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Product Details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Bear & Company (Sept. 1 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1879181428
  • ISBN-13: 978-1879181427
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 2.8 x 23.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 794 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars 19 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #413,631 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Allan and Delair do a brilliant job in revealing that researchers have barely touched the tip of the iceberg of events that shook the Earth around 9,577 B.C. . . . This book is an essential handbook to our ancient past: a brave multi-disciplinary approach that should be applauded." (Rand Flem-Ath, coauthor, When the Sky Fell)

About the Author

D.S. Allan, a Cambridge M.A., is a science historian specializing in paleogeography, particularly in the Arctic regions. A science teacher for many years, he is a skilled cartographer and has made a special study of evidence for climatic and landform change in recent geological times. He lives in Basildon, Essex, England. J.B. Delair, B.Sc., is an Oxford-based geologist with wide international and commercial field experience. An anthropologist, he has a special interest in animal and plant distribution and in tribal traditions. He is the Museum Curator of Geology at University of Southampton, England.

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Thought provoking? Absolutely. Am I sold on their theory of an interstellar chunk of stellar material playing havoc on the Earth? I have my reasonable doubts, but there was more than enough footnotes for me to check it out for myself. And the more I research, the more I become convinced that *something* happened to this biosphere ~12K years ago. That said, this endeavour has shaken my education to its foundation. Indeed, there are numerous instances that the authors bring to light that make one question what one has been taught in school. As an anthropologist, I believe that myth (and especially the Deluge myth) was founded on reality and filtered through the limited understanding of ancient peoples. Any anthropologist worth his salt realizes that different peoples of tribes, locals, even continents, have myths of remarkably similar themes, these make one wonder WHY the common thread; and WHY is this so easily dismissed? Those who dismiss myth as fantasy ought to remember that history is manipulated thru the perceptions of the author, a modern myth. It's very sad that the modern-day religion of science takes the position of dismissing reasonable factoids on the general principal of "doesn't compute with current theories so talk to the hand." Read it for yourself. Take it to a local library and research the bibliography for yourself. You might find yourself doing a remarkable thing, becoming a questioning being and not a rote automaton.
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By Peter Uys HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on Feb. 3 2002
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I take cognizance of the criticism expressed by other reviewers, such as the claim that the authors have ignored the results of more recent scientific research.
Even so, this is a fascinating book which makes one think, in the vein of Graham Hancock's "Fingerprints of the Gods" but with greater emphasis on the natural sciences although mythology and legend are also briefly discussed.
It is refreshing to see scientific orthodoxy challenged, and although the authors may err in some of their assumptions, there is still enough here of value to make you think and wonder.
Every chapter has an extensive bibliography and the text is amply illuminated with maps, tables and figures. There are seven appendices and a detailed index.
What I found particularly fascinating is Map 2A: "A tentative reconstruction of the pre-catastrophic Pleistocene World," showing much larger continents and smaller, scattered seas.
I highly recommend this book for its multi-disciplinary approach, its bold rejection of the ice age theory (called "the icy chimera") and the interesting alternative history it proposes. Read it to broaden your outlook on our planet's unknown recent past.
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The hard evidence that horrendous events did once happen to Earth seems unassailable. Caves packed with violently fractured bones of all sorts of fauna, Alaskan "muck" filled with remains of both tropical and sea animals, whale skeletons found on mountain tops - all these facts should be included in high school and college curricula. The authors present these facts readably and convincingly and in detail. Such evidence is found all around the world and the authors tell you where. However, one can read and accept all of this data and agree that disasters did indeed befall our planet - which the "uniformitarian mainstream" seems to find inconvenient (and tries to supress?)- and yet not quite be convinced of the validity of the exact cause proposed by the authors. The book still should be required reading for any well rounded person in today's world.
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In 1919, J. Harlen Bretz proposed an outrageous, unbelieveable - but now accepted - interpretation of geological puzzles along the Columbia River as having come from a series of cataclysmic Ice Age floods pouring a flow of water 60 times that of the Amazon River down the Columbia. (See John Allen and Marjorie Burns, CATACLYSMS ON THE COLUMBIA, Timber Press, 1986). Allan and Delair's book does the same with the history of the Earth, gathering new research from diverse fields to show a devastating near-collision with a planet-sized object 11,500 years ago that resulted in world-wide crustal buckling, floods, firestorms, vulcanism and earthquakes. When the dust settles, their ability to think outside the accepted viewpoints to find a valid new understanding is likely to go down in history as epoch-making as that of Bretz. They'll likely be shown wrong in details; further research will refine and adjust, put I've a strong feeling their overall perspective will bring a new understanding.
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I'm tired...don't feel like writing much. I read this a few years ago. I remember being impressed with the research the author had done in ancient mythology. 'Course for all I know, he could have made it all up! But I doubt it. I liked the book. I think if you're into this sort of stuff and haven't read this one yet, it's worth the cash. I'm goin' to bed. Night.
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Normally I'm one of those guys that sees a kook book and shrugs. This one caught my eye though. After taking a chance and reading this book, I will NEVER look at archaeology, geology and paleontology the same way again. Their case is laid out very well with separate chapters covering biology, geology (dry part of the book) with painstakingly documented evidence, tribal legends (500 cultures and all have similiarities ? Something happened, they were not stupid people, just primitive) and their take on what happened.
They may not be exactly correct regarding the astronomical plots (orbital mechanics would have really skewed the path they described) BUT it is possible, indeed probable, that what they propose could be correct.
A good geologist or other scientist will find this work on par with one of the great classics since after reading it something just goes click and everything makes sense unlike the Ice Ages theory. Occam's razor is at work all through this book and you will NOT regret reading it.
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