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Biblical-style flood tore Britain from France
The Australian | 9/25/2006 | Johathan Leake

Posted on 09/26/2006 8:55:04 AM PDT by Neville72

SCIENTISTS have found that Britain owes its island status to a catastrophic flood that swept away in less than 24 hours the hills that once joined the land mass to France.

The flood, which took place between 400,000 and 200,000 years ago, instantly turned Britain from being a peninsula of continental Europe into a separate entity, changing forever the way it would develop.

The finding has emerged from an advanced sonar survey of the sea bed of the English Channel that revealed huge scour marks, deep bowls and piles of rock that could have been created only by a giant torrent of water. If confirmed, it will force an important revision of British prehistory.

It had been thought the Channel had formed by slow erosion combined with rises in sea level that took place over millions of years, rather than by a sudden, biblical-style catastrophe.

"This could have been one of the most powerful flood events ever known on earth," said Chris Stringer, head of human origins at the Natural History Museum in London. "It would have cut through the chalk hills joining Britain to Europe and created a Niagara-style waterfall 300ft (91.5m) to 400ft high."

Professor Stringer has been overseeing the Ancient Human Occupation of Britain project, which brought together researchers from a range of disciplines to trace how Britain first became populated. Among the researchers were a team from Imperial College, in London, led by Sanjeev Gupta, who used sonar to survey the sea floor several kilometres off the Sussex coast.

The equipment is able to see through thick layers of sediment to the sea bed lying beneath. The team was surprised to find the remains of a huge valley, partly hidden by accumulated mud, running southwest from the Strait of Dover.

"In places this huge, underwater valley is more than seven miles (11km) wide and 170ft deep, with vertical sides. Its nearest geological parallels are found not on earth but in the monumental flood terrains of the planet Mars," Dr Gupta said in an abstract published at an academic conference. "This suggests the valley was created by catastrophic flood-flows following the breaching of the Dover Strait and the sudden release of water from a giant lake to the north."

In the scenario, there was a high chalk ridge linking Britain and France running roughly between Dover and Calais.

Northeast of this ridge the land sloped down until it met the North Sea, which was much smaller then and was bordered by a shoreline that ran from Norfolk to northern Germany.

Several European rivers, including the Rhine, Seine and Thames, ran northwards to this shore, emptying into the sea.

Between 400,000 and 100,000 years ago, northern Europe suffered repeated glaciations. During one of these, an ice cap up to 1.6km thick reached so far south it stretched from Scotland to Denmark, damming the North Sea. This turned it into a freshwater lake that, fed by rivers, deepened over thousands of years.

"The lake would have been hundreds of feet above then sea level," Professor Stringer said. "One day it just overflowed the top of the chalk ridge and started pouring over. Once the torrent started it would have ripped through the chalk and poured down towards the Atlantic."

Global sea levels were far lower then than now because so much water was locked up in the ice caps. This meant that Britain was joined to France all the way along its south coast - and the cascading water had to carve its way across the landscape.

The discovery of the Channel flood may help to solve one of the enduring mysteries of British archeology - the apparent abandonment of the British Isles by humans for 120,000 years.

Researchers have found that humans first arrived in Britain at least 700,000 years ago. They were driven out by repeated glaciations but returned whenever the land warmed up. They vanished completely between 180,000 and 60,000 years ago.

The Sunday Times


TOPICS: Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: catastrophism; doggerland; englishchannel; megaflood; pasdecalais; straitsofdover; unitedkingdom

1 posted on 09/26/2006 8:55:05 AM PDT by Neville72
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To: Neville72

I preferto think of it as,"France surrendered Britain in the face of superior floodwaters."


2 posted on 09/26/2006 8:56:40 AM PDT by Malacoda (A day without a pi$$ed-off muslim is like a day without sunshine.)
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To: Neville72
Biblical-style flood tore Britain from France

Much to the benefit of Britain.
3 posted on 09/26/2006 8:56:45 AM PDT by JamesP81 (The answer always lies with more freedom; not less)
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To: Neville72

Man plans and thinks, God laughs.


4 posted on 09/26/2006 8:57:54 AM PDT by exnavy (God bless America)
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To: Neville72
...Among the researchers were a team from Imperial College, in London, led by Sanjeev Gupta...>

The CNN doc?

5 posted on 09/26/2006 9:01:00 AM PDT by CarrotAndStick (The articles posted by me needn't necessarily reflect my opinion.)
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To: JamesP81

Britain should have stayed separate and never built the chunnel.


6 posted on 09/26/2006 9:02:08 AM PDT by Dr. Scarpetta
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To: Neville72
Biblical-style flood tore Britain from France

What further proof does one need of a benevolent God?

7 posted on 09/26/2006 9:02:14 AM PDT by Caipirabob (Communists... Socialists... Democrats...Traitors... Who can tell the difference?)
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To: Neville72

I've also read that 100,000 years ago, or after this event, there was a land barrier between the North Sea and what is today the English Channel. The Rhine flowed all the way to Dover, where it entered the Atlantic.


8 posted on 09/26/2006 9:02:58 AM PDT by Pilsner
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To: CarrotAndStick
London newspaper headline from years ago:
"Fog Blankets Channel. Continent Cut Off."
9 posted on 09/26/2006 9:03:54 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (BTUs are my Beat.)
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To: metmom

Interesting 'geological' discovery!!!! Or well maybe guess we will have to wait for the 'peer review'.


10 posted on 09/26/2006 9:04:13 AM PDT by Just mythoughts
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To: Neville72
Imagine how different history would have been if this never happened!
11 posted on 09/26/2006 9:06:11 AM PDT by Gator101
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To: Neville72

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1707896/posts


12 posted on 09/26/2006 9:06:40 AM PDT by SuperSonic (Bush "lied", people dyed.......their fingers purple.)
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To: Neville72

You mean global warming 400,000 years ago caused flooding.


13 posted on 09/26/2006 9:07:22 AM PDT by edcoil (Reality doesn't say much - doesn't need too)
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To: SuperSonic
And also here:

Flood Made Britain An Island 'In 24 Hours'

14 posted on 09/26/2006 9:08:08 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy (The broken wall, the burning roof and tower. And Agamemnon dead.)
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To: Neville72

And, obviously, all the cookbooks remained on the continent.


15 posted on 09/26/2006 9:08:23 AM PDT by Larry Lucido
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To: Neville72
More evidence of global warming caused by America's dependence on foreign oil!

We're doomed!

(I know that makes absolutely no sense, but neither does Al Gore.)
16 posted on 09/26/2006 9:08:43 AM PDT by Thrusher (“There’s nothing like the B-2 when it comes to giving peace a chance.")
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To: Neville72
Thank you, God.

Regards, Ivan

17 posted on 09/26/2006 9:09:24 AM PDT by MadIvan (I aim to misbehave.)
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To: Neville72
Oh, no!

God isn't a liar? What HE stated is true?

Is man the liar ... I think so ... their godless agenda and "evidence" isn't there to support their godless hypothesis ... . It's no wonder on an FR poll or even nation wise they WANT "intelligent Design" incorporated into public school teachings. Unlike evolution and "orgins" it's NOT a religion and there is objective scientific evidence to back it up!

This is just one of many examples ... if you can get past the flawed dating methods used to call God a liar.
18 posted on 09/26/2006 9:09:26 AM PDT by nmh (Intelligent people recognize Intelligent Design (God) .)
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To: Larry Lucido
And, obviously, all the cookbooks remained on the continent.

...as did the toothbrushes.......

19 posted on 09/26/2006 9:12:50 AM PDT by Red Badger (Is Castro DEAD YET?........)
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To: exnavy

Ephraim and Manasseh will always be separated from their brethren......


20 posted on 09/26/2006 9:13:49 AM PDT by Red Badger (Is Castro DEAD YET?........)
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To: Red Badger; Larry Lucido; MadIvan

LOL! MadIvan's here. We better be nice to our British friends. :-)


21 posted on 09/26/2006 9:14:45 AM PDT by Larry Lucido
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To: Neville72

Good thing. Otherwise, Britain would be part of France, and France would be part of Nazi Germany.


23 posted on 09/26/2006 9:26:42 AM PDT by Brilliant
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To: wbmstr24

Well ... cosidering what He freely did for us ... I have NO CHOICE. I can never "earn" that. He's the real love of my life!


24 posted on 09/26/2006 9:28:49 AM PDT by nmh (Intelligent people recognize Intelligent Design (God) .)
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To: MadIvan
Thank you, God.

Regards, Ivan.

LOL! I was just waiting for you to check in.

25 posted on 09/26/2006 11:59:54 AM PDT by demnomo
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To: Neville72

Obviously caused by global warming and George Bush.


26 posted on 09/26/2006 1:02:26 PM PDT by The Great RJ ("Mir wölle bleiwen wat mir sin" or "We want to remain what we are." ..Luxembourg motto)
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Note: this topic is from 9/26/2006. Thanks Neville72.



27 posted on 07/06/2012 10:52:19 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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