A 10-member team from the National Institute of Oceanography (NIO) surveyed the area from March 10 to 18, and have found the ruins of one of six ancient temples that are thought to have been swallowed up by the ocean as sea levels rose. The team, comprising of divers, geologists and archaeologists found a ten meter wall, a flight of stairs and carved blocks of stone on the ocean bed in twenty seven feet of water.
The area is believed to have been submerged in the aftermath of a tsunami that hit the coast in 952 AD.
Geophysical survey data from past explorations have noted that a large built-up area was submerged, possibly due to the tsunami or because of soil erosion and tectonic movement.
The 'due to tsunami' seems implausible. To sink permanently beneath the water (twenty seven feet of water according to the article) either the land has to lower (tectonics) or the sea has to rise. But it's the ocean. It's all connected. So if the sea level rises in India it rises all around the world.
The ruins are dated "about 1,100 to 1,500 years old". There has been some rise in sea levels in this period but this much? Even if it was build at sea level (people usually don't do that because of wet feet) it would mean a worldwide 27 feet rise over the past 1.500 years. Think we would have noticed it.
So as I see it only tectonics could account for it or the dating is wrong. Because there hasn't been that much sea level rise in the last couple of millenniums. The post-glacial rise tapered off around 5000/6000 BC. So it leaves some questions in my opinion.
Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 14-Apr-16 00:57 by Freya.