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Agnew and crew still pursuing "Inner Earth" expedition in 2013
The nuclear-powered Russian icebreaker Yamal - Yamal means "end of the Earth."
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By Andrew W. Griffin

Red Dirt Report, editor

Posted: November 2, 2012

OKLAHOMA CITY – This past winter, we reported on the planned North Pole Inner Earth Expedition, led by adventurer Dr. Brooks Agnew.

It was an exciting notion. And after having listened to Agnew's interview with Henrik Palmgren at Red Ice Radio and read much more on the "Hollow Earth" theory, Red Dirt Report was convinced there is something to this theory.

We also wrote in our piece addressing Scott's ill-fated South Pole trek titled "Polar history and polar mysteries" that Agnew was still planning his North Pole Inner Earth Expedition for sometime in 2012, in his attempt to find an entrance - with the help of the Russians - into the hollow Earth, aboard the nuclear-powered Russian icebreaker Yamal.

But that did not come to pass this summer, as hoped, and naturally, we were curious to know where things stood with this exciting expedition.

Answering our questions about the current status of the expedition, Agnew wrote to Red Dirt Report, saying: “The first two years, the challenge was to attract scientific community experts in the area of planetary core geology, oceanography, and cosmology.  We were successful in gathering some major papers that are actually more aggressive that what we require for critical thinking about the possibility that planets form as hollow spheres.  We were successful in getting the space for the charter for Quark Expeditions to get the ship.  We're hopeful that the funding will be complete next month (November 2012), and we are on our way.”

The expedition, we understand, according to, would now take place in 2013, during the “dreaded solar maximum (that) will occur that Summer Solstice.” This means that when the solar maximum arrives – the peak of the 11-year sunspot cycle – there will be more solar flares, more coronal mass ejections, more geomagnetic storms and more auroras.” As Agnew writes at, “It could be rough.”

But with growing interest in his exploration of the Inner Earth, Agnew anticipates a lot of people – “tens of millions of people,” Agnew writes - wanting to view their findings on video, now that they have received funding to go into the Arctic Ocean and seek the entrance to the Inner Earth. 

Continuing, Agnew wrote: “The recent Felix Baumgartner live view of the event made me very hopeful.  Tens of millions of people watched that jump live on YouTube.  More than that will watch the Expedition live on You Tube.  The technology exists.  The audience is there.  We are excited about the venture and the possibilities of the discoveries that can be made.”

Red Dirt Report will continue to keep readers informed on any updates on the North Pole Inner Earth Expedition.

Copyright 2012 Red Dirt Report

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