There are 175 flood myths that span 6 continents. Right after the flood comes the birth of civilization and the first writing systems (3100 B.C)
Certainly when a phenomena like this occurs it deserves close scientific investigation, but unfortunately when a religious work is involved scientist
are too quick to disregard it as garbage. So how are all these cultures seemingly experiencing the same event? Maybe these cultures were in contact
with each other, but due to dates given to us in ancient literature and obvious technological impedments this is implausible. Maybe a great flood
actually happened, but we need some extraordinary evidence for extraordinary claims. Flood theories most often get shut down because of a severe lack
of evidence and unfortunately linguistic and translation errors, but hopefully this thread will shed some light.
Here are some facts about flood myths:
What would it take for the entire Earth to be swallowed up in water?
It would take up to 3 times the amount of water on the earth to cover the Earth up to the tallest mountain.
The flood wasn't global, it was more local:
"And it came to pass after seven days, that the waters of the flood were upon the earth."
The strong's word for earth here is kol eretz
, meaning earth or land, as apposed to genesis 1 where only eretz
or earth is used.
Very intensive look into translational misunderstandings
A local flood would explain why the Egyptians had no record of the flood.
The cause of the flood was the largest impact in recent history; the Burckle impact hit right off the cost of Madagascar around 2500-3000 B.C. It went
through miles of water instantly vaporizing it, which would explain why it rained for 40 days and 40 nights, sent mega-tsunamis in every direction,
and deposited magnite and nickel all along the African coast.
More recent prehistoric impacts are theorized by the Holocene Impact Working Group, including Dallas Abbott of Columbia University's Lamont-Doherty
Earth Observatory. This group points to four enormous chevron sediment deposits at the southern end of Madagascar, containing deep-ocean microfossils
fused with metals typically formed by cosmic impacts. All of the chevrons point toward a spot in the middle of the Indian Ocean corresponding with the
newly hypothesized Burckle crater proposed to be some 29 km (18 mi) in diameter, or about 25 times larger than Barringer Crater. This group posits
that a large asteroid or comet impact c. 2800-3000 BCE produced a mega-tsunami at least 180 m (590 ft) high, a catastrophic event that would have
affected humanity's cradles of civilization
So we can conclude that the Great Deluge or Flood occured around 2500-3000 B.C. scientists put it around as late as 10,000 B.C but this raises a few
1. It messes with the most comprehensive list of genealogy
2. There is no record of a 10,000 BC flood in ANY ancient literature. (Dont bring up atlantis)
3. The Gilgamesh Epic (and other epics) fit well into a 3000 BC date. (Gilgamesh was king of Uruk at 2700 B.C and spoke to a survivor, so a date like
10000 B.C would be impossible)
Enviornmental archaeologist Bruce Masse was one of a group of scientists that did alot of the impact simulations, data collection, and deposit
analyzing, called the Holocene Impact Working Group. The crater has not been dated yet, probably because it's at the bottom of the Ocean.
Masse’s biggest idea is that some 5,000 years ago, a 3-mile-wide ball of rock and ice swung around the sun and smashed into the ocean off the coast
of Madagascar. The ensuing cataclysm sent a series of 600-foot-high tsunamis crashing against the world’s coastlines and injected plumes of
superheated water vapor and aerosol particulates into the atmosphere. Within hours, the infusion of heat and moisture blasted its way into jet streams
and spawned superhurricanes that pummeled the other side of the planet. For about a week, material ejected into the atmosphere plunged the world into
darkness. All told, up to 80 percent of the world’s population may have perished, making it the single most lethal event in history.
They theorize that the crater is up to 20 times the size of the Barringer crater in Arizona
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