A couple weeks ago I came across an article saying how the Guardian described Graham Hancock’s “Ancient Apocalypse” as being the most dangerous show on Netflix. Well, I have a low opinion of news media and an especially low opinion of mainstream news media, so I immediately decided to check it out.
So I suppose an ancient advanced civilization might have existed at the end of the last ice age (even though there isn’t much evidence of that); or perhaps the lesser gods or giants of old as described in Genesis could have been trying to help primitive humanity prepare for the next disaster. But that is nothing but fun speculation.
What caught my interest was the Younger-Dryas impact theory. I hadn’t come across that before. I have had my head down trying to balance work, competition shooting, flying, and trumpet playing; along with settling into our new house, in a new town, and integrating into a new church.
While Hancock’s views of an ancient advanced civilization are merely speculation, it appears that the Younger-Dryas impact theory itself is reasonable and may have been recently accepted.
I am hoping there are those on this forum who have real expertise in this area.
I live in the Pacific Northwest. I have lived in Oregon and Washington, and recently escaped Oregon for Northern Idaho. I have family in Corvallis, OR and Olympia, WA. I also go to Missoula, MT for my shooting competitions. Driving to those places allows a close up look at some fascinating geology.
Starting from the East, we have lake shore stratification lines on many of the large hills along I-90 to Missoula. There is also a lot of river rock well above the Clark Fork of the Columbia River.
When I drive down Hwy 365 from west of Post Falls to Tri-Cities, I drive through the Channeled Scab Lands. Along the Columbia River, both along I-90 in Central Washington or along I-84, we have the Columbia River Gorge.
The first explanation I came across for all this was Lake Missoula. They say that during the last ice age, a 2000’ tall ice dam formed where the Clark Fork and Columbia come together near Lake Pend Orielle at the N. Idaho / N. WA border. Water backed up across N. ID and Montana. IIRC, Flathead Lake, Lake Coeur d’Alene, and Lake Pend Orielle are all remnants of Lake Missoula. It was larger than some of the great lakes.
They say that it burst and filled several times, and that is what created the Columbia River Gorge. A big hunk of this water also drained into SE WA, creating Lake Lewis, and when Lake Lewis drained it created the Channeled Scab Lands.
I wonder if the Younger-Dryas impact theory is a better explanation for the Gorge and Scablands?
I also wonder about all those ancient sites like Gobekli Tepe and Serpent Mound. They all seem oriented in an astronomically significant way. Did the Hunter-Gatherers of that era have the understanding to build something like those places?