Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Beringia: A Modern-day Fable – Part III

Continuing with the so-called movement across the Beringia Land Bridge that scientists claimed existed for a short time between Siberia and Alaska, allowing early man to move across from the Eastern Hemisphere to settle the Americas.
What would have caused animals to migrate across the frozen tundra to lands unknown to them that would have held no guarantee of better forage? And not all the animals would have gone, since today eastern Siberia along the Bering Sea is filled with wild animal herds
    According to the theory, large animals migrated across the bridge, though no reason is given why they would have done so. Man, they claim, then followed. Nor is any reason given why man, once across, stopped and settled in what is now the frozen wastes of the Seward Peninsula, the closest point in Western Alaska to Siberia, and where the Land Bridge would have been connected, according to scientists.
What would have caused families to migrate across the frozen tundra into Alaska where glaciers isolated the coast from all of Alaska and Canada?
    Also according to scientists, this coastal route could have been by foot along the beach, or by boat, drifting eastward then southward with the Japanese current. It's also possible that the first humans into the Americas exploited both coastal and interior resources.
    However, according to the Lord, this land of the Western Hemisphere was kept from man, in fact, Moroni writes: “after the waters had receded from off the face of this land it became a choice land above all other lands, a chosen land of the Lord; wherefore the Lord would have that all men should serve him who dwell upon the face thereof” (Ether 13:2). He also said, “Wherefore, the remnant of the house of Joseph shall be built upon this land, and it shall be a land of their inheritance; and they shall build up a holy city unto the Lord, like unto the Jerusalem of old” (Ether 13:8).
    On the other hand, science, which is never interested in what the Lord has told us, continues to make their case for not only a Land Bridge, which is highly questionable, but that a climate change coincidentally existed at the same time that glaciation was so heavy in the north that it blocked up the sea and lowered its level (creating the so-called Beringia and the Land Bridge), and that animals and man decided to cross over this bridge into a completely unknown land.
One of the scientists many mysteries is how people, coming out of the glacier-covered ice flows found a temperate land in Beringia of green grass and mild temperatures
    Somehow in the midst of the glaciated land all around them, there mysteriously appeared a climate changed area across Beringa, which would be expected to be wind swept ice flows through these straits with ice to the north and ice to the south, holding back the oceans in order to expose the sea floor.
Yellow Arrow: Komandor Basin; Red Arrow Aleutian Basin; Blue Arrow: Bowers Basin. Light Blue sea is the shallow area and darker blue area is the deeper area
   In case the Bering Sea is not well known to the reader, it may be divided into two nearly equal parts: a relatively shallow area along the continental and insular shelves in the north and east and a much deeper area in the southwest. In the shelf area, which is an enormous underwater plain, the depths are, in most cases, less than 500 feet. The deep part in the southwestern portion of the sea is also a plain, lying at depths of 12,000 to 13,000 feet and divided by separate ridges into three basins: the larger Aleutian Basin to the north and east, the Bowers Basin to the south, and the Komandor Basin to the west. The sea’s deepest point, 13,442 feet, is in the Bowers Basin.
    Although the Bering Sea is situated in the same latitude as Great Britain, its climate is much more severe. The southern and western parts are characterized by cool, rainy summers with frequent fogs. Winters are extreme in the northern and eastern portions, with temperatures of -31° to -49° F and high winds. The summers in the north and east are cool, with comparatively low precipitation. Snow persists on the Koryak coast for as long as 8 months and on the Chukchi Peninsula for nearly 10 months, with a snow cover one to two feet thick. The annual precipitation in the southern part of the sea is more than 40 inches, mainly in the form of rainfall, while in the northern part the precipitation is less than half as much and is mainly snow. The water temperatures on the surface average from 34° F in the north to 41° F in the south, and severe storms caused by strong centers of low atmospheric pressure occasionally penetrate the southern part of the sea. In winter the northern portion of the sea is covered with ice, and even in summer the water below the surface retains a subfreezing temperature.
    The Bering Sea is considered to be one of the most difficult bodies of water to navigate. Winter storms are frequent and severe, often coating the superstructures of ships with ice. Wave heights may exceed 40 feet. Added to these hazards are powerful tidal currents in many parts of the sea and fog, rain, and floating ice in the north. In winter the northern area is covered by ice fields about 4 or 5 feet thick, with hummocks in some places more than 100 feet high. At its maximum extent in April, the ice reaches as far south as Bristol Bay and the Kamchatka coasts. Melting begins in May, and by July there is no ice in the sea except for drift ice in the Bering Strait.
Consider how unreasonable and unrealistic it would be for the wind-swept freezing cold of the Bering Strait with ice blocking the Bering Sea to the south, and the chilling Arctic Ocean to the north, yet creating a temperate green belt in between
    Given all of this, we still have to concern ourselves about the extensive glaciers all over Canada through which the immigrants would have had to travel to continue on into North America and down toward South America.  The problem is, according to science, Ice Ages and warm periods have alternated fairly regularly in Earth's history: Earth's climate cools roughly every 100,000 years, with vast areas of North America, Europe and Asia being buried under thick ice sheets.
Thus, according to the Ice Age principle, that was in effect when the Beringia Land Bridge was supposedly open for colonization between Siberia and Alaska, the rest of Alaska and basically all of Canada, was under a thick sheet of solid ice (left) that did not leave room for crossing by immigrants or animals (right)
    Consequently, to make all this work, the scientists had to come up with a way to get the people through the solid glaciated ice sheets covering all of eastern Alaska and almost all of Canada. So they decided on a corridor through the glaciers had to have existed.

This corridor through the ice has absolutely no scientific support other than it was needed by the scientists to get the people down into the Americas at a time when all the land in the north was covered with ice
    Continuing with the scientists view of this, the Beringa Land Bridge was open until after 11,000 Years Ago - Scrub Tundra Grew in lowland Beringia, not 'Mammoth Steppe.’ According to scientists, just a few decades ago, Beringia, the land linking North America and Asia during glacial times, was a hypothetical concept. But as evidence mounted of biological connections between Siberia and Alaska, and knowledge of changing sea levels came to light, the notion of a land bridge allowing free passage of animals and humans became universally accepted.
    That is because, in part, when scientists are confronted with reality that either questions or counters their beliefs, they simply create a way around the problem and state is as fact—like the corridor through the glaciers covering all of Canada, and numerous other inventive ideas as shown in these posts.
    The point is, the Western Hemisphere was settled by the Jaredites and Lehi’s extended family and the Mulekites. They didn’t walk there over any so-called Land Bridge. They were led by the Spirit in ships or barges the Lord showed them how to make as the scriptural record of the Book of Mormon so clearly states.

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