Writing Wednesday: 2/26/2020
Little was definitively known about Earth’s interior until the 20th century. But before that, there existed some very interesting theories!
In the pre-modern age, people believed that the interior of our planet was home to devils, dwarves, and other mythological creatures. And some scientists actually believed that Earth was hollow!
For instance, Edmond Halley, the British astronomer and geophysicist, wrote that the inside of the planet was made up of a series of hollow, concentric rings, some of which were inhabited. Amazingly, many other 18th century scientists agreed with him.
In 1818, an American named John Cleves Symmes, Jr. attracted attention by claiming that the surface of the earth was a shell 1,264 km thick, with openings at the North and South Poles that led to four interior shells. Symmes’ followers attempted to petition the U.S. government to launch a polar expedition to find these “holes to other worlds,” but they met with little success.
Some 30 years after Symmes’s death, French author Jules Verne thrilled readers with his 1864 novel, Journey to the Center of the Earth, in which underground explorers encounter dinosaurs, underground oceans, and even enormous prehistoric humans. Of course, today we know that the planet is most definitely not hollow!
If you found an entrance to the center of the Earth what would be your story? Please tell the class your adventure into the center of the Earth! Be creative and have a beginning middle and end. You will have 15-20 minutes to write and illustrate your stories as well as share them to the class. You did such a great job last writing wednesday, cannot wait to read this week’s story!!!