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The Cycle of Cosmic Catastrophes

The Cycle of Cosmic Catastrophes

How a Stone-Age Comet Changed the Course of World Culture

Newly discovered scientific proof validating the legends and myths of ancient floods, fires, and weather extremes

• Presents new scientific evidence revealing the cause of the end of the last ice age and the cycles of geological events and species extinctions that followed

• Connects physical data to the dramatic earth changes recounted in oral traditions around the world

• Describes the impending danger from a continuing cycle of catastrophes and extinctions

There are a number of puzzling mysteries in the history of Earth that have yet to be satisfactorily explained by mainstream science: the extinction of the dinosaurs, the vanishing of ancient Indian tribes, the formation of the mysterious Carolina Bays, the disappearance of the mammoths, the sudden ending of the last Ice Age, and the cause of huge underwater landslides that sent massive tsunamis racing across the oceans millennia ago. Eyewitness accounts of these events are chronicled in rich oral traditions handed down through generations of native peoples. The authors’ recent scientific discoveries link all these events to a single cause.

In The Cycle of Cosmic Catastrophes Richard Firestone, Allen West, and Simon Warwick-Smith present new scientific evidence about a series of prehistoric cosmic events that explains why the last Ice Age ended so abruptly. Their findings validate the ubiquitous legends and myths of floods, fires, and weather extremes passed down by our ancestors and show how these legendary events relate to each other. Their findings also support the idea that we are entering a thousand-year cycle of increasing danger and possibly a new cycle of extinctions.
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  • Bear & Company | 
  • 416 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781591430612 | 
  • June 2006
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from Chapter 12

Scientists and Storytellers

The Survivors: The Lakota Nation of Native Americans

This story, which describes a worldwide fire and deluge, along with giant animals that sound very much like descriptions of Ice Age animals, very closely matches the scientific evidence we have uncovered. The story tells of Thunderbirds in the sky, and to this day, some people say that one of the Lakota tribes, the Blackfeet, has a sacred ceremonial pipe, made of “thunderstone,” a rare piece of an iron meteorite. Tribal elders say that it fell from the sky after the Thunderbirds created it in a terrible lightning... see more

About the Authors

Richard Firestone

Richard Firestone holds a Ph.D. in nuclear chemistry and has been part of the Isotopes Project at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory since 1979.

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Allen West

Allen West, Ph.D., was the owner and CEO of an international scientific consulting company.

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Simon Warwick-Smith

Simon Warwick-Smith worked as both a field exploration geologist and mining geologist in Australia and now heads Warwick Associates, a book consulting and publicity firm.

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