The stone that fell from space apparently exploded 1,600 years before the beginning of time above Tall el-Hammam. Would that explain the biblical account of the destruction of two cities?
In the old the will tells of the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah and their destruction.
“And the LORD rained heaven and fire upon Sodom and Gomorrah. He destroyed these cities and the whole plain, as well as all the inhabitants of the cities and the plants of the earth, ”says the first book of Moses.
Scientifically a Tulikivi falling from the sky could refer to a meteorite. New research Scientific Reports series says that a large meteorite hit the Dead Sea area a long time ago.
It was so great that the destruction reached biblical proportions. An air blast worth many thousands of Hiroshima bombs destroyed a once big city, the entire surrounding plain and even plants.
The biblical account could be based on this catastrophe.
“Mankind’s Early Cultural Diversity developed right here.”
Ruined the city is now known as Tall el-Hammam.
Located on the northeastern edge of the Dead Sea in present-day Jordan, Tall el-Hammam is just a ruin on top of a hill. About 3,600 years ago, it was the metropolis of its territory.
It was many times greater than Jerusalem and Jericho at that time. A total of 50,000 people have lived in the area.
“The area is really culturally interesting. Mankind’s early cultural diversity developed right here,” describes geologist JAmes Kennett in the research bulletin.
Kennett, professor emeritus at the University of California, Santa Barbara, was one of the researchers analyzing the ruins.
Tall el-Hammamin the ruins are known and have been studied for a long time. Remains of ancient buildings and walls can still be seen in the ruins.
Years ago, excavations found an unexplained, one and a half meter thick layer of coal, ash, and molten metal.
1,650 years before the beginning of time, the city was so raging by the Storm of Fire that the outer surfaces of the clay pots melted into glass. Temperatures above 2,000 degrees are required for this.
This stratification has been analyzed by an interdisciplinary research team for years. Examination of the ruins and laboratory studies of the remains reveal that only one natural phenomenon can explain such a loaf.
The conclusion is that 3,600 years ago, a tens of-meter-long body plunged into space, exploding high in the air above Tall el-Hammam. The extent of the destruction corresponded to what was seen in Tunguska. The largest meteor or comet explosion in modern history destroyed more than 2,000 square kilometers of forest in Siberia in 1908.
In the sky of Tall el-Hammam, practically a twenty-megaton nuclear bomb exploded. That class was the energy released in the Tunguska explosion. It is equivalent to more than a thousand atomic bombs in Hiroshima.
Such a heat shock already melts the bricks and changes the mineral structure of the stones. So-called shock lamellae are formed in the minerals.
“Perhaps the greatest discovery in this stratum were quartz shock lamellae. Incredible pressure is required to create them. Quartz is one of the hardest minerals, ”Kennett describes.
Volcanic eruptions or earthquakes are not enough to create shock lamellae in quartz.
A pressure of five gigapascals is required for the quartz to break in this way. Such deformations of quartz have only been found in traces of nuclear tests or collision craters.
The flash blinded people and the air heated to 2,000 degrees.
Meteorite when struck Tall el-Hammam was a spectacular city. The city had a large, five-story palace and high walls.
The meteorite exploded at an estimated altitude of four kilometers. The flash blinded people and the air heated to 2,000 degrees. People’s clothes caught fire and soon the whole town was on fire.
Next came a shock wave that was faster than the tornado, with gusts of wind reaching 1,200 kilometers per hour.
“The wind destroyed all the buildings and destroyed the top four floors of the palace. None of the city’s residents and animals survived. Their bodies were torn to pieces and the bones were shattered, ”the archaeologist paints destruction. Christopher Moore The Conversation online magazine. Moore was one of the scholars.
Based on archaeological data, the shock wave also destroyed the walls of the city of Jericho. Jericho is located 22 kilometers west of the ruins of Tall el-Hammam.
Researchers also found human remains from that time. There are not many of them left. The bones are shattered and the skulls disintegrated like in the wake of an explosion.
Interesting it is also that there is a considerable amount of salt in the stratum at the time of the destruction. The salinity is up to 25% in some samples.
Scientists speculate that the explosion may have evaporated so much salt from the nearby Dead Sea that it has rained on the city and the plateau.
It would have made the surrounding area unusable for even centuries. The next signs of settlement in the area are only 600 years after the explosion.
In the Bible also describes how the wife of Lot, who escaped the destruction of Sodom, turned into a pillar of salt.
“The events described in the book of Genesis are suitable for a meteorite explosion,” Kennett says.
Such a huge catastrophe no doubt survived in oral tradition. Perhaps it was later transformed into the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah described in the Bible. It could also explain the destruction of Jericho described in the book of Joshua, scholars ponder.