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History Channel to Spotlight Possible Atlantis Discoveries The History Channel has a new documentary in the works focusing on the search for Atlantis and featuring astonish­ing recent underwater discoveries by Drs. Greg and Lora Little in the Bahamas. The Littles are well known to Atlantis Rising readers. Their tireless underwater explorations have already pro­duced massive evidence of ancient civilization near Bimini, at Andros Island and elsewhere. The new History Channel show is set to reveal discoveries made this year and shows several apparently manmade structures…

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Do Hibernating Sunspots Portend an Ice Age on Earth? Forget about global warming; the very near future could be very cold. That is the gist of alarming news concerning the state of spots on the sun. On June 14, scientists at the National Solar Observatory and at the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory reported that the Sun’s recent behavior indicates that a period of unusually low solar activity is about to begin. The last time such a thing occurred was in the late seventeenth and…

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Ice Ages Brought About by Earth’s Tilt Could the greatest cause of climate change be, not human activity as we have been led to believe, but, in fact, the tilt of the Earth’s axis? The idea is not new, but now a respected Harvard Earth Sciences researcher says he has proven that it is true. If he is right, climate scientists everywhere may need to go back to their computers, inconvenient or not. Professor Peter Huybers has used state-of the-art computer models to prove that…

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No Fossils Needed to Make Oil, Study Says Is Earth about to run out of oil? The answer, according to many mainstream scientists, is yes, and pretty darn soon. Citing conventional wisdom about possible worldwide oil reserves and the alarming rate at which we are using them up, these authorities predict a day in the not-too-far-distant future when the world will no longer be able to power it­self with “fossil” fuels. But are they right? Are we really living off a limited bank account of…

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DISINTEGRATING COMET 13,000 YEARS AGO RESTARTED ICE AGE In the last few years, mainstream science has been slowly warming to the idea that our planet’s past has been punctu­ated and profoundly changed on numerous occasions by collisions with debris from space, but the conventional wis­dom is that all of that was a very long time ago—millions of years ago. But was the Earth victim to a great asteroid hit as recently as 13,000 years ago? After all, there is evidence that at about that time,…

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10,000-Year-Old Artifacts in Florida Spring Divers in Little Salt Springs in Florida are finding clues to ancient human habitation over 10,000 years old. In fact, say the explorers, their finds could go back as far as 13,000 years. An underwater archaeological team led by University of Miami professor John Gifford has located artifacts on a ledge 90 feet down which includes a greenstone pendant and a carved stone apparently part of a spear thrower’s gear, but, The Tampa Tribune reports, the surface of the area…

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Between Ice Ages

By William B. Stoecker

Today the government and the media bombard us with assertions that due to our production of carbon dioxide, the world will soon end. We are led to believe that our puny efforts can significantly alter the climate of our entire planet. In reality, we are completely at the mercy of vast forces over which we have no control. Ice ages come and go due to a complex interaction of purely natural forces and events, including Earth’s axial wobble and changes in its orbit, as well…

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ICE AGE: Fact or Fiction?

BY SUSAN MARTINEZ, PH.D.

In the beginning, the future earth was but a molten mass of fiery gases. Like all corporeal worlds, its destiny was to begin in fire and end in ice. For 19th century science, this was a stable dictum—“A constant heat loss from a once fiery earth.” The flaming earth, of course, had to cool quite a bit before we could go for a walk in the park. But it is the steady and trifling loss of heat that concerns us most. According to Isaac Asimov,…

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The Place that Mocks Science

By Stephen Robbins, Ph.D.

Twelve miles south of Lake Titicaca, the ruins of the ancient of city of Tiahuanaco speak in eloquent silence. Due to the alignments of the city’s massive observatory, the Kalasasaya, the archeoastronomer Rolf Müller argued that the city had been constructed in 15,000 B.C. Its massive stone docks are ringed with ocean fossils. The city was a seaport. It rests today, miles from any water, let alone the sea, on an Andean plateau, 13,300 feet above sea level. Archaeolo­gists vaguely wonder how and why the…

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Lake Michigan’s Mastadon

By Frank Joseph

Two scuba divers were gliding over the bottom of Lake Michigan, scouting for a series of old boat wrecks. To aid them in their search, Dr. Mark Holley, a professor of underwater archaeology at Northwestern Michigan College (Traverse City), and Greg MacMaster, president of the Grand Traverse Bay Underwater Preserve Council, were using a new, high-tech sonar device. During the previous few weeks, the Kongsberg-Mesotech MS 1000 had pinpointed the Tramp (a ship that went down in 1974), a Civil War-era pier, and a mid-19th…

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