Hecker Horizon: Konrad von Megenberg

The Black Death story succumbs to shaking, suffocation and sand in Germany.

The Official Narrative
The official Black Death narrative involves the devastation of Germany.

Before 1350, there were about 170,000 settlements in Germany, and this was reduced by nearly 40,000 by 1450.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_Death#Death_toll

And it’s widely “believed” the devastation was caused by bubonic plague.

The bacterium Yersinia pestis, which results in several forms of plague, is believed to have been the cause.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_Death

This belief isn’t universally supported.

The Earthquake Narrative
Conrad von Megenberg provides an earthshaking Black Death diagnosis.

Conrad of Megenberg (1309–1374) was a German Catholic scholar, and a writer.

Conrad was one of the most prolific German writers of the fourteenth century.
He wrote over thirty books.

He relocated, in 1342, to Regensburg.
There, he became a priest, then a preacher, and eventually a cathedral canon.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Conrad_of_Megenberg

Regensburg is a city in south-east Germany, at the confluence of the Danube, Naab and Regen rivers.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Regensburg

The World Digital Library (WDL) – U.S. Library of Congress,
https://www.wdl.org/en/item/3158/

The details of his Black Death diagnosis are contained in Buch der Natur.

His best-known and most widely read work is his “Buch der Natur“.

According to his own statement he was engaged in writing it in 1349.

A Latin work, De naturis rerum, of the Dominican Thomas of Cantimpré (d. 1263), served as model.

Conrad, however, prepared his book with considerable freedom; much of the original was omitted, his own observations were introduced, corrections were made, and so on.

His work gives a survey of all that was known of natural history at that time and is, besides, the first natural history in the German language.

It was widely read up to the sixteenth century, and numerous manuscript copies of it are still extant, eighteen being at Munich.

The first printed edition with a date is of 1475, and was issued at Augsburg from the shop of Hans BŠmler, under the title of “Puch der Natur”.

It was printed at least six times before 1500; some of the editions were illustrated, all are now rare incunabula. A new edition of the original text was issued by Franz Pfeiffer (Stuttgart, 1861), with an introduction; an edition in modern German was edited by H. Schulz (Greifswald, 1897).

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Conrad_of_Megenberg

He begins by explaining earthquakes are caused by earthly vapours.

33. From The Earthquake.

It often happens here and there that the earth trembles, so that the castles fall down and often one mountain falls upon another.

The common people don’t know where this comes from and so old women, boasting great wisdom, fable that there is a big fish called Celebrant, which holds its tail in its mouth and on which the earth rests.

If he now ‘move or turn, let the earth be.

This is a giant fairy tale and not true, and reminds very much of the Jewish legend of the ox Behemoth.

We therefore want to indicate how the earthquake actually behaves and what wonderful consequences it can have.

The earthquake is caused by the fact that many earthly vapours accumulate in the underground caves, especially in hollow mountains, and finally in such a quantity that they cannot remain in the caves.

They therefore bump against the walls everywhere, fly from one cave to the other and gain weight until they fill an entire mountain range.

The increase of the vapours causes the power of the celestial bodies, especially of the God of Strife called Mars and of the Helfather,

If now the vapours rumble for a long time in the caves, then their rush finally becomes so violent that they break through by force to the outside and fall one mountain on top of the other.

If they are not able to break through, they cause a violent earth upheaval.

There are two types of earthquake.

Either the ground is slowly swaying back and forth like a ship, and such an earthquake is less dangerous for castles and other buildings.

The fumes then push the earth in front of them in a strong rush and let the rush go again, just as when one man pushes the other and pulls back again, so that a movement like that of a ship swaying on the water comes about.

Or the earth trembles in rapid blows, as if one shakes the other with his hands.

This is very dangerous for the buildings, because the walls collapse.

In such a case a haze chases the change and pushes it quickly from one side to the other.

So a man shakes himself after he has rid himself of his urine and now pulls the cold air into his body, chasing the warm spirits in his body back and forth, so that he has to shake himself.

Das Buch der Natur – Konrad von Megenberg – 1349
Modern German edition – H Schulz – 1897

https://archive.org/details/bub_gb_oj3sQ5ISS3wC/page/n97

Translated with http://www.DeepL.com/Translator

Escaping earthly vapours sound like “hisses”, “roars” or “a large army horn”.

We find clear signs that it behaves that way.

First of all, it often rushes and hisses in the earth before an earthquake as strongly as if hundreds of thousands of snakes were hissing or it roars in it as if horrible oxen were roaring.

This is due to the fact that the haze in the earth sets itself in motion and forces it through all the fissures that stand in its way.

It’s just like wine flowing out of a small wooden barrel: the air penetrates through the narrow joints and makes a whirring noise.

If the cracks in the ground are long and wide, it sounds like the sound of a large army horn.

Das Buch der Natur – Konrad von Megenberg – 1349
Modern German edition – H Schulz – 1897

https://archive.org/details/bub_gb_oj3sQ5ISS3wC/page/n97

Translated with http://www.DeepL.com/Translator

The escaping earthly vapours darken the sky with “thick earthly smoke”.

Secondly, the sun darkens during the day or turns red because the thick earthly smoke between the sun and our place of observation has risen into the air.

Das Buch der Natur – Konrad von Megenberg – 1349
Modern German edition – H Schulz – 1897

https://archive.org/details/bub_gb_oj3sQ5ISS3wC/page/n97

Translated with http://www.DeepL.com/Translator

And the earthly vapours are “so poisoned that many people die”.

Thirdly, the air before or after an earthquake is so poisoned that many people die from it.

If the earthly haze remains closed under the earth for a long time, it will rot and become very poisonous.

We see that at wells that have been filled up for a long time.

When they are reopened for cleaning, the first workers who enter for cleaning often die.

This has often been seen.

Even the miners can get dizzy and tumble like drunkards when they enter the mine, although in this case the haze was not trapped in one place for long because the shafts are open.

Great things happened with the earthquake that struck the town of Villach in Karnthen in 1348 after the birth of Christ on the day of Pauli Bekehrang.

Many people died in this city, Kiiehen and houses collapsed. and one mountain after another.

The earthquake happened around the Vespers time and was so strong and extensive that it extended across the Danube to Mahren and Baiem up to beyond Regensburg.

It lasted for more than forty days, for after the first main thrust, after days and weeks, there were still small impacts.

Das Buch der Natur – Konrad von Megenberg – 1349
Modern German edition – H Schulz – 1897

https://archive.org/details/bub_gb_oj3sQ5ISS3wC/page/n97

Translated with http://www.DeepL.com/Translator

He reports the first year of the “great earthquake” inflicted great misery.

One year later there was another clearly perceptible earthquake in the same mountain range at Sauet Stephanstage.

Remember that the haze trapped in the great mountain range had accumulated for many years!

When he now broke through into the air, it was natural for him to poison them on either side of the mountains for many hundreds of miles and also on this side in great expanses.

It soon became clear, for in the same year as in the following, the greatest death took place, which, depending on and perhaps also before Christ’s birth, also occurred.

In the cities by the sea, such as Venice, Marseille, all over Puglia and Avignon, people died without number.

In the first year of the great earthquake, the misery was so great that Pope Clement the Sixth ordered a new Mass for the dead to implore God to have mercy on the people.

The Mass began with the words: Recondare Domine testamenti tui!

During this year many people died in the mountains as well as in the plain in some cities.

The number of deaths in the city of Vienna in Oestreich was particularly high in the following year, however, so that more than forty thousand corpses were counted from the day of solstice to the day of Mary’s birth, and more than that in the one city of Vienna alone.

The death extended further into Bavaria and beyond the city of Passau.

Das Buch der Natur – Konrad von Megenberg – 1349
Modern German edition – H Schulz – 1897

https://archive.org/details/bub_gb_oj3sQ5ISS3wC/page/n97

Translated with http://www.DeepL.com/Translator

His report indicates the dying began in the mountains and seaside towns.

Many circumstances speak for me that this general dying came from the poisoned air.

At first the dying began in the mountains and in the seaside towns..

There haze was the strongest and the most poisonous, because the sea had trapped the air in the cavities of the earth in its neighbourhood and had made it thick and damp, so that it rotted through and through and therefore also poisoned the water.

Furthermore, the people affected by the plague and dying of it got ulcers under their armpits, and fat maggots were found in the ulcers.

If the ulcers lasted a few days, nothing was found in them but haze with a malignant liquid.

The people had absorbed the poisoned air, which remained in the chest around the heart, and nature, which wanted to help the heart, drove the poison to the armpit pits, where the ulcers developed.

Das Buch der Natur – Konrad von Megenberg – 1349
Modern German edition – H Schulz – 1897

https://archive.org/details/bub_gb_oj3sQ5ISS3wC/page/n97

Translated with http://www.DeepL.com/Translator

The reported earthquakes and earthly vapours would have disturbed ground water resources and “poisoned” wells.

If nature could not obey the poisonous haze, it attacked the heart and suffocated the people.

For this reason young, tender individuals died in large numbers and many young women in particular.

Thirdly, in the year after the great earthquake, the deadly epidemic did little harm to the people who lived in high places some distance from the mountains.

When the heavy poisonous air had risen from the mountains, it soon descended to the earth and therefore the air remained purer at the height as in the valleys.

Fourthly, in the autumn and winter of both years, there were many dense, very hot-smelling fog, because the earthly haze in the air had turned into fog and became so dense that it sank to the earth.

It was especially dangerous for the people who inhaled it sober in the morning.

Therefore, careful people kept themselves in their homes, smoked them with fragrant and precious things, and ate and drank early so that the harmful air did not affect their bodies.

They were also careful not to go to the sick so that the poisoned athem of them and their deadly evaporation would not draw into them.

Fifthly, the pears floated on the water, which sank in other years.

This was because the poisonous vapour had completely eaten them up, so that they took in a lot of air and therefore swam on the water.

That is why the fruit was also harmful if it was not carefully cooked or fried.

Likewise the harmful air also penetrated the hearts of the people, and when they noticed it, the disaster was there.

The truth was hidden from many people, and some claimed that the plague rested from a special star, as long as it remained visible, death must continue.

That was a long way from the goal!

We well know that everything that happens in the four elements depends on the power of the stars.

But one must indicate in what way they bring about this or that, whether with heat or cold or otherwise.

It was also far from the right way when they said that dying lasted as long as the stars were visible and their constellation continued.

For the constellation of the slowest moving stars, such as Jupiter and Saturn, lasts only one year, all others run faster.

Now the dying unfortunately lasted longer than a year.

However, I did not want to be against these prophecies until now, when we write the year 1349 after Christ’s birth.

I therefore say: the disease continues until the poisoned vapour has cleared the air, and this happens from day to day.

But the real end is not known by any living creature on earth.

Others said that the plague came from God’s violence.

Surely that was true, for all things work in the will of God, except the works of the sinner, who counteracts God and his doing is without God.

But I allow myself to assert that God can destroy the earth in a moment, without taking any real pestilence for help, when and where he wants.

But he did not do it at that time, because all those who fled early from those regions escaped with their lives.

And all the knights who were with King Louis of Hungary in Apulia to avenge his brother’s death, and who ate and drank early in the day and let nothing be given to them, nothing happened.

But those who, like catfish, did not eat their fill properly died because the poisonous air penetrated their bodies.

But I know well that God can hit the full just as well as the hungry.

Third parties finally claimed that the Jews had poisoned all the wells to exterminate the Christian world.

There were found poison-filled bags in many wells, and countless Jews were killed, on the Rhine, in Franconia and in all other German countries.

Truly I do not know if some Jews did that.

If it had been the case, however, the Grundubel would have found support in it.

On the other hand, however, I am well aware that in Vienna there lived so many Jews as in no other city known to me in Germany, and so many of them perished from the plague that they had to considerably expand their cemetery and buy two houses for it.

It would have been a foolishness if they had poisoned themselves.

However, I do not want to gloss over the wickedness of the Jews, for they are enemies of our dear wives and of all Christians.

Das Buch der Natur – Konrad von Megenberg – 1349
Modern German edition – H Schulz – 1897

https://archive.org/details/bub_gb_oj3sQ5ISS3wC/page/n97

Translated with http://www.DeepL.com/Translator

Conrad von Megenberg concludes with some surprising observations.

These include startling statements about rapid petrification.

The earthquake does a lot of wonderful things.

First of all, the haze that rises during the earthquake often transforms people and animals into stones, especially salt stones, especially in the mountains and in the vicinity of salt mines.

It is the strong, overwhelming power of the steam that transforms the animals so.

So teach the masters of science, Avicenna and Albertus. Mr. Biterolf, the chancellor duke of Frederick of Austria, also told me that fifty heads of man and cattle had been turned into stone on a high alpine pasture in Carinthia, and that the maid of cattle was still holding a glove on my hand under a bark, as at the moment when both became stone.

Secondly, during an earthquake, flames and smouldering ashes often come out of the earth, which can burn houses, villages and towns.

This is because the earth burns inside.

Das Buch der Natur – Konrad von Megenberg – 1349
Modern German edition – H Schulz – 1897

https://archive.org/details/bub_gb_oj3sQ5ISS3wC/page/n97

Translated with http://www.DeepL.com/Translator

And a straightforward explanation for the smothering sand found in Germany.

Thirdly, sand and dust are often thrown out of the earth in large quantities during the earthquake, so that an entire village can be buried.

The earth is sandy and dusty inside in some places, above it lies a strong, firm bark, which hinders the haze and holds it so that it cannot knock out.

Das Buch der Natur – Konrad von Megenberg – 1349
Modern German edition – H Schulz – 1897

https://archive.org/details/bub_gb_oj3sQ5ISS3wC/page/n97

Translated with http://www.DeepL.com/Translator

See: https://malagabay.wordpress.com/2014/08/16/friends-romans-countrymen/

See: https://malagabay.wordpress.com/2018/01/16/enigmatic-egypt-the-walrus-and-the-carpenter/

The Molasse basin (or North Alpine foreland basin) is a foreland basin north of the Alps which formed during the Oligocene and Miocene epochs. The basin formed as a result of the flexure of the European plate under the weight of the orogenic wedge of the Alps that was forming to the south.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/North_Alpine_foreland_basin

Plus a crystal clear explanation for the origin of water on Earth.

Finally, animal trapped haze is often not strong enough to cause an earth upheaval, it just causes the ground to rise and then collapses again.

This often occurs in waters with a hard bottom.

When the ground is lifted, the water flows out.

This is the reason for the huge amounts of water that pour from the mountains without rain or snow.

They are caused only by the winds and fumes that rise under the origin of the mountain waters.

Here the second part of the book comes to an end.

Das Buch der Natur – Konrad von Megenberg – 1349
Modern German edition – H Schulz – 1897

https://archive.org/details/bub_gb_oj3sQ5ISS3wC/page/n97

Translated with http://www.DeepL.com/Translator

See: https://malagabay.wordpress.com/2018/01/21/enigmatic-egypt-the-promised-land/

Conrad von Megenberg descriptions are consistent with a significant Inflating Earth event that stretched open the Western mouth of the English Channel and created a stretch mark across France and Germany.

See: https://malagabay.wordpress.com/2017/02/13/avalon/

See: https://malagabay.wordpress.com/2018/09/24/shaping-the-saxon-shore/

But most importantly of all:

He provides an explanation for the destruction and burial of 40,000 German settlements.

Following the Black Death, peasants abandoned marginal land and moved either to prime, arable sites or to towns and cities where wages were high and opportunities great.

Of course, hazards of disease were also greater in the towns and cities, which were little more than disease pits.

Yet the peasants came.

In the towns peasants saw their chance to escape the misery of peasant life – miserable even in favourable circumstances.

Urban population numbers held fairly steady but only because of huge infusions of people from the countryside.

And much of the countryside became empty.

Before the plague there were about 170,000 settlements of varying sizes in Germany.

By about 1450, around 40,000 of those settlements had disappeared.


They were turned to pastures or to woods, and have since been known to German historians by the wonderfully desolate sounding word Wűstungen, the wastelands of the lost villages of Germany.

Peasant Fires: The Drummer of Niklashausen – Richard M Wunderli – 1992
Amazon US: http://www.amazon.com/dp/0253207517
Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/0253207517

Google Translation

Vriemeensen is a wildly fallen settlement near Meensen in southern Lower Saxony, which existed between the 9th and 15th centuries.

Through the settlement flowed the Glockenbach, which has since disappeared.

The deserted site is today on arable land.

The Romanesque church was 21 meters long and 8 meters wide. It consisted of a nave with choir and apse and a church tower of 7 × 8 meters in the west. The construction was probably built around the year 1200 and received in the 13th century an extension on the northern side, which could have served as a burial place for the lords of Meensen. There are structural similarities to St. John’s Church in Meensen.

The demolition is assumed in the 14th century.

https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vriemeensen

http://www.grote-archaeologie.de/wuestungen.html

Lüneburg Heath is a large area of heath, geest, and woodland in the northeastern part of the state of Lower Saxony in northern Germany.

Lüneburg Heath has extensive areas of heathland, typical of those that covered most of the North German countryside until about 1800, but which have almost completely disappeared in other areas.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/L%C3%BCneburg_Heath

But, as always, independent observers should review the evidence and draw their own conclusions.

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12 Responses to Hecker Horizon: Konrad von Megenberg

  1. oldbrew says:

    During an earthquake Zweileus often burn flames and glowing ashes. of the earth that can burn houses, villages and towns. This is because the earth burns inside.

    Sounds more like a volcano than an earthquake?

  2. malagabay says:

    Oldbrew,
    It sounds like there were a lot of events – including volcanic events.

    Your comment highlights an OCR-translation error I missed.

    The corrected sentence now reads:

    Secondly, during an earthquake, flames and smouldering ashes often come out of the earth, which can burn houses, villages and towns.

    Thanks
    Tim

  3. The original expansion of the planet occurred when it left the star. The pinch effect of the star was released. Day and night now existed as the planet was outside the star. Hence new ocean floors with mountains as a result of failed moon accretion and additional charge. But curiously, seems to have been lopsided with the Pacific expansion occurring at the edges and not between the old crust boundaries in a symmetrical expansion.

    Venus followed Earth, but much later. It failed to obtain a proper rotation and may have released much charge to the Earth.

    That is mostly accepted as being the cause of the escape of the Brahmins, the 12 tribes, from a catastrophically failed Egypt, along with Santorini eruption, etc. But you suggest that Venus was “born” in 1348? Or is it that another planet was born then?

    I fully agree that ecclesiasticals lie freely and enhance their power by appealling to antiquity and thus adding centuries is quite possible. But all those biblical begats? Suggestive of a personal family record faithfully kept, in similar fashion to the way Indians retain a scroll of births and deaths? Non Judaic/Roman records would surely record the effects of such massive events?

  4. malagabay says:

    But you suggest that Venus was “born” in 1348?
    Or is it that another planet was born then?

    I have no idea when any of the planets were “born”.

    Non Judaic/Roman records would surely record the effects of such massive events?

    That’s possible.

    But without established [and correctly reconciled] dating systems ancient records are problematic.

    Working backwards in time it looks increasingly likely the Hecker Horizon effectively marks the separation of the Ancient World from the New World.

    The historical narrative between the Hecker Horizon and the Heinsohn Horison looks increasingly suspect before it finally falls into the academic abyss.

  5. “Secondly, during an earthquake, flames and smouldering ashes often come out of the earth, which can burn houses, villages and towns.”

    Oldbrew’s interpretation seems correct – the various maars in northern Europe are interpreted as phreatomagmatic diatremes or “volcanoes”, now water logged as lakes, dominated by eruptions through water saturated upper crust and presumably dumping the massive deposits of loess and “glacial” drifts over the surface.

    Massive volumes of CH4 and CO2 would also have erupted from the various maars, and it is quite possible that subsequent rain would have washed the sandy volcanic debris onto the lowlands, maybe filling in some of the diatremes.

    And the European narrative for the Heinsohn and Hecker horizon period becomes problematical. The variability of the D/H ratios suggests radiometric calibration of the Cedar tree rings is suspect. I wonder if anyone photographed the wood core extracted from the Japanese Cedar source, and measured the thicknesses of the individual riings?

    There’s another angle to consider. If trees are subject to wildy fluctuating exoggenous electric fields, in effect mimicking the yearly climate seasons, then subject trees would have grown in response to the imposed electric field, and not in response to the underlying solar yearly cycle.

  6. malagabay says:

    ”The variability of the D/H ratios suggests radiometric calibration of the Cedar tree rings is suspect.”

    The Libby chronology is based upon a count of tree rings.

    The count was “verified”/”substantiated” using radiocarbon dating.

    Kigoshi counted the rings of this tree and verified the count by making 50 radiocarbon datings on them.

    Ten dates were made on the oldest part of the tree, each to an accuracy of ±100 yr, for the years counted as AD 137-537.

    The accuracy of his count in the oldest part is thus substantiated to an accuracy of ±100/√10 or ±30 yr, by the radiocarbon evidence.

    Isotopic Tree Thermometers
    Leona Marshall Libby, Louis J Pandolfi, Patrick H Payton, John Marshall III, Bernd Becker and V Giertz-Sienbenlist
    Nature 261, 284 – 288 – 27 May 1976

    http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1029/JC081i036p06377/abstract

    See: https://malagabay.wordpress.com/2015/11/19/isotopic-tree-thermometers/

    See: https://malagabay.wordpress.com/2016/04/08/digitised-japanese-isotopic-tree-thermometer/

    Given the annual granularity of the Libby chronology it would be possible [and advisable] to calibrate radiocarbon dating based upon Leona Libby’s isotopic chronology.

    On the other hand:

    Given the granularity of radiocarbon dating [i.e. mid-point year ± a number of years] it’s impossible to use radiocarbon dating to calibrate an annual tree ring count.

  7. malagabay says:

    The European maars represent an interesting can of worms.

    A maar is a broad, low-relief volcanic crater caused by a phreatomagmatic eruption (an explosion which occurs when groundwater comes into contact with hot lava or magma).

    A maar characteristically fills with water to form a relatively shallow crater lake which may also be called a maar.

    The name comes from a Moselle Franconian dialect word used for the circular lakes of the Daun area of Germany.

    Maars are shallow, flat-floored craters that scientists interpret as having formed above diatremes as a result of a violent expansion of magmatic gas or steam; deep erosion of a maar presumably would expose a diatreme.

    Maars range in size from 60 to 8,000 m (200 to 26,250 ft) across and from 10 to 200 m (33 to 656 ft) deep; most maars commonly fill with water to form natural lakes.

    Most maars have low rims composed of a mixture of loose fragments of volcanic rocks and rocks torn from the walls of the diatreme.

    Maars also occur elsewhere in Europe.

    For example, the Chaîne des Puys in France contains numerous maars; Lake Albano in the Alban Mountains is a complex maar, and there is also a maar (Colombo) near Santorini in Greece. The Campo de Calatrava Volcanic Field in Spain contains numerous maars; a typical example being the maar of Hoya del Mortero at Poblete in the Province of Ciudad Real.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maar

    1) The Eifel maars in Germany are said to have last erupted “at least 11,000 years ago”.

    Germany – Eifel maars

    In the Volcanic Eifel there are about 75 maars.

    These include water-filled maar lakes, but the great majority are dry maars.

    Both types, lake-filled maars and dry maars, are typical of the Volcanic Eifel.

    The last eruptions took place at least 11,000 years ago and many maars in the Eifel are clearly older. For this reason many are very heavily eroded and their shapes and volcanic features are not as obvious as those of more recent or even active maars elsewhere in the early.

    Nevertheless, the maars of the Eifel are well preserved.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maar

    2) The maars in the Swabian Jura are said to have erupted in the Upper Miocene.

    In addition in the Swabian Jura and the Albvorland (the Swabian Volcano) there are maar-forming volcanoes. Because the over 350 eruption points were only active in the Upper Miocene 17 to 11 million years ago, all the maars, apart from the dry maar, Randecker Maar and the Molach, are only detectable geologically.

    In the Ore Mountains near Hammerunterwiesenthal, the Hammerunterwiesenthal Maar formed about 30 million years ago during the Oligocene; the maar measures 2 kilometres from east to west and 1.4 kilometres from north to south.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maar

    3) The evidence from the Messel pit very much supports Konrad von Megenberg.

    A well-known example is the Messel pit, a former maar lake near Messel in the county of Darmstadt-Dieburg and which is known for its well preserved fossils.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maar

    The Messel Pit (German: Grube Messel) is a disused quarry near the village of Messel, (Landkreis Darmstadt-Dieburg, Hesse) about 35 km (22 mi) southeast of Frankfurt am Main, Germany.

    The area around the Messel Pit is believed to have been geologically and tectonically active during the Eocene.

    Leading scientists [who?] hypothesize [example needed] that events much like the 1986 volcanic gas releases at Lake Nyos, Cameroon could account for the large deposition of non-aquatic species.

    Periodic subsurface shifts possibly released large concentrations of reactive gases (such as carbon dioxide and hydrogen sulfide) into the lake and adjoining ecosystems, killing susceptible organisms.

    During these releases, birds and bats might have fallen in if near the lake surface and terrestrials could be overwhelmed when near the lake shore.

    Since the lake was very deep, animals that fell in it drifted downwards into oxygen- and bacteria-poor water, where they were preserved remarkably well, being overlaid by successive layers of mud that petrified later, thus producing an aggregation of fossils of exceptional quality, quantity, integrity, and variety.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Messel_pit#Volcanic_gas_releases

  8. johnm33 says:

    Accepting that the recent planetary trauma was caused by a close encounter with Venus as it usurped our inner orbit and that the various ‘myths’ from around the world of a planetary standstill, great flood and much altered topography are true. If the planet stopped spinning then the seas would leap from their depths, and the whole crust and lithosphere would instantly heat up as the kinetic energy was expressed as heat. So all tropical lakes would be likely to boil off and subsequent colonisation would be by a limited rapidly diversifying population. Forests would be felled and catch fire, some to burn out some to be rapidly covered by sediment, rapidly reducing combustion others quenched as the sea rushed over them. The oceans would flow east and away from the equator until within hours all the water would be N/S of 60deg. except in the Indian ocean where it would pile up against the land barriers causing twin tsunamis as first it floods north then replete with sediment it floods south again.
    If Venus was ‘born’ of Jupiter then perhaps all the planets/moons were originally cores of stars/gas giants, each born as a result of a capture event. Earth which i suspect has a long history but perhaps only a fraction of mainstream/accepted theory may have had time for it’s core to cool completely and despite being in reciept of endless bombardment by energetic particles was unable to react, all those particles being stored in the matrix of inner earth. Then the whole dynamic of the solar system gets thrown into chaos as a passing star doesn’t, but instead the attractions of the two systems overwhelm their inertia and a new system is created. The displaced Earth then loses 5-35kmps which melts the metal core and boils platinum group metals as they both heat up and catalyse reactions latent in the matrix around them, this causes a rapid expansion and every weakness above them is exploited as like liquid lightning these metallic superfluids force their way towards the surface. Even the crust is softened and newly formed plates also move away from the equator creating mountain chains which run east-west or where the expansion is greatest north-south.
    Then a new shell game is established in the aether planets are captured by these forces and new orbits established, spin returns, and on Earth a rapid cooling takes place solidifying the new topography, and the waters driven to the polar regions return flooding over now cooled ground and as it slows itself is supercooled by the kinetic energy now expressed as movement sucking the heat out of it and all contained within it leaving a vast frozen plain. Thus the smouldering forests now buried cease to burn the multiple explosive maars/pipes/volcanos become quiet. The bare landscape now rapidly erodes until recolonised by whatever lifeforms were lucky enough to be in safer places.
    The ‘Roman’ warm period may have led to the fermentation of deeply buried flora/fauna, carried by/before the flood, venting H2S amongst other gases, the collapsing mountains were the southern reaches of deeply buried permafrost melting suddenly, releasing huge landslips, even now in the high Alps. The Plague may have been the result of ancient bacterial spores being released as the fermentation gases vented. You’d expect the biggest salt-mines/deposits in southern Germany by this logic, that is the south would have experienced the greatest kinetic cooling.
    In Asia the floods would have reached down towards the Himalaya and would have left huge sedimentary deposits as it froze/slowed towards the Pacific.
    All sorts of unexplainable deposits would be left behind by the rapid deposition of the minerals created by the reactions catalysed by the heat/platinum group metals.

  9. malagabay says:

    A timely reminder…

    “Tar Is Literally Oozing Up” Through The Streets Of LA As 700 Quakes Hit Key Seismic Zone – Tyler Durden – 11 June 2019
    Zero Hedge

    https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-06-11/tar-literally-oozing-through-streets-la-700-quakes-hit-key-seismic-zone

    I don’t know about you, but if you can literally hear methane coming out of the ground and bubbling tar is starting to come up through the streets, perhaps that is a sign that it is time to consider moving somewhere else.

    700 Quakes Hit A Key California Seismic Zone, And Tar Is Literally Bubbling Up Through The Streets Of Los Angeles – Michael Snyder – 10 June 2019
    The Economic Collapse blog

    http://theeconomiccollapseblog.com/archives/700-quakes-hit-a-key-california-seismic-zone-and-tar-is-literally-bubbling-up-through-the-streets-of-los-angeles

  10. Bubbling tar and methane suggests Mater Naturale is starting to react to all the shit that is Los Angeles at the moment. I wonder if it is a feedback mechanism.

  11. Nang' says:

    When I read Megenberg, it feels much as he is trying to give sense to what happened. Do have to we take for sure his description of haze being poisonous in the day, and safe for people wise enough not to eat nothing past 08 am ?

    From the descriptions I read here, the plague was clearly identify as a disease. In Avignon where I live, half of the inhabitants died, and left not enough of the living to dig their graves. Petrarch’s brother was the only survivor of the Montrius monastery, buried 40 friars and moved alone with a dog to the Great Chartreuse. An interesting point : in a letter to his brother he described the death of all the living animals, notably donkeys and chicks. In Avignon somehow the pope and his court survived but the palace had high walls and was semi-autonomous (water + grove + veggie plot). People at the time clearly identified the propagation of the disease with an ever increasing center town changed into cesspool by poverty, deplorable hygiene and vermin.

    The speed of propagation was retraced by today’s epidemiologists and some found that the pace was indeed higher than any actual yersinia pestis infestation. It was much closer to the propagation scheme of Ebola Virus, and could explain the bubons. It sounds much more coherent than a large earthquake event.

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