While surveying the Hiawatha Glacier in Greenland, a group of scientists noticed a spectacularly large structure they suspected to be the site of a massive meteor impact. Upon further inspection, they have confirmed that beneath the ice is a 19-mile-wide bowl-shaped crater, roughly the size of New York City. This discovery could have unexpected implications for history.
The scientists estimate the size of the meteor that hit Greenland at one kilometer in diameter, just short of a mile wide, which is one-tenth of the size of the meteor that wiped out the dinosaurs 66 million years ago. As such, it is one of the biggest impacts ever found, and it happened recently in geological terms.
What has taken thousands of years to build up can be demolished by the unexpected overnight.
Sadly, the scientists have not been able to access the crater directly since it is covered by ice, and so they can only limit with certainty the time range to somewhere in the last three million years. However, the only known major climate event in this period, the Younger Dryas Event, occurred nearly 13,000 years ago, at the end of the last ice age.
During the first 500 years of the Younger Dryas Event, sea levels rose by about 65 feet, and much of that possibly occurred in a matter of weeks. The massive flow of fresh water into the ocean, known as Meltwater Pulse 1a, caused the world temporarily to revert to the ice age for several hundred years. The catastrophically rapid sea-level rise strongly implied that some cataclysmic event caused it – like a gigantic meteor strike in the glaciers of Greenland.
Interviewed by podcast host Joe Rogan, architect and geological theorist Randall Carlson discussed the epic scale of the disaster.
Carlson pointed out that a massive extinction event coincided with the Younger Dryas period. Cultures from around the world feature myths and stories about a great flood that destroyed the earth; the two most well-known are the biblical flood and Atlantis. Could they be fragments of memories of the ancient meteor strike that caused the instant melting of huge amounts of ice?
The violent transition from the ice age opens the possibility that advanced human civilizations extant long before recorded history were destroyed by the rapidly rising sea levels.
If that’s true, then sadly most of the evidence is probably submerged and currently unreachable because people throughout the ages have always lived near the coast. Scientists have found only a few ancient sunken human habitats, such as the more than 9,000-year-old huge lost city in the Gulf of Cambay in Western India.
On land, there are traces of ruins that could be the remnants of civilizations more ancient than currently believed. One of the most famous is the Sphinx in Egypt. Some geologists, such as Dr. Robert Schoch, agree that the megalithic construction and its surroundings show signs of severe water erosion. Given that Egypt has seen very little rainfall in the last 8,000 years, the heavily eroded state of the Sphinx must place the monument far earlier than the official date of Egyptologists.
While both meteor impacts and ancient lost civilizations are interesting topics in themselves, they are also highly relevant to the modern world and how we view ourselves.
If relatively advanced civilizations existed more than 13,000 years ago, and they were wiped out by a flood that took thousands of years to recover from, we learn something important about the nature of progress: It is neither a straight line nor inevitable. What has taken thousands of years to build up can be demolished by the unexpected overnight; and when we lose it, it is gone for a long time, possibly forever.
Too many progressives believe that cultural heritage is garbage that can be dismissed and replaced by today’s whims of correctness. They have little respect for the achievements of the past and think that improvement is easy. If lost advanced civilizations from the ice age are confirmed, it demonstrates the vulnerability of civilizations. We should learn from the past rather than discard it.