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Ancient network of rivers and lakes found in Arabian Desert
PhysOrg ^ | May 1, 2012 | Oxford University

Posted on 05/03/2012 3:57:55 PM PDT by SunkenCiv

Satellite images have revealed that a network of ancient rivers once coursed their way through the sand of the Arabian Desert, leading scientists to believe that the region experienced wetter periods in the past...

Over the course of five years the researchers will study the landscape features and excavate sites of likely archaeological interest, using the network of water courses as a map. They will use the latest dating techniques to pinpoint the ages of fossils of animals, plants and different stone tool technologies and compare the similarities and differences displayed in the region's rock art.

The team's main focus will be the Arabian Desert, but the work will also cover the wider Peninsula. One key question they will attempt to answer is when the first early modern humans are likely to have first arrived in the Arabian Peninsula from Africa and perhaps surrounding regions. They will also look for evidence that suggests how early modern humans were able to survive, or not, in arid and extreme conditions.

Project leader Professor Michael Petraglia, Co-Director of the Centre for Asian Archaeology at Oxford University's School of Archaeology, said: 'From NASA images taken of the Arabian Desert we can see physical landscape features that are visible from space that denote a whole network of former river valleys and lake basins. These lines and dips in the sand provide us with a map of the region upon which we will focus our research activity. The presence of water is an accurate indicator of where early humans and animals migrated to or settled.

(Excerpt) Read more at phys.org ...


TOPICS: History; Science; Travel
KEYWORDS: arabia; arabiandesert; catastrophism; eden; godsgravesglyphs; orbitalarchaeology; satellitearchaeology
Satellite image of ancient lake showing location of archaeological sites. The lake size is blue and archaeological sites are coloured red. Image courtesy of Nick Drake.

Ancient network of rivers and lakes found in Arabian Desert

1 posted on 05/03/2012 3:58:02 PM PDT by SunkenCiv
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To: SunkenCiv
I heard about this 30 years ago.
There has been a FRESH WATER PEARL industry in Bahrain for eons. The fresh water rain in Yeman (some of it) washes down through the sand and travel across the Saudi countryside through these underground river beds and comes out at the BASE of the Saudi gulf-side land into the so-salty gulf. It's fresh water.

The Bahrainis had pearls there for years, FRESH water pearls, that is, ODD sized and shaped. Cost a friggin' fortune because the awl bidness is killin' off the pearls. Imagine, Arab pearl divers, all men, of course.

The gulf used to have hamur (big white fish) and TONS of delicious shrimp. The Saudis used to build these triangular fish traps and just let the tides do their "fishing."

2 posted on 05/03/2012 4:08:02 PM PDT by cloudmountain
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The Secret of Baalbek: Eden
Immanuel Velikovsky
http://www.varchive.org/ce/baalbek/eden.htm

Of Aden in South Arabia, Arab historians of the Middle Ages narrated from older traditions that it was an unusually fruitful land, well-watered. One who started on his travel upon the land on a donkey with an empty basket on his head found the basket full of fruit before he reached his destination. Then in a catastrophe (called “bursting of the dam”) apparently of global dimensions, this country became a desert.

Of ancient channels of great rivers in Arabia I brought references of modern explorers in Earth in Upheaval. The area Arabia Felix is today a forbidden land.

Marib was the city of the area, once so fruitful, according to legend.

On some pages 1. tried to follow the legend to the Arab autochthonous tradition of Moses (Mosaikaia), Aharon, and Miriam and the “Bursting of the Dam” ; it was not just the Dam — I offered a philological explanation — it was a cataclysmic event. Eden (Paradise) was located in Aden.


3 posted on 05/03/2012 4:13:48 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (FReepathon 2Q time -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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4 posted on 05/03/2012 4:14:24 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (FReepathon 2Q time -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: StayAt HomeMother; Ernest_at_the_Beach; decimon; 1010RD; 21twelve; 24Karet; 2ndDivisionVet; ...

 GGG managers are SunkenCiv, StayAt HomeMother & Ernest_at_the_Beach
To all -- please ping me to other topics which are appropriate for the GGG list.


5 posted on 05/03/2012 4:14:24 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (FReepathon 2Q time -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: cloudmountain
I didn't think there was any question but that the desert once was awash. There are many fossil beds throughout the desert which point to major water-course events.

Maybe now they are getting to be able to map them more accurately.

6 posted on 05/03/2012 4:14:49 PM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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To: cloudmountain; hinckley buzzard

Thanks!


7 posted on 05/03/2012 4:19:58 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (FReepathon 2Q time -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: SunkenCiv

and of course we all know about the huge project in Libya to pump water out of the desert. I guess at one time or another there has been running water everywhere.


8 posted on 05/03/2012 4:27:29 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: SunkenCiv

Arabian Desert

Per Wiki: "Map of the Arabian Desert. Ecoregions as delineated by the WWF. Satellite image from NASA. The yellow line encloses the ecoregion called "Arabian Desert and East Sahero-Arabian xeric shrublands",[1] and two smaller, closely related ecoregions called "Persian Gulf desert and semi-desert"[2] and "Red Sea Nubo-Sindian tropical desert and semi-desert".[3] National boundaries are shown in black."

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arabian_Desert
9 posted on 05/03/2012 4:28:25 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: SunkenCiv
wow! so you mean it wasn't a mirage after all?
10 posted on 05/03/2012 4:31:19 PM PDT by the invisib1e hand
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To: SunkenCiv

This guy suspects that Eden is where the Persian Gulf is now.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7qPLjwjjPxA&feature=relmfu


11 posted on 05/03/2012 4:33:04 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: SunkenCiv
Those pesky dinosaurs ate it dry/s
12 posted on 05/03/2012 4:39:43 PM PDT by mountainlion (I am voting for Sarah after getting screwed again by the DC Thugs.)
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To: SunkenCiv

Well, surprise, surprise. NOT. I live in the Coachella Valley (Palm Springs area) of Southern California, also known as the Sonoran Desert or Colorado Desert. At one time, it was underwater. One can dig and find sea shells.

Quite a few years ago, I purchased a new home on a mesa above San Diego Stadium. So, it was about 50 to 75 feet above sea level. Every place I dug in the yard when planting my garden, I found sea shells.


13 posted on 05/03/2012 4:43:56 PM PDT by CdMGuy
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To: SunkenCiv

Looks like footprints on the beach :)


14 posted on 05/03/2012 4:46:13 PM PDT by Boogieman
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To: SunkenCiv

Everything was great there before Global Warming


15 posted on 05/03/2012 5:24:08 PM PDT by Homer1
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To: CdMGuy
The best preserved fossil beluga whale in the world was found in Charlotte Vermont right at 200' above sea level. The land was much lower at the time the whale lived because of the weight of the glaciers in Canada.


16 posted on 05/03/2012 5:48:35 PM PDT by Straight Vermonter (Posting from deep behind the Maple Curtain)
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To: Straight Vermonter

Bookmark


17 posted on 05/03/2012 6:29:35 PM PDT by publius911 (Formerly Publius 6961, formerly jennsdad)
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To: cloudmountain
Hamur, or Hamoor (هامور) aka "greasy grouper", is one of the most delicious fish I've ever eaten. Always on the menu in restaurants in the Gulf countries, or at least they used to be. You got my mouth watering with that reminiscence.
18 posted on 05/03/2012 6:46:07 PM PDT by katana (Just my opinions)
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To: SunkenCiv

I wonder how the average reader is supposed to glean any useful information from postage stamp, minuscule illustrations with illegible detail?


19 posted on 05/03/2012 6:51:29 PM PDT by publius911 (Formerly Publius 6961, formerly jennsdad)
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To: SunkenCiv; 75thOVI; agrace; aimhigh; Alice in Wonderland; AndrewC; aragorn; aristotleman; ...

Some valleys of Southwestern Arabia are to this day quite well watered, green, and productive. I believe that this area on the Red Sea, North of the Yemeni Border is what the Romans called “Arabia Felix.” There were also “Arabia Deserta,” and “Arabia Petraea,” (Where Petra is)


20 posted on 05/03/2012 6:55:25 PM PDT by Kenny Bunk (So, Scalia, Alito, Thomas, and Roberts can't figure out if Obama is a Natural Born Citizen?)
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To: SunkenCiv

I fear that America will share the same fate when God lifts His hand from us.


21 posted on 05/03/2012 7:01:04 PM PDT by stevio (God, guns, guts.)
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To: SunkenCiv
Those look like Bigfoot tracks. ;8^)

Ed

22 posted on 05/03/2012 7:24:05 PM PDT by husky ed (FOX NEWS ALERT "Generalissimo Francisco Franco is still dead" THIS HAS BEEN A FOX NEWS ALERT)
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To: SunkenCiv
Then in a catastrophe (called “bursting of the dam”) apparently of global dimensions, this country became a desert.

The theory goes that sometime after 16,000 BC when the Ice Cap began to melt, a huge slab slid off the Canadian Ice blocking the Gulf current and creating the Younger Dryas, thus changing the weather in the Atlantic.

When the ice blocking the current melted, the Atlantic weather changed again and rain no longer fell over the Sahara region as today.

23 posted on 05/04/2012 7:31:06 AM PDT by PIF (They came for me and mine ... now it is your turn ...)
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To: Straight Vermonter

The land was lower because the glaciers had trillions on trillions of cubic miles of water locked up. When the ice melted sea leval rose 400-700 hundred of feet worldwide. Weight had little to do with it.


24 posted on 05/04/2012 7:35:55 AM PDT by PIF (They came for me and mine ... now it is your turn ...)
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To: hinckley buzzard
I didn't think there was any question but that the desert once was awash. There are many fossil beds throughout the desert which point to major water-course events.
Maybe now they are getting to be able to map them more accurately.

The American awl bidness took FABULOUS photos some 80+ years ago in their quest for petroleum fields. They did the best available then.

Thirty years ago, the BEST was also done, all in the name of MORE awl.

Now, the imaging is better yet, still for the purpose of finding more "black gold."

25 posted on 05/04/2012 11:58:08 AM PDT by cloudmountain
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To: katana

:o)


26 posted on 05/04/2012 11:59:11 AM PDT by cloudmountain
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To: PIF

Look up post-glacial rebound.


27 posted on 05/04/2012 2:41:43 PM PDT by Straight Vermonter (Posting from deep behind the Maple Curtain)
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To: SunkenCiv

Must have been camel caused global warming.


28 posted on 05/04/2012 2:46:28 PM PDT by Fledermaus (Democrats are dangerous and evil. Republicans are just useless and useful idiots.)
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To: Kenny Bunk

Isn’t Petra in Jordan?


29 posted on 05/05/2012 9:56:28 PM PDT by Pelham (Marco Rubio, la raza trojan horse.)
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To: Pelham

Jordan, within whoseboundaries lies Petra, is a country invented in 1916. The HUGE Arabian Peninsula, which used to be called in the olden days a “Semi-Continent” contains Israel, Syria, Jordan, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Kuwait, Quatar, Oman, etc.


30 posted on 05/07/2012 8:48:45 AM PDT by Kenny Bunk (So, Scalia, Alito, Thomas, and Roberts can't figure out if Obama is a Natural Born Citizen?)
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To: Kenny Bunk

I’ll defer to your eminent geographical scholarship.

‘Never argue with a Maineiac’ I always sez, especially one who fraternizes with ‘gators and G. Gordon hisself.

I was just wondering if there was another Petra that I wasn’t aware of.


31 posted on 05/07/2012 10:09:47 PM PDT by Pelham (Marco Rubio, la raza trojan horse.)
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