"And the waters prevailed exceedingly upon the earth; and all the high hills, that were under the whole heaven, were covered. Fifteen cubits upward did the waters prevail; and the mountains were covered."
What's the biggest wave you've ever seen on a lake or the ocean? Some scientists are now saying that there is evidence that in ancient times a wave over 1,000 feet tall swept over parts of the Earth, creating some of its geological features.
While a 1,000 foot wave sounds big, and indeed it is, it's not unbelievable. The largest wave ever recorded in modern times was a 1,700 foot high wave which struck a remote area of Alaska. A landslide caused the wave which was magnified by the shape of the bay until a wall of water almost one-third of a mile high swept onto the opposing hills, stripping them of forests. Two people drowned, but miraculously fishermen aboard two boats were swept out to sea and lived to tell about the ride of a lifetime.
Some geologists have proposed that a similar wave, caused by an underwater landslide, swept across the Hawaiian Islands in the more distant past. As evidence, they point to blankets of gravel, sometimes 25 feet thick, as well as other debris from the ocean which is found scattered across the southern slopes of the Hawaiian islands.
According to the Bible, they may both be right. It's possible that these gravel beds and ocean bottom debris may represent both the violence of the great Flood and the higher sea levels at the end of the Flood which is recorded in Genesis.
Photo: Memorial in the memory of all who died in 2004 Tsunami at the Kanyakumari Beach, India.
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