Originally posted by letthereaderunderstand
1. Why do people assume that the areas charted were not accessible at the times these maps were made?
2. Why can they use correct proportions when drawing ships on their maps, but can't seem to get the coast line drawn correctly. Do they use "scale"? If so, why do the coastlines look so much different then they are presently? They seemed to be amazing sketch artists and painters. I find it odd that they would of seen such a different world unless it was indeed that different.
3. Do people believe in "Ice Ages" because of science, just like people believe in "the flood" because of religion?
Originally posted by Chadwickus
The sharing of animal and plant species between Australia-New Guinea and nearby Indonesian islands is another consequence of the early land bridges, which closed when sea levels rose with the end of the last glacial period. The sea level stabilised to near its present levels about 6000 years ago, flooding the land bridge between Australia and New Guinea.
Originally posted by ImperialMaj
"Is it just me or does the above map depict a functional and existent land-bridge between Queensland and Indonesia? Something that existed only up until the end of the last Ice Age..... "
It's not just you! Why would you assume something like that?
The maps show the coast of Antarctica UNDER the ice (hence why they look a little different topographically now, but match up perfectly when mapping the ground underneath.
Antarctica has the shape it has because of the weight pressing down on it. So if the map was made before this, the layout would be completly different.
The actual subglacial topography differs from a hypothetical ice-free topography because the 293,778,800 cubic kilometers of ice either lies grounded on bedrock or stacked as ice rises on bedrock islands (Drewry 1982, sheet 4). The sheer weight of this ice has depressed Antarctica by hundreds of meters. If the Antarctic ice sheet melted and removed this weight from the crust, isostatic rebound would raise the subglacial topography as much as 950 meters (3100 feet) in the interior to 50 meters (160 feet) along the coast. Furthermore, melting of all of the world's ice, of which Antarctica is 90 percent of the total, would raise sea level by about 80 meters (260 feet)(Drewry 1983, sheet 6).
Source (which is directly discussing claims about this map in the film "The Mysterious Origins of Man")
Originally posted by RWM88
Does anyone have evidence that these maps were accurately dated?
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