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Dec. 3) -- A massive volcanic eruption that occurred in the distant past killed off much of central India's forests and may have pushed humans to the brink of extinction, according to a new study that adds evidence to a controversial topic.
The Toba eruption, which took place on the island of Sumatra in Indonesia about 73,000 years ago, released an estimated 800 cubic kilometers of ash into the atmosphere that blanketed the skies and blocked out sunlight for six years. In the aftermath, global temperatures dropped by as much as 28 degrees Fahrenheit and life on Earth plunged deeper into an i
He also concluded that the disaster may have forced the ancestors of modern humans to adopt new cooperative strategies for survival that eventually permitted them to replace Neanderthals and other archaic human species.
Although humans survived the event, researchers have detected increasing activity underneath a caldera at Yellowstone National Park, where some suspect another supervolcanic eruption will eventually take place. Though not expected to occur anytime soon, a Yellowstone eruption could coat half the United States in a layer of ash up to 3 feet deep.
Originally posted by ProtoplasmicTraveler
I wonder just what our government here in the United States would disclose and wouldn’t disclose if they scientifically felt such an eruption was imminent?
Originally posted by ProtoplasmicTraveler
Quite a few members here on ATS believe that sometime in the ancient past India was devastated by a possible nuclear war. Many believe that India’s ancient society was technologically advanced and that we as a species are in a reoccurring cycle of creating technically evolved civilizations that eventually end up destroying themselves.
Originally posted by wayno
Ironically, I've just been reading excerpts from the Kolbrin (there is a thread on here about this), ancient writings pre-dating the Old Testament, and they describe an ancient fire and brimstone event with falling hot rocks and embers.
While there was a suggestion that the passing of Nibiru back then set off the calamity, this super volcano could just as well be the event that the ancients are recalling in their stories.
Comets, Meteors & Myth: New Evidence for Toppled Civilizations and Biblical Tales
By Robert Roy Britt
Senior Science Writer
posted: 07:00 am ET
13 November 2001
-- An account of the Deluge from the Epic of Gilgamesh, circa 2200 B.C.
If you are fortunate enough to see the storm of shooting stars predicted for the Nov. 18 peak of the Leonid meteor shower, you'll be watching a similar but considerably less powerful version of events which some scientists say brought down the world's first civilizations.
The root of both: debris from a disintegrating comet.
Biblical stories, apocalyptic visions, ancient art and scientific data all seem to intersect at around 2350 B.C., when one or more catastrophic events wiped out several advanced societies in Europe, Asia and Africa.
Increasingly, some scientists suspect comets and their associated meteor storms were the cause. History and culture provide clues: Icons and myths surrounding the alleged cataclysms persist in cults and religions today and even fuel terrorism.
And a newly found 2-mile-wide crater in Iraq, spotted serendipitously in a perusal of satellite images, could provide a smoking gun. The crater's discovery, which was announced in a recent issue of the journal Meteoritics & Planetary Science, is a preliminary finding. Scientists stress that a ground expedition is needed to determine if the landform was actually carved out by an impact.
Originally posted by jjjtir
Would ProtoplasmicTraveler or anyone else want the full text to read?
If so, I can provide it.
This hypothesis would also go some way to explaining how pocket of people became civilized whilst others were still living as savages. Maybe the civilized sets had survivors from pre-cataclysm to guide them forward.
Small numbers of Middle Palaeolithic artifacts from gravels and sands stratified below and above a thick bed of ash in south India have been interpreted as demonstrating insignificant impacts of Toba on terrestrial environments and human adaptations in India (Petraglia et al., 2007).
Our results challenge this conclusion because they show that the Toba eruption led to prolonged drought and deforestation in India, probably lasting for 1000–2000 years.
Cooling arising from the Toba super-eruption is considered responsible for the extreme cold of ice core stadial 20 (Zielinski et al., 1996) and is supported by our work.