Monday, August 22, 2011

How Big Was Noah's Flood?

Alice C. Linsley

Noah lived in the region of Lake Chad. He was one of the mighty men of old who controlled a section of the major water systems of that part of the wet Sahara. According to Dr Kevin White, “Over the last 10,000 years, there have been two distinct humid phases, separated by an interval of highly variable but generally drying conditions between roughly 8,000 and 7,000 years ago. Another drying trend took place after about 5,000 years ago, leading to today’s parched environment.”

Lake Chad was a giant lake known as Lake Mega-Chad with an area of 249,000 miles (400,000 km). At its maximum extent it was larger than any lake that exists on earth today. Around 7500-6950 BC it was 586 feet deep.

The Komadugu River connects Lake Chad
and the Yobe River Basin.
This would have been the river route
that connected Kain, Nok (Enock) and Noah.
The Chari River in the south flowed into Lake Chad (as it does today) and there were waves driven by continental trade winds. Two distinct episodes have been identified in which the boundaires of the Lake expanded. These correspond to lower and middle Holocene phases of wetter conditions in central and northern Africa. Noah lived around 2490-2415 BC when the Sahara experienced a wet period (Karl W. Butzer 1966). This is the period of the Old Kingdom.

There appears to have been a connection between Lake Mega-Chad and the Bahr Al-Ghazal which flows into Lake No (Noah's Lake) in Sudan and from there flows eastward as the White Nile (Bahr al-Abyad).

Around 4000 BC, the Horite city of Nekhen was along the Nile (in Sudan) and Lake Mega-Chad had split into three separate lakes: Lake Chad, Lake Fitri and Lake Bodele.

Reference: Shorelines in the Sahara: geomorphological evidence for an enhanced monsoon from palaeolake Megachad by Nick Drake and Charlie Bristow, Department of Geography, King’s College London

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