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Death from above? Fireball may have destroyed ancient Syrian village
Live Science ^ | 20 June 2020 | Nola Taylor Redd

Posted on 06/21/2020 9:53:35 AM PDT by BenLurkin

13,000 years ago, something very bad seems to have occurred, leaving a layer of carbon suggesting dramatic fires. But for much of the last decade, scientists inspecting the remnants of the village have debated what happened, unable to decide whether the carbon formed during an airburst or during more mundane fires among the thatched huts.

So Moore decided to reexamine the glass in more detail. His analysis of the glass composition matched a 2012 finding claiming an airburst had destroyed Abu Hureyra, suggesting that the villagers' bucolic lifestyle ended suddenly when one or more fragments from a passing comet exploded in the air nearby.

Moore and his colleagues heated fragments of the glass in a laboratory furnace until they had fully melted, which occurred at 2,400 F (1,300 C), establishing a lower limit for the temperature the spheroids had originally been exposed to. But it took higher temperatures for the quartz and other particles on the exterior to melt.

The researchers also compared the Abu Hureyra material with glass melted at other prehistoric impact sites on Earth and found many similarities. The wealth of meltglass dating to roughly the same timeframe suggests to researchers that thousands of pieces of debris shed from a comet slammed into Earth's atmosphere 12,800 years ago, impacting more than 40 sites across North America and Europe.

The new findings by Moore's team match a 2007 hypothesis that Earth experienced several multi-continental airbursts. Since an individual comet or asteroid large enough to cause such widespread destruction is unlikely, the researchers suspect the disparate impacts were possibly caused by cometary debris.

(Excerpt) Read more at livescience.com ...


TOPICS: History; Science
KEYWORDS: abuhureyra; airburst; andrewmoore; catastrophism; clovisimpact; comet; godsgravesglyphs; impact; quartz; shockedquartz; syria
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1 posted on 06/21/2020 9:53:35 AM PDT by BenLurkin
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To: SunkenCiv

This might have been previously covered?


2 posted on 06/21/2020 9:54:15 AM PDT by BenLurkin (The above is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire. Or both.)
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To: BenLurkin

Related:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/ericmack/2018/12/04/new-science-suggests-biblical-city-of-sodom-was-smote-by-an-exploding-meteor/#1c01c3da5c67


3 posted on 06/21/2020 9:59:23 AM PDT by Ouchthatonehurt
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To: BenLurkin; SunkenCiv

Sodom?


4 posted on 06/21/2020 10:00:08 AM PDT by Steely Tom ([Seth Rich] == [the Democrats' John Dean])
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To: BenLurkin

I’ll stay with the Biblical account.


5 posted on 06/21/2020 10:10:37 AM PDT by Fungi
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To: BenLurkin

interesting


6 posted on 06/21/2020 10:20:22 AM PDT by ncalburt (Gop DC Globalists)
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To: BenLurkin

no, it was an IDF secret weapon


7 posted on 06/21/2020 10:24:36 AM PDT by faithhopecharity (Politicians are not born, theyÂ’re excreted. Marcus Tullius Cicero (106 to 43 BCE))
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To: BenLurkin

I may have read something similar, but the original account does not quite describe a bucolic village . . .

Genesis 19:24-25 “Then the Lord rained down burning sulfur on Sodom and Gomorrah - from the Lord out of the heavens. Thus he overthrew those cities and the entire plain, destroying all those living in the cities - and also the vegetation in the land.”


8 posted on 06/21/2020 10:28:04 AM PDT by Pollster1 ("Governments derive their just powers from the consent of the governed")
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To: BenLurkin

Thor.


9 posted on 06/21/2020 10:28:30 AM PDT by jetson (chiwowa)
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To: BenLurkin

A piece of the Clovis comet?

The timing is about right.


10 posted on 06/21/2020 10:34:07 AM PDT by desertfreedom765
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To: BenLurkin

Let that be a lesson: never substitute the town slut in a virgin sacrifice.


11 posted on 06/21/2020 10:42:29 AM PDT by freedumb2003 ("DonÂ’t mistake activity for achievement." - John Wooden)
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To: jetson
Don't forget me...

In reading this story, I mentioned to my son, Sodom and Gomorrah, and he asked me if I meant her!

12 posted on 06/21/2020 10:53:29 AM PDT by Alas Babylon! (The prisons do not fill themselves. Get moving, Barr!)
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To: Steely Tom

Wrong area.


13 posted on 06/21/2020 10:59:30 AM PDT by Harmless Teddy Bear (Leave it to me to be holdin' the matches when the fire truck shows up & there's nobody else to blame)
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To: 75thOVI; Abathar; agrace; aimhigh; Alice in Wonderland; AnalogReigns; AndrewC; aragorn; ...
Thanks BenLurkin. And all these years I thought Detroit was Rock City.



14 posted on 06/21/2020 11:00:52 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (Imagine an imaginary menagerie manager imagining managing an imaginary menagerie.)
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To: BenLurkin; StayAt HomeMother; Ernest_at_the_Beach; 1ofmanyfree; 21twelve; 24Karet; ...
Thanks BenLurkin, nice find! I don't think this has been covered, but if it has, I don't even care, not least because of my geriatric memory loss.

15 posted on 06/21/2020 11:00:57 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (Imagine an imaginary menagerie manager imagining managing an imaginary menagerie.)
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The Cycle of Cosmic Catastrophes: Flood, Fire, and Famine in the History of Civilization
The Cycle of Cosmic Catastrophes:
Flood, Fire, and Famine
in the History of Civilization

by Richard Firestone,
Allen West, and
Simon Warwick-Smith


16 posted on 06/21/2020 11:01:35 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (Imagine an imaginary menagerie manager imagining managing an imaginary menagerie.)
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To: desertfreedom765

Sounds like a mini-Tunguska incident


17 posted on 06/21/2020 11:03:45 AM PDT by j.havenfarm ( Beginning my 20th year on FR! 2,500+ replies and still not shutting up!)
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To: Steely Tom; Pollster1; Ouchthatonehurt
Sodom?
Uh, no. Wrong era, wrong spot, utterly unrelated. Try this keyword:
tallelhammam

18 posted on 06/21/2020 11:06:29 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (Imagine an imaginary menagerie manager imagining managing an imaginary menagerie.)
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To: SunkenCiv

Related as to type of natural disaster.


19 posted on 06/21/2020 11:09:12 AM PDT by Ouchthatonehurt
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To: Ouchthatonehurt
:^) Only if Tell Hamman is the site of one of the Cities of the Plain.

20 posted on 06/21/2020 11:13:46 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (Imagine an imaginary menagerie manager imagining managing an imaginary menagerie.)
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