reply to post by Byrd
Still....pieces of a big puzzle, need someone to correlate the timeline....difficult, due to a lot of uncertainty, of course, of exact sequences and
order of occurrence.
Of course, the "legends" of all cultures, to include (I must emphasize) the over-simplistic children's story of "Noah" can serve as disparate clues,
once one removes the emotional attachments that sometimes are associated with "religious" fables. For, as in many cases, much of oral tradition stems
from some event....usually to be embellished in the retelling over generations.
Archaeology, and the continued increase in technologies used to study the signs of ancient settlements found jsu toff the coasts, underwater, all will
contribute. A rational, neutral clearing-house repository of all these discoveries, and a way to sort them as "improbable", "probable", "likely", etc
could be useful.
I don't know the timeline (might be way too ancient, pre-dating any Human histories) but the Straits of Gibraltar have always struck me a suspicious.
Not that the Mediterranean formed immediately FROM that breach, but a possibility that the Sea was much smaller, and grew rapidly as a result of a
fairly sudden widening of the gap, in the Straits. Just one other nut to toss on the delicious Sundae of possible contributing factors. To account
for what we observe, and the odd coincidence of "flood legends" from so many different cultures.
I know that the Islands of Japan have some ingriguing underwater sites....we seem to be missing (or, I've never heard of) any reports form that
very old, long-lived culture, that also has a presence on the shores of oceans...China!
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