Friday, December 28, 2012
We have reached the point at which the Atlantean Subsidence can be characterized. Work here has pinpointed the event itself in time to 1159 BC. We established that it ended a sea based culture known as the Sea Peoples to the Egyptians and as the Atlanteans to us. This culture arose to principally trade in copper and other metals including gold and its existence generated an expansion of general global mining activity that lasted approximately one and one half thousand years. Its principal expression in archeology was palace based trading factories all over the globe.
This civilization provided the impulse for the first Chinese dynasty, the first apparent Indian civilization and surely Meso - America and the Andean and Amazonian cultures. I would also not rule out Sumeria and Egypt in all this as either part of the original emergence or at least driven by it. My point here is to recall the global impact of the European Nations of Spain and Portugal as well as Great Britain between 1500 and 1800, all before the industrial revolution made market access worthwhile.
The Atlanteans had 1500 years to pull it together and make themselves unassailable.
Their core cultural center was on their home islands which provided protection from barbarism. These home islands included Lyonese directly west of Ireland and of the same size, the Azores platform likely as large, the Bermuda Bank which was much larger and critically, the Cuban ridge which compares to Japan.
This whole complex, linked to the Atlantic Ridge and the orthogonal Cuban Ridge was vulnerable to additional subsidence after the Pleistocene Nonconformity in 11900 BC. The trigger was the ongoing removal of the northern Ice Cap which resulted in the steady rise of the Hudson Bay platform and the transmission of hydrostatic change southward in particular.
This massive subsidence took place in 1159 BC and by its nature took the day and night that is reported in the cultural records. The west end of Cuba appears to have dropped a full mile. Lesser amounts are noted elsewhere. The Bahama Bank likely dropped modestly as it is part of the continent. As far as the Atlantic Ridge is concerned, we need to locate cultural artifacts such as we uncovered in Cuba to determine the magnitude.
My expectation though is that the worst part of the subsidence was centered on the Cuban Ridge and the Gulf of Mexico and the effects were substantially contained there. Recall that the Bahama Bank extends from Mid Florida to the Cuban Coast.
In short, the subsidence was way larger and more extensive than imagined just as the scope of the Atlantean empire was way larger and more influential than imagined. If I have learned anything though it is that it does not pay to be conservative on this at all and lack of evidence merely means we have not looked.