Environment at Present

The Globe

Some of the biggest earthquakes ever to rock the planet have occurred in the last 60 years. In 1960 the world's strongest recorded quake--9.5 on the Richter scale--devastated Chile, generating a 300-foot tsunami that wiped out entire villages there, and then raced across the Pacific to kill 61 people in Hawaii. A violent earthquake measuring 9.0 on the Richter scale hit Assam in northeast India in. 1950, and a 9.2 quake shook Prince William Sound in Alaska in 1964, killing 25 people and generating a tsunami that took another 110 lives. In 1976 China, prone to large, destructive earthquakes, suffered the most devastating earthquake to hit that nation in the twentieth century, killing an estimated 600,000 people in the Tang Shan province. The temblor leveled a 20-square-mile section of the city of Haicheng. A massive quake in Mexico City in 1985 killed 10,000; one in Armenia in 1988 killed 25,000. Iran; Japan; Taiwan; El Salvador; and Oakland, California, and Seattle here in the United States have all been struck by earthquakes in the recent past. (The Genesis Race)

A reconstruction of mean surface temperature in the northern hemisphere over the past two millennia based on high-resolution proxy temperature data (white curve), which retain millennial-scale variability, together with the instrumental temperature record for the northern hemisphere since 1856 (black curve). This combination indicates that late twentieth-century warmth is unprecedented for at least roughly the past two millennia for the northern hemisphere. (Climate Chnage in Prehistory)

...if the climate returned to the chaotic behaviour at the end of the last ice age, agriculture would only be possible in the most blessed parts of the world: modern-day refugia. The examples of the development of agriculture in the mid-Holocene in southern Mesopotamia and the Nile Valley reinforce this point. They show that even in a climatically benign period, it was only those places with the most reliable supplies of water that were capable of sustaining agriculture for centuries or millennia. Although agriculture has thrived in temperate latitudes for several millennia, the prospect of much more variable weather would pose a major challenge to maintaining modern yields. (Climate Chnage in Prehistory)

According to reports published in Nature and New Scientist, the last geomagnetic reversal was completed just 12,400 years ago - during the eleventh millennium BC. Scientists expect the next reversal of the earth's magnetic poles to occur around AD 2030. (Fingerprints of the Gods)

Particularly troubling is the fact that a remorseless decay of the earth's magnetic field has been underway during the last 2000 years and has been rapidly accelerating during the past century. Indeed, scientists now expect the field's energy to drop to zero, initiating a rapid north-south magnetic 'pole reversal' before the year 2300. (Heaven's Mirror)

Sonchis said that Atlantis was “larger than Libya and Asia combined; from it there was passage for the sea-farers of those times to reach the other islands, and from them the whole opposite continent which surrounds what can truly be called the ocean. For these regions that lie within the strait we were talking about seem to be but a bay having a narrow entrance; but the other ocean is the real ocean and the land which entirely surrounds it may with fullest truth and fitness be named a continent.” Every search for Atlantis is built upon the foundation of these two sentences spoken by an Egyptian priest twenty-five centuries ago. The priest claimed the location of Atlantis was recorded in Egypt’s most ancient records, presumably originally written by a survivor of the lost land. (Atlantis Beneath the Ice)

From this perspective Plato’s account is an accurate depiction of the entire globe as it would have appeared in 9600 BCE. Plato relates that this finely tuned geographic knowledge originated with the survivors of Atlantis, who passed their maps to the ancient Egyptians. Only an advanced civilization could have achieved such a highly sophisticated conceptualization of our planet. Despite the evidence before our eyes, we lost sight of Atlantis because we inherited the skewed worldview of the European explorers. But if we remove that prejudicial lens, the earth’s contours fall into place like the final pieces of a puzzle to reveal a crystal-clear image of Atlantis in Antarctica. (Atlantis Beneath the Ice)

Africa

 

Southwest Asia

 

Egypt

The modern Sahara desert is now nearly lifeless, with populations limited to the hardiest of desert plants and animals. The once semiarid habitable environment of southern Egypt and northern Sudan has dried up since 4500 BC, and is now dominated by the wind. (Before the Pharaohs)

Indus Valley

 

China

 

Europe

 

South America

In modern times, the Altiplano is subject to prolonged and severe droughts punctuated by seasons of disastrously heavy rains that cause flooding. The air is thin and does not retain much moisture or heat. Daily, temperatures show wide fluctuations and frosts can occur any time of year, making agriculture a constant struggle. Hail and winds also impact crops and only highly adapted, hardy, short-season tubers and grains can be grown. Agronomists say that just 20 percent of the Andean food crops are grown above 10,000 feet today. (The Genesis Race)

Mesoamerica

 

North America

In some prehistoric periods the Southwest was wetter than it is today, but for most of the last ten thousand years the Southwest has usually been at least as hot and dry as it is today, and there were short periods of extreme drought. (Patterns in Prehistory)

Other

A description of Antarctica, published in 1992 (more than twentyfour centuries later), offers a strikingly similar geographic account. “The most conspicuous physical features of the continent are its high inland plateau (much of it over 10,000 ft.), the Transantarctic Mountains . . . and the mountainous Antarctica Peninsula and off-lying island. The continental shelf averages 20 miles in width (half the global mean and in places it is non-existent).” Like Atlantis, Antarctica rises high above sea level. Indeed, it is the highest continent in the world. (Atlantis Beneath the Ice)

In 1958 it was discovered that Antarctica, contrary to what we see on most modern maps, is not a monolithic landmass, but rather an island continent adjoined by a group of smaller islands not visible to the naked eye. Although these neighboring islands are covered by a fresh ice cap, seismic surveys have penetrated their blanket of snow to reveal the true shape of the island continent. An ice-free map of Antarctica unveils the “other islands” mentioned in Plato’s account. (Atlantis Beneath the Ice)