The Dark Continent: Antarctica — ‘The Secret Land” – Part 3

By T. L. Keller

continental drift                     theory that the Earth’s continents have moved over geologic time relative to each other, thus appearing to have “drifted” across the ocean bed.

Dark Fleet                              a post-WWII Nazi, secret space program who some believe to be a fleet of spacecraft that emerged from the remains of the Nazi Third Reich, currently located at the Antarctic and elsewhere.

Goode, Corey                         US Navy whistleblower and eyewitness who claimed to have been a former crew member of “Solar Warden,” a US Navy secret space program. Additionally, during his service he allegedly toured underground facilities, archaeological sites and caverns under Antarctica and witnessed various secret operations.

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].

“Operation Highjump”            supposedly, a US Navy “mapping operation,” this was a military task force ordered to Antarctica in 1947-1948.  In effect, this was an invasion fleet intended to neutralize a suspected Nazi German base (sometimes referred to as the Dark Fleet) in New Swabia.

polar shift                               theory suggesting that there have been geologically rapid shifts in the relative positions of the modern-day geographic locations of the poles and the axis of rotation of the Earth, creating calamities such as floods and tectonic events.

Pre-Adamite                           an alleged, non-human civilization populating Antarctica approximately 12,000 years ago prior to a major polar shift.  The Pre-Adamites are alleged to have been living in a tropical or sub-tropical climate at the time of the polar shift and the flash-freezing of Antarctica.

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.  Abbreviation: SSP.

“The Secret Land”                 the title of a Department of Defense documentary film about the 1947-1948 “Operation Highjump.” The Secret Land,was filmed by military photographers, released in 1948 and narrated by Robert Taylor, Robert Montgomery and Van Heflin.U


In the XXXXXXXXX issue 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) in Queen Maud Land, now claimed by Norway.  In the XXXXXXXXX issue of The MUFON Journal, Part 2 reported the discovery of a fresh water lake below the Russian Vostok Station, the detection of massive magnetic anomalies nearby Lake Vostok and the experiences of a US Navy flight engineer and whistleblower.  A massive “hole” was observed by the flight crew near the South Pole, multiple sightings of silver, flying discs over the Transantarctic Mountains, and the bizarre story of the rescue of 15 scientists who had disappeared for two weeks without radio communication.Many readers will be aware of the great size of the continent of Australia (nearly 3,000,000 square miles).  But few will be aware that the continent of Antarctica is 1.7 times bigger at 5,100,000 square miles and most of it is technically a desert with very little rainfall. Normally, an aircraft must refuel at one of the few refueling stations in order to fly from one coast to another.

Map of Antarctica 1

The Oronteaus Fineaus Map

According to Wikipedia:

“Charles Hutchins Hapgood [1904 –1982] was an American college professor and author who became one of the best known advocates of the pseudo-archaeological claim of a rapid and recent pole shift with catastrophic results.  In 1958, Hapgood published The Earth’s Shifting Crust. It denied the existence of continental drift — an idea also not supported by mainstream science for another decade. The book included a foreword by Albert Einstein. In Maps of the Ancient Sea Kings (1966) and The Path of the Pole (1970), Hapgood proposed the hypothesis that the Earth’s axis has shifted numerous times during geological history.
“In Maps of the Ancient Sea Kings he supported the suggestion made by Arlington Mallery that a part of their Piri Reis map was a depiction of the area of Antarctica known as Queen Maud Land. He used this to propose that a 15 degree pole shift occurred around 9,600 BCE (approx. 11,600 years ago) and that a part of the Antarctic was ice-free at that time, and that anice agecivilization could have mapped the coast. He concludes that ‘Antarctica was mapped when these parts were free of ice’, taking that view that an Antarctic warm period coincided with the last ice age in the Northern hemisphere, and that the Piri Reis and other maps were based on ‘ancient’ maps derived from ice-age originals.
“The Oronteus Finaeus Map of Antarctica redrawn on the modern equidistant azimuthal polar projection, compares with the modern map of Antarctica on the same projection (Christian Science Monitor).  A comparison of the Oronteus Fineus Map with the map of the sub glacial land surfaces of Antarctica produced by survey teams or various nations during the International Geophysical Year (1958) seems to explain some of the apparent short-comings of the ice free Antartica Oronteus Finaeus Map, and at the same time throws some light on the question of the probable extent of glacial conditions when the original maps were drawn.  In 1959, however, in the Library of Congress, Hapgood noticed a presumably authentic map that instantly wiped out his doubts: a map of what was almost certainly Antarctica, done in 1531 by the French cartographer Oronce Fine, also known as Oronteus Finaeus. To even the most skeptical, the Oronteus Finaeus map is startling. Although it was printed in a book in 1531 – and was thus not subject to subsequent amendment – it is remarkably similar to today’s maps of Antarctica. Admittedly it is too close to the tip of South America, and it is incorrectly oriented, yet the proportions seem similar, the coastal mountains, found in the 1957 geophysical study are in roughly the right places and so are many bays and rivers. Furthermore, the shape of South America itself seems right, and the close resemblance between a modern, scientifically exact map of the Ross Sea and Finaeus’ unnamed gulf is striking.” 2
The map of Antarctica shown below (colored portion) was the drawn by Fine.  Fine apparently drew Antarctica as being ice-free. Figure 1 shows the same map in black and white.  As can be seen, Figure 3 is a map of Antarctica as it compares to the current map above. 

Oronteus Fineus Map of 1531 3

Dr. Michael E. Salla

The hypotheses that follow in the next paragraphs are those of Michael E. Salla, Ph.D. as discussed in some detail in his 2018 book Antarctica’s Hidden History: Corporate Foundations of a Secret Space Program It is based on a series of deductions based on his research and reporting on historical events and accounts, first and second-hand interviews and evidence that has been released by accepted scientific institutions.  Some of the evidence resulted from the testimony of Corey Goode whose prior testimonies were included in Salla’s previous books Insiders Reveal Secret Space Programs & Extraterrestrial Alliances (2015) 5and The U.S. Navy’s Secret Space Program & Nordic Extraterrestrial Alliance (2017). 6

Michael E. Salla, Ph.D.

Lake Vostok and the National Security Agency (NSA)

As reported in Part 2 of this series of articles, in 2000 the Russian Antarctic team at Vostok Station drilled to a significant depth.  They were then stopped by a group of scientists concerned with contamination of an underwater lake, later called Lake Vostok.  Grants were awarded to the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) to send a sterile robotic vehicle to explore the lake in 2002.  In the summer of 2000-2001, the Aerogeophysical Research team overflew Lake Vostok and discovered a huge magnetic anomaly on the southeast corner of Lake Vostok.  Then plans changed abruptly.  JPL and the National Science Foundation (NSF) concluded that further work should be abandoned due to likely contamination of the lake waters.  It was later announced at a press conference that the National Security Agency (NSA) had taken over responsibility for polar research at Lake Vostok.  (NSA?!)  So, why would NSA be involved with water contamination in Antarctica?  NSA’s involvement according to one researcher, Henry Stevens, was that:

“The reason for the NSA’s involvement had nothing to do with biology and everything to do with physics . . . [T]he fact remains that the best and most probable answer to the origin of this vast magnetic disturbance is the presence of a massive amount of metal.  Metal as in a buried city . . . Is this metal the remains of Atlantis?  Is it the underground city said by some to have been built by the Germans, Neu-Berlin?  Is this an extraterrestrial base?  With the NSA involved, the only thing for certain is that we won’t be told the answer to this mystery anytime soon.” 7

Then, Richard C. Hoagland and Mike Bara (no strangers to these subjects) reported a series of medical evacuations of technical team members in 2001.  These were employees of Raytheon Corporation, an aerospace/defense contractor and organization of choice for “black” projects. In their article, Hoagland and Bara reported, “[Now] twelve McMurdo personnel are supposedly in need of dangerous, ‘emergency medical evacuation.’ “  Apparently, after drilling into Lake Vostok, four Raytheon employees encountered a bacteria or virus to which they were not immune and once evacuated to McMurdo, the contagion spread to other employees at the base. 8

Polar Shift and Pre-Adamite Antarctic Civilization

So, let’s just say that there is a buried “city” under thousands of feet of ice pack located on the edge of Lake Vostok.  What is it exactly?  In his book, Michael Salla proposes that a race of “Pre-Adamite” beings populated Antarctica prior to a massive polar shift around 11,000 years ago.  This would follow the hypothesis of Sir Charles Hapgood.  Hapgood concluded that a rapid and recent pole shift ended with catastrophic results for much of those living on Earth at that time.  In the case of the Pre-Adamites, Salla proposes that this population was flash-frozen in place and buried under thousands of feet of the current ice sheet covering Lake Vostok.  Taking all of this into consideration, this is one component of what Corey Goode refers to as the “Inner Earth Civilizations.” 9

Goode’s conception of the Pre-Adamites 10

Salla’s informant, Corey Goode, alleges that in January 2017, as part of his US Navy (“Solar Warden”) assignment, he was taken into a large subterranean cavern and observed ancient ruins, three oval-shaped craft and the on-going excavations of the ruined city.  He also claims to have viewed a number of frozen Pre-Adamite cadavers.  They were described as being quite thin and taller than the normal height of humans, approximately 7.5 feet (as measured from a Goode illustration).  Goode’s evaluation of what he experienced led him to believe that the Pre-Adamites evolved from a planet with lower gravity (such as the planet Mars).  Goode also claims to have seen a number of different human bodies, some with elongated skulls.  Goode’s conclusion was that the Pre-Adamites may have conducted biological experiments on the indigenous human population.  He was informed that the Pre-Adamites arrived on Earth approximately 55,000 years ago. 11  If any of this can be verified, is it any wonder why  NSA took over JPL/NSF’s program?

The Dark Fleet

In Part 1 we reported on the secret 1938-1939 Nazi German expedition to Antarctica to search for a location of a future naval base and to set a territorial claim on Neuschwabenland.  We also learned of the 1947-1948 “Operation Highjump” task force that was sent to investigate and, apparently, neutralize a Nazi force thought to be based in Antarctica. That American expedition returned to port far earlier than expected and with degrees of damage that went unreported in the press (officially, there were deaths as one seaplane and the only helicopter were lost at sea).  Basically, it has been unofficially reported that Admiral Richard Byrd met an overwhelming enemy force with losses of personnel, aircraft and ships.  Perhaps, it is no wonder that immediately after the defeat, Byrd was interviewed in Chile en routeto the US and warned the world of “the possibility of an invasion of the [United States] by hostile planes coming from the polar regions.” [emphasis added] Further to the testimonies of Corey Goode and follow-up reports by Michael Salla (reported in particular in his 2018 Antarctica’s Hidden History: Corporate Foundations of Secret Space Programs), there has been and currently is an underground Antarctic facility, a fleet of submarines and spacecraft operating within and without the Solar System.  That secret space program is called “The Dark Fleet.”  The Dark Fleet would have been derived from the Third Reich’s Nazi weapons programs of WWII and the Thule Society, formerly of Germany.  It is claimed to be highly militaristic and operates primarily outside the Solar System.  It is alleged that it is allied with what Goode calls the “Draconian Federation Alliance,” an SSP of reptilians from Alpha Draconis. 12

The Dark Fleet 13


Of course, for those readers who have not been following this saga or those who are reluctant to acknowledge the sourceof UAP/UFO craft, these three articles are nothing more than “rubbish,” as the English would say.  For this writer, however, much of this seems logical and some of it quite bizarre. But life can be bizarre as I have found out over the last seven decades.

There are far more questions that come to mind than what can be answered in this three-part series of articles.  What actually happened to Byrd’s task force and why did he warn us of “hostile planes coming from polar regions”? (Part 1).  One must ask, what was the nature of  “The Hole” reported in Part 2, and why was it located in a “no fly zone”? What were those flying discs doing over the Transantarctic Mountains? (Part 2).  Why did 15 scientists desert their field camp and where were they during those two weeks?  (Part 2). Why was the NSA involved with underground drilling?  What caused the medical evacuations by the Raytheon Corporation employees?  Etc., etc. Answers to these questions may point to what the NSA and NSC don’t want disclosed. My sense is that much of what has been reported here is true or very close to the truth.  Some may be disinformation.  The question is, Which is what?  The reader will have to make up her/his own mind and stay tuned. As mentioned above, should the reader enjoy reading far more about these subjects than can possibly be included in these articles, I would recommend all three books of Michael Salla’s Secret Space Program Series.


  1. Courtesy of Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia.
  2. Ibid.
  3. Ibid.
  4. Salla, Ph.D., Michael E., Antarctica’s Hidden History: Corporate Foundations of a Secret Space Program, Exopolitics Consultants, 2019.
  5. Salla, Ph.D., Michael E., Insiders Reveal Secret Space Programs & Extraterrestrial Alliances, Exopoltics Consultants, 2015.
  6. Salla, Ph.D., Michael E., The U.S. Navy’s Secret Space Program & Nordic Extraterrestrial Alliance, Expolitics Consultants, 2017.
  7. Stevens, Henry, “Hitler’s Suppressed and Still-Secret Weapons”, Science and Technology, Adventures Unlimited Press, , 2007, page 223.
  8. Hoagland, Richard and Mike Bara, “What is Happening at the South Pole?”,
  9. Op. cit., Salla, Antarctica’s Hidden History: Corporate Foundations of a Secret Space Program, pages xviii and 229-231.
  10. Ibid, back cover.
  11. “Cosmic Disclosure: Antarctica: The New Area 51”,
  12. Op. cit., Salla, Antarctica’s Hidden History: Corporate Foundations of a Secret Space Program, page xviii.
  13. Courtesy of

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