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Overview Basing their research on geophysics, oral legends, and archaeology, the authors offer evidence that the flood in the book of Genesis actually occurred.
Publishers Description Over the millennia, the legend of a great deluge has endured in the biblical story of Noah and in such Middle Eastern myths as the epic of Gilgamesh. Now two distinguished geophysicists have discovered a catastrophic event that changed history, a gigantic flood 7,600 years ago in what is today the Black Sea. Using sound waves and coring devices to probe the sea floor, William Ryan and Walter Pitman revealed clear evidence that this inland body of water had once been a vast freshwater lake lying hundreds of feet below the level of the world's rising oceans. Sophisticated dating techniques confirmed that 7,600 years ago the mounting seas had burst through the narrow Bosporus valley, and the salt water of the Mediterranean had poured into the lake with unimaginable force, racing over beaches and up rivers, destroying or chasing all life before it. The rim of the lake, which had served as an oasis, a Garden of Eden for farms and villages in a vast region of semi-desert, became a sea of death. The people fled, dispersing their languages, genes, and memories.
Citations And Professional Reviews Noah's Flood: The New Scientific Discoveries About The Event That Changed History by William Ryan & Walter Pitman has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Wilson Public Library Catalog - 12/31/2008 page 1108
Wilson Public Library Catalog - 01/01/2004 page 871
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Studio: Simon & Schuster
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.37" Width: 5.48" Height: 0.7" Weight: 0.95 lbs.
Release Date Jan 25, 2000
Publisher Simon & Schuster
ISBN 0684859203 ISBN13 9780684859200
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More About William Ryan & Walter Pitman
William B. F. Ryan and Walter C. Pitman are senior scientists at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University and recipients of the Shepard Medal of excellence in marine geology.
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3.5 Stars for Important Initial Science, Unfortunately Used for the Fulmillment of an Eurocentered Theory Apr 2, 2008
Published in 1998, the authors primarily recount a science cruise on the Black Sea in 1993, but also mention others in the 1960s and also on the Glomar Challenger in the Mediterranean in 1970. The maps could be a bit more exhaustive, yet the one provided for the latter cruise is much better than the one in its own book, The Mediterranean Was a Desert: A Voyage of the Glomar Challenger, which postulates the very same finding: Whereas the Strait of Gibraltar rebroke some 5.3 million years ago, causing a gigantic (prehuman) flood, the Strait of Istanbul (new name for Bosphorus) broke around 5,600 B.C., causing a quite similar event. That other book clearly served as a role model for this one, above all the style of writing as a travelogue, which is digressing from the topic a bit too much for my personal taste. (Both books were written by different scientists on board the 1970 cruise.) Yet, I could take all the dispensable information better than some other readers. Still, it is one thing to let us participate in a scientific crime story and another to indulge in personal diary information, completely unrelated to the issue. I am reading A LOT of non-fiction books, yet it was the first time, I came across a book with quite extensive footnotes neither numbered nor even marked in the regular text pages. What else to do than to check the back of the book at the end of each chapter and read the potential surplus information page wise - i.e. not when it would have been advisable. I am very sorry, a subtraction of half a star is definitely due now at the latest for the book's style.
On the one hand, the sediment drillings and corresponding conclusions come across very convincingly. An updated edition of this book is advisable by now (ten years later, when human knowledge in general has quadrupled) and cross checks with other scientists would have been nice. Yet, the overall direction of the flood premise seems to be very much correct. A 2004 update is (one chapter in) Mystery of the Ancient Seafarers: Ancient Maritime Civilzation.
On the other hand, the scientists leave their field of expertise for an in principle laudable more holistic picture. Yet the book becomes less convincing. I am open minded and will consider the Black Sea flood as the source or one of the sources for the Biblical flood. The theory works at least. However, I have come across other theories, which merit at least as much attention for a potential source of Noah's Flood. These include: Uriel's Machine: Uncovering the Secrets of Stonehenge, Noah's Flood and the Dawn of Civilization which suggests two cometary impact events as the source, more convincingly connecting it to the Bible, even though more unorthodox, particularly to Enoch, who features a bit more in some socalled apocrypha. A more pure science approach on comet impacts is Rain of Iron & Ice (Helix Books). Voyages of the Pyramid Builders: The True Origins of the Pyramids from Lost Egypt to Ancient America avers a cometary and/or other flooding in Sundaland (South East Asian island nation world, which was once all mainland) causing a much bigger, much more immediate, more necessary and more watery mass migration. Then of course, there are the Mediterranean Valley culture(s) theorists. Unfortunately, the three books I have read on this issue tend to be more yellow press to various degrees. In order of getting worse: Before the Pharaohs: Egypt's Mysterious Prehistory (still acceptable), Ancient Traces, Technology of the Gods: The Incredible Sciences of the Ancients. If you are interested in cartographic evidence of civilization before the flood, I highly recommend the 1960s science classic Maps of the Ancient Sea Kings: Evidence of Advanced Civilization in the Ice Age.
I am certain, the Black Sea Flood has happened. Maybe this book hasn't found the reason, though (comet) and/or ALL the similar floodings of that sea/lake. Comet strikes surely produce more global, more catastrophic floods. As in deadly. Sure, the people(s) had to migrate. That is the point: They lived to be able to do that as the death toll would have been rather limited to the initial break through tsunami, caused by suddenly displaced rocks. Curiously, this book doesn't even get such an idea. But after that tsunami, the steady rise would have been gigantic in the end result, but as the authors say at a daily rate of half a foot in height (some 15 cm) or a quarter of a mile (some 400 meters) without getting wet feet. It must have been exhausting over a rather long period of time to move entire villages including cattle, yet probably nobody would have had to run after the initial fresh water tsunami. And I am not exactly sure, why an arch would have had to be build... Even more curiously that this book quotes the Sumerian Flood Story of Atrahasis in connection with the flood: "The darkness was total, there was no sun." That sounds like a comet strike, not an earth wall break through. The title and thesis of a connection with Noah's Flood caused much more attention, controversy, and ultimately commercial success. At least, if the number of reviews on this site for the two books on the quasi identical topics about adjacent water bodies are any measure: 1 for "The Mediterranean was a Desert", 73 for "Noah's Flood" (before my reviews).
As a postscript, I want to remark that I find it most amusing to add YET ANOTHER Eurocentric theory of why the Egyptians supposedly were really Europeans: Their pre-dynastic basis represents the diaspora of Indo-European (once called Indo-Germanian) flood migrants. Like what: Across the Anatolian mountains, etc. completely disregarding the natural human expansion from the Ethiopian region? Couldn't there at least have been an assimilation of European catastrophy asylum seekers into Egyptian society? Not to mention that the idea that the Bible stories derive from Indo-Europeans is a bit unorthodox Eurocentered to begin with.
Flight of a Fanciful Imagination Aug 16, 2007
Here is a shining example of how an idea can be woven into a complex tapistry and sound so academic, that the unsuspecting casual observer may be led down into a geologic box canyon, and left there permanantly off track.
Here are a couple of academics hoping against hope to score the big one; if only they can sound erudite enough. The simple fact that they simply fail to perceive the massive, gargantuan amount of evidence of a world wide flood, establishes only their ignorance. If a vast body of scientific data exists which can only be explained by a catastrophic flood, and one chooses to ignore that data, then one is by definition ignorant. I adjure any and all not to go down this trail. Life is too short to be wasted machinating fanciful things...but then practically the entire world has done and is doing precisely that contemplating the so called deathly hallows, have they not. Off hand, that is an even more sinister box canyon. At the very least another egregious waste of time.
THE BLACK SEA Jul 13, 2007
ANYONE TRAVELING ON THE BLACK SEA SHOULD READ THIS BOOK FIRST.
Mendocino Book Group May 12, 2007
With a NASA scientist, NPR researcher and others in the group, the book generated discussion on scientific issues and proofs, Biblical references, and the diaspora from the Black Sea. Fascinating book!
Excellent history/scholarship but definitely NOT light reading! May 5, 2007
This is an excellent description of the discovery of ancient pre-biblical texts dealing with the Flood, including how several important ancient languages were first translated.
This is not an academic treatise; in theory it is written for the general public. But beware, this is definitely not light reading. Although it does not contain math, chemical formulas, graphs, etc., it very quickly gets into some fairly heavy descriptions about how particular scientific conclusions were reached based on things like underwater core samples. Oddly, there are no photos at all, only drawings of general scenes such as people sitting around a campfire listening to an ancient storyteller.
Totally aside from the Flood issue, this book presents a good picture of how scientists conduct their work, problems they face such as visas and totalitarian governments, international cooperation and transmission of information within the academic community. Anyone interested in the History of Science, ethnology, the study of mythology, the discovery of ancient Middle Eastern cities, ancient Middle Eastern culture or discussions of practical problems encountered in extended field work outside of modern areas will find this helpful and interesting.