Ancient Cataclysm Rearranged Pacific Map, Study Says

Posted by Chris Parker
Nov 03 2007

National Geographic, October 24, 2007 テつ


テ「竄ャツ扞n the six hundredth year of Noah’s life, in the second month, the seventeenth day of the month, the same day were all the fountains of the great deep broken up, and the windows of heaven were opened.テ「竄ャツ Genesis 7:11


The cataclysm is the Greek expression for the Biblical Great Flood of Noah, from the Greek kataklysmos, to ‘wash down’ (‘kluzein’ wash – ‘kata’ down’). Erudite Bible studies drew it into the English language in 1633 and it has also been used to describe other biblical events such as the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah or The tenth plague of Egypt.

The modern usage of cataclysm is mostly confined to geological phenomena of high significance such as the destruction of Pompeii, the Tunguska event, 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake or the Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 collision with Jupiter

Julian Ryall for National Geographic News


A cataclysm 50 million years ago changed the face of the planet from the Hawaiian Islands to Antarctica, according to new research.

The collapse of an underwater mountain range in the Pacific Ocean turned Australia into a warm and sunny continent instead of a snowbound wasteland and created some of the islands that dot the South Pacific today.

“We have found that the destruction of an entire mid-ocean ridge, known as the Izanagi Ridge, initiated a chain reaction of geological events,” said Joanne Whittaker, a doctoral student at the University of Sydney’s School of Geosciences who led the research.

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