Earth Under Fire: Humanity's Survival of the Ice Age

Earth Under Fire: Humanity's Survival of the Ice Age

by Paul A. LaViolette Ph.D., Ph. D. LaViolette


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An investigation of the connection between ancient world catastrophe myths and modern scientific evidence of a galactic destruction cycle

• Provides scientific evidence of past Earth-wide catastrophes and their galactic superwave origins

• Decodes the ancient message encrypted in the zodiac constellations and symbolism of the Sphinx

• Describes how explosions of our Galaxy’s core pose a threat to humanity in the future

Many ancient myths from around the world tell of catastrophic destruction by fire and flood. These ubiquitous legends are so extreme that they are often dismissed as imaginative exaggerations. In Earth Under Fire, Paul LaViolette connects these "myths" to recent scientific findings in astronomy, geology, and archaeology to reconstruct the details of prehistoric global disasters and to explain how similar tragedies could recur in the near future.

Compelled by his decryption of an ancient warning hidden in zodiac constellation lore, LaViolette worked with information from many scientific sources, including astronomical observations, polar ice core measurements, and other geological data, to confirm that our Galaxy’s core exploded near the end of the last ice age. This explosion unleashed a barrage of cosmic rays and enveloped the solar system in a dense nebula, which led to periods of persistent darkness, frigid cold, severe solar storms, searing heat, and mountainous floods that plagued mankind for many generations. Linking his scientific findings to details preserved in the myths and monuments of ancient civilizations, he demonstrates how past civilizations accurately recorded the causes of these cataclysmic events, knowledge of which may be crucial for the human race to survive the next catastrophic superwave cycle. This information reveals the intelligence and ingenuity of our ancestors who, when faced with extinction, found the means to warn us that the apocalypse that destroyed them could occur once again.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781591430520
Publisher: Inner Traditions/Bear & Company
Publication date: 10/07/2005
Edition description: Original
Pages: 448
Sales rank: 519,819
Product dimensions: 8.84(w) x 10.90(h) x 1.04(d)

About the Author

Paul LaViolette, Ph.D., is president of the Starburst Foundation, an interdisciplinary research institute, and holds degrees in both systems science and physics. The author of Genesis of the Cosmos and Subquantum Kinetics, he lives in New York.

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from Chapter 3

The Charge of the Bull

"Except this supernova does seem unusually bright," interjected Tom Cook.

"Has brightened up still more," announced Bill Gaynor, who had just come in. "Didn't go to bed. I stayed up till it rose—in the east, about an hour ago."

"What is it now?"

"I'd say about minus eight." [25 times brighter than Venus]

There was a whistle around the common room.

"More like a bloody quasar than a supernova," muttered someone.

A long silence followed this remark. It was broken by Almond. "Which would explain something that's been worrying the hell out of me."

"What's that, Dr. Almond?" Gaynor asked, his eyes red with lack of sleep.

"Why the position of the thing is so precisely the same as the Galactic center. It's obvious really, isn't it? The center of the Galaxy has blown up." Almond's deep voice was grave as he made this pronouncement.
The Inferno, Fred Hoyle and Geoffrey Hoyle

3.2. The Blue Star

According to a legend told by the Hopi Indians, the present world civilization is not the first to populate the Earth. Before this one, there were three other "worlds," each terminated by a global catastrophe. They call the present world cycle the "Fourth World," and claim that it too, like the others before it, will one day come to an end. They say that this ending will be heralded by the appearance of Saquasohuh, the Blue Star spirit.

Since the cores of distant exploding galaxies are observed to have a bright blue star-like appearance, it is reasonable to expect that the core of our own Galaxy would have a similar appearance during its explosive phase. So the legendary appearance of the Blue Star could be referring to an explosion of our Galaxy's core. Supernova explosions may be ruled out as frequently recurring causes of terrestrial cataclysms. Although nearby supernovae might appear as bright blue stars, those occurring close enough to seriously affect the Earth and solar system take place very rarely, only about once in several hundred million years. They certainly could not account for three Hopi world cycles occurring during the past several hundred thousand years or so.

Since optical radiation from the Galactic core is heavily obscured by the large amounts of intervening interstellar dust, most of the blue light that ancient viewers would have seen from a Galactic core explosion event would have come from the superwave cosmic ray electrons emitted from the core, rather than from the core itself. During their 23,000 light-year journey to us, this advancing army of torch bearers would have been continuously generating and beaming forward a bluish light, a color characteristic of their synchrotron electromagnetic emission. Most of the light reaching us would have come from electrons that had emerged from the Galaxy's dust-obscured inner regions.

Because the synchrotron radiation from such high velocity electrons shines forward in a very narrow cone, this light would have appeared to ancient observers like a bright blue-white star about a thousand times brighter than the brightest star in the night sky. About 80 percent of this light would have come from a region less than a third of an arc minute in diameter, in other words from a region smaller than the apparent diameter of the planet Mars. An additional 17 percent of the light would have come from a region three times larger, approximately equivalent in size to the apparent diameter of Venus. This Galactic center synchrotron source would have been visible even during the day, radiating from the vicinity of Sagittarius A. It would have appeared suddenly, without warning, and would have remained in the sky for several hundred to several thousand years, marking the duration of the superwave's passage.

During the time it ruled the heavens, its intensity would have varied from hour to hour, sometimes from minute to minute, due to variations in the concentration of cosmic rays along the depth of the advancing superwave shell. During this ancient superwave passage, the star-studded sky that we are used to seeing on a clear night would have been transformed into a ghostly scene of variously shaped amorphous nebulae and dust clouds overlying one another. Bluish light from the superwave's cosmic rays would have back-illuminated and silhouetted dark forms residing in the general direction of the galactic nucleus, with the back-illumination increasing in brightness toward the Blue Star. The entire Scorpio-Sagittarius-Lupus-Ophiucus region would have taken on an ominous appearance. The cloud of gas and dust that currently surrounds the solar system would become illuminated and grotesquely visible. Nearby clouds lying in the anticenter direction, that is on the Taurus-Orion-Capella side of the heavens, would instead have been front-illuminated, the beamed synchrotron radiation there being directed away from Earth. On this leeward side, viewers would have seen visual effects produced by superwave cosmic rays that were now receding from the Earth.

Other lighting effects would have been seen in the immediate vicinity of the solar system. Within minutes after the appearance of the Blue Star, superwave cosmic rays would have begun impacting the solar system's heliopause magnetic field sheath as well as the bow shaped shock front that surrounds and shields it on the upwind side facing the Galactic center. The approaching cosmic rays would have been captured by the turbulent magnetic fields residing behind the shock front as well as within the heliopause sheath. There, they would have formed a network of faintly luminous cobweb-like filaments stretching outward across the sky from the vicinity of the Blue Star.

Perhaps the most frightening phenomenon to occur in this early stage would be the prompt arrival of the electromagnetic pulse and, perhaps some days later, the onslaught of the gravity wave with its ensuing crustal torque, earthquakes and volcanic eruptions. These terrifying aspects are discussed more fully in chapter 12.

Table of Contents


Message from the Past
The Science of Cosmogenesis
The Riddle of the Sphinx
The Encryption of the Cosmic
Microwave Temperature Gradient

The Galactic Center Indicators
Was the Galactic Center Visible in
Ancient Times?
Cosmic Procreation
Activity in the Core of Our Galaxy
Cosmic Benchmarks

Galactic Superwaves
The Blue Star
The Eye of Re
The Temple of Dendera
Distant Thunder
Ice Core Evidence of Prehistoric
Cosmic Ray Volleys

The Age of Darkness
The Battle of Horus and Set
Horus’s Nearly Fatal Sting
Discovery of the 15,800-years-B.P.
Cosmic Event
Dusty Aftermath
Venus: The Star That Smoked

Thermal Freeze
Dark Clouds Up Ahead
Ragnarok (the Twilight of the Gods)
Fierce Winds

The T Tauri Effect
Lunar Evidence of an Active
Ice Age Sun
The Canyons of Mars
The Myth of Phaethon and the
Sun Chariot
Other Myths about the Burning of
the World
Terrestrial Evidence for a Prehistoric
Global Warming and Solar Outburst
Solar Storms and Geomagnetic Flips

In Search of a Cause
Glacier Waves
The Mystery of the Frozen Mammoths

Atlantis and the Flood
Thus Spake Zeus
Asgard and the Bifrost Bridge
A Zodiacal Date for the Flood
Flood Legends from Asia, Oceania, and
the Near East

American Indian Legends
The Barasana Star Lore
Archaeological Evidence for the Flood

The Galactic Radio Background
Supernova Remnant Signposts
Do Superwaves Trigger Supernovae?
Extragalactic Evidence for Superwaves

Geocosmic Cycles
The Days of Brahma
The Journey of the Hopi

The Day of the Lord
The Revelation of Saint John
The Fátima Prophecy
Future Vision


APPENDIX A: Coordinates and Proper Motions for Key Constellation Stars

APPENDIX B: The Duration of Galactic Core Explosions

APPENDIX C: Attempts to Move the Scientific Investigation Forward
Getting the Word Out
Subsequent Investigation Attempts
Predictions and Their Later Verification:
Chronology—1979 to Present

APPENDIX D: Chronologies




Index of Myths and Legends

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