On Thu, 13 Feb 2020 01:17:46 -0800 (PST), harry
So Ireland and the west coast of the UK and France get flooded, but
'inner Europe' will be OK? Cheaper and simpler just to evacuate
Holland, and in particular close the Royal Netherlands Institute for
Sea Research, and eliminate at least one source of daft ideas! I
expect he'll be damming the Straits of Gibraltar next (as if it hasn't
been suggested before!).
IIRC 7 metres is the estimate for the melting of the entire Greenland
ice sheet and way beyond the most extreme "scientific" suggestions. Mind
you not as bad as a BBC programme a few years ago which showed flooding
above the pavement at Oxford Circus tube station. Google Earth tells me
this is 120 metres above sea level.
which are grossly and absurdly exaggerated anyway. Sea levels rose
rapidly when the current ice age started to thaw, much faster than
they are doing at present, but they've settled down to a slow and
steady rate now, as the globe warms slowly and steadily towards the
next interglacial period.
and the internationally recognised tidal gauge at Newlyn, a few miles
from me https://www.psmsl.org/data/obtaining/stations/202.php Scroll
down for the graphs and data, but no sign of any 'acceleration' - been
linear from 1915 to present day.
On Friday, 14 February 2020 08:25:28 UTC, The Natural Philosopher wrote:
What do yuo think caused the flooding that killed all those mamonths
in doggerland what we now call the north sea.
Most religions have records of a flood but as yet we don;t know the cause,
but we know it only lasted a couple of weeks rather than a slow rise of wat
over a few hundred years.
Supposedly the explanation for Noah's flood - 7,000 years ago the Med
broke through into the Black Sea through the Bosphorus, causing water
levels to rise rapidly, taking about a year.
7,000 years ago is recent enough to be retained in oral history and
tradition and incorporated into most religious accounts, as you say,
whereas for example the flooding of the Med itself through the straits
of Gibraltar at 5.3MY ago is too far back.
Different time, different flood. It's stretching credibility beyond
breaking point to assume that all the floods of mythology happened at
the same time due to the same cause. http://tinyurl.com/qvok6y2
Quite. Sometimes there's geological evidence for a flood, but linking
it in time with an undated and undateable myth is beyond credible.
Many of the floods in the past were probably related to the onset of
the end of the last ice age (that we're still in, technically), when
sea levels rose at a rapid rate (they're still rising now, but much
slower), land bridges were overwhelmed, such as the dam across the
Dover straits flooding what is now the English channel (plenty of
sea-floor scouring still detectable), as well as the Bosphorus - Black
Sea flood, and ice dams broke such as the Lake Agassiz floods in North
America. Only those of the Holocene (say the last 10,000 years), have
any chance of being recorded in human mythology.
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