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The Enigma with the Sphinx being underwater for more than 800,000 years

The Sphinx on the Giza Plateau in Egypt has been plagued by researchers since it was discovered. Until today, no one can accurately calculate how old is the Sphinx, because there was no written record or any book record before. Now, two researchers from Ukraine have proposed a theory that the Egyptian Sphinx is about 800,000 years old.

The two scientists are Vjacheslav I. Manichev and Alexander G. Parkhomenko from the Institute of Environmental Geochemistry of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine.

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They stated that “even though this research has a long history, the question of Egyptian sphinx architecture is still valid. We can use other natural science-related methods, such as geology, and we will be able to answer questions about the Sphinx.

The issue of the relative age of the face. We can also draw an important conclusion from the visual survey of the Sphinx, that is, we can see that the water from a large body of water submerged the Sphinx. Part of it, and the corrugated depressions formed on the vertical wall.”

“The formation of these forms is similar to the similar depressions formed by the sea in the coastal zone. If we compare the erosion patterns, the geological structure of the sedimentary rock complex and the lithofacies composition, we can conclude that the sphinx is destructive The factor is caused by wave energy rather than wind erosion. A large number of geological documents confirmed the fact that freshwater lakes existed in various periods from the Lower Pleistocene to the Holocene. These lakes are distributed in the vicinity of the Nile. The large cave on the figure definitely corresponds to the water level in the Early Pleistocene. From a geological point of view, the Egyptian Sphinx already existed on the Giza Plateau at that time.”

Scientists have put forward a strong argument about the Sphinx, and this argument is based on evidence from geology to support Shock’s argument about the Sphinx and its age. Manichev and Parkhomenko focused on the degree of erosion of other parts of the Sphinx, instead of focusing on the erosive characteristics that Shock had previously studied.

Mainstream scientists have proposed an explanation for this feature. Their explanation is that these traces are caused by the abrasion of wind and sand, and the formation of the undulating shape is because the harder rock layer is more resistant to abrasion. The soft layer is more susceptible to the influence of the larger layer, so gaps are formed.

However, as Manichev and Parkhomenko said, this argument does not explain why the sphinx’s head does not display similar features. Regarding Shock’s debate over the heavy rains that occurred in 13000 BC, scientists believe that only part of Shock’s hypothesis can prove that the erosion characteristics of the Sphinx came earlier than 13000 BC. 

Manichev and Parkhomenko believe that there is a type of wind erosion in the mountainous and coastal areas of the Caucasus and Crimea, which is obviously different from the erosion on the Sphinx. They know this very well. Basically, they believe that this kind of wind erosion has a very small effect on the geological composition of any rock.

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“We have investigated the local geology in the many mountains and coastal areas of Crimea and the Caucasus, where we can often observe many forms of wind erosion. The shape of wind erosion there is different from the wind erosion that occurs on the Sphinx due to different forms of weathering. Most natural forms of weathering have smooth properties, and weathering is independent and not related to the lithological composition of rocks.”

“Our personal experience in coastal geosciences is sufficient for us to compare the Sphinx by analogy, and it can be suggested that the Sphinx was caused by another destruction mechanism. Geologists working in the field of coastal geomorphology call them wave-shaped depressions. They can be one or more layers. If the coast is a vertical wall or cliff, they will be horizontal. Especially in carbon. The wave-shaped depressions in the steep walls formed by the rock formations. This form of coastal erosion is well known and studied in detail on the Black Sea coast of the Caucasus and Crimea. The formation of the wave-shaped depressions in the general dolomite rock model It was proposed by Popov. In the dynamics of the formation of wave hollows, one can notice such a feature that the wave energy is directed to the rock formation at the water surface level. In addition, both salt water and fresh water can dissolve rocks,” they further explained.

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The Sphinx has been submerged under water for a long time

Manichev and Parkhomenko proposed a new natural mechanism to explain the multi-layered ripples and mysterious features on the Sphinx. This mechanism is due to the influence of waves on coastal rocks. Basically, this may produce one or more layers of ripples in thousands of years, and this phenomenon can be clearly observed on the shore of the Black Sea. This process is horizontal. For example, when waves hit the rock and reach the surface, the rock will be dissolved or worn away.

The fact is that the observation of these caves on the Sphinx led the Ukrainian scientists to believe that this great monument may have been affected by the above process due to long-term immersion in large volumes of water, rather than due to the regular flooding of the Nile caused by water.

Manichev and Parkhomenko claimed that the geological composition of the body of the Sphinx should be composed of a sequence of layers of limestone mixed with small layers of clay. 

Manichev and Parkhomenko explained that these rocks have different degrees of resistance to water. If the formation of the depression is purely abrasion caused by sand, then the depression should correspond to a rock formation of a certain lithology. They say that in fact the depressions of the Sphinx appear in some strata, or occupy some parts of the uniformly composed strata.

Manichev and Parkhomenko firmly believed that the Sphinx should have been submerged under water for a long time, and in order to support this hypothesis, they found all the research literature on the geology of the Giza Plateau. 

According to these studies, during the Pliocene geological period, about 520 and 160 million years ago, seawater flooded into the Nile Valley and gradually caused flooding in that area, leading to the formation of lake sediments, which is now higher than the Mediterranean Sea by180 meters.

According to Manichev and Parkhomenko, the closest thing to the current mark is the sea level at the Calabrian stage, which is the highest depression on the Sphinx. The high water level also caused the Nile River to overflow and caused the travel of large bodies of water. As for time, it corresponds to 800,000 years ago.

The evidence we get contradicts the conventional theory of erosion caused by sand and water. This is a theory that has long been criticized by West and Shock, and Shock recalls that the size of the Sphinx has been It was once buried by the sand of the desert, so the wind and sand will not cause any erosion to the mysterious Sphinx.

However, Shok clearly saw the erosion caused by continuous rain, and Ukrainian geologists saw the effects of erosion caused by the direct contact between the lake water formed in the Pleistocene and the surface of the Sphinx. This means that the Egyptian Sphinx is one of the oldest monuments on the surface of the earth, greatly overthrowing the origin of humanity and civilization.

One might say that the theory proposed by Manichev and Parkhomenko is very extreme, because it established the Sphinx in an era when humans have not yet appeared according to the currently accepted evolutionary model. 

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In addition, as has been proved, the two pyramids near the Sphinx were built by the same giant stone, which means that the two pyramids also date back 800,000 years. In other words, this means that ancient civilizations have lived on our planet for a much longer time than mainstream scientists are willing to accept.

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