Six million years ago, the flow between Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean blocks.

 

ALBERT FENECH

 

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This is what Genesis states about the Great Flood recorded in the Old Testament of the Bible, known as Noah’s Flood:

“Noah was six hundred years old when the floodwaters came on the earth. And Noah and his sons and his wife and his sons’ wives entered the ark to escape the waters of the flood. Pairs of clean and unclean animals, of birds and of all creatures that move along the ground, male and female, came to Noah and entered the ark, as God had commanded Noah. And after the seven days the floodwaters came on the earth.

“In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life, on the seventeenth day of the second month—on that day all the springs of the great deep burst forth, and the floodgates of the heavens were opened.

“And rain fell on the earth forty days and forty nights.”

Well, I trust you appreciated the gist of the above. My only query concerns the “clean and unclean animals” and can only surmise the “unclean animals” were actually the human beings!

Now let’s go back a few million years in time – in fact, six million years. A recently published bit of research shows that at one time the Mediterranean Sea was actually part of the Atlantic Ocean (hence perhaps theories of Malta being the “centre” of the Lost Continent, Atlantis?)

However, the channel flow between the Mediterranean and the Atlantic was narrow and restricted. In time the whole of the Mediterranean Basin was affected by an enormous drought and the narrow channel became blocked, cutting off the channel flow.

The Mediterranean Basin becomes a large and enclosed puddle.

Thus, six million years ago the Mediterranean became an enormous enclosed puddle and large stretches began to dry up as the puddle contracted and became smaller and smaller because of a lack of new water input and enormous droughts caused by lack of rain.

The drought is estimated to have lasted 640,000 years by which time the whole of the Mediterranean had virtually become bone dry.

Then, 5.4 million years ago the great flood breaks through and opens the channel once more.

Then came the enormous flood, the mother of all floods which became known as The Flood of Zanclean and ended the drought crisis that has been named as The Messinian Slinity (MSC).

The western Mediterranean begins to take shape.

Millions of litres of seawater are said to have burst through the area which today is known as the Straits of Gibraltar, creating an enormous flood which swept through the dry Mediterranean basin, first filling the immediate western part (i.e. the south of Spain and France and the north of Morocco and Algeria) and boring further and further eastwards to become the Mediterranean Sea that we know today.

The Mediterranean Basin today.

Was this Noah’s Great Flood as recorded in the Bible? HOWEVER, human beings were not around 5.5 million years ago, so how did the information filter down to the time when biblical tracts were being written?

Surely, an unexplained mystery. Was it Divine Inspiration that illuminated the biblical scholars? Was it information transmitted from outer space?

A NASA picture from space of the Central Mediterranean at night with electric illumination.

The study of the drought and the great flood that followed was published in the international journal “Scientific Reports” and was put together by Professor Aaron Micallef and Dr Angelo Camerlenghi.

Now, let’s consider Malta’s strategic position in the very centre of the Mediterranean Sea. There is ample evidence to show that back in the mists of time Malta was connected to Africa and what is today Sicily and the southern part of Europe. In fact, Malta is regarded as “the bridge” that connected the two continents which at the time were one land mass.

Malta, Comino (centre) and Gozo today.

Further ample evidence in Malta shows the presence of dwarf elephants and dwarf hippos as well as deer and a variety of other animals (bones at the cave known as Ghar Dalam – i.e. the Cave of Darkness) which at one time was a large underground river running through caves and hence the presence of so many animals.

So, was it enormous earthquakes that destroyed the bridge and left Malta as minute and isolated hilltops? Or was it the enormous flood that ate away the lower bone dry surfaces as seawater poured in, leaving just the exposed hilltops of Malta and Gozo?

The south west of Malta, the Blue Grotto at Wied iz-Zurrieq and the distant offshore speck of an island of Filfla.

There is ample evidence too that Gozo was a volcano top.

Will we ever know of all of these mysteries surrounded   by the swirling mists of time?

The north of Gozo, Fungus Rock and Dwejra.

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MALTESE SAYING

“You cannot mend a hole in a sheet of canvas with slices of pumpkin”

If you want to put things right do it properly; it’s of little use taking half and temporary measures – like trying to plug a hole in a canvas sheet with slices of liquid pumpkin.

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The volcanic top at Marsalforn in Gozo.

 

 

 

 

 

About Albert Fenech

Born in 1946, Albert Fenech’s family took up UK residence in 1954 where he spent his boyhood and youth before temporarily returning to Malta between 1957 and 1959 and then coming back to Malta permanently in 1965. He spent eight years as a full-time journalist with “The Times of Malta” before taking up a career in HR Management but still retained his roots by actively pursuing freelance journalism and broadcasting for various media outlets covering social issues, current affairs, sports and travel.