Circumnavigation on a flat earth is possible if you travel east or west. On a flat earth traveling north means going towards the center of the circle. So you could travel north, cross the north pole and continue south, but you would have arrived at Antarctica, the edge of the flat earth, and if you were to continue south you would be heading off into uncharted territory. So circumnavigation would work on a flat earth as long as you don’t go south…
Conclusion: This is not a proof that the earth is flat. It is a FAQ to answer a common question raised by people unfamiliar with the flat earth model.
Supporting Flat Earth Proofs
- 109) There are no fixed “East” or “West” points just as there is no fixed “South.” The North central Pole is the only proven fixed point on our flat Earth, with South being all straight lines outwards from the pole, East and West being concentric circles at constant right angles 90 degrees from the pole. A westerly circumnavigation of Earth is thus going around with Polaris continually on your right, while an easterly circumnavigation is going around with Polaris always at your left.
- 110) Magellan and others’ East/West circumnavigations of Earth are often quoted as proof of the ball model. In actual fact, however, sailing or flying at rights angles to the North pole and eventually returning to one’s original location is no more difficult or mysterious than doing so on a globe. Just as an architect’s compass can place its center-point on a flat piece of paper and trace a circle either way around the “pole,” so can a ship or plane circumnavigate a flat-Earth.
- 111) Since the North Pole and Antarctica are covered in ice and guarded “no-fly” zones, no ships or planes have ever been known to circumnavigate the Earth in North/South directions. The only kind of circumnavigation which could not happen on a flat-Earth is North/Southbound, which is likely the very reason for the heavily-enforced flight restrictions. The fact that there has yet to be a single verified North/South circumnavigation of Earth serves as standing proof the world is not a ball.