Saturday, October 2, 2010

Could the Great Lakes have been formed in a mere ten years?

Hi David:

I mentioned on Coast to Coast AM with George Noory that many scientists now believe the Great Lakes were created in ten years around 13,000 years ago. You asked how that was possible. There's now a lot of evidence that an asteroid or comet exploded above--or perhaps partially on--the Laurentide Ice Sheet near where the Great Lakes now reside. This exploding extraterrestrial object would have generated enough heat to eventually eradicate much of that glacier, and its icemelt would have filled the Great Lakes in a shockingly short time period. This extraterrestrial explosion is known as "the Younger Dryas Extraterrestrial Impact Event" or sometimes "the Clovis Comet". Its impact markers are composed in part of n-type nanodiamonds, magnetized grains and microspherules, glassy carbon and polycyclic hydrocarbons. Many of these impact markers are found near or even at the bottom of the Great Lakes.

Bob Gleason

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Is there any support in science for a cataclysmic 2012 end time event?

I have been asked many times whether there is any scientific basis for a significant 2012 event. A claim that there is no scientific corroboration is a mantra of 2012 deniers. However, there is evidence from geology and other physical sciences that provide a basis for a Maya belief in a 2012 cataclysm.
When I’m asked as to whether there is scientific evidence to support a 2012 cataclysmic event, I start with the history of global size disasters that the Maya would have knowledge of from legends and campfire stories, just as knowledge of the Trojan wars, Biblical events and so much other history was passed down as campfire discussions long before they were recorded in writing.
Going back to the fact that the Maya believed that their world was destroyed four times in the past and the 2012 date foreshadows what they believed is fifth and last destruction, is there any scientific evidence of four major globe shaking disasters the Maya could have had knowledge of through campfire history? The answer is yes and we can start with the most famous Biblical disaster—the Flood.
Ancestors of the Maya and other indigenous people of the Americas originated in Asia and came to the Americas by crossing the Bering Land Bridge.
The so-called “bridge” was a dry land mass about a thousand miles wide which connected what is now called Russia’s Siberia region with Alaska. It was the path that prehistoric peoples and animals used to migrate from Asia and populate the American continent. That the path opened and closed many times over the eons is found in the presence not only of humans, but of species of animals that are found in both Asia and the Americas.
The final closure was caused by rising seas and turned the land bridge into the shallow sea it is today.
The Bering Land Bridge was deluged because of a phenomena that is in the news now everyday—global warming. Higher temperature thousands of years ago caused that land bridge and many others around the world to disappear under the seas as the planet turned up the heat and glacial ice that covered at times almost a third of the planet melted.
It is evident that the Flood referred to in Maya legend as one of the four earth shattering disasters was the disappearance of the land bridge under water. We also have to keep in mind that the area wasn’t actually a “bridge” that connected the people of Asia and America but a land mass people lived on.
With this in mind, we started with question of whether there is scientific evidence of cataclysmic events the Maya would be aware of that could form their legend that their world has suffered destruction four times. The first is Flood. We will deal with the other three in the next blog before going on to discuss the one of most concern to us: the fifth one.

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Is there any written record left of the Maya 2012 Prophecy?

We know that tens of thousands of records created over millenniums were destroyed and that information preserved not only events during the more than thousand years that they flowered as a high civilization, but all the information came down to them from the presence of their predecessors on the American continent for an estimated 25,000 years. Although with that destruction would have been information about 2012.
But there is a glimmer of hope because although the massive paper record of the civilization was destroyed, there is another source—a history written in stone.
We do have some record of the Maya and other Mesoamerican civilizations in their etching on stone and painted on walls, but even most of these were destroyed as the great monuments of Mesoamerica were dismantled by the European conquerors in order to use the building materials in their own structures—and sometimes simply to destroy all the remnants of the native American cultures in order to keep political dominance.
What little survived of the cultures is carved in stone on walls and stone slabs that we call “stele”. The most famous stele with a 2012 connection was found at Izapa, a site on Mexico’s Pacific Coast. Called Stele 25, the stone slab depicts a galactic alignment that marks the end of the Long Count calendar. We know now that there will in fact be a galactic alignment at that time, an event that astronomically only occurs once every 26,000 years.
In addition to this astronomical event, the Maya left carvings in stone that refer to the cycles of global disasters that their world had undergone over the ages, the periods of time they called “suns.”
The mistake many of the 2012 doubters make is that they view the Long Count calendar as merely a sequence of dates, as our own calendar is. But that is not correct—the Maya long calendar was not just a reflection of insignificant dates but a history of disasters. Unlike the annual calendar, it does not reflect a completely accurate tabulations of dates going back thousands of years; rather, the count begins with a legendary event, a time when their world last suffered cataclysmic events: destruction and creation.
The 2012 deniers ignore the fact that while the Maya had a annual calendar that was designed for everyday use (a multiple of 260 and 365 days called the Calendar Round) just as our calendars are, the Long Count calendar system was predicated upon cyclical cataclysmic events that surrounding the rebirth of their world after it was shattered.
So the concern about a catastrophic event lying in wait that will jump out at us on December 21, 2012 is not just the fact that is the last day on the calendar, but the fact that the Maya designed the calendar to reflect when cataclysmic events would occur, just as they believed it did four times previously.
An interesting aspect of the Long Count calendar being approximately 26,000 years long as 2012 is that figure coincides with the approximately 25,000 years ago that science estimates the ancestors of indigenous Americans started coming across the Baring Strait Land Bridge. There will be more about that later.
We have discussed the fact that any extensive record of 2012 events would have been destroyed when literally the entire written foundation of their civilization was burned, leaving just three documents out of tens of thousands and a few inscriptions on stone.
From my studies and analysis, I cannot see a basis for a serious scholar to simply say the Maya never recorded the reason for their 2012 end time prophecy. They best that can be said is that any specific record would have been destroyed but there are clues left in stone that tell us that the Long Count calendar itself is the biggest single piece of evidence because it is based upon cataclysmic events.
We will be discussing how, in an uncanny way, the Maya End Time scenarios are similar to Biblical apocalyptic events.
My next blog will deal with the question as to whether there is scientific support for the 2012 end time prophecy.
--My friend and co-author, Junius Podrug, contributed this blog.