Skip to comments.Ancient Egypt was destroyed by drought, discover Scottish experts
Posted on 08/04/2011 5:51:22 PM PDT by SunkenCiv
...the fall of the great Egyptian Old Kingdom may have been helped along by a common problem which remains with us now -- drought... a severe period of drought around 4,200 years ago may have contributed to the demise of the civilisation. Using seismic investigations with sound waves, along with carbon dating of a 100-metre section of sediment from the bed of Lake Tana in Ethiopia, the team were able to look back many thousands of years. They were able to see how water levels in the lake had varied over the past 17,000 years, with the sediment signalling lush periods but also times of drought. Lake Tana -- the source of the Blue Nile river -- flows to the White Nile at Khartoum and eventually to the Nile Delta. ... Historical records have suggested the region was hit by a drought spanning several decades, forcing people to extreme measures with some writings even suggesting people were forced to eat their own children... Dr Bates said they hoped the work would improve understanding of climate change.
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Carbon Dating Revision May Rewrite HistoryThese findings suggested dramatic changes in the amount of radioactive carbon in Earth's atmosphere during the last Ice Age, probably as a result of changes in the strength of the planet's magnetic field. The field shields Earth from the cosmic rays that create carbon-14 in the atmosphere, and this would have altered the levels of the isotope during the past 45,000 years.
02-Jul-2001Comets Tied To Fall Of Empires:At least five times during the last 6,000 years, major environmental calamities undermined civilizations worldwide. Some researchers say these disasters appear to be linked to collisions with comets or fragments of comets like the one that broke apart and smashed into Jupiter five years ago this summer. The impacts, yielding many megatons of explosive energy, produced vast clouds of smoke and dust that circled the globe for years, dimming the sun, driving down temperatures and sowing hunger, disease and death. The last such global crisis occurred between 530 and 540 -- at the beginning of the Dark Ages in Europe -- when Earth was pummeled by a swarm of cosmic debris.
After Cosmic Clashes
Wiped Out Societies
by Robert S. Boyd
Free Press Washington Staff
August 17, 1999Meteor clue to end of Middle East civilisations"Studies of satellite images of southern Iraq have revealed a two-mile-wide circular depression which scientists say bears all the hallmarks of an impact crater. If confirmed, it would point to the Middle East being struck by a meteor with the violence equivalent to hundreds of nuclear bombs.
by Robert Matthews
"The catastrophic effect of these could explain the mystery of why so many early cultures went into sudden decline around 2300 BC. They include the demise of the Akkad culture of central Iraq, with its mysterious semi-mythological emperor Sargon; the end of the fifth dynasty of Egypt's Old Kingdom, following the building of the Great Pyramids and the sudden disappearance of hundreds of early settlements in the Holy Land."4,000-year-old planned community unearthed"'Evidently, the conception of what was urban in 2500 to 2000 B.C. was not all that different from what is considered urban today,' said Guillermo Algaze, an associate professor of anthropology at the University of California, San Diego, who has been directing the excavation of Titris Hoyuk, a 125-acre walled urban site in the Euphrates River Basin in southeastern Turkey that flourished for a brief time in the third millennium Bronze Age. In its heyday, Titris had about 10,000 residents. Titris was a failure as a city and as a civilization, rising and falling within a 300 year period, never again to be reoccupied. But, said Algaze, Titrus's failure -- probably due to a shifting in trade routes -- is also the key to its appeal to modern archaeologists."
Oct 13 2000Tuba"The women in the tomb were highly ornamented. The ibex (goat above) was made of lapis lazuli which was available only in Afghanistan at the time. Evidence amassed thus far by Schwartz and Curvers indicates that Tubaarose as a political and economic center around 2500 BC, with a population of 5,000 to 7,500 people. The city, which was on a major east-west trade route that connected the Mediterranean coast with upper Mesopotamia, collapsed and was abandoned around 2100 BC possibly due to drought, only to resurrect itself as the primary urban center of the Jabbul plain until around 1200 BC."
Oct 13 2000Space impact 'saved Christianity'It was just before a decisive battle for control of Rome and the empire that Constantine saw a blazing light cross the sky and attributed his subsequent victory to divine help from a Christian God. Constantine went on to consolidate his grip on power and ordered that persecution of Christians cease and their religion receive official status... Jens Ormo, a Swedish geologist, and colleagues working in Italy believe Constantine witnessed a meteoroid impact. The research team believes it has identified what remains of the impactor's crater. It is the small, circular Cratere del Sirente in central Italy. It is clearly an impact crater, Ormo says, because its shape fits and it is also surrounded by numerous smaller, secondary craters, gouged out by ejected debris, as expected from impact models. Radiocarbon dating puts the crater's formation at about the right time to have been witnessed by Constantine and there are magnetic anomalies detected around the secondary craters - possibly due to magnetic fragments from the meteorite.
by Dr David Whitehouse
Monday, 23 June, 2003
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Evolution in Your FaceLake Victoria, Africa's largest lake, is home to more than 300 species of cichlids. These fish, which are popular in aquariums, are deep-bodied and have one nostril, rather than the usual two, on each side of the head. Seismic profiles and cores of the lake taken by a team headed by Thomas C. Johnson of the University of Minnesota, reveal that the lake dried up completely about 12,400 years ago. This means that the rate of speciation of cichlid fishes has been extremely rapid: something on average of one new species every 40 years!
by Patrick Huyghe
I told you it had to do with water.
Bookmarked for later reading, lots of interesting articles you link to there, thanks a bunch!
Drought or politics?
Conservatives would have maintained a 7 year supply of food in reserve...
Liberals would have squandered the 7 years supply.
(Even if the drought was prebiblical, the principle would still apply.)
28 It is just as I said to Pharaoh: God has shown Pharaoh what he is about to do. 29 Seven years of great abundance are coming throughout the land of Egypt, 30 but seven years of famine will follow them. Then all the abundance in Egypt will be forgotten, and the famine will ravage the land. 31 The abundance in the land will not be remembered, because the famine that follows it will be so severe. 32 The reason the dream was given to Pharaoh in two forms is that the matter has been firmly decided by God, and God will do it soon.
Thought you might find this of interest.
I think will call The big O Gaius Germanicus from now on.
eating their children? Isn’t that what the US is doing economically??
The US Fed gov has two policies towards it’s childfren:
Tax them before they are born
kill them before they are born
We’re ‘progressives’ you see...
Good Christ. I thought this was a blast from the past. If you look at history every major shift in human history is accompanied by a plague or a drought, until the democrat evolved.
Gaius Julius Caesar Augustus Germanicus?
Never heard of him. Did he have to do with the Res Publica?
This has always been the conventional wisdom.
Don’t know why this study is such grandstanding science. It’s been known in modern science that North Africa was once part of the Fertile Crescent. It was taught in one of my earliest geography/geology classes in college. The crusty old professor back then, even quoted the Biblical implications of it, since climate change science wasn’t even a serious study back then. And because we’ve understood that climate changes are merely cyclic.
The only reason that the study is serious these days is because universities realized through creating hysteria that they could get mucho $’s to get research grants and funding.
Now, back to Gilgamesh and Inkydoo ~
Inkydoo is the companion that came to play with Gilgamesh (the Moon). He ended up engaging in a lot of mischief but eventually ended up coming under the sway of Venus ~ rather than Earth ~ where he remains to this very day.
Inkydoo was an 'airy man ~ jus' like a comet ought to be. So, if we assume that the passes of Earth and Inkydoo occurred many times over several thousand years you get numerous opportunities for close call hunks of rock breaking loose from him and hitting Earth.
The reason they weren't destroying the planet was their relatively low velocity. That would also explain why their impact craters are so incredibly shallow without much surrounding ejecta.
I would imagine some astronomer is already working backwards on the Venusian moon's orbits to see when it came closest to Earth.
Our days are numbered by the Lord, and only He knows the sum of them.