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

Not only does this theory explain the same geological features which the plate tectonic theory tries to explain, and does it in a way which explains geological mysteries that tectonics has difficulties explaining, but it also appears to throw light on many mysterious aspects of mankind’s ancient past. For example, it is no doubt well-known to readers of this website that many ancient monuments are very precisely aligned with celestial phenomena (such as the rise or transit of important stars or constellations), solar stations (such as the rising or setting of the sun on the equinoxes, solstices, or cross-quarter days), and occasionally with significant points on the lunar cycle, or with the cardinal directions (the Great Pyramid being a notable example of alignment with cardinal directions as well as with celestial phenomena). Many of these ancient monuments are thousands of years old. If the theory of plate tectonics is correct, proposing as it does that continental plates often move an inch a year (sometimes more, sometimes less), how is it possible that any of these alignments are still intact? At an inch a year, the Great Pyramid, Stonehenge, and the megalithic temples on Malta would have drifted hundreds of feet, and yet all of them still display astronomical alignments, solar alignments, cardinal direction alignments, or a combination of the above. The hydroplate theory argues that the plates did slide, but that they did so once, and that they are no longer drifting about the way the tectonic theory says they are. They do continue to shift on occasion (which is one cause of earthquakes, especially in those areas next to the Pacific basin), but they do not drift. The monuments mentioned above, of course, were built after the cataclysmic flood, and hence supporters of the hydroplate theory are not surprised that they are still aligned.

This question of the ongoing alignments of ancient monuments is just one example of the intersection of geological theory and ancient human history, and an example of the importance of examining the two in conjunction with one another, because they are intimately connected. Another example is the explanation of the sedimentary layers found around the globe. Conventional theory holds that these were laid down over hundreds of millions of years, but the hydroplate theory argues that they were laid down during the flood event. In fact, many geological features seem to indicate that these layers were all soft and pliable when force was applied to create buckling or folding of these layers, which is consistent with the hydroplate theory and not with a theory of millions of years (in which case the layers would be brittle and would not exhibit the graceful curves and folds seen in many places on earth). Of course, if the strata were all laid down during the flood event, then the assumption that fossils (including human fossils) found in certain layers must be extremely old may well be completely incorrect. Strangely, even alternative researchers who reject the conventional explanations typically assume that human fossils or artifacts found in strata associated with great age are evidence that modern humans have been around for hundreds of millions of years, instead of considering the possibility that perhaps the strata are younger than the conventional theorists assume.

The hydroplate theory argues that the thickening of the continental plates at the end of the flood (when they ground to a halt) could have altered the rotational alignment of the earth. By far the thickest of the continents is found in the region of the Himalayas, home to the highest mountains on the globe. If this region was formed rapidly during a catastrophic event (as the hydroplate theory argues that it was), it would have acted like a big lead weight slapped onto the side of the spinning earth. The laws of physics would argue that this weight would want to move towards the equator by the principle of centrifugal force (if you spin a weight on a string around your head, it will naturally want to spin straight outwards). The Himalayas would have pulled towards the equator, but the bulge of the earth’s extra mass at the equator (the “spare tire” of mass at the equator, also caused by centrifugal force) would have acted to counterbalance this motion, and a kind of “tug-of-war” would have ensued. It was a tug-of-war which the larger equatorial bulge would have ultimately won, but not without a compromise, and in the process the entire earth would have rotated as much as 35o to 45o, moving the areas that were formerly at the poles to new latitudes, and swinging land that had been in temperate latitudes up to the Arctic and down to the Antarctic. This side-effect of the global flood would explain the anomalous fossils of the far north and far south, and it would also explain the submarine feature at the bottom of the Indian Ocean known as Ninety East Ridge, which points generally towards the Himalayas and which is an important supporting piece of evidence for this aspect of the theory.

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