Dumb Question Dept: How Could the Earth Totally Flood Itself?
Our planet and its atmosphere is suspended in space by gravitational forces. Above our physical planet is the atmosphere ― a layer of gases. These gases are nitrogen, oxygen, argon, carbon dioxide and some water vapor ― about 1 percent near the surface. There is no definite boundary between the atmosphere and outer space. It slowly becomes thinner and fades into space. 1 Water does not come to Earth from space, nor does it leave earth and go into space. Earth is self-contained. It is what it is!
To answer this question, it helps to first have a rudimentary knowledge of the planet's hydrologic, or water, cycle. The water cycle, in essence, describes the processes by which large quantities of water move continuously through the Earth's oceans, land and atmosphere over short and long time scales. It is primarily dominated by the oceans — which account for 96% of the planet's water and where 86% of global evaporation takes place — though it has no defined starting or ending point. 2
The earth is a closed system and its water cycle depends on an equal number of inputs and outputs to function — which can include, but are not limited to, snowmelt (melted water flowing from glaciers and ice caps) and precipitation on one hand and evapotranspiration (water transpired from plants and evaporated from the soil) and surface/subsurface storage of water in lakes or aquifers on the other. In general, more water is often stored in reservoirs — like the oceans — than moves through the water cycle. This is especially true during warmer climactic periods when, as a result, average global sea levels tend to rise. Colder climactic periods, on the other hand, are characterized by the formation of more ice caps and glaciers — which come to accumulate a significant portion of the Earth's water supply.3
So boys and girls, there could never have been more water for a giant earth/mountain covering flood than was already in the earth. Sea levels could not rise unless there was a 'global warming' melting glacial ice residing on land formations. Funny, but the Hebrew bible says the earth is too young -- only 2,105 Hebrew years old -- to have an ice age, deposit glacial ice and then to undergo warming and melt off.
The picture (right) is a perfectly simple illustration of Earth's water cycle. The same water is recycled over and over and over again. Nothing added, nothing lost.
For those of you who -- out of ignorance or fear -- still cling to this Hebrew bible flood tale 4, there is one final thought about the flood. What happened to the flood waters after cresting? Water could not leave planet Earth! All water remained here, so where did it go? It didn't go anywhere! The Flood was an impossibility. The flood story is a lie -- a damnable lie.
And along with this exposure of the Noah fiction ― POOF the whole concept of Noah disappears before your very eyes. It is fiction folks, just like the cunning walking, talking snake, Jonah and a 6-day creation of the universe. Look at the footnote 5 below to see just how far Judaism goes to create apologetics to maintain this lie. As P. T. Barnum once said, "There is a sucker born every minute and two to take him." Don't let that be you!
Please dear ones, start to think! You have the ability to think critically and independently, please, please use your minds and logic.
"Against logic there is no armor like ignorance." - Dr. Laurence J. Peter (1919 - 1988)
1. Earth's Atmosphere, Wikipedia, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Earth's_atmosphere
2. Jeremy Elton Jacquot, Los Angeles, Treehugger.com
4. In Torah, Genesis 7 & 8
5. According to Orthodox Judaism's invention -- NOT IN THEIR TORAH -- the rains began to fall on the 17th of Cheshvan of the year 1656 from creation (2105), flooding the earth and rising above the highest mountains. [ http://www.chabad.org/calendar/view/day_cdo/aid/211011/jewish/Great-Flood-Begins.htm ]
Judaism even invents a chronology of their fictitious flood, right down to the very day(s). Citations based on Hebrew calendar.
1. Cheshvan 17, 2104 BCE (1656 Hebrew year from Adam/Eve) : Noah enters ark; rains begin.
2. Kislev 27: Forty days of rain end; begin 150 days of water's swelling and churning, during which the water reaches a height of 15 cubits above the mountain peaks.
3. Sivan 1: Water calms and begins to subside at the rate of one cubit every four days.
4. Sivan 17: The bottom of the ark, submerged 11 cubits beneath the surface, touches down on the top of Mount Ararat.
5. Av 1: The mountain peaks break the water's surface.
6. Elul 10:Forty days after the mountain peaks become visible, Noah opens the ark's window and dispatches a raven.
7. Elul 17: Noah sends the dove for the first time.
8. Elul 23: The dove is sent a second time, and returns with an olive leaf in its beak.
9. Tishrei 1: Dove's third mission. Water completely drained.
10. Cheshvan 27, 2103 BCE Ground fully dried. Noah exits ark.