Ancient flood myths may have a basis in geological history

10,000 years ago, at a time when humans recorded historical events by telling mythical stories that got passed from one generation to the next, huge parts of the North American continent were deluged by massive walls of water. They were, as geologist David R. Montgomery writes in this month’s Discover magazine, “Biblical-type floods.” Huge regions of the Pacific Northwest, called the “scablands” were chewed up by flash floods that were more like tsunamis. And it was all caused by the melting of the glaciers from the last ice age. As the walls of ice damming lakes melted away, the waters would rush out across the land.1

  1. Newitz, Annalee. “Ancient flood myths may have a basis in geological history.” i09, 9/03/2012. http://io9.com/5940112/ancient-flood-myths-may-have-a-basis-in-geological-history. []
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