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Ragnarok: The Age of Fire and Gravel (Forgotten Books)

Ignatius Donnelly

ISBN 10: 160506078X / ISBN 13: 9781605060781
Published by Forgotten Books, 2007
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Title: Ragnarok: The Age of Fire and Gravel (...

Publisher: Forgotten Books

Publication Date: 2007

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition: Good

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"This companion book to Donnelly's Atlantis, the Antediluvian World, published one year later, is less well known today. Ragnarok is out of print except through specialty print-on-demand publishers, while Atlantis, the Antediluvian World is in print and fairly easy to obtain. Ragnarok, The Age of Fire and Gravel, proposes that a comet impacted the Earth several tens of thousands of years ago; the impact produced the 'Drift' layers of gravel which have been attributed to the Ice ages; this event destroyed a civilization which had high technology, a civilization which vanished completely except for some myths; the disaster was accompanied by catastrophic fire followed by years-long cloud cover and extreme cold. Humanity survived only by hiding in deep caves; when they re-emerged they had to restart civilization from scratch. Donnelly provides extensive geological, archeological, astronomical and mythological evidence for this theory. The book is not academic and often sensationalistic, but his populist style does not seem to detract from the argument.

Today, mass extinction from cometary impact is considered mainstream science, supported by a huge body of physical evidence. In Donnelly's time it was unknown that cometary or asteroid impacts had even occurred on this planet. There was very little knowledge of the structure or nature of comets. Today, we have sent probes into Halleys' comet, landed a probe on an asteroid, and witnessed the impact of Comet Shoemaker-Levy on Jupiter. We also have extensive data about impact craters on the Earth, Moon, Mars and other planets and moons. The impact event which wiped out the dinosaurs has been validated by a layer of iridium, an otherwise rare element, which appears in the strata in the layer just above the dinosaurs, and a recently discovered impact crater in the Yucatan. There have also been other mass extinctions in the geological past, for instance the Permian extinction before the age of the dinosaurs which also wiped out nearly all life on earth. This growing knowledge of the risk of impact events to our civilization was popularized recently in a pair of big-budget disaster movies: Deep Impact and Armageddon. However, the theory that such an event occurred in the recent geological or even historical past is still considered speculative." (Quote from

Table of Contents:

Publisher’s Preface; The Drift; The Characteristics Of The Drift.; The Origin Of The Drift Not Known.; The Action Of Waves.; Was It Caused By Icebergs?; Was It Caused By Glaciers?; Was It Caused By Continental Ice-sheets?; The Drift A Gigantic Catastrophe.; Great Heat A Prerequisite.; The Comet.; A Comet Caused The Drift.; What Is A Comet?; Could A Comet Strike The Earth?; The Consequences To The Earth.; The Legends; The Nature Of Myths.; Did Man Exist Before The Drift?; Legends Of The Coming Of The Comet.; Ragnarok; The Conflagration Of PhaËton; Other Legends Of The Conflagration.; Legends Of The Cave-life.; Legends Of The Age Of Darkness.; The Triumph Of The Sun.; The Fall Of The Clay And Gravel.; The Arabian Myths.; The Book Of Job.; Genesis Read By The Light Of The Comet.; Conclusions; Was Pre-glacial Man Civilized?; The Scene Of Man's Survival; The Bridge.; Objections Considered.; Biela's Comet.; The Universal Belief Of Mankind.; The Earth Struck By Comets Many Times.; The After-word.; Endnotes

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Forgotten Books is a publisher of historical writings, such as: Philosophy, Classics, Science, Religion, Esoteric and Mythology.

Forgotten Books is about sharing information, not about making money. All books are priced at wholesale prices. We are also the only publisher we know of to print in large sans-serif font, which is proven to make the text easier to read and put less strain on your eyes.

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"Ignatius Donnelly, an Irish writer, lawyer, and politician is remembered primarily for his extensive work on Atlantis. Donnelly's theories are the basis for much of the Atlantis belief today, including the placement and timing of the Atlantis disaster.

Although he was a native of Philadelphia, and practiced law there for a few years, Donnelly decided to explore new territory in the hopes of creating the ultimate utopia. In 1856 he and his wife, Katherine, left Pennsylvania for Minnesota, and with the help of a handful of partners created a mini-utopia in Nininger City, seventeen miles south of St. Paul. This cooperative farm failed after the real estate crash of 1857, but its failure ushered in Donnelly's political career." (Quote from

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