Nov
17
2006

Was "The Flood" a mega-tsunami?

Noah's Ark: by Edward Hicks
Noah's Ark: by Edward Hicks

Mega-tsunami

What happens when a giant meteor lands in the ocean? Not only would there be a big splash, but heat and energy equal to a multi-megaton bomb would melt rock, generate steam and wind, and create a mega-tsunami. The mega-tsunami would be at least 600 feet high. Such a wave would carry ocean sediments several miles inland creating formations called chevrons.

Google maps reveal new craters

Using google-maps scientists are finding many such chevrons. Two chevrons found over four miles inland near Carpentaria in north central Australia both pointed north into the ocean. Using surface altimetry data from satellites, two craters were found on the ocean bottom that contained melted rocks and magnetic spheres with fractures and textures characteristic of a cosmic impact.

“We found diatoms fused to tektites,” a glassy substance formed by meteors. The molten glass and shattered rocks could not be produced by anything other than an impact."

New evidence indicates meteor strike around time of Noah

Last August scientists collected samples from four huge chevrons in Madegascar.

Last month, Dee Breger, director of microscopy at Drexel University in Philadelphia, looked at the samples under a scanning electron microscope and found benthic foraminifera, tiny fossils from the ocean floor, sprinkled throughout. Her close-ups revealed splashes of iron, nickel and chrome fused to the fossils.
About 900 miles southeast from the Madagascar chevrons, in deep ocean, is Burckle crater, which Dr. Abbott discovered last year. Although its sediments have not been directly sampled, cores from the area contain high levels of nickel and magnetic components associated with impact ejecta.
Burckle crater has not been dated, but Dr. Abbott estimates that it is 4,500 to 5,000 years old.

Mythology dates flood to Solar eclipse in 2807 B.C.

An environmental archaeologist, Dr. Masse, at the Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico analyzed 175 flood myths from around the world, and tried to relate them to known and accurately dated natural events like solar eclipses and volcanic eruptions. Fourteen flood myths specifically mention a full solar eclipse, which could have been the one that occurred in May 2807 B.C.
Half the myths talk of a torrential downpour. A third talks of a tsunami. Worldwide they describe hurricane force winds and darkness during the storm. All of these could come from a metior strike and mega-tsunami.

Source article from New York Times.

Your Comments, Thoughts, Questions, Ideas

Gene's picture
Gene says:

This article reports on a theory that the Biblical flood actually took place in the Black Sea (a lot closer to Mt. Ararat than Madagascar is).

And this page argues that there was no flood at all -- rather, flood myths evolved to explain why marine fossils are sometimes found up in the mountains.

posted on Wed, 11/22/2006 - 10:43am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

I read about this event in the latest issue of Discover magizine today, & according to their article the comet or metorite struck aproxamitely 5 thousand years BP (before present).
But let's not bring up myths about "Noah".
This is science, not a mythology class.
And anyway, no one has ever agreed on when this "Noah" person was allegedly alive.

posted on Mon, 10/29/2007 - 6:06pm
Gene's picture
Gene says:

Mythology can help us understand events that happened before science developed. Chinese legends of dragons explained dinosaur bones. Legends of floods occur in many cultures. It is not unreasonable to hypothesize that some of these may refer to actual events.

Many people have calculated dates for Noah and the flood, the latter generally occurring around 5,000 years ago. These calculations are based on scripture, not on science. Nevertheless, it is inaccurate to say "no one has ever agreed" on the dates.

posted on Tue, 10/30/2007 - 8:48am
kevinad's picture
kevinad says:

That is indeed true. When a giant meteor lands in the ocean heat and energy equal to a multi-megaton bomb would melt rock, generate steam and wind, and create a mega-tsunami. Thanks a lot for the info. Keep sharing more.

posted on Thu, 10/17/2013 - 6:28am
Ayaz's picture
Ayaz says:

thats intresting. it might take all the water out of the ocean

posted on Fri, 10/18/2013 - 11:31am

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