What is Agharta?

   A mythical underground kingdom, Agharta is the construct of science-fiction writer Robert Ernst Dickhoff, whose book by that name appeared in 1951. Dickhoffs fanciful world extends outward beneath the surface of the earth from Antarctica, connecting the subterranean regions of the United States, Brazil, Tibet, and the Pacific islands, and is inhabited by descendants of the Martians who he claims settled on (or under) the earth 80,000 years ago. Agharta is one of a large number of subterranean empires conjured up by imaginative writers and theorists of the improbable over the years, but while most make Atlantis or Lemuria their starting point, Dickhoff appears to have based his creation upon an ancient Tibetan legend.