The multiple accounts of a great flood, found in the mythologies of multiple cultures worldwide, from Africa, India, Sumer, and even Mesoamerica (See Antediluvian civilizations), may point to an event that occurred during the Younger Dryas period 11,700 years ago. The end of this period is claimed, by certain academic circles, to have witnessed a sky phenomena (namely a plasma / lightning storm), followed by a minor extinction event that resounded on the North America side.
Possible evidence in support for the various flood myths that have emanated from many ancient cultures worldwide, is (1) the unusual disappearance of most of North America’s megafauna — mastodons, short-faced bears, giant ground sloths, saber-toothed cats and American camels and horses, that is dated to have happened up to 13,000 years ago, at the end of the Pleistocene period. (2) The time-frame for the disappearance of Plato's Atlantis, as described in Timaeus and Critias, matches this Younger Dryas extinction period. (3) The discovery and dating of the upper level spiritual center of Göbekli Tepe, corresponding to ritual activity during the Pleistocene period, followed by indications of its end c. 11,700 years BP.
A German research team, in 2000, proposed that solar irradiance may have played a much more prominent role in forcing Pleistocene climate changes. They proposed that an abrupt reduction in solar irradiance triggered the start of the Younger Dryas. Geologist Robert M. Schoch highlights that anomalous ionization, from the Solar trigger, would be in the form of a major plasma event (or events), during the end of the period. Los Alamos plasma physicist Anthony Peratt and his associates report common patterns in the symbolism of ancient petroglyphs, found worldwide, as possibly being the recordings of an observation of a shared event that occurred in the sky at the time of the Younger Dryas. The sky observation is proposed as a solar or plasma event (or events)—quite possibly an intense lightning storm never before seen.
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The Younger Dryas period (c. 12,900 to c. 11,700 years BP) was a time of climatic change, but the effects were complex and variable. This climate period was the most recent and longest of several interruptions to the gradual warming of the Earth's climate since the Last Glacial Maximum. The change was relatively sudden, taking place in decades, and it resulted in a decline of 2 to 6 degrees Celsius and advances of glaciers and drier conditions, over much of the temperate northern hemisphere. However, in the Southern Hemisphere and some areas of the Northern Hemisphere, such as southeastern North America, there was a slight warming. Younger Dryas is thought to have been caused by a decline in the strength of the Atlantic meridional overturning circulation, which transports warm water from the Equator towards the North Pole, then in turn, is thought to have been caused by an influx of fresh cold water from North America to the Atlantic.
- ↑ UCSB, Nanodiamonds are forever, by Julie Cohen, August 28, 2014
- ↑ Wikipedia, Göbekli Tepe, Chronological context
- ↑ Taracha, Piotr (2009). Religions of second millennium Anatolia. Eisenbrauns. p. 12. ISBN 978-3-447-05885-8. https://books.google.com/books?id=xTE7o8aKI7IC&pg=PA12&dq=%22G%C3%B6bekli+Tepe%22+%2250+tons%22#v=onepage&q&f=false.
- ↑ Quaternary International, Volumes 68–71, June 2000, Pages 373-383, Reduced solar activity as a trigger for the start of the Younger Dryas? by Hans Renssen, Bas van Geel, Johannes van der Plicht, Michel Magny
- ↑ See Ionization in the Upper Atmosphere of the Earth, by E. O. Hulburt (1928)
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 Plasma, Solar Outbursts, and the End of the Last Ice Age, by Robert M. Schoch
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- ↑ In R. M. Shcoch's lecture, Ice Age Civilizations, Shcoch makes multiple pointed references to lighting in relation to a proposed plasma event.
- ↑ Carlson, A. E. (2013). "The Younger Dryas Climate Event". Encyclopedia of Quaternary Science. 3. Elsevier. pp. 126–34. http://people.oregonstate.edu/~carlsand/carlson_encyclopedia_Quat_2013_YD.pdf.
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