There Really Was a Flood?
Genesis 6:5-7, 13-14; 7:1-5, 17-24
ILLUS: On Tuesday, as I was reading the news, I came across this article in the Australian News:
''Biblical-style flood tore Britain from France''
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.''
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.
''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.''1
Science is just now beginning to learn what Christia ...
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