Noah’s Great Flood is one of the most famous stories the Bible has to offer. Now, two geologists and an acclaimed underwater archaeologist think they have found proof of the event that inspired the legend. The results of their research indicates that the Black Sea deluge was Noah’s Great Flood.
In 1996 two Columbia University marine geologists brought a measure of credibility to the flood story with their discovery. They found evidence showing that a catastrophic flood took place in the Black Sea about 7,600 years ago. Dr. William B. F. Ryan and Dr. Walter C. Pitman III (geologists), of Columbia’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory in Palisades, New York found archeological, geological, and climate data to support their thesis. They believe that these new discoveries can change history.
According to the two scientists, in 5600 B.C., salt water from the Mediterranean and Aegean seas escaped into the Black Sea, which was a landlocked freshwater lake at the time. They believe that the flood covered more than 60,000 square miles of coastal plains, which increased the size of the Black Sea to the size it is today.
Robert Ballard, one of the world’s best-known underwater archaeologists is also doing research in this area. He also believes that the water levels of the Mediterranean and Aegean seas rose, and the runoff escaped into the Black Sea. He was interviewed by Christiane Amanpour for ABC News regarding his research. During the interview, he talked about his findings.
His team found traces of an ancient civilization hidden underwater while they were probing the Black Sea off the coast of Turkey. These findings support Ryan and Pitman theory and seems to also support the Bible’s story of Noah’s Flood. Ballard has much experience in this underwater research. In 1985, his crew found the world’s most famous shipwreck, the Titanic. Now Ballard is using robotic submersibles equipped with remote-controlled cameras to verify his claim regarding the flooding of the Black Sea.
Ballard and his crew found an ancient shoreline four hundred feet below the surface, which is proof to him that a catastrophic event happened in the Black Sea. By carbon dating shells found along the shoreline, Ballard said he believes they have established a timeline for that catastrophic event, which he estimates happened around 5,000 BC. This research is building on the theory of Dr. Ryan and Dr. Pitman.
Their theory suggests that the story regarding this traumatic event went into the oral tradition and was passed down from generation to generation by word of mouth until it was written down as the biblical account of Noah’s Great Flood. Ballard’s research fits right in with Dr. Ryan and Dr. Pitman’s controversial theory. It is controversial because not everyone agrees with the findings. Some researchers believe that it is too early to tell if their research points to a real event and think that more research is needed. Ballard and his team said they plan to return to Turkey and continue the research the next summer.
Catastrophic events such as flooding are not unique to the Bible and are expected to happen again and again because of earthquakes and comets. To read about recent floods caused by earthquakes and tsunamis, all you have to do is search the Internet. If earthquakes can produce the small recent floods, why not produce the greatest catastrophe of all, Noah’s Great Flood.
Did the Black Sea Flood destroy Atlantis? Yes. In my opinion it is related to Atlantis’ destruction. I believe that Plato, Ballard, Ryan, and Pitman are describing the same event. However, the dating of the flood is much later than the dating of Atlantis. Plato said that Atlantis was destroyed about 9,000 B.C. Now, all the researchers have to do is come together on the timing.
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