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Monday, September 25, 2006

Great Flood Creates British Isles?

In light of recent discussions on this blog, and just in case you've laid awake at night trying to figure out just how the British Isles became separated from Europe, (I know I've had recurring nightmares on the subject) you might find this proposal interesting. Read about it in The Austrailian, here

The proposed mechanism has to be different, of course, but here are a few interesting exerpts:

"The finding has emerged from an advanced sonar survey of the sea bed of the English Channel that revealed huge scour marks, deep bowls and piles of rock that could have been created only by a giant torrent of water. If confirmed, it will force an important revision of British prehistory.

It had been thought the Channel had formed by slow erosion combined with rises in sea level that took place over millions of years, rather than by a sudden, biblical-style catastrophe.

"This could have been one of the most powerful flood events ever known on earth," said Chris Stringer, head of human origins at the Natural History Museum in London. "It would have cut through the chalk hills joining Britain to Europe and created a Niagara-style waterfall 300ft (91.5m) to 400ft high."


"In places this huge, underwater valley is more than seven miles (11km) wide and 170ft deep, with vertical sides. Its nearest geological parallels are found not on earth but in the monumental flood terrains of the planet Mars," Dr Gupta said in an abstract published at an academic conference. "This suggests the valley was created by catastrophic flood-flows following the breaching of the Dover Strait and the sudden release of water from a giant lake to the north."

While the proposed causes may very well be be accurate, is another possible explanation being avoided? All the biblical references seem to be saying that the biblical flood concept seems to be in the back of everyone's mind. But that couldn't possibly be it could it?


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