Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Modern Day Atlantis?

Since I'm probably moving to Florida in the next six months, the following piece of archaeo. news really hits home. Don't get me wrong, I'm excited to move back East to enjoy the last days of the coastal plain as we know it (before the sea levels rise, ya'll). It's an attitude that sneaks up on me like a sweet, sorrowful breeze .... I call it nostalgia for the present moment.

The wave that destroyed Atlantis

The legend of Atlantis may be more than just a myth. Research on the Greek island of Crete suggests Europe's earliest civilisation was destroyed by a giant tsunami. Until about 3,500 years ago, the Minoan civilisation was flourishing in the Eastern Mediterranean. But around 1500 BCE the people who spawned the myths of the Minotaur and the Labyrinth abruptly disappeared. Now the mystery of their cataclysmic end may finally have been solved. A group of scientists have uncovered new evidence that the island of Crete was hit by a massive tsunami at the same time that Minoan culture disappeared.

"The geo-archaeological deposits contain a number of distinct tsunami signatures," says Dutch-born geologist Professor Hendrik Bruins of the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Israel. "Minoan building material, pottery and cups along with food residue such as isolated animal bones were mixed up with rounded beach pebbles and sea shells and microscopic marine fauna. The latter can only have been scooped up from the sea-bed by one mechanism - a powerful tsunami, dumping all these materials together in a destructive swoop," says Professor Bruins. The deposits are up to seven metres above sea level, well above the normal reach of storm waves. "An event of ferocious force hit the coast of Crete and this wasn't just a Mediterranean storm," says Professor Bruins.

Source: BBC News (20 April 2007) Read the entire article here.

You know, if all the double-wides in Florida were equipped with a steel hull or at least a foam-filled bottom, then the apocalypse, when it rolls in, could quickly be transformed into the world's largest houseboat party.

5 comments:

Californians take on Florida said...

I will co-host the apocolypse boat-party with you. You bring the technology-that-will-save-us-all, I'll bring snacks.

z. said...

Huh wha? Florida, eh? Tell me more...

We'll have to meet up when I'm visiting (as I do every 6 months or so) & we'll float down the Ichetucknee together. (http://www.floridastateparks.org/ichetuckneesprings/)

Danielle said...

I don't think I've ever seen any of the cool parts (cool=appealing to danielle) of florida, as whenever I think florida, I get mildly depressed. Tell me you're moving to somewhere in Florida that I've never been!

I will be there in late june/early july to visit my grandpa, who unfortunately, does not live in a double wide, or even a single wide.

good luck with your plans, chico.

The Bad-Man said...

Four years ago, I had recurring dreams of vast oceanic territory seething with plesiosuars. I levitated/hovered above these dream-seas and watched the plesiosaurs do their Nessie thing (i.e. they craned their necks, snacked on smaller fishes, and generally looked mysterious and menacing yet strangely, drea-ly peacful in their collective execution of mysterious menace). Now, the only reason I remember this dream is because I re-read an old dream journal yesterday. And - maybe it's related, maybe not - last night I had my first ever Lucid Dream. Various archetypes were there, including the Woman With The Golden Hair, who, well...we...uh...nevermind. My point is that those plesiosuars used to live right here in the Americas. In fact, they used to snake around modern day Colorado like faithful friends, back when modern day Colorado was underwater. What does it mean when a man dreams of plesiosaurs? What does it mean, anyway, to lucid-ly dream? What would it mean to be swallowed up by a wave? Dungan, one thing I ask of you: Please Do A Posting About The "Cyclops" Archetype Before We All Go Down! Peace out.

astroroach said...

I grew up in Central Florida, mostly on the East Coast (Dad worked at the Cape). A few years ago I was visiting and brought some Sea-Doos with me. My brother and I rode them for miles down the Little Econlahatchee River where a regular boat would have trouble navagating. It was as if we'd been transported into the distant past. We reached a spot where the river was wide, stopped the engines and drifted. There was no sign of Man. No indication that anyone had ever passed there before. No sounds other than birds, or the occasional gator slipping into the water. It was completely unspoiled - beautiful beyond description. I had no idea there were any such places left in Florida. I imagine it won't be there much longer.

By the way, I like the houseboat idea!