Slayer, that is one of the best OPs i have read. Outstanding work, friend.
I can only add some of the research that The Way I See It and myself worked on in our unofficial collaboration. She is a top notch researcher and
this is right up her alley.
I have yet to read beyond the OP. I wanted to set a foot in here for later, as i have a sick wife and sick son to tend to (darned flu for him,
diverticulitis for her) so they will be ready for our trip to see Metallica on Monday night.
I would say that what you propose should be completely obvious to those who do not accept the standard theory. The submerged shorelines are the
missing piece in the puzzle.
As TWISI and I discussed, there was a proposed impact event at the end of the Younger Dryas period that is suspected to have hit the northern ice
shelf. There is evidence of massive flooding over the NA continent from multiple events of natural ice dams breaking, but this event was much larger.
Imagine the melting capacity of a cometary impact on an ice shelf. You have melting from the top due to the heat of the energy release upon impact.
But, almost just as important, is the melting that happens UNDER the glacier. Ice melts when under pressure. This is a well known event, and it is
what helps glaciers to 'glide" across the land. The greater the pressure, the greater the melting. Beneath a 2000m ice sheet, you could imagine
the pressures there. There is already a healthy amount of water that is in the ground, making a muddy mess. Now add in the pressure of a comet
travelling even a modest 50000 mph...massive amounts of water released from the impact.
This was no minor impact, either. It obliterated most life in the northeast, and wreaked havoc across the greater continent (a good reason to find
scarce pre-clovis artifacts in the northern areas of the NA continent). The release of water into the north Atlantic would have been staggering to
consider. Not salt water...fresh water. Ocean currents would be choked off, even if the "flushing" created by such a massive amount of water
didn't completely divert and destroy the currents paths (basically "resetting" the oceanic current system in the norther hemisphere).
Another issue is the change in weight/force on the continental shelves globally. The most obvious effect would be from the release of the weight of
ice/water on the NA continent. You could imagine that the decrease in weight caused a fairly substantial rise in the landmass. Bear in mind,
however, that when you release pressure on one side of a plate, the other side dips. It is the same as a see saw. This type of thing may explain why
we see mountain ranges that have evidence of being far younger than geologically possible. For example, the Himalayas, which are mythologically
supposed to be a fairly new occurance as there are legends of human habitation when they were flat. As well, Lake Titicaca with what has been
interpreted as a possible sea faring port (although this is highly contended with viable evidence). There are also terraces on the sides of some
mountains in the region that appear to have been farmed more recently towards the top, which could indicate locals having to deal with super rapid
water level changes (once again, this has been contended...only with less viable evidence).
Add to this the inundation of the underground aquifer system. The legends tell of water bubbling up from underground. It rained like crazy, and
water was bubbling up from underground. This is simply explained by the above phenomena. First, if you introduce large amounts of water into the
world water system, and do it rapidly, you could reasonably expect to see the aquifer system effected to such a degree (remember, this is a comet
impact we are talking about here). Compounding the event, you have the "teetering" continental plates world wide, wobbling back and forth not only
from the overall shock of the impact, but also from the effect of large volumes of water washing up over its shores. Even a 3 foot dip in the shelf
on one side would likely cause a fairly large flood from groundwater in areas with more shallow groundwater amounts (we have seen similar events in
volcanic areas like Yellowstone due to magma pressures...a similar concept).
The Phoenicians told tales of not travelling beyond the Straits of Gibraltar because of extremely turbulent waters. This is another obvious. As i
stated earlier, a "resetting" of the world oceanic current system would be long lasting as the currents sought stability. Additionally, it likely
took a considerable amount of time to stabilize the water after several episodes of fresh water introduction (there are multiple ice dam break events
in the subsequent years).
I have some notes kept on this topic somewhere...but during this time i was deep, deep into the research and did a poor job of keeping track of many
things. But i bet we could reconstruct much of this information from previous threads TWISI and I worked on, as well as some she worked on by