Is This An Ancient Spring from the Vast Watery Deep ?
A few days back there was an article in Yahoo News and the Huffington Post: Richat Structure: Mysterious Geologic Formation Seen From Space Station (PHOTO) which carried articles on the sensational pictures brought to us by the International Space Station. This picture of a very well known Earth Geological Feature is called the Richat Structure of Mauritania in the western African desert of the Sahara. So I had to report on this as it is still fresh on all the minds of folks around the world. I was going to create an article sometime down the road as this specific feature, it's structure and layout are not the only anomaly to be found around the globe. There are many such features which in reality could be clues to Earth's ancient hydrological past which only exists today in mere blips on the radar on the global map. Never the less, those blips are important clues in understanding how the past completely vegetated Earth once operated.
This geologic feature has been photographed over and over by Astronauts. It is well known to scientists and other researchers, has been studied and conjectured upon, but to many it still remains a mystery. In the past of course it was thought to be the work of a catastrophic meteor event, but that has long since been ruled out. One of the reasons is it's structure which lacks the characteristic blown wide open meteor crater impact as can be seen in at the Arizona impact crater which reveals the characteristic bowl shape punched into the earth with the uplifted sides circulating around it's rim.
So what is the Richat Structure and from where did it come from and how was it formed. Once a meteor impact was ruled out, it was noted that the area contains a lot of sedimentary layers which bring to mind actions created by hydrolgogical water source. Well, back in September of 2008, there was an article on this structure in an online journal called the "Geology News Blog" with the title of the article authored by Dave Schumaker being listed as
There have been many such articles, but the mystery remains as to it's origins. It's location in the Sahara is puzzling because this is one of the hottest driest place on Earth. However, scientists and other researchers say that at one time the entire north Africa was once a Sub-Tropical Savanna Paradise inhabited by a large biodiversity of plants, animals, birds, fish, reptiles, etc. Before I conclude with a gallery of pictures (which are really kool by the way) , I want to pay close attention to those structure ripple formations that grow bigger from the center of that 50 kilometer wide diameter circle and I want to show you some come similar hydrothermal structures that likewise have the exact same features. Take a look at these pictures of hydrothermal mud springs. I have personally seen these types of structures in real life down by the
Salton Sea in Imperial Valley California
So you get the idea. Now that last image comes from this website that has a gallery of photos taken of a mud volcanic field in the country of Romania.
Now that you understand the geological and hydrological forces which are responsible for similar patterns and structures, consider what would make such a 50 km diameter circular pattern in this remote area of Africa ? They admit in some studies that it was a hydrological feature and the resulting razed sedimentary feature there is a sort of hydrological plug of sorts, as even referenced by some of the readers who commented on the articles. Could there really have been an horizontal subterranean network of hydrological conduits in the Earth at one time with their various water sources connected by vertical sources driven up from the mantle, though not necessarily as hot as we understand them to be now ? Could this explain the hydrothermal heating that would have existed earth wide and allowed for a completely vegetated Earth from pole to pole which today are completely frozen ? Personally I cannot dogmatically insist that things were one way or another. Quite simply I was there, but the clues keep coming back and more and more questions arise. Consider the comment of one response to the story in "The Geology News Blog"
Kim: 'It’s not just a circular anticline – it’s a dome above a Cretaceous pluton. (The article describes the intrusion as a "plug", but I wonder if we’re not looking at the top of a laccolith – like the Henry Mountains in Utah, but not eroded through to the pluton itself.)'Take note of the interesting reference to springs being stopped up at Genesis 8:2 in the New World Translation:
Interestingly, here is how the International Children's Bible expresses the same event in much simpler language:Genesis 8:2 (NW)2 "And the springs of the watery deep and the floodgates of the heavens became stopped up, and so the downpour from the heavens was restrained."
"The underground springs stopped flowing. And the clouds in the sky stopped pouring down rain."
Interesting question with reference to Richat Structure being some type of anomalous plug which prevented further fluid rising to the surface of the earth. The author refers to the structure as a sort of plug feature much like we see in those mud volcano pics. But this was 50 km wide in diameter. Could it really be so and what would have caused this plugging and of what ? She also references similar structures in the state of Utah, which by the way I have also noted and was going to post at a future date. There are areas in Utah which show circular geological patterns associated with some type of volcanism or hydrothermal activity. Some scientists in studying Yellowstone and it's volcanic hydrothermal features have suggested that at one time the mantle plume or hot spot was further west that it is today. Well certainly Utah and other states west of Wyoming do have extinct features of once existing volcanic activity. So who knows, but still ore questions linger. Like those Laccolithic features in Utah that she referenced. NASA has a site of many of these features and many of the photos from space actually show similar structures on a smaller scale to the one in Mauritania. I'll reference it at a later time. Let's refresh your memories of this blog influence and motivation.
|Image: BBC News - by Brian Bowdler|
The above image is of an artist's impression of multiple eruptions as a "super volcano" explodes. The new research suggests Scientists may be able to predict such events decades earlier. Take note of an ancient supervolcano structure on Galapagos islands
|Image: BBC News - by Brian Bowdler|
The Yellowstone Super Volcano: "Ancient Eruptions Larger Than Previously Thought"
Okay, once again, who really knows for sure. Yet could this be a clue to that particular ending of the extinction event ? Again i wasn't there, but I'm throwing the question out there for the viewing public. Clear the researchers understand this to be some type of hydrologically created feature, but as they say, it's origin is still a mystery. Let's look at something else in the way of a Satellite picture. This comes from a NASA photo for which the coloration may illustrate what such a hydrological feature could have created at one time in such an inhospitable environment we know today as the great 'Sahara'. Have a long look here at the photo from the government's NASA site.
Quote from site itself -
Explanation: " What on Earth is that? The Richat Structure in the Sahara Desert of Mauritania is easily visible from space because it is nearly 50 kilometers across. Once thought to be an impact crater, the Richat Structure's flat middle and lack of shock-altered rock indicates otherwise. The possibility that the Richat Structure was formed by a volcanic eruption also seems improbable because of the lack of a dome of igneous or volcanic rock. Rather, the layered sedimentary rock of the Richat structure is now thought by many to have been caused by uplifted rock sculpted by erosion. The above image was captured last year by the orbiting Landsat 7 satellite. Why the Richat Structure is nearly circular remains a mystery. "
Here is yet another sort of 3D image of that Richat Structure which seems to bare out some sort of hydrological mechanism.
Ultimately it still considered a mystery. Now let's put your thinking and intelligent meditation caps on for a moment and visualize in your mind's eye, if it is possible that such hydrological portals really once existed, Water moving upwards in these conduits from the Earth's deep interior from which "primary water" which some researchers say the deep earth creates even today by the combining of hydrogen and oxygen molecules which are locked in minerals and also which facilitate liquid molten movements deep below as part of the natural energy machine that eventually forms into pristine clean proton water which itself moves towards the surface to hydrate the upper layers of Earth's crust.
Did you notice in the photograph the surrounding rims of the circle containing greener vegetation-like colouring which makes one think if a large body of water like a lake fed by underground springs and branch out from there to form various rivers in a intricate hydrological web and network on the surface of river systems which move out and eventually meander and wind their way back to the seas ? Of course it should be noted once again that in this geographical area of the Sahara, there is truthfully no green vegetation as it is a hostile desert region, but merely a photographic anomaly. Still it illustrates the potential possibilities of the past. But there are other geographical giants found in the natural world and scientists call them supervolcanoes. They of course are more volcanic in nature as opposed the hydrothermal nature of the giant deep Earth hydrological Richat portal or any other smaller mud volcanoes. Yet some present day former Supervolcanoes do contain water for which they feed rivers which flow out of them.
Is Lake Tahoe - SuperVolcano ?
Creator Lake - Oregon ?
Lake Toba, Indonesia ?
Link to more information on the World's Supervolcanoes
To be honest, this Biblical scriptural reference has always in the past been a major puzzle to me. The description of course is very vague as it was meant to be. That still doesn't mean we humans are not courious and demand more detailed answers. Perhaps in the light of many modern day findings, this has more meaning now:
Genesis 2:10-14 (NW)