
  3. Antarctic Sun, November 26, 2000,
  4. Kristan Hutchinson Sabbatini, “Soaring below Vostok,” The Antarctic Sun, (Feb.4, 2001),
  5. Ibid.
  6. Hoagland, Richard and Mike Bara, “What is Happening at the South Pole?”,
  7. Photo courtesy of “Brian” and Dr. Michael Salla,  Antarctic’s Hidden History: Corporate Foundations of Secret Space Programs, Exopolitics Consultants, 2018, page 235.
  8. “Navy Engineer Interviewed: I Saw Antarctic UFOs, Aliens and Top Secret Bases,” antarctic-ufos-aliens-and-top-secret-bases-audio/
  9. Ibid.
  10. Ibid.
  11. Ibid.
  12. Op. cit., Salla, page 240.  Note: PTSD is post-traumatic stress disorder.  This would appear to be a case of being held incommunicado and under strict detention and perhaps severe interrogation by persons unknown.  It would seem that all 15 scientists were abducted for a period of two weeks after having discovered something totally unexpected, perhaps near or in one of the volcanoes in Marie Byrd Land.

© T. L. Keller 2019

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