Sodom & Gomorrah Location and Destruction Confirmed - New Study
Israel 356 News - A new study, the result of 15 years of study carried out by 21 co-authors in 10 states in the U.S., as well as Canada and the Czech Republic, including archaeologists, geologists, geochemists, geomorphologists, mineralogists, paleobotanists, sedimentologists, cosmic-impact experts, and medical doctors, was published on Monday in the journal Scientific Reports.
Researchers studying the Tall el-Hammam in the eastern part of the lower Jordan Valley containing the stratified remains of a Bronze Age fortified urban center, researchers were faced with a 5-foot-thick layer of charcoal, ash, and melted bricks and pottery at the site which researchers called the destruction layer. The evidence of intense heat precluded a war or earthquake.
They determined that the bricks melted at a temperature of 2,700 Fahrenheit, hotter even than a volcano.
Perplexed by the level of destruction, the researchers used the Online Impact Calculator to model scenarios that fit the evidence. The calculator allows researchers to estimate the many details of a cosmic impact event, based on known impact events and nuclear detonations.
The study concluded that about 3,600 years ago an icy space rock measuring 50 meters across entered the atmosphere while traveling 38,000 mph. Lacking a crater to indicate an impact, the researchers concluded that the asteroid entering the atmosphere resulted in a massive fireball that exploded about 2.5 miles above the ground.
The resulting blast was about 1,000 times more powerful than the Hiroshima atomic bomb and destroyed the region.
The event devastated the city which had been settled since about 4,300 BCE. Air temperatures in the entire region rose above 3,600 degrees Fahrenheit, causing clothing and wood to immediately burst into flames. Mud Bricks and pottery began to melt, something even volcanoes do not do. Almost immediately, the entire city was on fire.
The combustion was followed by a massive shock wave moving at about 740 mph. The upper 40-feet of a four-story palace were sheared off and blown into a nearby valley. All of the 8,000 people living in the city were killed in the event.
The storm traveled 14 miles across the valley, toppling the walls of the city of Jericho and burning it to the ground.
The devastating effects of the asteroid were so intense that the left behind shocked quartz, finely fractured sand grains that form at 725,000 pounds per square inch of ....READ MORE
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