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Ancient Earth:
Mysteries of Our Home Planet

 Our home planet Earth, eastern hemisphere.
Planet Earth, eastern hemisphere.
Planet Earth is four and a half billion (4.5 x 109) years ancient. As old as that is, an unbelievable amount has happened in only the last six thousand years — the reign of human history. And before that, a great deal more unknown has happened, for humanity has been around for at least 200,000 years. Here, we look at some of the more interesting things that have happened... or may have happened since humans began walking the Earth.

Cradles of Civilization

Out of the dimness of his hunter-gatherer past, man has assembled the resources to fashion the mother of all institutions — civilization. Five regions of the world have given birth to civilization; three gave rise to writing and possibly a fourth. Click on any of the five regions below to learn more.

Ancient Earth - Five Cradles of Civilization
Five cradles of civilization. Click on any of the five to learn more. (map courtesy cia.gov)

The timeline below shows the relationships between key historical events. The Younger Dryas was the last major cold spell (1,300 years long) of the most recent Ice Age. Plato's Atlantis is an as yet unproven, mythical, large island which supposedly sank in a day and a night. Göbekli Tepe is a site in Turkey with structures, carvings and artwork. The time span for the Indus Valley Civilization contains a shorter span indicating its "mature" period.

Cradles of Civilization Timeline
 

Ancient Civilizations

Of all the cradles of civilization, Ancient Mesopotamia is arguably the cradle of cradles, and birthplace of western civilization, for there we see the earliest writing — the foundation of history. The Tigris and Euphrates Rivers have nurtured a great deal of history, both ancient and modern. This is the location of present-day Iraq.

Myths and Legends

Jared Diamond in his award-winning bestseller, Guns, Germs and Steel, suggested the idea that passive elements of geography and nature affected the development of civilization. Such passive elements may have played a major role in determining who succeeded and who did not. Yet, there is one element Diamond did not consider. What if civilization were given a head start by those who had prior knowledge of its possibility? What if the children of an earlier civilization gave birth to civilization as we know it, simply because they knew it could be done?

Atlantis is one of the most enduring myths. A space shuttle was named after it, and numerous movies and television shows have tapped into its allure. But what if Atlantis were more than myth? Not only do we have proof that an Atlantis-like event occurred right when Plato says the event happened, but we also have evidence from several other disciplines which suggest the likelihood of Atlantis. These fields of science include, geology, oceanography, paleo-climatology, archaeology, geology, linguistics and genetics.

Video on the Geology of Atlantis

"Why the Philippines will Not be the Next Atlantis" is a video detailing the possible mechanisms for the creation and destruction of an Atlantis-like island in the North Atlantic. We already have proof of an Atlantis-like event occurring 9620 BC. This 10-minute video is sure to be an eye-opener. Watch the video at, Mission: Atlantis.

 

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