Tuesday, 14 March 2017
The significance of this observation depends on integrating knowledge from history, geology and biology. We know when the temple was built (about 200 CE) and we know that the molluscs are marine. The conclusion must be that the pillars were built on dry land 1800 years ago, collapsed gently into the sea for a good long while and then re-emerged . . . apparently several times - without toppling the pillars. In the last 30 years alone the area has ascended about 2 metres and will presumably sink again. With that sort of data, the uplift of the Andes or the Himalaya seems entirely reasonable - you just need a bit more time. Nevertheless, the conclusion that the Earth is so dynamic is scarcely credible.
Azure Window [cLipped from Google maps] aka it-Tieqa Żerqa, an extension of the West coast of the island of Gozo, the second biggest island of the Maltese archipelago, collapsed into the sea. If you were planning to go see this natural wonder this Summer - or jump off t'bugger - you're toooo late and google is going to have to retake their panorama-pictures. This sort of thing is happening all the time [prev] but is rarely captured on camera. Exception to that rule: cliff collapse Cornwall Oct 2011. Not least because they tend to happen under really crap weather conditions and nobody wants to get their camera wet. Of course, the changes in height of the Temple of Serapis are far too slow to capture, even on movie film.