It Struck Suddenly! ARCHAEOLOGY NEWSFLASH 539c
I must tell you what happened at the backpacker lodge.
A tourist named Hank burst into a conversation I was having
with a Swedish girl.
NOT ENOUGH WATER TO DO IT?
“Look,” he barged in, with a skeptical lift of the eyebrows.
“There’s not enough water on earth to make a worldwide
Flood. Do you realise, man, that if all the clouds over
the earth emptied themselves simultaneously, the earth would
not be covered by even one foot of water?”
“Yeah. A real problem,” I conceded.
“I don’t see how you can wriggle out of that.”
Great, I thought. He’s ready.
“Let’s start with the ice stored on top of Greenland and
Antarctica,” I began. “If only those two masses were
released, the sea would rise by 150 feet.”
“Sure, that would drown thousands of towns and cities,”
quipped Hank. “But not the mountains. You still don’t have
“Agreed. Now, about 71 percent of our globe is covered by
water and 29 percent is dry land. The area of the Pacific
Ocean alone is nearly 10 million square miles greater than
ALL the continents and islands added together.”
I paused for a drink. The room was crowded. Some were
watching television; others, I noticed, were reading or
“Go on,” urged Hank.
“Did you know, Hank, that the average depth of the ocean is
13,000 feet – and the average height of the land is only 2,300
feet? So the ocean is, on average, 5½ times deeper than the
land is high. That means there is about 18 times more water
below sea level than there is dry land above it. If all the land
now above the sea were dumped into the ocean depths, it
would fill only one eighteenth of the oceans.
“Again, if all the land were smoothed out (no mountains, no
ocean basins), the water would completely cover it to a depth
of 1½ miles – 7,800 feet of water over the entire surface of
“Whew!: exclaimed Hank. “I never thought of that. But
there ARE mountains. And there ARE ocean basins. And
there probably always have been. Still doesn’t help you.”
“Oh yes it does! And here’s why. It’s an established fact
that most of the earth’s mountains are of recent formation –
in historical times, that is. There is good reason to believe
that the pre-Flood mountains were not as high as today.
“It is also agreed that sea beds can rise and continents sink.
This being so there is no difficulty whatever in finding
enough water, even for a universal flood.” (See an article by
Lt. Col. Davies, in Journal of Transactions of the Victoria
Institute. London, 1930, p.95)
“Must go now,” said Hank. “Mighty interesting. Let’s get
into this more, tomorrow. Good night.
It was a warm evening. Just a breeze. Very gentle. And no
mosquitoes, thankfully. So I went outside and sat on a bench.
I’d tell him tomorrow, I thought. That would help. Hank was
quite honest. Like many intelligent folk, who don’t know the
facts, he’d just assumed the Flood was a myth, and that was it.
Yet it was the biggest single heritage event that our whole
human race shared in common.
Yes, I’d let him know tomorrow. Let him know that the water
which produced the global Flood originated from THREE
Think I’ll share that with you now. Briefly, of course.
1. Underground basins
Huge amounts of water were locked under the earth’s crust.
These were “broken up” as the Deluge began.
According to tests, “there is an additional, virtually
inexhaustible supply of ‘primary’ water that is independent of
Like the geologists’ juvenile water, it comes from the depths
of the earth. Carried along underground channels, natural
pressure forces it upwards towards the surface of the ground,
often in places impossible to predict by geological methods.
Dowsers perceive this water as flowing through a vast
network of vein-like faults in rock, occasionally rising even
to the tops of hills in natural pipes, and then spreading out in
a dome like the spokes of an umbrella.
“In conventional geology books, there is nothing to support
this. Nevertheless, inexplicable sources of water have
occasionally been noted.” (Francis Hitching, World Atlas of
Mysteries. London: Pan Books, Ltd., 1978, p.95)
To their surprise, scientists drilling the world’s deepest well
near Kola in northern Russia found deep underground large
open channels filled with hot, mineral-rich water. (World
Book of Science. Year 1987, art. “The World’s Deepest
When the earth’s crust was suddenly shattered, perhaps as
many as 30,000 volcanoes erupted in unison, each giving off
millions of gallons of water a day. Volcanoes expel water
vapour as well as cinders.
3. Water canopy
An antediluvian water canopy enveloping the earth (but that’s
another subject) was precipitated at the time of the Deluge. It
contained enough water to cascade as torrential rain over the
whole earth for six weeks non-stop. It was at this time that
these waters entered our present oceans.
This thermal water blanket exists no longer. The great masses
of waters which destroyed the world are still lying in the
depths of the expanded ocean.
Come to think of it, the Flood waters never totally went away.
Before the Great Flood, the proportion of land area to water
area was larger, perhaps very much larger, than now. At
some time in the past, much of the present sea bottom was
Late during the Flood, the crust of the earth was pushed up,
raising land and pushing wider the ocean bed to receive the
run-off water. This water covers large areas that, before the
Great Flood, were land.
So it may be said that the waters of the Flood still lie over
large portions of the earth.
Who doesn’t love the sea, watching the waves race in, one
after another, toward the shore, hearing them crash, seeing
them splash over the rocks!
Now, whenever I am on a boat I gaze out over the restless
blue… and ponder.
At least 30 percent of this huge mass of water was added
as a result of the Great Deluge. Down there, under the
boat, is land where people once walked and breathed.
I am looking at the waters of Noah that never went away.
Can you imagine those men and women of the pre-Flood era?
Undoubtedly there were many who protested, “There’s not
enough water on earth to produce a worldwide Flood.” And
they had more reason to say that than do we.
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See you again later.
Your friend in archaeology,
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.