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Catastrophes: the Diluvial Evidence

Trevor Palmer

Delivered at the SIS Silver Jubilee Conference, Friday 17th – Sunday 19th September 1999

Flood myths are widespread throughout the world. As late as the seventeenth century, one particular flood myth, that involving Noah, was regarded as the literal truth by almost everyone in Europe. In contrast, for most of the twentieth century, very few scientists have been prepared to even consider the possibility that floods or other catastrophes may have occurred on a global scale. New that we can examine the evidence with greater objectivity, it is abundantly clear that although the continents have not been covered by water during the time that humankind has lived on the Earth, there have nevertheless been some large catastrophic floods. Two periods of particular interest from this point of view are the Pleistocene-Holocene transition and the beginning of the Late Holocene. Many questions still remain unanswered about the events at these times.

Full paper includes

  • The Ancient World
  • Renaissance and Restoration Times
  • Nineteenth Century Catastrophists
  • Twentieth Century Catastrophists
  • Ice Ages
  • Holocene Catastrophes
  • Conclusion
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