Atlantis - Comets
Someone might know if an impact by a comet or large meteorite might've
caused the abrupt transition around 10,000 BC.
This is the reasonable next question. I had to develop the flow
of thought to catch up to your question.
Comets first. There are an estimated 100,000 comets moving with
the Sun as focus. Some have Jupiter as focus. Most have very long
time periods for their orbits (over 100 years).
The size of the comet head can be very large - 20,000 to 200,000
miles. That maximum size makes the comet larger than the Sun. However,
the mass of the comet lies in its nucleus. The nucleus varies in
size from 1 to 20 miles. Now the big "however", the nucleus
is almost all dust. So it has no potential to do this kind of damage.
Meteors next. There are billions of loose meteors flying around
the universe. The largest has been up to a mile in diameter.
"The advent of satellite space photography has revealed numerous
previously unsuspected land-forms suggestive of impact by very large
meteors on various occasions throughout Earth history. These features
which have constituted the central theme of at least two full-length
books, clearly show that on impacting these meteors perpetrated
widespread damage, and that while some are geologically ancient
others are surprisingly recent." Cataclysm p 201.
One of those was "The Bombarded Earth" (London) by R.
Gallant, pub in 1964. The other was The Mysterious Carolina Bays
by H. Savage, published in 1982 in by University Carolina Press.
These sound like interesting books. I will say more on the Carolina
Asteroids next. Asteroids are in a belt between Mars and Jupiter.
There may be up to 80,000 of them. The biggest is 625 miles in diameter.
At least eight of them cross earth's orbit. The biggest such is
Eros with a diameter of a mere 6 miles. It has come within 14,000,000
miles. That is "close" in astronomical terms.
But even asteroids will not tilt the axis. It is as though a particle
of dust fell on your table. It would not knock your table over.
Those Carolina Bays referenced above are interesting. To start
with these are not bays and they are not only in the Carolinas.
There are some 500,000 of them on the Atlantic seaboard of the
US centered in South Carolina but extending from New Jersey to Florida.
They are oval indentations in the ground. They range in size up
to 4 miles in length. 140,000 of them are 500 ft or longer. The
interesting item is that all those in a given geographical area
are aligned in the same direction. That direction shifts slightly
in a systematic way as one moves from one area to another.
Interestingly these "bays" tend to be not noticeable
from the ground. It was not until the 1930's with the advent of
aerial photography that they came to be recognized. (Although they
had been mentioned first in 1847.)
Henry Savage jr, has suggested these features were formed at the
"end of the mammoth" age i.e. "end of the pleistocene".
It seems highly unlikely that this is a coincidence with window
of time we are examining. They are related to our "event".
It appears likely that there are also impacts on the underwater
continental shelf where other indentations have formed.
Such bays are found elsewhere - all with the strangely parallel
orientations. There are 25,000 in Alaska near Point Barrow up to
9 miles long, more in Harrison Bay area in Alaska, and oddly enough,
some in Bolivia up to 12.5 miles long, and some in Netherlands though
these are less obvious due to farming over them.
The existence of these remains in the Atlantic off the US has encouraged
the Atlantologist Otto Muck (pronounced "mook") to raise
an hypothesis. He suggests the similar objects that fell into the
Atlantic created a tsunami that engulfed Atlantis. I have his book
on order and not received it yet so I cannot comment in any more
His hypothesis is a good one. The tsunamis would be adequate to
inundate the Atlantean civilization. But it appears to be insufficient.
First the tidal wave itself would leave Atlantis remaining above
water - not submerging in a "day and a night". So I presume
he hypothesizes that the impact on the ocean floor caused disturbances
that also caused the land of Atlantis to sink. Again I don't have
his book yet.
But there remains a larger problem with Muck's hypothesis - it
is wholly inadequate to explain the world-wide disaster that must
be accounted for. So his explanation must be only a part of the
larger solution to the facts on the ground.
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