While the rain forests are an invaluable part of the current ecosystem, satellite imagery in 2010 showed something interesting: 3,000 – 6,000 year old agriculture long since hidden by the jungle. It was a phenomenal find for archaeologists and geologists who began to understand more about the actual lifespan of the rain forests and just how short of a time they had been in existence. The systematic destruction of the rain forests is an incredible tragedy and given the sheer size of the jungle, it’s bound to have a negative global impact on weather. However, the discovery of just how young the rain forest is offers up new insight into the environmental progression of the planet.
But, is it really that ‘surprising’ of information?
Since the 1920’s (and earlier), pyramids have been discovered in South America where they were previously thought to be mountains. Even in the 1920’s, excavation of underground tunnels revealed that there were structures deep underground. And, of course, these structures weren’t built underground and then lifted up as a mountain! That’s … a little too much on the fantasy side.
So, here we are, 90 years later, with archaeologists showing wonderment and surprise at the possibility that the rain forests are about 5000 thousand (and up) years old. But, given the fact that the rain forests have grown atop these mountains which appeared thanks to thousands of years of dry dirt and sand blowing around and burying them … there’s more to the story than meets the eye.
Is it possible that the rain forests of South America are even newer than previously thought? Given the “mysterious” disappearance of the Aztecs and Mayans, and some other ancient civilizations, there could have been a catastrophic weather phenomenon as recently as the past couple thousand years. It would go something like this (this is only a theory … and a wild one at that):
9000 – 10000 years ago, there was a thriving, agricultural community in South America. That community farmed the land, grew in population, and massively cut back jungles that had existed before them (as can be seen in the photos below where deforestation has revealed man-made features in the ground, before the jungle was there).
In doing so, the temperature shifted and the rains slowed which brought on a warmer climate and subsequent problems. Rivers dried up, and the cultures began to break down, warred with one another (for resources), and the conflict literally led to barren land that was totally abandoned for a 1000+ years (desert!). Civilizations moved to higher grounds where the rains were more abundant (which would otherwise seem contrary to logic … but not being there … this is the only rationale I can conclude):
Then, about 3,000 – 4,000 years ago, as the temperature shifted on the planet (due to civilizations expanding, deforestation and construction in new locations, or other cultural behaviors or natural, geographic events), the area began to forcibly cool, and within a thousand or so years, the soil that carried the seeds for the rain forests was spread around (even more widely than before), and the jungle began to grow. Within another 600 – 700 years, the rain forests we see today (before human deforestation), were pretty well in place. Species migrated and filled the spaces where civilizations had disappeared and already moved out of town; and only the jungle was left, covering the ruins from thousands of years previously.
This is not a strange concept, whereby weather patterns could dramatically shift world-wide in only a few thousand years. In fact, given the number of faults that have been discovered in South America and the Pacific Ring of Fire, such a dramatic change could be equally attributed to natural phenomenon. Africa is another good example of this.
As seen in the water scarcity table above, the lines of green to dark red between South America and Africa show some consistency. It’s very possible that in Africa, given the ongoing pyramid work there, too, that they suffered the same dramatic changes from jungle to desert and back again as part of a global phenomena, thus the fact that pyramids are built thousands of miles from water sources in barren desert lands that may have once been lush, fertile valleys.
After all, here’s how the Earth looked only 18,000 years ago:
Isn’t it interesting that this shows North America under ice and Australia as covered in green, fertile lands. In fact, many deserts are known to have been lush, fertile valleys. But, going back to the previous picture, as a heat wave moved around the Earth, shifting the climates, the ice thawed, global shifting occurred, and lands changed. Australia’s once fertile valleys became barren deserts whereby the civilizations moved away toward where the green lands were left and whatever was once there … was lost. In fact, I’d argue that the picture above is almost completely inaccurate, regardless of what geologists may have found. I would argue that it is even less like the water scarcity table above it and that more ice covered the northern hemispheres. Given what we’re learning about South American ancient cultures, it would make more sense that the whole of South America would be a lighter green (agriculture, not rain forest), and Africa would be almost all green while Australia would be dark green with rain forests. And, even 18,000 years ago, while the world may not have had 7 billion people on it to really heat things up, it had enough people doing enough re-landscaping of the planet’s surface, that it contributed significantly to some climate change.
But, where’s the disconnect? How come science keeps missing the target and these possible ideas? The heads at Easter Island were only recently discovered to have bodies – even though other heads there were built with bodies? That literally changes everything that was ever assumed about them. Thus, before science makes wide-spread determinations or even dismisses the possibility of massive global climate change, a reality check should be put in place. Even more to the point … before deforestation continues at such an exceedingly high rate … maybe people want to consider the potential ramifications it had on ancient civilizations?
Just thinking …
If humanity has gone through this before … building massive monumental cities with underground resources to protect the people … shouldn’t modern civilization be concerned, too? If global climate changes happen every 10,000 years, or even in part, every 3,000 years, given the timeline that events have happened in the ancient South American civilizations, we’re quickly coming due for a paradigm shift. Now, by quickly, I don’t mean tomorrow. However, 500 – 1000 years is NOT a lot of time in the bigger scheme of things. But, it IS enough time to make plans and preparations.
Anyway – all of this is just a few possibilities of what ‘could’ be. But, given how wrong science is (repeatedly), maybe it’s a good idea to be prepared … just in case.
Thanks for reading!
Fun Facts: The Great Pyramid of Giza is estimated to be made out of 2,300,000 stones ranging between 5 – 30 tons. The pyramid you see today is not the actual pyramid as it was built since the walls have since been pillaged: