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Connecting a Global Flood with the Mystery of Mankind's Ancient Past (cont.)
By David Warner Mathisen

Since the time of geologists James Hutton (1726 – 1797) and Charles Lyell (1797 – 1875), the dominant conventional paradigm for explaining the features we find on earth’s surface has been what geologists sometimes label as “uniformitarianism”: the idea that everyday processes such as those we see operating today, plus massive amounts of time, rather than extraordinary or catastrophic processes, are sufficient to explain the mountains, canyons, and even ocean trenches of our globe. Plate tectonics, proposed most notably by Alfred Wegener (1880 – 1930) and ridiculed harshly for many decades before it was accepted, continues in the uniformitarian tradition, by proposing tiny amounts of drift each year, which -- given enough time – will be enough to push up mountains or form deep submarine trenches, and so forth. Today, tectonics is taught as though it is “proven science.” However, there is a tremendous amount of geological evidence which indicates that there may be some serious problems with the plate tectonic theory, so much evidence that it is worth asking whether there might not be an alternative which would explain the evidence better than tectonics can (the answer has a tremendous bearing on the mysteries of mankind’s ancient past as well, as we will discuss).

I discuss this tectonics-defying evidence in my book, and on a blog where I write on subjects relating to those discussed in my book. Some of this evidence includes the Arctic and Antarctic fossil evidence mentioned above, the arc-and-cusp shape of many Pacific trenches (very difficult to explain using the mechanics of drifting and diving plates), the prevalence of earthquakes far from supposed plate boundaries, the unexpectedly low gravity readings found over ocean trenches (which should actually have excess mass and excess gravity if the tectonic mechanism is correct), the incredible submarine canyons (not trenches) such as the Ganges Fan and the Indus Fan and the Monterey Canyon, the extraordinary sediment deposits stretching along the southern flanks of the Himalayas from Pakistan to Bhutan thousands of feet deep, and of course the evidence found in that superlative open-air geological laboratory the Grand Canyon.

If you follow the links above, you will find that all of these examples are geological clues discussed by Dr. Walt Brown, a graduate of West Point and of MIT, who has proposed a new global flood theory called the hydroplate theory, which he backs with extensive research and discussion of the principles of physics and chemistry and with literally hundreds of geological examples from around the globe, including those mentioned above and many others. The more I learned of his theory, which deals primarily with geology and geological evidence, the more I became aware that it could shed light on many of the mysteries of mankind’s ancient past as well. These geological and civilizational questions are clearly connected – it is no accident that those who seek to explain lost advanced civilizations eventually become aware of the mysteries surrounding Antarctica, and of alternative theories which in the past have been proposed to solve some of these mysteries, such as the earth-crust displacement theory, or the various Venus-collision theories. Geological theory is intertwined with theories of mankind’s ancient past, as we will discuss further below.

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