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

ALBERT FENECH

 

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The article I best loved as my favourite in 2018? This is it because I highly enjoyed writing it and I believe it stimulated food for thought.

 

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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.”

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

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!

The Mediterranean Basin becomes a large and enclosed puddle.

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?)

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

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 western Mediterranean begins to take shape.

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 Mediterranean Basin today.

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

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

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).

Malta, Comino (centre) and Gozo today.

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 north of Gozo, Fungus Rock and Dwejra.

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?

The volcanic top at Marsalforn in Gozo.

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

Inside the cave Ghar Dalam, an extinct river bed that contained proof of Malta’s links to Africa.

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.

Dwarf Elephant remains found at Ghar Dalam.

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.

Stalagmites at Ghar Dalam.

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. literally meaning The Cave of Darkness) which at one time was a large underground river running through caves and hence the presence of so many animal remains.

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?

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?

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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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