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“Have you ever seen the Grand Canyon? And do you like surprises? I must tell you about this one Tom threw at me!” says Jonathan Gray of beforeus.com. Here is the story from Gray’s latest newsletter, presented with his kind permission.
How awesome! It just kept dropping below me… down… down… down. I drank in the majesty of the canyon.
“Grand Canyon”… so well named!
My friend Thomas stood beside me. He broke the silence.
“Did you know that this Grand Canyon most likely started as a crack in the earth?”
“Oh come on, Tom, the Colorado River did it. Everybody knows that.”
Tom shook his head. “There is reason to believe that the canyon was originally cut by an electrical discharge from a passing heavenly body.”
“You mean, by a huge lightning bolt?”
“That’s right,” said Tom. “Those cracks perpendicular to the canyon resulted from an electrical arc. They are not water-caused rills.” And he added, “I believe it happened during the latter part of the Great Flood.”
Tom was a well respected scientist.
But I still had to ask him: “Are you serious?”
“Definitely,’ he responded.
WHY NOT WATER EROSION OVER LONG AGES?
“Of course,” he admitted, “I realise that most people assume the Colorado River formed the Grand Canyon.”
And it is also assumed that this took millions of years. After all, isn’t the canyon in parts up to a mile deep? Water erosion would take ages… well, wouldn’t it?
Not necessarily. Because if there really was a global flood disaster, on the scale implied by the evidence now coming to light, it could be an enormous, rapid event.
Just imagine it… continents and seas churned up together. Water-laid sediment tens of thousands of feet deep, stratified during 12 months by water movements on an unimaginable scale.
Then, finally the violent run-off into the tectonically enlarged ocean basins.
Volumes of water, laden with rocks, gravel and debris, running over newly-deposited, still unconsolidated soft ground, could easily scoop out a Grand Canyon in a short time.
Yes, it’s possible.
But, as Tom pointed out, this Grand Canyon was not scooped out that way. The perpendicular cracks give us the clue.
PROBLEMS WITH THE POPULAR THEORY
Tom stared at me, grinning.
“Okay”, I said. “There’s something else you know… right? Spit it out.”
Tom beamed. “Were you aware that the Grand Canyon humps in the middle, and that it stretches HIGHER than the upstream Colorado River?”
“No,” I confessed. “You mean…”
“Yes, to start cutting the Grand Canyon, the Colorado River would need to flow uphill! Do you see?
“Also, there is very little downstream detritus… which gives no support for the erosion theory.
“No – the Colorado River did NOT cut the Grand Canyon.”
I had to investigate this further.
Back home, I began researching. And discovered something else. It almost blew me away!
Did you know this? In reality, the Grand Canyon seems to be part of a crack in the earth’s crust. It starts in Mexico and runs underground all the way up to Yellowstone Park.
It seems likely that the retreating Flood waters did pour down into the crack from all directions in great abundance.
And then erosion did take place – but it was rapid erosion.
CANYON WATER LEVEL MUCH HIGHER IN 2000 BC?
Are you ready for another bombshell?
Could the river now flowing through this crack have been – as recently as 4,000 years ago – at a much higher level?
Now that’s a staggering thought!
You may already be familiar with the newspaper report that follows, but most people are not. So I shall repeat this news item to you now, then follow up with my bombshell.
On the front page of The Phoenix Gazette, on April 5, 1909, there appeared a most intriguing news report.
G.A. Kinkaid, an explorer working with Professor S.A. Jordan of the Smithsonian Institution, allegedly discovered a network of caverns, artificially hewn into the side of the Grand Canyon.
His report began as follows:
“First, I would impress that the cavern is nearly inaccessible. The entrance is 1,486 feet down the sheer canyon wall…. I was journeying down the Colorado river in a boat, alone, looking for mineral.
“Some forty-two miles up the river from the El Tovar Crystal canyon, I saw on the east wall, stains in the sedimentary formation about 2,000 feet above the river bed.
“There was no trail to this point, but I finally reached it with great difficulty. Above a shelf which hid it from view from the river, was the mouth of the cave.
“There are steps leading from this entrance some thirty yards to what was, at the time the cavern was inhabited, the level of the river.
“When I saw the chisel marks on the wall inside the entrance, I became interested.” (Nexus, April-May 1993, pp. 36-39)
Following several hundred feet of passage, the explorer found himself in a network of passages and hundreds of rooms radiating from a central point like spokes in a wheel.
The relics seen (some of which he photographed by flashlight) were astonishing. There were mummies, images and artifacts of a high technology. And an unknown grey metal resembling platinum. Everywhere he looked, hieroglyphics were to be seen.
Does that awaken your appetite?
But here is the bombshell that blows to pieces our ideas on how long it took the canyon to form.
The point is that this archaeological site is some 2,000 feet above the present river bed. And it has steps leading a short distance to the former river level.
Do you see? This would mean that the water in the river was about 2,000 feet higher only a few thousand years ago.
If this is true, then the water level dropped 2,000 feet lower in just a few thousand years since those first explorers were here.
That drop in water level would have been rapid at first – due to the huge amount of water on the continent.
Of course, the entire story could be an elaborate newspaper hoax. However, the fact that it was on the front page, named the prestigious Smithsonian Institution, and gave a highly detailed story that went on for several pages, lends a great deal to its credibility. It is hard to believe such a story could have come out of thin air.
More recently, two backpackers who entered the Grand Canyon claimed that at an elevation of some 800 feet, they saw several cave entrances, just as reported in the newspaper article.
But the entrances all seemed to be sealed shut or destroyed, as if to keep everyone out. (This raises the question, Why would anyone want to deliberately seal off caves in such a remote area, so difficult of access?)
Being expert rock climbers, the two men climbed toward the most promising looking cave entrance.
Upon reaching the entrance they discovered that, several feet in, it had likewise been sealed off with native rock. The entrance itself appeared to be man made. A 6 foot circular pattern was clearly hewn into the ceiling.
The question arises, if the newspaper article was a mere hoax, then what did these more recent backpackers stumble upon? And why were the entrances to such extremely remote caves sealed?
And something else. The backpacker’s discovery was made at least 40 miles from the location given in the newspaper article. So, if the newspaper report was not a hoax, and the backpackers had found the real location, could the newspaper location have been misinformation to keep people away?
But the point of my mentioning the story, is this
If the report is genuine, then those early post-Flood, Egyptian-style visitors were in a canyon whose water run-off was still copious, the Flood-laid sediments still relatively soft.
Stanton Cave, a well-known cave containing ancient Indian artefacts, inside the Grand Canyon
And in the few millennia since that time, the river has dropped anything up to 2,000 feet lower. Or 800 feet lower. It doesn’t matter how much. It has not taken millions of years.
I notice that most inhabited areas of the planet are reported to be drier than they were even a century ago. Water shortages will feature in coming media news broadcasts.
Isis Temple at Grand Canyon
There is more to our future water shortages than meets the eye.
For one thing, the slow drying out of the continents has been a feature of our planet ever since the Great Flood… at first, trapped Flood “puddles” left as inland seas and lakes on every continent, then their retreat, and the consequent drying out.
This has impacted on the fates of cities and civilizations, both in desertification and sea level rise. What is in store for our civilization in the near future? What do you think?
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EXPLORATIONS IN GRAND CANYON (The Phoenix Gazette, on April 5, 1909 article)
Mysteries of Immense High Cavern Being Brought to Light
JORDAN IS ENTHUSED
Remarkable Finds Indicate Ancient People Migrated From Orient
The latest news of the progress of the explorations of what is now regarded by scientists as not only the oldest archeological discovery in the United States, but one of the most valuable in the world, which was mentioned some time ago in the Gazette, was brought to the city yesterday by G.E. Kinkaid, the explorer who found the great underground citadel of the Grand Canyon during a trip from Green River, Wyoming, down the Colorado, in a wooden boat, to Yuma, several months ago.
According to the story related to the Gazette by Mr. Kinkaid, the archeologists of the Smithsonian Institute , which is financing the expeditions, have made discoveries which almost conclusively prove that the race which inhabited this mysterious cavern, hewn in solid rock by human hands, was of oriental origin, possibly from Egypt, tracing back to Ramses. If their theories are borne out by the translation of the tablets engraved with hieroglyphics, the mystery of the prehistoric peoples of North America, their ancient arts, who they were and whence they came, will be solved. Egypt and the Nile, and Arizona and the Colorado will be linked by a historical chain running back to ages which staggers the wildest fancy of the fictionist.
A Thorough Examination
Under the direction of Prof. S. A. Jordan, the Smithsonian Institute is now prosecuting the most thorough explorations, which will be continued until the last link in the chain is forged. Nearly a mile underground, about 1480 feet below the surface, the long main passage has been delved into, to find another mammoth chamber from which radiates scores of passageways, like the spokes of a wheel.
Several hundred rooms have been discovered, reached by passageways running from the main passage, one of them having been explored for 854 feet and another 634 feet. The recent finds include articles which have never been known as native to this country, and doubtless they had their origin in the orient. War weapons, copper instruments, sharp-edged and hard as steel, indicate the high state of civilization reached by these strange people. So interested have the scientists become that preparations are being made to equip the camp for extensive studies, and the force will be increased to thirty or forty persons.
Mr. Kinkaid’s Report
Mr. Kinkaid was the first white child born in Idaho and has been an explorer and hunter all his life, thirty years having been in the service of the Smithsonian Institute. Even briefly recounted, his history sounds fabulous, almost grotesque.
“First, I would impress that the cavern is nearly inaccessible. The entrance is 1,486 feet down the sheer canyon wall. It is located on government land and no visitor will be allowed there under penalty of trespass. The scientists wish to work unmolested, without fear of archeological discoveries being disturbed by curio or relic hunters.
A trip there would be fruitless, and the visitor would be sent on his way. The story of how I found the cavern has been related, but in a paragraph: I was journeying down the Colorado river in a boat, alone, looking for mineral. Some forty-two miles up the river from the El Tovar Crystal canyon, I saw on the east wall, stains in the sedimentary formation about 2,000 feet above the river bed. There was no trail to this point, but I finally reached it with great difficulty.
Above a shelf which hid it from view from the river, was the mouth of the cave. There are steps leading from this entrance some thirty yards to what was, at the time the cavern was inhabited, the level of the river. When I saw the chisel marks on the wall inside the entrance, I became interested, securing my gun and went in. During that trip I went back several hundred feet along the main passage till I came to the crypt in which I discovered the mummies. One of these I stood up and photographed by flashlight. I gathered a number of relics, which I carried down the Colorado to Yuma, from whence I shipped them to Washington with details of the discovery. Following this, the explorations were undertaken.
“The main passageway is about 12 feet wide, narrowing to nine feet toward the farther end. About 57 feet from the entrance, the first side-passages branch off to the right and left, along which, on both sides, are a number of rooms about the size of ordinary living rooms of today, though some are 30 by 40 feet square. These are entered by oval-shaped doors and are ventilated by round air spaces through the walls into the passages. The walls are about three feet six inches in thickness.
The passages are chiseled or hewn as straight as could be laid out by an engineer. The ceilings of many of the rooms converge to a center. The side-passages near the entrance run at a sharp angle from the main hall, but toward the rear they gradually reach a right angle in direction.
“Over a hundred feet from the entrance is the cross-hall, several hundred feet long, in which are found the idol, or image, of the people’s god, sitting cross-legged, with a lotus flower or lily in each hand. The cast of the face is oriental, and the carving this cavern. The idol almost resembles Buddha, though the scientists are not certain as to what religious worship it represents. Taking into consideration everything found thus far, it is possible that this worship most resembles the ancient people of Tibet.
Surrounding this idol are smaller images, some very beautiful in form; others crooked-necked and distorted shapes, symbolical, probably, of good and evil. There are two large cactus with protruding arms, one on each side of the dais on which the god squats. All this is carved out of hard rock resembling marble. In the opposite corner of this cross-hall were found tools of all descriptions, made of copper. These people undoubtedly knew the lost art of hardening this metal, which has been sought by chemicals for centuries without result. On a bench running around the workroom was some charcoal and other material probably used in the process. There is also slag and stuff similar to matte, showing that these ancients smelted ores, but so far no trace of where or how this was done has been discovered, nor the origin of the ore.
“Among the other finds are vases or urns and cups of copper and gold, made very artistic in design. The pottery work includes enameled ware and glazed vessels. Another passageway leads to granaries such as are found in the oriental temples. They contain seeds of various kinds. One very large storehouse has not yet been entered, as it is twelve feet high and can be reached only from above. Two copper hooks extend on the edge, which indicates that some sort of ladder was attached. These granaries are rounded, as the materials of which they are constructed, I think, is a very hard cement. A gray metal is also found in this cavern, which puzzles the scientists, for its identity has not been established. It resembles platinum. Strewn promiscuously over the floor everywhere are what people call “cats eyes’, a yellow stone of no great value. Each one is engraved with the head of the Malay type.
“On all the urns, or walls over doorways , and tablets of stone which were found by the image are the mysterious hieroglyphics, the key to which the Smithsonian Institute hopes yet to discover. The engraving on the tables probably has something to do with the religion of the people. Similar hieroglyphics have been found in southern Arizona. Among the pictorial writings, only two animals are found. One is of prehistoric type.
“The tomb or crypt in which the mummies were found is one of the largest of the chambers, the walls slanting back at an angle of about 35 degrees. On these are tiers of mummies, each one occupying a separate hewn shelf. At the head of each is a small bench, on which is found copper cups and pieces of broken swords. Some of the mummies are covered with clay, and all are wrapped in a bark fabric.
The urns or cups on the lower tiers are crude, while as the higher shelves are reached, the urns are finer in design, showing a later stage of civilization. It is worthy of note that all the mummies examined so far have proved to be male, no children or females being buried here. This leads to the belief that this exterior section was the warriors’ barracks.
“Among the discoveries no bones of animals have been found, no skins, no clothing, no bedding. Many of the rooms are bare but for water vessels. One room, about 40 by 700 feet, was probably the main dining hall, for cooking utensils are found here. What these people lived on is a problem, though it is presumed that they came south in the winter and farmed in the valleys, going back north in the summer.
Upwards of 50,000 people could have lived in the caverns comfortably. One theory is that the present Indian tribes found in Arizona are descendants of the serfs or slaves of the people which inhabited the cave. Undoubtedly a good many thousands of years before the Christian era, a people lived here which reached a high stage of civilization. The chronology of human history is full of gaps. Professor Jordan is much enthused over the discoveries and believes that the find will prove of incalculable value in archeological work.
“One thing I have not spoken of, may be of interest. There is one chamber of the passageway to which is not ventilated, and when we approached it a deadly, snaky smell struck us. Our light would not penetrate the gloom, and until stronger ones are available we will not know what the chamber contains. Some say snakes, but other boo-hoo this idea and think it may contain a deadly gas or chemicals used by the ancients. No sounds are heard, but it smells snaky just the same. The whole underground installation gives one of shaky nerves the creeps. The gloom is like a weight on one’s shoulders, and our flashlights and candles only make the darkness blacker. Imagination can revel in conjectures and ungodly daydreams back through the ages that have elapsed till the mind reels dizzily in space.”
An Indian Legend
In connection with this story, it is notable that among the Hopi Indians the tradition is told that their ancestors once lived in an underworld in the Grand Canyon till dissension arose between the good and the bad, the people of one heart and the people of two hearts. Machetto, who was their chief, counseled them to leave the underworld, but there was no way out. The chief then caused a tree to grow up and pierce the roof of the underworld, and then the people of one heart climbed out. They tarried by Paisisvai (Red River), which is the Colorado, and grew grain and corn.
They sent out a message to the Temple of the Sun, asking the blessing of peace, good will and rain for people of one heart. That messenger never returned, but today at the Hopi villages at sundown can be seen the old men of the tribe out on the housetops gazing toward the sun, looking for the messenger. When he returns, their lands and ancient dwelling place will be restored to them. That is the tradition.
Among the engravings of animals in the cave is seen the image of a heart over the spot where it is located. The legend was learned by W.E. Rollins, the artist, during a year spent with the Hopi Indians.
There are two theories of the origin of the Egyptians. One is that they came from Asia; another that the racial cradle was in the upper Nile region. Heeren, an Egyptologist, believed in the Indian origin of the Egyptians. The discoveries in the Grand Canyon may throw further light on human evolution and prehistoric ages.
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