The Great Deluge, a global flood. (1869).

Evidence of The Great Flood – Real or a Myth? Part I

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Around this period, in addition to all the glacier meltwater that heavily flowed into the Atlantic, two enormous glacial lakes in North America burst open, first Lake Agassiz and later Lake Ojibway, and began to drain into the northern Atlantic. Lake Agassiz alone, covering an area larger than all of the modern Great Lakes combined (440,000 square kilometers), at times it contained more water than all the lakes in the world today. It is estimated that the outburst flood caused by the collapse of Lake Agassiz alone may have been responsible for sea levels to rise globally by as much as nine feet. The total fresh water outflow from both lakes was so immense that not only quickly raised sea levels worldwide by several feet, but this incident may have ultimately caused the “8.2 kilo-year event” that followed approximately 8,200 years ago (a mini ice age that lasted up to four centuries).

Map of Glacial Lake Agassiz and Lake Ojibway ca 7900 YBP.

Map of Glacial Lake Agassiz and Lake Ojibway ca 7900 YBP. (CC BY-SA 3.0)

It was during this time when most coastal civilizations around the planet were lost. The continuous, rapid rise of the sea during this period (by an average of six to nine meters [20 to 30 feet] per century or more), along with the adverse climatic conditions that accompanied this phenomenon, made it impossible for the remnants of any civilization to reestablish itself.

The Return of Humanity

Only after 7000 BC when the ocean levels finally began stabilizing, human life once more began to return to normal. Coastal sites no longer had to be abandoned for higher ground, at least for the most part, and between 6000 BC and 5000 BC, once more, we begin to see signs of human activity closer to the sea. Is it a mere coincidence that our “recorded” history happens to start around this time? Is it true that early humans were too primitive to leave traces of their existence behind, or the early pages of our history were “washed away” by the Great Flood of the last ice age? After all, it seems that as soon as the adverse climatic conditions receded, it did not take long for humans to thrive once again.

Christos A. Djonis is author of the book “ Uchronia? Atlantis Revealed ”.

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Featured image: The Great Deluge, a global flood. (1869). (Public Domain)

By Christos A. Djonis

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What is missing is that there is telescoping of historical events. Plato wrote in the Timaeus that the Egyptian priests told Solon that the Greeks only remember the last flood of Deucalion and have merged the three previous floods into that one. The Flood of Xiusudra (Utnapishtim) happened in Mesopotamia when the meteor that created the 18 mile wide Burckle Crater east of Madagascar impacted in 3142 BCE and caused a massive tsunami to rush northwards and up the Persian Gulf. It flooded an area 100 miles wide and 400 miles long. It left a 10' layer of mud with pottery below and pottery above, but nothing in that 10', as was excavated by Wooley in the 1920s. The Flood of Noah was a retelling of this flood, which was then telescoped into, or merged with, the end of the Ice Age, 5500 years previously. If you can't tease apart the two events, you will never get the story straight.
As a final point, that is a wretched map of Lake Agassiz and Lake Ojibway. Much better ones are available online.

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I'm fairly certain this article depicts a model of the end of the ice age that is a bit outdated. The best evidence now is pointing to a cosmic impact or series of impacts directly into the North American ice sheet, which melted a huge amount of the ice immediately, along with setting off earthquakes and volcanoes all around the globe. The immense ejecta plume from the impacts caused molten droplets of ejecta material to rain down all over the planet, setting off a global firestorm which consumed nearly all of the plant matter on earth. The smoke, combined with the soot and ash from the volcanoes, darkened the skies and caused rapid cooling and the onset of the Younger Dryas, which lasted for about a thousand years.
Another catastrophic impact event took place around 10,500 BC, which again caused catastrophic melting and global floodwaters. The large portion of the impactors this time went into the oceans, hurling vast amounts of water vapor into the atmosphere, resulting in torrential rain around the globe that likely carried on for months before finally abating. Another effect of the water vapor in the atmosphere was drastic warming, on the order of 10 C(18 F) within a few years, contributing to the continued breakup of the ice sheets.

It's a crazy story but it has the best of modern science behind it(even though many modern scientists do not like it at all), see the work of Firestone and West, et al.

Was there actually a Great Flood at all? 40 days and nights of rain and all that...?

If you look at modern archaeological and geological reporting, the reports of sea-shell beds found at great heights has been commonplace. We know today that this happened as tectonic forces have forced mountains and plateaux to rise in places where the land was once seabed. Could the Great Flood be merely nothing more than primitive people's interpretations for how they would also have discovered sea-shells, that they recognised as being such, lying around in large quantities? For their era and levels of knowledge, a massive inundation would have been a logical explanation for them to arrive at.

Look at the Sun for a good example of how literally those ancestors of ours took their world. The Sun moves across the sky, so it was entirely logical for them to deduce that it revolved around the Earth. It took a chap with a telescope to risk his life proving otherwise to the Christian Church.

Historically, First Nationals in the northwest of the USA came up with supernatural explanations for what we now know to have been tsunamis inundating coastal Oregon and Washington States. The fact that modern science has shown the truth of events there suggests that primitive explanations for such occurrences, while logical to superstitious minds, should be treated with the proverbial pinch of salt during modern searches.

Having said that, it is worth remembering that every legend has a grain of truth at its core. In the case of primitive explanations for the Great Flood, though, perhaps the grain of truth should be restricted to the part of the history that documents the symptom, while being firmly prevented from colouring the probable cause.

Many pre-christian cultures knew the earth revolved around the sun, they knew the diameter of the earth, they knew the earth was a globe.  Heck even in the year 1000 Pope Sylvester II knew the earth was a globe and revolved around the sun.  He died probably poisonned and he was burn in efiigy after his death.  

Si vis pacem, para bellum

Superstition never quite dies. Sylvester was likely frightening a lot of people with his viewpoint.

(Or making them feel mighty real.) ;-)

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