The mythical deluge in the biblical story of Noah's Ark could have be an actual event caused by unprecedented worldwide floods triggered in Canada in 6000 BC, says a new theory.
The present-day Persian Gulf was also the creation of that deluge, says the theory by Jeffrey Rose, and archeologist at University of Birmingham. According to the theory, Canada's ancient super-sized Lake Agassiz - a remnant of which is today's Lake Winnipeg - suddenly burst its banks 8,000 years ago, triggering worldwide deluge. The resulting rise of the Indian Ocean flooded a Great Britain-sized expanse of the Arabian peninsula that had previously been above water and was certainly inhabited by peoples for as long as 100 millennia, Rose said.
The worldwide deluge created the present-day Persian Gulf and drowned shorelines around the Arabian peninsula, along the northeast coast of Africa and elsewhere around the world.
The deluge would have submerged key archeological evidence of the early evolution of the human race, so Rose, but his theory has been boosted by recent discoveries that show advanced cultures with no apparent previous settlements along the Persian Gulf coast
to explain how they attained their level of cultural sophistication.
"These new colonists may have come from the heart of the Gulf, displaced by rising water levels that plunged the once fertile landscape beneath the waters of the Indian Ocean."