America and Australia drying out! ARCHAEOLOGY NEWSFLASH 448a
When Toowoomba City Council in Australia began talking about
recycling sewage water for drinking, things had to be bad.
Australia was in its worst water shortage in decades.Even before
the dry summer began, one town reported its reservoir was almost
People were asking, What is happening here? Why is this young
country experiencing water shortages? Must we expect this to get
In outback Queensland, a seven year old suddenly ran indoors to
her mother, screaming in fright.Raindrops were falling – and up
till now thischild had never seen rain.
Dick and I lay back on the deck soaking up the sunshine. The
topic turned to water.
“You would have loved it,” crooned Dick. “One of the lushest
spots you could find.”
“Where?” I asked.
Dick waved his arm. “Jonathan, did you know that Death Valley
once contained a hundred mile lake? It was a green paradise.
“And here lived a race of giant men and women. These people
enjoyed palatable foods – taken from the local lakes and
“How do you know?”
“There is fossil and skeletal evidence to prove it.”
Well, this sounded so far out, I just had to get to the truth
of the matter.
So would you like to know what really turned up? Okay, here it
There are stone buildings reduced to ruins by the action of some
great heat that passed over. All the stones are burnt, some of
them almost cindered, others glazed as if melted.
You will find further mention of ancient cities in this region,
which is now desert, in my book Dead Men’s Secrets,.
North America, has, of course, quite a number of ancient dried up
seas, which have turned to desert.
And – are you sitting down? – this may rock you!
Ships have actually been found, stranded in these deserts. Indian
and Spanish legends also speak of such ships – left behind when
the inland seas dried up.
Over centuries of time, it seems, the rainfall decreased, and
widespread forests gave way to grasslands.
Year by year, the imprisoned water bodies dwindled.
Finally, the dry-out broke the grass cover, exposing the soil
to wind action. And it appears that terrible dust storms arose
at this time.
And so desert conditions gradually crept over this early
dominion of man.
Just a word about that wild region at the head of the Gulf of
Described in 1850 as “a day’s march from San Diego”, were
discovered seven lofty pyramids within a mile square.
There were also massive granite rings, dwellings, blocks of
hieroglyphics and ruins reminiscent of ancient Egypt.
This once fertile, bustling land of people has now become an
unpeopled, thirst-stricken and heat-crazed land.
The process is still occurring.
So much fertile farmland has had to be abandoned for lack of
water along the interstate highway between Tucson and Phoenix,
Arizona, that by the latter half of the twentieth century dust
storms were frequently sweeping across the road.
I understand that the state had to install expensive warning
lights to tell motorists of dust storms ahead.
But this trend of a world drying out from the “flood puddles”
of an ancient cataclysm, left its marks not only in North
The same scenario is repeated in South America, Asia, Africa
Australia, a very flat continent, is now mostly dry. Traces of
salt pans and rivers that dried up thousands of years ago indicate
that it was once green, its climate mild.
LOST CITY IN NORTHERN AUSTRALIA
The Australian aborigines speak of an ancient city hidden in the
remote hinterlands of northern Australia.
According to the Australian Weekend News, three men made it
through the remote outback to visit the ruins of this alleged
city, known as Burrungu.
They reported ruined walls, stone houses, wide courtyards, and
stately arches that look down upon statues set along tree-shaded
Legends of the aborigines tell of white men living in the city
thousands of years ago.
“They were so tall they needed very big buildings,” the natives
claimed. “The city is taboo. It was once a place of much activity.”
From a plane I have gazed down upon the sand dunes of this
wasteland. Satellite pictures of sand dune patterns indicate that
a sea larger than America’s Lake Superior existed in Central
Australia. Today’s salt lakes were once part of this sea.
The dunes were formed as it progressively shrank and the climate
In December, 2003, Australian antiquities researcher Gilbert Deem
told me: “We have sites to investigate around the perimeter of
the old inland sea in central Australia. We have some amazing
stuff from there.”
He noted the many references to the inland sea in the early
history of Australia.
About 3,000 years ago, the Phoenicians were mining in central
Australia, accessing via two entrances: one near Broome and the
other in the Gulf of Carpentaria.
There was once a strait called “the north-south passage”, which
ran from the Gulf of Carpentaria in the north to the vicinity of
Spencer’s Gulf in South Australia.
“This was the one that [the British explorer] Flinders and the
Frenchman Baudin went looking for when they met at Encounter Bay,”
“Flinders had secret orders to find the passage, as the British
East India Company was looking for the old strait mentioned on
the Phoenician charts which were used by Columbus, Cook and the
early Australian navigators.
“They knew exactly where they were going.
“The Spanish, Dutch, Portuguese and French (all expanding their
empires) had the same maps.
“It is also on record that a Captain Williamson, an American
whaler, sailed through the passage – and that was only
The British East India Company was interested in it, as it was
a much more viable alternative (than to navigate through the
Great Barrier Reef) to access the Spice Islands, Timor Sea, etc.
The early Australian explorers went searching for the inland sea
Charles Sturt’s journals are a brilliant read. He concludes that
the inland sea must have only recently dried up and had been the
subject of a great cataclysm, since the top section of vegetable
matter still stank.
He found a bank of sea shells – there are drawings in his books
– that was 300 feet thick.
Also there are many Phoenician petroglyphs in central Australia
which are high above the land line now. They trace back to the
inland sea levels when they were much higher.
Even today, in central Australia, when the monsoons come the
old basin is exposed and it is possible to navigate from north
to south within the continent.
“There are many maps of Australia which show the inland basin
and the outlines of the passage,” said Gilbert. “It’s all there.”
In Western Australia, the east-west road from Esperance to
Ravensthorpe dips down periodically to traverse numerous wide,
dry watercourse beds, carved out as the inland sea drained to
the Southern Ocean.
Australia’s giant animals suddenly became extinct as the
freshwater lakes quickly dried and the surrounding grazing lands
A ONCE FLOODED LAND DRIES OUT
In a nutshell, then, this is the picture.
At the termination of the cataclysm which ancient civilizations
spoke of as the Great Flood, large amounts of water were stranded
in the interior basins.
Such bodies of trapped water existed all over the planet. And
rain continued to be abundant.
As man spread out to repopulate the globe, cities sprang up where
there was water.
But eventually, the rampant volcanism wrought tremendous
atmospheric changes. Strong jet-stream winds swept the earth.
These gave rise to great wind-blown sand deposits. The climate
became generally dry, warm and windy.
And since that time, the interior basins, not maintained by the
local precipitation, have been drying up.
Now many of them have become creeping deserts.
Over one third of the globe’s land surface is now menaced by
It is estimated that 80 percent of the dry rangelands, 60
percent of the rain-fed croplands and a third of all irrigation
lands on earth are already affected by the march of the deserts.
Deserts everywhere are spreading relentlessly and with alarming
speed – often emerging in places separate from existing
Thanks largely to man’s own folly, desertification now threatens
the fragile existence of over 900 million people.
Worldwide, the area of desert grows by 40 square miles every
No, that’s not a typing error. It is 40 square miles yesterday,
40 square miles today… and another 40 more square miles tomorrow.
That’s how fast our deserts are growing.
Would you like to know more? I have prepared a sequel to “Dead
Men’s Secrets”. It explains the forgotten secrets of our earth
SINCE the great disaster.
For the first time, you see world history knit together in a
way that makes sense.
Discover the gripping story of the geological settling of our
earth AFTER the Great Flood. And its amazing effect upon human
For a reason that will become apparent as you read it, I have
named this report, “The Corpse Came Back”.
Anyway, here’s where to go discover more:
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International explorer, archaeologist and author
Jonathan Gray has traveled the world to gather data on
ancient mysteries. He has penetrated some largely
unexplored areas, including parts of the Amazon
headwaters. The author has also led expeditions to the
bottom of the sea and to remote mountain and desert
regions of the world. He lectures internationally.
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