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Tuesday, September 21, 2021

We present evidence that in~1650 BCE (~3600 years ago), a cosmic airburst destroyed Tall el-Hammam, a Middle-Bronze-Age city in the southern Jordan Valley northeast of the Dead Sea. The proposed airburst was larger than the 1908 explosion over Tunguska, Russia, where a~50-m-wide bolide detonated with~1000 -- more energy than the Hiroshima atomic bomb. A city-wide~1.5-m-thick carbon-and-ash-rich destruction layer contains peak concentrations of shocked quartz (~5"10 GPa); melted pottery and mudbricks; diamond-like carbon; soot; Fe- and Si-rich spherules; CaCO3 spherules from melted plaster; and melted platinum, iridium, nickel, gold, silver, zircon, chromite, and quartz. Heating experiments indicate temperatures exceeded 2000 C.


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Amid city-side devastation, the airburst demolished 12+m of the 4-to-5-story palace complex and the massive 4-m-thick mudbrick rampart, while causing extreme disarticulation and skeletal fragmentation in nearby humans. An airburst-related influx of salt (~4 wt.%) produced hypersalinity, inhibited agriculture, and caused a~300"600-year-long abandonment of~120 regional settlements within a>25-km radius. Tall el-Hammam may be the second oldest city/town destroyed by a cosmic airburst/impact, after Abu Hureyra, Syria, and possibly the earliest site with an oral tradition that was written down (Genesis). Tunguska-scale airbursts can devastate entire cities/regions and thus, pose a severe modern-day hazard.


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You're so wrong about Tunguska. But by all means, continue...

#1 | Posted by LegallyYourDead at 2021-09-21 09:26 PM | Reply

You're wrong. Typical DR rebutal.

How so?

#2 | Posted by bruceaz at 2021-09-21 09:36 PM | Reply

#2 - isn't it though? The "you're so wrong" rebuttal is as trite and meaningless as the "your side is to blame" rebuttal. I daresay those two make up 80-85% of all retorts here.

It's amazing how the simple concept of honest discussion and debate escapes so many on this site.

#3 | Posted by jakester at 2021-09-21 10:18 PM | Reply

Guys, #1 is right.

Tunguska wasn't a meteor.

The craft, it's anti-matter engine crippled, was veering wildly away from population centers. It chose Tunguska.

#4 | Posted by HeliumRat at 2021-09-21 10:40 PM | Reply

#4 - it wasn't a craft, either. Tunguska was most likely a comet.

#5 | Posted by jakester at 2021-09-21 10:42 PM | Reply

#4 population centers

Oh yeah, here we go again. We're so special, created in the image of god, blah blah blah. The trees and the animals of the forests mean nothing unless we are exploiting them.

And coming from you Hrat?

Time for you to prostate yourself and recite Chutlu's prayer.

It's been awhile.

#6 | Posted by bruceaz at 2021-09-21 10:54 PM | Reply

Or have you gotten soft having a new girlfriend?

#7 | Posted by bruceaz at 2021-09-21 10:56 PM | Reply

#6 Remember that time when we created a time portal over the North Pole in order to cause nuclear missiles to explode harmlessly in the past? Of course you don't.

#8 | Posted by HeliumRat at 2021-09-22 12:28 AM | Reply


It was a fat, bloated goat.

#9 | Posted by LegallyYourDead at 2021-09-22 03:01 PM | Reply

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