Monday, January 7, 2008

Did a Comet Cause the Great Flood?

The universal human myth may be the first example of disaster reporting.
by Scott Carney 11.15.2007

The Fenambosy chevrons at the tip of Madagascar. Image courtesy of Dallas Abbott

The serpent’s tails coil together menacingly.
A horn juts sharply from its head. The creature
looks as if it might be swimming through a sea
of stars. Or is it making its way up a sheer
basalt cliff?

For Bruce Masse, an environmental archaeologist
at Los Alamos National Laboratory, there is no
confusion as he looks at this ancient petroglyph,
scratched into a rock by a Native American
shaman. “You can’t tell me that isn’t a comet,”
he says.

In Masse’s interpretation, the petroglyph com-
memorates a comet that streaked across the sky
just a few years before Europeans came to this
area of New Mexico. But that event is a minor
blip compared to what he is really after. Masse
believes that he has uncovered evidence that a
gigantic comet crashed into the Indian Ocean
several thousand years ago and nearly wiped
out all life on the planet. What’s more, he thinks
that clues about the catastrophe are hiding in
plain sight, READ MORE HERE...

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