Daily Devotional – October 7
The Ice Age had different effects around the world. In the northern latitudes, there were ice and cold with countless blizzards. In the middle latitudes, there were heavy rains. During the Ice Age, the Sahara Desert region was a well watered place with a patchwork of rivers and lakes supporting subtropical flora and fauna. The Sahara Ice Age art has literally thousands of figures etched into rocks; depictions of tropical and aquatic animals, gazelles, cattle, crocodiles and men fishing along these ancient lakes. Geologists were surprised to find bones of elephants, buffalo, antelope, rhinos, giraffes, and other animals in this area. Also found were many bones of aquatic animals such as hippos, amphibians, crocodiles, fish, and clams, showing that this desert was once well watered. Satellite ground-penetrating radar revealed an old drainage network in the Sahara; several of the channels were the size of the Nile River Valley. During the Ice Age, many places in the middle latitudes received much rain, and therefore, had a wonderfully lush environment. For example –
- The Great Basin in the area of Nevada, USA, was also once well-watered and lush. During the Ice Age, the Great Basin area had 120 lakes. The Great Salt Lake remains from what is now called Lake Bonneville; it was six times larger and 800 feet deeper than present day Great Salt Lake. The ancient shorelines can be seen on the surrounding hills and mountainsides. Lake Bonneville was the size of Lake Michigan .
- Eastern Pakistan and northwest India were once a beautiful grassy and forested land, as compared to the now-dried-up Sarasvati River. In fact, in Vedic literature, the Sarasvati is memorialized as a large river.
- Eastern Turkey was quite different in the past. Sargon of Agade of Mesopotamia, the world’s first great military leader, had to put down some strife in the then-Hittite territory in Turkey. He and his army had to hack through jungles full of wild game and exotic birds. Today, no jungles are found within thousands of miles of this area; it is an arid region.
- In South America, Lake Titicaca in the Andes Mountains had a port city of huge megalithic blocks, Tiahuanaco. It is now a desolate wasteland without vegetation located five miles from the receded shoreline.
During the Ice Age, it was rainy with lush vegetation. During the one and only Ice Age, caused by Noah’s Flood, the middle latitudes were well-watered. After the Ice Age, these places experienced a great drying out. This was the REAL climate change!
Also by watering he wearieth the thick cloud: he scattereth his bright cloud: And it is turned round about by his counsels: that they may do whatsoever he commandeth them upon the face of the world in the earth.
~ Job 37:11-12
Source: "Pearls in Paradise" by authors Bruce Malone and Jule Von Vett
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