Thursday, September 20, 2012

A Present Day Tsunami Illustrates the Extinction of an Ancient World

This photo was taken March 7 2012 by  Daniel BerehulakOver 

70,000 black and red Pines Trees 
were wiped out of existence after a
 large devastating Tsunami hit 
Japan in 2011.

These photos have numerous teaching points as to just what may have hit many of the ancient landscapes which are now extinct. The present lifeless forest conditions of both Poles which no longer possess the abundant biodiverse life there which once existed no doubt lived during a time of different weather and climatic conditions which by contrast were far superior than today's present global climate. On March 10, 2011, the coast of Japan's Iwate Prefecture a massive land area with some 70,000+ black and red pines trees were snapped at the truck base like twigs and the logs, branches and other debris were buried under sediment by a wall of fast moving water which was 40 meters high in some places. The images below are almost identical to the ancient tree stump images found at Axel Heiberg Island where huge Dawn Redwood trees were snapped like trigs where they grew and their logs burried in the Buchanan Lake Basin.

Images - Richard Lloyd Parry Lampu’uk, Aceh
As devastating as everything was there in Japan a few years back, we see what the potential power of Natural forces for a complete dismantling of everything in a geographical scale. It clearly illustrates some of the possibilities of a combination of ancient hydrological volcanism and atmospheric disruption of an unique atmosphere which allowed life to exist at the Poles. Clearly even scientists tell us that humidity levels at the poles were more tropical  than like the dry desert 2% humidity levels that exist today. Ultimately no one truly knows exactly what true conditions were, but clearly nothing in our understanding of climate as we know it today could explain just what the mechanisms were that existed back then. The best that anyone can do is speculate or provide assumptions based on physical phenomena or anomalies we are aware of today on a smaller scale & such do exist.  

Hydrothermal  water cycle combines with the
thick dense humid air of an ancient
 atmosphere which 
would have extended very
  high into upper levels than today.

The idea of giant logs being washed down and buried is nothing new. This is the explanation given in Arizona's Petrified Trees National Monument. These were said to be redwood logs which appear to be quite a foundational type tree of the northern hemisphere of a long past ancient ecosystem. These are the true type of fossils which have tourned to stone. But discoveries have been made of real ancient wood so well preserved, that this wood will still burn. Below are some examples of whole mummified trees being found in and around coal beds in the central eastern European country of Hungary. 

Old Swamp Cypress Forest was found recently near the   village of Bukkabrany in northeastern Hungary.

The truly fascinating thing here is the height in the background clearly illustrates just how deep these trees were buried by massive layers of sediment after the initial blast or hit by a Mega-Tsunami event. Most of the trees were instantly snapped or broken from their giant trunk bases and buried elsewhere while the foundation trunks and root system of the trees remained intact and buried where they grew. This is identical to what took place in Axel Heiberg Island in the Arctic.

Further Scale in size. Notice the depth again. This was not
a gradual fining in of eons of time. Had that been the case these
 trees would have long since rotted and not been so perfectly
 preserved in Lignite rich Soils

This is a beautiful shot of the mining operation for coal. The region of the mummified tree trunks were mostly found in brown coal and a further degraded mineral called lignite. All of this comes from organic matter which DID NOT accumulate over centuries, but the entire ecosystem was completely destroyed when a massive extinction event like a mega-tsunami completely scoured the existing landscape and buried all organic debris into one location and buried the entire organics with tones of sediment only to be discovered many centuries later by modern human beings. At this point it's irrelevant in the discussion to debate the exact details and causes. It nevertheless took place many 1000s of years ago. Still the important thing is here is we can all learn something about the climate and Earthly ground based components and how they may have worked and functioned as a system. Even now, there most surely are practical applications we can build on here and put into practice for today's benefit for the planet.  

Gray sand with fragments of wood, tree
 limbs and scattered charcoal. The transition
 between the grey and yellow sand is seen
 in the left upper corner

Image from Hungry Hungary Hyperbole Blog

Ancient Bald Cypress in Harmann Otto Museum

Nature Reserve Fossils of Ipolytarnóc

Take special note of the tourist viewing the mummified fossil wood of Bald Cypress which is under a glass enclosure. While the fossils were well preserved under the brown coal and Lignite of the Hungarian Coal Mine, that protection against oxygen and micro-organisms which would have broken down the wood are now present, so a enclosur to eliminat than needs to be kept in place. Aside from the fact that humans by nature just have to touch, even when a sign says not to.
"Sometimes referred to as the 'Prehistoric Pompeii', Ipolytarnoc stores 23-17 million year old fossils. These include the teeth of 24 different species of sharks as well as the teeth of crocodiles and dolphins, an almost 100 m tall petrified pine, more than 15,000 subtropical, exotic leaves and 3,000 animal footprints of 11 species. This is one of the world's richest komplex fossil footprint find site. The fossils can be viewed thanks to a volcanic catastrophe which buried a whole subtropical jungle under volcanic ash, thus preserving them."


"The giant petrified tree trunk, 42 m long that bridged a stream of the Borokas ravine was exposed at the beginning of the 19th century. Its discovery initiated the scientific research of the site. The first scientific research activities and excavations began in 1836, led by Ferenc Kubinyi. Later investigations demonstrated that a whole forest was destroyed by the volcanism, the trees were toppled on top of the paleosurface by the nearby volcanic blast. Most of the tree remains are embedded at the sandstone-tuff transition, under the plinian ash fall unit. A detailed analysis of the petrified tree trunks revealed that the 20 Ma old rainforest held at least 7 coniferous, 4 deciduous and 1 palm species."


"The reworked shoreline sandstone layers of the 23 Ma old sea sediments bear a very rich marine fauna. The so called “shark toothbearing beds” contain- besides shark teeth - a mixture of bones from rays, dolphins, manatees and crocodilians. After the 1903 description of Koch, the “Ipolytarnóc shark tooth-bearing bed” became the characteristic marker bed of the Eggenburgian stage of the Lower Miocene in the Central Paratethys. The original fauna as described more than 100 years ago was revised recently based on new finds. The result shows a very diverse Lower Miocene shark community that includes 19 genera with 16 certain species."


"Abundant and well-preserved fossil vertebrate tracks are exposed on the topmost bedding planes of the Miocene river bank sandstone. The preservation of the tracks has been attributed to volcanic activity that instantly covered the paleosurface."

The above quotes are taken from the Museum's literature as to the cause of the extinction which THEY say was violent, sudden and instantaneous. Every living thing was totally caught off guard. This agrees with many of the explanations of well preserved fossils around the globe. The cause of course is catastrophic volcanism  which no doubt was associated by Mega-Tsunami components or mechanisms. I'm always amazed by the abundant bio-diverse finds of countless species found to be associated with each other which do not necessarily appear together today. Clearly Tropical and Temperate or Boreal forest plants growing together in the same ecosystem. Same with the types or differing kinds of animals, birds and fish. And once again, they even admit that the fact that countless animal tracks are so well preserved on these ancient river banks, it could only have been covered instantly by a massive volcanic anomaly. The interesting thing about the Shark Teeth and other Aquatic creatures further proves a hydrological Mega-Tsunami Event.
Some Interesting References:
Ipolytarnóc Fossil Beds & Museum
The Miocene Bükkábrány Fossil Forest in Hungary – field observations and project outline
Ancient forest found in Hungary

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