posted on Sep, 28 2008 @ 09:50 PM
I wished to start a thread on this subject, since it has been rattling aroun in my brain for a long time.
However, as a good ATS member, I conducted a search, and decided to resurrect this old thread.
Haven't read everything, from three years ago, before this thread 'languished'....but as I've seen satellite topography, and have considered so
many ancient 'tales' of "floods"....and knowing that this is so near mesopotamia.....and JUST NORTH of Africa.....where our species first
emerged.....and seeing the Straights of Gibraltar as a possible 'breaking point' to allow a huge flood, from the Atlantic Ocean, into a 'basin'
and, thusly, invoke the 'word-of-mouth', the Lore of the "Great Flood"....it begins to hang together.
I DID think I had an original idea, but as I've pointed out, in the opening paragraphs of THIS post, I see someone else thought of it first.
So, to pile on to this OP's idea....I think there is merit here.
There is a lot to discuss, so here goes:
There are multiple scientific disciplines that combine to help 'paint' a picture here. I have seen Science Channel, and History Channel
documentaries that show how scientists have studied volcanic eruptions....not ony in recorded Human history, but even as far back as "proto-human"
history. To indicate that, our species, as Homo Hmo Sapiens, as we we were promulgating in Africa about 100,000 to 70,000 years ago, were nearly
wiped out, by a massive volcanic eruption.
Staying on this topic....a gigantic volcanic eruption would invite what we would now refer to as a 'Nuclear Winter'....but, of course, without the
'radioactivity' that we'd normally associate with the "SCARE TACTICS" we've been conditioned to believe.
(Sidebar...: Nuclear weapons are bad, and a 'dirty' NUKE is really bad....but, this isn't the topic of discussion, at least not here)
The topic HERE is something that can actually happen, and Humans cannot control, nor prevent it. It is Vulcanism.
It is related to 'Plate Tectonics', which is the well-understood process of how the crust of the Earth, that we live on, undergoes constant
processes of change....sometimes we refer to them as 'EarthQuakes'...but, regardeless, the 'Plates' grind against each other, and sub-duct, and
fissures happen, and volcaoes spew!!!!!!
Magma.....this is the hot molten part of the Earth....way down deep, WELL below where the natural gas is....WAY down....miles down, beyond our ability
See, this MAGMA is molten rock....it is VERY hot. But, it also is full of gas.....just like a bottle of soda. EXCEPT, it is kept under such
tremendous pressure, that if let out......it comes out LIKE a Volcano!!!!!
If you understand physics, then you know that when something is under a great deal of pressure, it will STAY under pressure....just like the Soda
bottle, until you open the cap.
The CRUST of the Earth exerts a pressure, because of its wieght due to gravity.
BUT, staying on this analogy....if a soda bottle has a leak....where is that pressure going to go???
That's a rough analogy to explain how the crust of the Earth works. AND, why Volcanoes happen.