Earth in Upheaval

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Earth in Upheaval (1956) is Velikovsky‘s third book, which he describes as:

“… a book about the great tribulations to which the planet on which we travel was subjected in pre-historical and historical times. The pages of this book are transcripts of the testimony of mute witnesses, the rocks, in the court of celestial traffic. They testify by their own appearance and by the encased contents of dead bodies, fossilized skeletons. Myriads upon myriads of living creatures came to life on this ball of rock suspended in nothing and returned to dust. Many died a natural death, many were killed in wars between races and species, and many were entombed alive during great paroxysms of nature in which land and sea contested in destruction. Whole tribes of fish that had filled the oceans suddenly ceased to exist; of entire species and even genera of land animals not a single survivor was left. ..”

“I had intended, after piecing together the history of these earlier global upheavals, to present geological and paleontological material to support the testimony of man. But the reception of Worlds in Collision by certain scientific groups persuaded me, before reviving the pageant of earlier catastrophes, to present at least some of the evidence of the rocks, which is as insistent as that carried down to our times by written records and by word of mouth…”

“I present here some pages from the book of nature. I have excluded from them all references to ancient literature, traditions, and folklore; and this I have done with intent, so that careless criticscannot decry the entire work as “tales and legends.” Stones and bones are the only witnesss.”[1]Immanuel Velikovsky, Earth in Upheaval, 1956, “Preface”


Book contents

  • Preface
  • Acknowledgments

Chapter 1 In the North:

  • In Alaska
  • The Ivory Islands

Chapter 2 Revolution:

  • The Erratic Boulders
  • Sea And Land Changed Places
  • The Caves Of England
  • The Aquatic Graveyards

Chapter 3 Uniformity:

  • The Doctrine Of Uniformity
  • The Hippopotamus
  • Icebergs
  • Darwin In South America

Chapter 4 Ice:

  • The Birth Of The Ice Age Theory
  • On The Russian Plains
  • Ice Age In The Tropics
  • Greenland
  • Corals Of The Polar Regions
  • Whales In The Mountains

Chapter 5 Tidal Wave:

  • Fissures In The Rocks
  • The Norfolk Forest-bed
  • Cumberland Cavern
  • In Northern China
  • The Asphalt Pit Of La Brea
  • Agate Spring Quarry

Chapter 6 Mountains And Rifts:

  • Mountain Thrusts In The Alps And Elsewhere
  • The Himalayas
  • The Siwalik Hills
  • Tiahuanacu In The Andes
  • The Columbia Plateau
  • A Continent Torn Apart

Chapter 7 Deserts And Oceans:

  • The Sahara
  • Arabia
  • The Carolina Bays
  • The Bottom Of The Atlantic
  • The Floor Of The Seas

Chapter 8 Poles Displaced:

  • The Cause Of The Ice Ages
  • Shifting Poles
  • The Sliding Continents
  • The Changing Orbit
  • The Rotating Crust

Chapter 9 Axis Shifted:

  • Earth In A Vice
  • Evaporating Oceans
  • Condensation
  • A Working Hypothesis
  • Ice And Tide
  • Magnetic Poles Reversed
  • Volcanoes, Earthquakes, Comets

Chapter 10 Thirty-five Centuries Ago:

  • Clock Unwound
  • The Glacial Lake Agassiz
  • Niagara Falls
  • The Rhone Glacier
  • The Mississippi
  • Fossils In Florida
  • Lakes Of The Great Basin And The End Of The Ice Age

Chapter 11 Klimasturz:

  • Klimasturz
  • Tree Rings
  • Lake Dwellings
  • Dropped Ocean Level
  • The North Sea

Chapter 12 The Ruins Of The East:

  • Crete
  • Troy
  • The Ruins Of The East
  • Times And Dates

Chapter 13 Collapsing Schemes:

  • Geology And Archaeology
  • Collapsing Schemes
  • In Early Ages
  • Coal

Chapter 14 Extinction:

  • Fossils
  • Footprints
  • The Caverns
  • Extinction

Chapter 15 Cataclysmic Evolution:

  • Catastrophism And Evolution
  • The Geological Record And Changing Forms Of Life
  • The Mechanism Of Evolution
  • Mutations And New Species
  • Cataclysmic Evolution

Chapter 16 The End:

  • The End


  • 1895 And 1950: The Time Was Ripe For A Heresy
  • Worlds In Collision And Recent Finds In Archaeology
  • Recent Finds In Geology
  • Worlds In Collision And Recent Finds In Astronomy

Publishing details

  • Author: Immanuel Velikovsky
  • Title: Earth in Upheaval
  • Publ. date: January 1956
  • Publisher Doubleday and Company
  • ISBN ISBN 0385-04113-6
  • LIC No: 55-11339



1 Immanuel Velikovsky, Earth in Upheaval, 1956, “Preface”
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