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Hey Big, who are you? This is really weird, but I just said those EXACT same words to a friend of mine 2 nights ago. Not kidding. Is someone playing a joke on me here? Am I really schizophrenic and my alter-ego wrote the above?
Anyway, regarding "climate change," and sea levels and all...
I once went to Ephesus, which in biblical times was a fairly major Greek port city; now it is considered Turkish. The city (well, the ruins of the ancient city) now sits well up a mountainside, with the Meditteranian Sea a considerable distance away. Our guide explained that the sea level had fallen that far in the last 2,000 years or whatever.
That seemed to me to be a quite drastic change, and of course humans couldn't possibly have affected it. I wonder if that sea-level change occurred globally over the same period? (One would think sea level is sea level, but I've heard there can be differences. Also could be attributed to up-thrusting of the land relatively locally/regionally).
My point is, that humans have been dealing with "climate change" for as long as we've been on this earth, and although climate change might have certain local implications, such as a port city no longer having a port (that would suck), we have dealt with it and grown and prospered.
And nothing has yet convinced me that we humans have had anything but (possibly) a quite minimal impact on the "climate."
Howdy Big Al
Geology shows us that land forms have changed and that sea levels have changed also. It is very hard to sort out the movement of land masses and the rising and falling of sea levels. The Med itself probably formed when a narrow wall across Gibraltar let go and a large land area below sea level suddenly became a sea. That could easily give rise to a lot of "world destroyed by flood" legends. Or it may have happened long before humans occupied the region.
Interesting book, hard to find, called "And The Waters Prevailed." Many good threads in it.
As for Ephesus no longer being a port -- I doubt sea level has dropped that much in 2000 years. Cadiz is still a port, Constantinople/Istanbul is still a port. Alexandria is still a port. Have to think this one is a land-form change. Could easily be wrong.
Have to agree with you regarding the sea level drop. It doesn't make sense to me. We disembarked from Istanbul to head for Ephesus, and I saw no evidence of that area (Istanbul) having gone through such a drastic change in a relatively short geologic time.