As inspired by religious stories on my News Feed.
Coincidentally, and seen right before posting, there is another thread on Flood mythos, but instead of hijacking that thread I will still do my own.
Faith and absolute words are a bad mix. One prone to lockstep indoctrination and uncritical bias.
I define archeotheology as a pseudoscientific approach to, above all, confirming the "above all" and actively ignoring all the "plot holes" with the
The oldest written version is Sumerian and involved beer and livestock, The Hindu have one, Plato writes of it, and China's first dynasty (Qin) was
founded amid mass flooding on the Yellow River.
As flooding is en everpresent intermittent devastating event for even modern societies they tend to leave footnotes in the oral and written record.
That said, I am increasingly perturbed by the angry veracity the most strict scriptural adherents demonstrate. Not against the parables or the morals
therein, but the rigid, absolutely authoritative, and uncritical manner in which they are applied and "proven".
I would like to think the human species has been selected to have a higher capacity for logic and reason..
Keep the myths, can the compulsory literal interpretations... Otherwise you leave people like myself to attempt to play buzzkill with a bit of
reductio ad absurdum.
Start with "experts" in this hunt for the "Ark of Truth"
Case and Point: The Torah's version of the flood myth and its literal application.
Story from Fox News via British Tabloid, The Sun.
• If you took all the water on earth, that means all; ocean, fresh, frozen, and falling water, and liquified it on the surface; the sea level rises
only 72 meters. That is 1/20th of mile. 236 feet.
• The cubic volume of all that water is roughly 258,174,617 cubic miles. A sphere about 790 miles in diameter if isolated from the rest of Earth.
• The cubic volume of all water on the moon Europa is 678,075,600 cubic miles or about 1090 miles in diameter. Meaning there is almost 3 times as
much water on Europa, and the oceans may be up to 30 times deeper than The Marianas Trench in places (at max speculated depth).
Earth volume = 259,883,851,297 cubic miles
Earth diameter = 7917.6 mile
Europa diameter = 1,939 miles
• Europa = Giant ice ball with enough Jupiter-related tidal friction to maintain internal liquid ocean and extreme cryovolcanism. Eruptions will
eject liquid water 125 miles above the surface. That's half way to the ISS if applied to earth.
Mt Ararat is a cinder cone volcanic mountain along the Turkey/Armenia border. It is very similar to Mt. Ranier (USA) and Mt. Fuji (Japan) in
appearance, formation, and height. Cone Volcanoes often have lore associated with them, but that is a different rant entirely.
It rises out of The Armenian Highlands with a base elevation of 2,700 feet on its North face and 4,600 on its south face.
[The alleged smoking gun on Mt. Ararat - Also known as a geological formation called an "anticline"]
Latitude: 39° 41 59.99
Longitude: 44° 16 60.00
Elevation: 2.8 miles above sea level (14,784)
[The location on Google Earth]
Why this "brings out the critic" every time Google decides to make me aware of it: there is not enough water on Earth to raise the sea level to even
the base, let alone above 14,000 feet. Anywhere on the mountain is preposterous. Even anywhere near that mountain is ridiculous. A spot down near 5000
feet of elevation (if the cited coordinates are wrong) is still a lacking suggestion.
Using topographical data, and assuming all the possible water on earth was somehow in liquid form for just over a month, the closest place with the
correct high water mark (of 240 feet) is at the periphery of an endorheic rift basin along the transformation fault boundary of the Anatolian and
Arabian plates in Azerbaijan. (See San Andreas and Salton Sink for other example)
It seems like the scripture in one hand completely cancel the part of the brain with logic.
This could've been the end, but I didn't want to stop there. So I went and took all the water from other objects as well..
Still, earth's volume with all Europa's water only equals 260,563,861,297. It increases the diameter of Earth by roughly 4.4 miles.
Assuming equal spread across the surface (not factoring in land gradients) I arrive at 11,500 feet of additional elevation in water from Europa.
* I calculated this by adding the volume of Europa's water isolated to earth's total volume and figuring out the change in radius. Which was only 2.2
So all the water on earth, and all of Europa's 40-100 mile deep oceans (containing almost 3x the amount of water on earth) will only raise the sea
level to around 11,800 feet of elevation.
I'm gonna need a bigger Europa.
How many Europas would you need to validate the movie Waterworld?
The area between the Tigers and Euphrates Rivers is considered a 5000 year flood plain. On extremely rare occasions cyclones will make landfall in
Kuwait at the head of the Persian Gulf. These events are extreme and 3 inches of rain can be devastating.
Archeological excavations (core samples) concluded a massive flooding event such as this took place between 3000-2900 BCE, and it is speculated this
is the inspiration for the flood myths of the first civilizations.
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