This silent animation models what “Earth Crust Displacement” might look like from Outer Space. This “cataclysmic pole shift hypothesis” is today ridiculed in the scientific community but it did have traction until it was replaced in the 1970s by the Theory of Plate Tectonics.
In his 1958 book “Earth’s Shifting Crust,” which includes a foreword by Albert Einstein, Charles Hapgood theorizes that the ice mass at one or both poles cyclically over-accumulates and destabilizes the Earth’s rotational balance, causing slippage of all or much of Earth’s outer crust around the Earth’s core, while retaining its axial orientation.
Hapgood argued that each shift took approximately 5,000 years, followed by 20,000- to 30,000-year periods with no polar movements and that the area of movement never covered more than 40 degrees.
This hasn’t stopped New Age fearmongers from claiming that such shifts could take place as abruptly as in a few days or even hours.
It has since been established by geophysicist, Bernhard Steinberger and others that “true polar wander” has occurred at various times in the past, but at rates of 1Â° per million years or less.
There are still some scientists who think there may be merit to the former hypothesis of Earth Crust Displacement but they dare not risk their reputations or their jobs by publicly admitting to this.