Ice ages seem to be part of a natural cycle, related to the earth’s axial tilt with regard to the sun, and to variations in the earth’s orbit around the sun. The earth rotates on its axis tilting between 25 degrees at its greatest tilt, and 22 degrees at its least. That tilt changes regularly and slowly over time. So also does the earth’s orbit around the sun. On a regular basis the earth’s orbit may vary by millions of miles. When the axial tilt and the and this irregularity of orbit coincide, so that most of earth’s surface get fairly equal amounts of sunlight, though the sun is further way, ice ages are likely to begin. The most recent ice age lasted about 100,oo0 years, thought its extent fluctuated. Peak glaciation was reached about 17,000 BC. Strangely, most glaciation was gone about 2,000 years later, which suggests that some unknown factor affected the ice melting. What that was is unknown, though someone wrote that a great way to start an ice age is for a comet or asteroid to land on a continent. This would send an immense amount of dirt into the atmosphere, causing the earth to become generally cooler, by screening off the sun. On the other hand, a good way to end an ice age is for a comet or asteroid to land in the ocean, sending immense amounts of water vapor into the atmosphere causing a great deal of rain, which would begin melting the glaciers. We don’t know if this is what ended the ice age, though it seems plausible, but it also might have been some other mechanism at work.
In any case, the end of the ice age, according to Graham Hancock, in Fingerprints of the Gods, began a period of geologic volatility: lots of earthquakes, lots of extremely large volcanic eruptions (which he compares with Krakatoa), a lot of reglaciation, followed by deglaciation again, and plenty of floods. For those who don’t know, Krakatoa was a volcano in the Indian Ocean which erupted with extreme violence in the 19th century, and put so much debris into the atmosphere that the following year had little or nothing in the way of a summer, worldwide. Picture a whole bunch of Krakatoas if not erupting at once, then erupting in fairly close succession. This was probably the period in which the human race came closest to extinction, and, according to Hancock, it lasted SEVEN thousand years, longer than all our recorded history. If there was no worldwide flood during this period (and there’s evidence to suggest there was), there were at least a lot of local ones, all over the world.
Evidence includes fossilized whales at fairly high altitudes in Alabama, Vermont and Ontario. Also large numbers of animals in at least one site in both England and Sicily, suggesting that both were entirely underwater at some point. There also seems to have been a very large lake created from ice-melt, which covered large parts of Canada and the USA, and took at least a hundred years to drain. There are also legends associated with this time. Most parts of the world have flood legends, and many of those legends are remote from the area of the Middle East. Not just in Europe, China, India and the Pacific, but also in the Americas. Many of them parallel the legends in the Bible and other Middle Eastern sources in citing divine help in saving the few humans that did survive, whether in the building of an ark, being saved inside a tree or on top of a mountain, one of which had the useful property of being able to float on water.
Robert Lomas and Christopher Knight, in Uriel’s Machine, say that salt plains in Utah are made from sea salt, which suggests a tremendously high tsunami to be able to reach through the mountains separating the area from the Pacific Ocean. They also menion the Caspian Sea (far from any ocean), and Lakes Van and Urmia in the middle east, which they say are salt lakes at a relatively high altitude. A comet or asteroid hitting an ocean might plausibly be enough to produce that kind of flooding.
Lomas and Knight experimented with structures similar to Stonehenge and other henges found in the British Isles, France, and elsewhere in the world, and found them to be devices that enabled the people who constructed them to keep track of what was happening in the sky, so they could tell if another comet was likely to hit the earth. Rand Flem’Ath, in The Atlantis Blueprint suggests that these henges could also help people keep track of movements within the earth, which could also cause terrifying destruction.
He also says that many of the earth’s ancient cities and holy places were constructed at fairly regular intervals, often right on latitudes whose numbers frequently end in 5 or zero. This is less clear when using the Greenwich prime longitudinal meridian, but when the Great Pyramid is used as the prime meridian, then numbers come out more evenly. And there are a lot of such places. Not just Jericho and Jerusalem, as one might expect, but also Nippur (which he calls the holiest city of ancient Sumeria), and cities like Pyongyang in Korea, Lhasa in Tibet, Quito in South America, and Easter Island. He theorizes that a worldwide civilization set up observation posts in many of these areas, since they were aware that potentially catastrophic earth movements were coming, and hoped to be able to predict where they would come, and in which directions the earth would move. Later peoples, unaware of their original use, considered them holy places, and frequently built cities around them.
There are various dates and causes ascribed to a worldwide flood. Lomas and Knight think there was a worldwide flood about 7600 BC, and then another more localized in the Mediterranean area, which they think happened in the 4th millenium BC, just before written history began, both of which they think were caused by comets. Rand Flem’Ath thinks there was a tremendous earth movement about 9600 BC, which put the earth into its current configuration. His theory is derived from that of Charles Hapgood, who believed that it’s sometimes possible for the earth’s crust to move relatively long distances relatively quickly under certain conditions. This would be a separate phenomenon from the slow earth movement that happens through tectonic plate movement, and which happens at a fairly constant rate. Hapgood had sent his theory to Albert Einstein, who thought it was scientifically sound. He and Einstein thought such movements might be caused by the large asymmetrical ice packs at the poles interacting with the forces of the earth’s rotation. Whether their belief in the cause was accurate or not, there’s evidence that earth’s landmasses have moved in the past.
There’s evidence that both Antarctica and islands around the north pole were once tropical, for instance. On one such island remains of a fruit tree 90 feet tall was found, and fossils of tropical life have been found on Antarctica. There’s also evidence that the poles have moved. The current north pole is located in the ocean near Greenland, but during the last ice age it was in the Hudson Bay area, and previous to that it was somewhere in the Yukon. Thee’s also evidence of previous ice ages beginning in Africa, India and Australia.
Another theory has to do with the magnetic poles (different from the geographic poles) reversing. Apparently this has happened a number of times, and one geologist suggests that it could cause the earth to lose its orientation, and to roll in a chaotic manner. This last seems unlikely to me, as earth’s rotation on its axis works like a gyroscope. Disturbance to its axial rotation would also tend to disrupt its orbit, in my opinion, which makes me think it would either move to an orbit further out, or fall into the sun. The latter seems more likely to me, but I lack the scientific knowledge to be able to say definitively.
Earth’s crust shifting seems more plausible, because it explains a number of things. One is that North America has had a generally pleasant climate for the last 10,000 years or so, which would seem less likely if the north pole were still located around Hudson Bay. Another is the number of quick-frozen mammoths found in Siberia, Alaska and the Yukon. This suggests that whatever happened was very quick, as the mammoths were found with undigested food in their stomachs, and food that hasn’t grown in those latitudes for a very long time.
It would also explain at least one of the 16th century maps I referred to in a previous post, which seems to show Antarctica without an icepack, at a time when Antarctica wasn’t even known by modern civilization, as far as we’re aware. Hapgood’s theory, taken up by Hancock, Flem’Ath and Colin Wilson, was that at least part of Antarctica was originally as much as 2,000 miles further north, where it would have had a much more pleasant climate, and where humans could have evolved to a very high level during the many thousands of years prior to the end of the last ice age. It was a large landmass, with mountains, a large river system, and plenty of fertile land. If this is true, it may well have been the land that Plato referred to as Atlantis, and evidence of its civilized past may now be buried under some 2 miles of ice.