“And that raises one of the mysteries..”

Ancient North Sea lanscapeIt’s certainly a fascinating discovery, although I’m not sure why the BBC are so startled by the revealed seabed off Rathlin Island. The somewhat breathless report suggested “some [unknown] cataclysmic event” was responsible. Except that there’s already evidence that, over 6000 years ago, a rapid rise in sea levels transformed the landscape elsewhere on the archipelago “in a relatively short period of time”. Surely that could account for these findings? I know there are some geologists out there, any ideas? The survey is supported by the UK’s Maritime and Coastguard Agency [MCA] and the Marine Institute of Ireland and the MCA have released a video of the Rathlin results [Windows media file]. Adds The BBC report can be viewed here

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  • Garibaldy

    I’d like to be the first to suggest that God created this at the same time as the Giant’s Causeway.

  • billie-Joe Remarkable

    And if you squint you can see how Rockall (just out of frame) is really a London suburb.

  • The Raven

    Utter shite, Garibaldy, and you know it.

    Finn McCool created it. And the big crater thing.

  • The Raven

    BJR, Rockall is as British as Finchley. Unless you’re from Iceland or Denmark.

    Or Finchley.

  • Greenflag

    Thanks Pete -fascinating videos . I hope Dave doesn’t see that map . It looks like the EU a.k.a Germany seems to be devouring Britian and the sea width between Ireland and Britain looks uncomfortably close 🙂

    No one of those Gbs above guessed at Atlantis 🙂 No imagination .

  • Driftwood

    The map gives the impression that the British Isles are all the same landmass, give or take a few hundred feet of water. Surley NOT. Given the massive cultural/genetic differences between people in Dublin and Liverpool????
    We all know that the “Irish” are a race apart, Colleens dancing at crossroads etc, cont page 94 Sinn Fein manifesto…

  • joeCanuck

    there’s already evidence that, over 6000 years ago, a rapid rise in sea levels transformed the landscape ..

    Proof positive of Noah’s flood, which happened not too long after God created the earth and our ancestors.
    Let the anti-supernaturalists sneer now..

  • Harry Flashman

    Actually joe as someone who has never taken the word of the Bible as literal truth it does nonetheless, along with the other great myths (Atlantis comes to mind) provide evidence that in the very dim and distant past men did witness some great cataclysmic changes that clearly had such an effect that they wrote it down. To simply dismiss the Bible as a myth would be to do it an injustice, the stories whilst fanciful, just the same as all the other great myths of civilisation, probably provide some clues to the origins of modern man.

    Of course that doesn’t stop so called secularist sceptics today creating their own myths; so the seas rose calamitously 6000 years ago, what, all own their own? Can’t be, clearly it must have been all those SUV’s, air conditioning units and coal fired power stations that the ancient men were using, I mean that is the only possible cause of climate change isn’t it?

  • joeCanuck

    Harry,

    I know. There is a lot of evidence that after the last ice age, a huge lake formed in Eastern Europe and there was an ice dam and it failed giving rise to a cataclysmic flood in the area of the Black sea. Many settlements have been found miles off shore under the water. And given that many societies have flood myths, something similar to this must have been happening all over the world.

  • speaking of ice dams there was something similar proposed in lake missoula USA where they believe a 2000 ft ice dam eventually broke catastrophically and emptied in about 48 hrs. 48 hrs! The pressure at the bottom of the dam started to blow threw the ice wall and then eventually the ice wall would have collapsed. The resulting devastation seemed to require millenia of weathering and other effects but apparently took only weeks. if i recall correctly something similar is proposed for the black sea although it was more debris rather than ice.

    http://vulcan.wr.usgs.gov/Glossary/Glaciers/IceSheets/description_lake_missoula.html

  • Mike

    “Noah’s Flood” by William Ryan and Walter Pitman was pretty persuasive (and actually quite entertaining in its way) about the Black Sea ‘portal’ flood theory.

    The Mediterranean seems to have dried up in the past and then reflooded in the same catastrophic way 5 million years ago (even more interesting ‘geographically’, less so ‘culturally’). Seemingly predicted to do the same millions of years hence as the Straits of Gibraltar narrow to a close.

  • Paddy

    Driftwood

    Could you clarify how this map shows the “British Isles” when Britain is not shown as an island but clearly joined to continental Europe?

    Ireland is shown as separate, while the British share a landmass with their genetic forebears the Angles, Saxons and Jutes. Indeed, Britain as shown on the map is linked terrestrially to Siberia, India and Turkey, whereas Ireland including ‘our wee country’ is quite clearly not. And Jim Alister wept.

  • manichaeism

    Driftwood,

    I think it was a case of the British kept telling us we were a race apart and treating us as such until the Irish eventually said “ok then”.

  • Peter

    Harry,

    You wouldn’t be seriously trying to suggest that scientists and informed people who claim that humans are effecting climate change faster than that which would happen without us, don’t realise that climate change has occurred naturally throughout this planets history? If you are suggesting this then you clearly don’t understand what the argument is today.

    Paddy,

    I can’t work out if your post is a joke or you are being serious?

  • Rooster Cogburn

    And to think, if that ‘unknown event’ had been only marginally more cataclysmic, none of us would ever had to suffer the existence of Derry.

  • joeCanuck

    Nor London either, Rooster, so there definitely would have been no Londonderry.

  • Greagoir O Frainclin

    I’m sure the anti-Europe groups in Britain finds that map disturbing!

    Well at lest we were always little island…… coz the good lord god above made us like that from the very beginning!

    ….ahem!

  • Harry Flashman

    “And to think, if that ‘unknown event’ had been only marginally more cataclysmic, none of us would ever had to suffer the existence of Derry.”

    Ah, what might have been!

  • The cataclysmic event seems to be that Lough Neagh is no longer there.