For decades, it was thought a land bridge that once connected Britain to Europe had disappeared through a combination of slow erosion and rising seas. Some believe this separation took place over one million years ago.
However, that popular theory was tossed into the trash bin because of a 2006 study that was conducted on how England was populated.
As part of the Ancient Human Occupation of Britain project (AHOB), researchers scanned the English Channel several kilometers off the coast of Sussex looking for examples of human settlement.
According to an article in the The Australian, the advanced deep-sonar scan was able to penetrate through the thick sediment down to the sea bed. What they discovered was shocking.
They found massive scour marks in the ocean floor. One gouged out valley, now mostly filled with sediment, was 170 feet deep and 7 miles wide (11 kilometers). It also had steep vertical sides.
They also discovered huge piles of boulders and deep bowls.
The team concluded the only thing that could cause this kind of destruction was “a huge torrent of water.” Britain, it seems, was separated from Europe by a flood of Biblical proportions.
Professor Chris Stringer who headed AHOB said:
“This could have been one of the most power flood events known on earth.”
They suggest this cataclysmic flood formed the island of Britain in less than 24 hours.
Some wonder if this explains why — after a long period of settlement — Britain had been completely abandoned for thousands of years.
Members of ACOB project speculated the flood took place 200,000 to 400,000 years ago and blamed it on a large, glacial lake overflowing its banks.
The lake theory and dating aside, this flood is eerily reminiscent of another flood of Biblical proportions found in Genesis chapter seven.
When you look at Noah’s ark, most think the water came as a result of a great rain and though it rained for forty days and forty nights this wasn’t the source of all the water. Genesis tells us that the fountains of the deep were opened up and because these are put first, it implies this was greatest cause of the flood waters.
In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life, in the second month, on the seventeenth day of the month, on the same day all the fountains of the great deep burst open, and the floodgates of the sky were opened. 12 The rain fell upon the earth for forty days and forty nights. (Genesis 7:11, 12 NASV)
The Hebrew word for “burst” is “baqa” which means to rend asunder, divide, breach, and speaks of water exploding up from the depths. The force of the water from these massive fountains would have gouged out huge tracts of the ocean floor.
When the waters finally receded, large chunks of land in lower areas remained underwater and of course, it destroyed any human settlements on what is now England.
The English Channel is yet further evidence of the Genesis’ flood.
Read more in this series:
- Did the Genesis’ flood separate England from Europe?
- Did massive oceans beneath the earth’s surface contribute to Noah’s flood?
- What is a massive oak forest doing at the bottom of the North Sea?