Skip to comments.Traces of tsunami discovered in Gokceada
Posted on 06/06/2014 5:41:34 PM PDT by SunkenCiv
Archaeological work on the island of Gökçeada has revealed that an earthquake occurred in the region 4,700 years ago, followed by a tsunami.
Çanakkale Onsekiz Mart University Geology Department Professor Doğan Perinçek said they had found the traces of the earthquake and tsunami during works between 2006 and 2008.
Gökçek made a statement June 2 after an earthquake measuring 6.5 that occurred on May 24 in the region.
He said both he and Professor Halime Hüryılmaz had found traces of an earthquake that occurred in 2680 B.C. following work in the area of Yenibademli.
The earthquake broke the walls of the settlements. There is also data that it created a tsunami. We have found the sediments of a tsunami in the region as well as a layer of earth of sand including fossils of sea creatures. Ceramics that were found right below the tsunami sediments date back to 2680 B.C. This is why the earthquake and tsunami occurred before this date, which means it was 4,700 years ago, he said.
Tsunami waves hit the lower coasts. Yenibademli partly or totally remained under water because of the tsunami. The district was abandoned by locals but they returned sometime later, he added.
Perinçek said Gökçeada was located right next to the Northern Anatolia fault line.
Information about some earthquakes can be seen in some historical documents, but the temblor to hit the island almost 5,000 years ago was not recorded, he said.
The only record is the geological traces that we can observe here. Since Gökçeada is located next to the fault line, it is natural that earthquakes occur in the region, he said.
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Maybe its just me but......Darmok and Jalad at Tanagra.
So, a whole bunch of water comes sweeping over the land, causing sudden death and destruction ... and animals that die in that sudden flood get turned into fossils? Is that where fossils come from?
Could explain a lot, really.
And this happened when? About 5000 years ago? Really? My, my, my.
my thoughts precisely
Did they have FEMA back then? I wonder why I got a bill from Gokceada Insurance in the mail addressed to my relatives the other day. They cancelled the policy the day before.
Shakka when the walls fell in.
If *you* were big, bad Momma Nature and you heard of a town with a nerdy name like Gokceada, you’d pick on it too.
My, my, my, it doesn’t mean that at all. The reason the tsunami can be detected is in the way the strata were roiled and made a mess of.
That was a fun episode, but of course, it just shows how the Federation can’t seem to come up with technology to cope with a bunch of incomprehensible hunter-gatherers, and yet seem to be able to hold off the Klingons, Ferengi, Romulans, Borg, and Dominion. Seems like they’re sitting ducks. I’ve got to go sit in a room and play my flute now, as I contemplate my implanted memories of a civilization that couldn’t build a freakin’ water supply but managed to build a low-end satellite that could take over the mind of a species it had no information about.
After a nuclear war, only roaches, rats, and insurance companies will still be alive.
I’m surprised no one has used this as evidence for backdating the supposed super-eruption of Thera, making the end of the Minoan civ even less connected with the supposed event by adding another six or seven centuries into the mix.
You're being redundant.
If I’d said “lawyers”, I’d have to agree. ;’) But as we know, lawyers will all die of frustration, knowing that an extinction level event would mean a HUGE amount of lawsuit biz, if only anyone were to survive.
Sometimes fossils are from animals buried in land slides, meteor strikes, etc., but either way I think a “fossil” has to be much older...thousands of years or more. Civ, is 5,000 years enough time to fossilize stuff?
Fossilization is rare; generally it preserves (the shape of) just a small part of an organism, and the rest rots away in short order; anything large, like those fossils of tree trunks which are vertical and penetrate multiple coal seams, clearly had to have been buried (even horizontally) immediately and in entire, in order to be so thoroughly preserved (and minus their limbs and branches), because if part were buried and the rest exposed for up to millions of years, obviously only the small part would have survived (which is much more common).
This particular find of fossils merely shows that a tsunami churned up a bunch of older strata, unearthing existing fossils. This is how the researchers figured out that a tsunami came through. :’)