The Great Flood – Scientific evidence
Numerous myths from all over the world report the legend of a great flood. Some stories even account for more than one flood afflicting humanity, but the common theme is that ‘gods’ used them as a form of punishment for disobedience, immorality, greed, and other forms of human corruption.
Science, on the other hand, has been trying to rationalize those events, searching for verification of natural disasters that could have been interpreted as ‘acts of the gods’. The great flood is one of the topics under investigation.
At the moment, there are two theories about the great flood of Noah. The most popular one is the flooding of the Black Sea. This theory was initially proposed in 1990 by two Columbia University scientists, William Ryan and Walter Pitman. Archaeologists have found evidence of shipwrecks and ancient pottery, as well as the remains of people that died in a great flood at the Black Sea about 7,000 years ago. They estimate that more than 150,000 square kilometres of land was submerged under water at the time. This theory suggests the disaster may have later been transformed to the story of Noah and the great flood. Robert Ballard is an explorer and archaeologist that strongly supports the Black Sea theory, and is trying to discover more proof to support it. Ballard was the explorer who found the wrecked remains of the Titanic.
In 2004, an archaeologist named Bruce Masse proposed a different theory related to the great flood. He suggested that a comet crashed to Earth about 5000 years ago, creating huge tsunamis and weather changes that led to the flooding of many areas. He supports his theory based on myths, drawings and other evidence, yet without any hard evidence or proof.
What all these scientists do not take into account is the time frame the Bible places on the great flood, which looks to be in between the second and third millennium BCE. The fact is that there is no scientific proof that any of the flood theories are accurate or even identifiable with the story mentioned in numerous myths and religions.