Nice article. 

 20,000 years ago at the peak of the last ice age, sea levels were 120 meters 
lower than today. 
 

 "Sea level was 400 feet lower then because huge ice caps two miles deep 
covered most of Europe and North America. But as the ice caps began to melt all 
the water stored in them returned to the oceans and sea-level rose, submerging 
many parts of the world where humans had previously lived. Thus Britain was 
joined to Europe during the Ice Age (there was no English Channel or North 
Sea). Likewise there was no Red Sea, no Persian Gulf, Sri Lanka was joined to 
southern India, Siberia was joined to Alaska, Australia was joined to New 
Guinea - and so on and so forth. It was during this epoch of sea-level rise, 
sometimes slow and continuous, sometimes rapid and cataclysmic, that the Ice 
Age continent of Sundaland was submerged with only the Malaysian Peninsula and 
the Indonesian islands as we know them today high enough to remain above water."

 

 

 The following map of 20,000 years ago shows Indonesia as part of the Asian 
mainland and almost Asia -- as well as significant continental land connections.
 

 And this provides insight as to why virtually all cultures have a Great Flood 
mythology / traditions. 
 

 Coasts and rivers are often the hubs of civilizations and progress. How many 
civilizations and cultures for which we have no clue may have perished without 
a sign during the numerous dramatic rises and falls of oceans in the past 
100,000-200,000 years since homo sapiens emerged?
 

 

 

 

 

 Earth Elevation Data Now Available 
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 Earth Elevation Data Now Available 
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Marinexplore now provides elevation data at 1 arc-minute global relief model of 
Earth s surface from ETOPO1, integrating land topography and ocean bathymetry 
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 "Sundaland (also called the Sundaic region) is a biogeographical 
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Biogeographyregion of Southeastern Asia 
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Southeast_Asia which encompasses the Sunda shelf 
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sunda_shelf, the part of the Asian 
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asia continental shelf that was exposed during the 
last ice age. The last glacial period, popularly known as the Ice Age, was the 
most recent glacial period within the current ice age occurring during the last 
years of the Pleistocene, from approximately 110,000 to 12,000 years ago. It 
included the Malay Peninsula http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Malay_Peninsula on 
the Asian mainland, as well as the large islands ofBorneo 
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Borneo, Java 
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Java_(island), and Sumatra 
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sumatra and their surrounding islands. The eastern 
boundary of Sundaland is the Wallace Line 
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wallace_Line, identified byAlfred Russel Wallace 
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alfred_Russel_Wallace as the eastern boundary of 
the range of Asia's land mammal http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mammal fauna, and 
thus the boundary of theIndomalaya http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indomalaya and 
Australasia ecozones http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Australasia_ecozone. The 
islands east of the Wallace line are known as Wallacea 
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wallacea, and are considered part of Australasia."

 

 Sundaland - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia 
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sundaland 
 
 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sundaland 
 
 Sundaland - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia 
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sundaland Sundaland (also called the Sundaic 
region) is a biogeographical region of Southeastern Asia which encompasses the 
Sunda shelf, the part of the Asian co...
 
 
 
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 Some dating for the Gunung Padang Megalithic Site in the Sundaland region 
place it at 16,000 years old. 
 "Java http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/West_Java Province of Indonesia 
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indonesia, 50 km southwest of the city of Cianjur 
or 6 kilometers from Lampegan station. It is the largest megalithic site in all 
of Southeastern Asia. The survey believes that Gunung Padang is built in 4 
different eras.[1] 
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gunung_Padang_Megalithic_Site#cite_note-1
 Located at 885 metres above sea level, the site covers a hill in a series of 
terraces bordered by retaining walls of stone that are accessed by about 400 
successive andesite http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andesite steps rising about 95 
metres. It is covered with massive rectangular stones of volcanic origin. The 
Sundanese people http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sundanese_people consider the 
site sacred and believe it was the result of King Siliwangi 
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/King_Siliwangi's attempt to build a palace in one 
night. The asymmetric Punden Berundak http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Step_pyramid 
faces northwest, toMount Gede http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mount_Gede[2] 
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gunung_Padang_Megalithic_Site#cite_note-2 and was 
constructed for the purpose of worship. It is located in a position that has 
been noted for its geomantic http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geomancy 
andastrological http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Astrological factors.[citation 
needed http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Citation_needed] Based on various 
dating techniques, the site was completed by 5000 BC and quite likely much 
earlier.[3] 
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gunung_Padang_Megalithic_Site#cite_note-3 There 
are even preliminary indications that the hill site may itself be an ancient 
pyramid construction."

 Gunung Padang Megalithic Site - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia 
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gunung_Padang_Megalithic_Site#cite_note-4
 
 
 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gunung_Padang_Megalithic_Site#cite_note-4 
 
 Gunung Padang Megalithic Site - Wikipedia, the free en... 
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gunung_Padang_Megalithic_Site#cite_note-4 Gunung 
Padang is a megalithic site located in Karyamukti village, Cianjur regency, 
West Java Province of Indonesia, 50 km southwest of the city ...
 
 
 
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 NASA
 "Climate warming is expected to result in rising sea level. Should this occur, 
coastal cities, ports, and wetlands would be threatened with more frequent 
flooding, increased beach erosion, and saltwater encroachment into coastal 
streams and aquifers. Global sea level has fluctuated widely in the recent 
geologic past. It stood 4-6 meters above the present during the last 
interglacial period, 125,000 years ago, but was 120 m lower at the peak of the 
last ice age, around 20,000 years ago. A study of past sea level fluctuations 
provides a longer-term geologic context, which can help us better anticipate 
future trends."

 NASA GISS: Science Briefs: Sea Level Rise, After the Ice Melted and Today 
http://www.giss.nasa.gov/research/briefs/gornitz_09/ 
 
 http://www.giss.nasa.gov/research/briefs/gornitz_09/ 
 
 NASA GISS: Science Briefs: Sea Level Rise, After the Ice... 
http://www.giss.nasa.gov/research/briefs/gornitz_09/ Science Briefs Sea Level 
Rise, After the Ice Melted and Today By Vivien Gornitz — January 2007 Climate 
warming is expected to result in rising sea level. 
 
 
 
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