Worlds in Collision, The Shadow of Death by Velikovsky, pp 127-128
If the eruption of a single volcano can darken the atmosphere over the entire globe, a simultaneous and prolonged eruption of thousands of volcanoes would blacken the sky. Volcanoes vomit water vapor as well as cinders. Following the cataclysm, the author of Codex Chimalpopoca, in his history of the suns, shows us terrifying celestial phenomena .. followed by darkness that covered the face of the earth, in one instance for a period of 25 years.
In the Ermitage Papyrus in Leningrad .. there are lamantations about a terrible catastrophe, when heaven and earth turned upside down. After this catastrophe darkness covered the earth. The “shadow of death” is related to the time of the wandering in the desert after the Exodus from Egypt. The sinister meaning of the words “shadow of death” corresponds with the description of the Ermitage Papyrus: “None can live when the sun is veiled by clouds.”
The phenomenon of gloom enduring for years impressed itself on the memory of the Twelve Tribes and is mentioned in many passages in the Bible. Psalms 44:19 – “The people that walked in darkness .. in the land of the shadow of death.”
Excerpts from Earth in Upheaval, The Ivory Islands by Velikovsky, page 4-6
Fossil tusks of the mammoth – an extinct elephant – were found in northern Siberia and brought southward to markets at a very early time. Northern Siberia provided more than half the world’s supply of ivory, many piano keys and many billiard balls being made from the fossil tusks of mammoths.
In 1797 the body of a mammoth, with flesh, skin, and hair, was found in northeastern Siberia. The flesh had the appearance of freshly frozen beef; it was edible, and wolves and sled dogs fed on it without harm. The ground must have been frozen ever since the day of their entombment; had it not been frozen, the bodies of the mammoths would have putrefied in a single summer, but they remained unspoiled for some thousands of years. In some mammoths, when discovered, even the eyeballs were still preserved.
(All) this shows that the cold became suddenly extreme .. and knew no relenting afterward. In the stomachs and between the teeth of the mammoths were found plants and grasses that do not grow now in northern Siberia .. (but are) .. now found in southern Siberia. Microscopic examination of the skin showed red blood corpuscles, which was proof not only of a sudden death, but that the death was due to suffocation either by gases or water.
Excerpts from Earth in Upheaval, Whales in the Mountains by Velikovsky, pp 46-49
Bones of whale have been found 440 feet above sea level, north of Lake Ontario; a skeleton of another whale was discovered in Vermont, more than 500 feet above sea level; and still another in the Montreal-Quebec area, about 600 feet above sea level. Although the Humphrey whale and beluga occasionally enter the mouth of the St. Lawrence, they do not climb hills.
To account for the presence of whales in the hills of Vermont and Montreal, at elevations of 500 and 600 feet, requires the lowering of the land to that extent. The accepted theory is that the land in the region of Montreal and Vermont was depressed more than 600 feet by the weight of ice and kept in this position for a while after the ice melted. Another solution would be for an ocean tide, carrying the whales, to have trespassed upon the land.
But along the coast of Nova Scotia and New England stumps of trees stand in water, telling of once forested country that (has since become) submerged. And opposite the mouths of the St. Lawrence and the Hudson rivers are deep (land) canyons stretching for hundreds of miles into the ocean. These indicate that the land (has become) sea, being depressed in post-glacial times. Then did both processes go on simultaneously, in neighboring areas, here up, there down?
Excerpts from Earth in Upheaval, Tidal Wave by Velikovsky, pp 51- 54
Fissures in the rocks .. all over western Europe, are choked with bones of animals, some of extinct races, others, though of the same age, of races still surviving. The bones .. are mostly broken and splintered into innumerable sharp fragments and are evidently not those of animals devoured by beasts of prey. The Rock of Gibraltar is intersected by numerous crevices filled with bones. The bones are broken and splintered. The remains of panther, lynx, caffir-cat, hyena, wolf, bear, rhinoceros, horse, wild boar, red deer, fallow deer, ibex, ox, hare, rabbit, have been found in these ossiferous fissures. On Corsica, Sardinia, and Sicily the broken bones of animals choke the fissures in the rocks.
The state of preservation of the bones indicates that the animals, all of them, perished in the same period of time. No hardened animal feces were found, indicating that the dead beasts had not lived in these hollows or fissures. No teeth marks of hyena or of any other animal are found in the osseous mass. The bones are those of animals of all ages down to the fetus, nor do they show traces of weathering or exposure.
The extremely fresh condition of the bones, proved by the retention of so large a proportion of animal matter, shows that the event was, geologically, comparatively recent. The fact that animals of all ages were involved in the catastrophe shows it to have been sudden.
Excertps from Worlds in Collision, East and West by Velikovsky, pp 105-114
Our planet rotates from west to east. Has it always done so? There is testimony from all parts of the world that the side which is now turned toward the evening once faced the morning. The Egyptians pride themselves on being the most ancient people in the world. In their authentic annals .. one may read that .. the course of the stars has changed direction .. and that the sun has set in that part of the sky where it rises today. In the Papyrus Ipuwer it is similarly stated that “the land turns round as does a potter’s wheel” and “the Earth turns over”.
Plato wrote in his dialogue: “At certain periods the universe has its present circular motion, and at other periods it revolves in the reverse direction.” Plato wrote in Politicus: “There is at that time great destruction of animals in general, and only a small part of the human race survives”. The Chinese say that it is only since a new order of things has come about that the stars move from east to west. The signs of the Chinese zodiac have the strange peculiarity of proceeding in a retrograde direction, that is, against the course of the sun. The Eskimos of Greenland told missionaries that in an ancient time the earth turned over.
Excertps from Worlds in Collision, Reversed Polarity of the Earth by Velikovsky, pp 105-114
It is possible to detect in the geological records of the earth the orientation of the terrestrial magnetic field in past ages. When lava cools and freezes following a volcanic outburst, it takes up a permanent magnetization dependent upon the orientation of the Earth’s magnetic field at the time. The reversed polarity of lava indicates that in recent geological times the magnetic poles of the globe were reversed.
Earth in Upheaval pp 227-229 Extinction
Many forms of life, many species and genera of animals that lived on this planet in a recent geological period, in the age of man, have utterly disappeared without leaving a single survivor. Mammals walked in fields and forests, propagated and multiplied, and then without a sign of degeneration vanished. A considerable group have become extinct virtually within the last few thousand years.
The large mammals that died out in America include all the camels, all the horses, all the ground sloths, two genera of musk-oxen, peccaries, certain antelopes, a giant bison with a horn spread of six feet, a giant beaverlike animal, a stag-moose, and several kinds of cats, some of which were of lion size.
Animals, strong and vigorous, suddenly died out without leaving a survivor. The end came, not in the course of the struggle for existence – with the survival of the fittest. Fit and unfit, and mostly fit, old and young, with sharp teeth, with strong muscles, with fleet legs, and plenty of food around, all perished. They died as if a wind had snuffed life out of all of them, leaving their cadavers, with no sign of degeneration, in asphalt pits, in bogs, in sediment, and in caverns.