Friday, November 25, 2011

The Red Sea Rift

The orientation of this satelite image would be rotated 80 degrees clockwise if it were accurate. The triangular shape in the middle is the Sinai Peninsular and the sea to its left, right and following through to what should be the south is the Red Sea. The part of the Red Sea to the right of the peninsular is the Gulf of Aquaba and to the right of that is Saudi Arabia. To the north is Jordan, Syria and Israel.

The Red Sea Rift runs from Israel all the way down through the Dead Sea (small lake shape), through the Gulf of Aquaba and down through the Red Sea with East Africa on the left and Saudi Arabia to the right.

A tectonic rift is...

In geology, a rift or chasm is a place where the Earth's crust and lithosphere are being pulled apart[1] and is an example of extensional tectonics.[2] Typical rift features are a central linear downfaulted segment, called a graben, with parallel normal faulting and rift-flank uplifts on either side forming a rift valley, where the rift remains above sea level. The axis of the rift area commonly contains volcanic rocks, and active volcanism is a part of many, but not all active rift systems.

The Red Sea Rift is what actually caused the creation of the Red Sea. Some out of this world natural events must surely have occured in this highly volcanic region in times past.

This is a partially complete list of volcanoes in the Middle East.

On the Rift Valley....

Stretching across Africa like a gigantic wound, the Rift Valley is more than 6,430km (3,987 miles) long and in places up to 1,520m (4,986 ft.) deep. It cuts through the continent from Jordan all the way down to Mozambique and, when viewed from outer space, is apparently the single most identifiable geographic landmark on the face of the planet.

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This image shows how the 'Holy Land' was sited bang smack in the middle of this highly seismic area. No wonder it became the 'Hoy Land'. Everywhere in the world where volcanoes exist has been 'holy' at some point in time. The holiness of Judaism has only survived because the Hebrews eventually moved away from their 'holy' volcanoes. Muslims became part of the Abrahamic clan long after volcano worship, although they still revere their 'holy' mountains near Mecca, which certainly does suggest those same mountains might well have been revered by Jews.

This comment, meant sarcastically, was left on a post on Jihad Watch by 'Ebonystone', who is probably now wishing she'd not been so cocky....

Gosh yes, volcano-worship, why didn't I realize that before now? Really, with all those volcanoes around the Holy Land, it's no wonder that people worshipped them.

It's always better to at first establish the facts before trying to be funny.

More info on the Jordan Rift Valley here.
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