This past weekend I was the guest on a TV program that will air in a few months. I spent quite a bit of time preparing for my appearance, and I assumed that the host would have prepared for it, too. I had provided to the show’s staff an outline, including pertinent questions, for how I envisioned that the interview might proceed, so it was not an unrealistic expectation.
Unfortunately for me, the host was unprepared. As a consequence, he did not grasp the importance of my primary finding, the unambiguous and historic error committed by Sedgwick nearly 200 years ago that has all of science believing that there was never a worldwide flood. I was very clear: “no flood, ever” is not the same as “presently exposed landscapes were never flooded.” I was looking the host in the eye as I explained this important matter, and what I observed was a complete lack of comprehension, if not utter vacuity. (I’m shaking my head as I type this.)
Perhaps half way through the interview, the host stated enthusiastically, “I love the Noah story!” Rather than focusing on the science, he instead pressed the matter by asking, “What are your thoughts on Noah?”
I am somewhat amazed by the speed at which possible responses – and their consequences – went through my head (Refuse to answer? How would that appear? Do I want a confrontation?). Turns out that I had anticipated such a question, so I decided to convey my thoughts on Noah as concisely as as possible. I hope that the producers will retain it for broadcast.
This incident got me to thinking that it might be worthwhile to share my thoughts about the legend of Noah. Here they are:
– If biblical time is taken to begin roughly 3000 years before present, then the legend of Noah precedes it by 10,000 years.
– Although flood legends are found in cultures around the planet, the Noah story, essentially that of a flood survivor with a large craft, originates from the Mediterranean Sea region.
– About which: a 2009 article in Nature identifies that the Med flooded through the Strait of Gibraltar. Several news articles (such as this) depict the region’s appearance prior to the flooding, and it is shown in the figure, below. Notice that there was a sea at the bottom of the pre-flood western Med.
– I had prepared this next figure for the show. It contains two identical maps of the western Mediterranean Sea. On the lower map I have superimposed a white outline that approximates the pre-flood shoreline in the previous figure. Note that river drainage systems from formerly upland regions can be identified in the blue areas above the white outline. All of them became preserved in the bathymetry after the Med flooded through the Strait. Furthermore, we note that the rivers’ erosive action ceased at the white outline. This is important, for it establishes a contradiction in published articles – Nature correctly recognizes that the erosion stopped at the former sea level, yet, in contradiction, we are expected to believe that submerged systems everywhere outside the Med were carved by phantom subsurface flows…. But I digress. Back to Noah.
– Note: although the Nature article captures the correct mechanism by which the Med flooded, the authors have the timing of the event grossly incorrect. The Med flooded through the Strait of Gibraltar 12,800 years before present at the Younger-Dryas boundary as a consequence of the IO’s impact in the Southern Ocean and the subsequent worldwide flood brought by its melted ice (IO? see first sentence of second paragraph here).
– I contend that Noah floated his boat in this pre-flood western Mediterranean Sea. Perhaps he traded animals and moved them to various ports? Whatever commerce he might have practiced is immaterial, for he did not save all the animals on the planet.
– Much like the Haida Gwaii, Noah survived because he was a pre-flood seafarer with a craft.
– Due to the altitude of the Strait’s flood water passage region, roughly 200m below present sea level (identified in the Nature article), the Med would have been the last major basin on Earth to flood.
– While the Med flooded, there would have been a cessation in the rise of the flood waters elsewhere around the planet.
– Related: the Haida Gwaii survived by keeping up with the eastern migration of the Pacific Ocean’s shoreline. While the Med flooded, the Haida Gwaii survivors would have recognized the cessation in the waters’ rise, and, perhaps thinking that the flooding had ceased, they set up camp about 100m above the shore. (Wouldn’t you?) This would put the campsite about 100m below final (present) sea level where their artifacts were recently discovered (mentioned in the link, above). Then, once the Med was completely flooded, the worldwide rise in all contiguous seas and oceans began again, so they returned to their survival crafts until present sea level was attained.
– After the IO’s impact, yet before the flooding through the Strait, human inhabitants of the western Med would have noticed dramatic environmental changes that included earthquakes, prolonged cold, and rains. I suspect that it took a bit more than forty days of melting before the flood waters reached the Strait, but it was somewhere on the order of months. During this time Noah would have observed the rains and other post-impact effects. But let us be clear: it was the IO’s melted ice that caused the flood and not the rain.
– Once the sea waters attained their present state, Noah eventually landed on some island in the post-flood Mediterranean Sea. Candidate locations include Corsica, Sardinia, Sicily, Malta, etc. Perhaps one of these islands was previously known as Ararat?