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NYC - Public Lecture Series featuring Michael Jaye


Resolving the Problem of Atlantis

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This talk begins by exposing a fundamental error in geology: for nearly 200 years geologists have accepted that the Earth has had all of its water since nearly its beginning. This belief follows from a debate among members of the Geological Society of London who observed that diluvial gravels belonged to multiple, distinct events; thus, there was not a single worldwide flood. But the Society’s conclusion assumed that the present amount of water has been with the Earth since its beginning thereby precluding the possibility that now-submerged landscapes might have been inundated by some unknown event. From the evidence the precise conclusion should have been: presently exposed landscapes were not inundated by a presumed worldwide flood. An unfortunate consequence is that nearly all of subsequent geology has been fit to an incorrect paradigm.

Relatively new map data expose the error. For instance, Monterey Canyon off the coast of California is perhaps the most studied of the submarine canyons common to continental margins worldwide. These submerged features are assumed to transport sediments to abyssal plains via subsurface processes such as gravity flows or turbidity currents. These flows are rarely observed mainly for two reasons: the “difficulty in making measurements and observations on active or abandoned channels, and the probably long time scale, on the order of thousands of years, needed to develop these structures, that forbids the observation of processes on a human time scale” (Metivier, 2005). As a consequence, the mechanism is inferred from laboratory or numerical experiments. However, the lack of certainty that experimental inferences scale to geographic features leaves the creation mechanism unresolved.

At its essence, complete understanding of the submerged features’ creation mechanism has not been attained due to two assumptions: (1) when investigations into the structures began, the full extent of the systems was unknown – they were assumed to be found only near continental shelves where gravitational gradients might support turbidity currents; (2) the Geological Society of London’s incorrect assumption that the Earth has had its present amount of water since nearly its beginning. A consequence of (1) is that a body of published works was built upon it, and a consequence of (2) is that it has prevented the problem’s resolution.

We resolve matters by recognizing that these are subaerially carved drainages and then by identifying the source of such a volume of water as to cover the former abyss in more than three kilometers of water. This cosmic impact occurred approximately 13,000 years before present, and it caused “the extraordinary inundation” of the planet (Plato) as well as the nano-daimond layer associated with the Younger-Dryas event that recently made the news. Waters introduced by this impact submerged and preserved in the bathymetry the city of Atlantis as well as Monterey Canyon, and they also connected formerly disjoint seas and oceans.

We will visit map images of the Atlantis canal system and note its similarity to Plato’s description, and we will discuss how a (pre-impact) warming Earth climate caused Atlanteans to modify the city’s drainage structure. We will also discuss other pre- and post-impact effects.

The result is a new paradigm that affords a better understanding of Earth and human history.

Michael Jaye is an associate professor at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California. An applied mathematician, Jaye has published in a variety of disciplines including underwater sound propagation, agent-based models of human behavior, the growth and decay of the cryosphere, and geology. Jaye’s interest in geology began with satellite map imagery of the Monterey Canyon drainage system, and his subsequent investigations led to a recent presentation at the annual meeting of the Geological Society of America in Vancouver. His primary research focus is now directed toward reconciling geology, archaeology, and anthropology.

Date: 04/13/2015

Time: 6:00pm Reception, 7:00pm Lecture

Location: Club Headquarters, 46 E 70th Street, New York, NY, 10021

Member Ticket Price: Free

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