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The Remains of Sodom and Gomorrah

This is an aerial view of what is thought to be the location of Gomorrah. In the background, you can see part of the Dead Sea. Notice how the ashen area is colored a lot differently than the other areas, which are brown. There is a great book titled: The Exodus Case by Dr. Lennart Moller, that contains photos of this area as well as lab analysis of the "ash." The story of Sodom and Gomorrah can be found starting in Genesis 19.

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If you look at the photo that is just of the left, you will see in the area just above where I am taking the sample, an area where the layers are all convoluted. Yet, there is straight layers above and below this area of convolution. I think the best explanation for this is that at some point, all this material was a molten seething liquid.

I am pointing to a ball that has been exposed as the area erodes.

This is the same ball

Taking a sample.

Another sulfur ball

A closer look

If you carved out a chunk of this material and put just a small amount of pressure on it with your hands, it will just fall like talcum powder. Fortunately, there is little rainfall here since this is in the area of the Dead Sea, otherwise, these interesting features would all be gone. The rocks in the area are several species of rocks such as feldspar and quartz as well as limestone. The "ash"  is basically gypsum which is limestone burned with sulfur.

 

In just looking around at the area what I think happened here is a lot of heat was applied to this small area, which actually liquefied the rocks into a molten mass. I believe this accounts for the sulfur balls being embedded in the rock/ash. If you look closely at the photo on the left, you will see that there is a mesa which is mostly at the same level, and erosion has carved out the different channels.  This is a very intriguing area and invites more exploration.

A piece of limestone with a ball embedded in it.

Some sulphur balls were just lying there having been eroded.

Noel and me, wow, it was "wickedly" hot that day!

Some more swirling showing liquid turbulence.

An example of huge dramatic folding in the area.

With a level area surrounding it, this sphinx-like formation may have been a ziggurat, a place of worship

Although this looks like an idol's face, I think it is just a natural formation.

Just some of the interesting formations in this interesting area.

Analysis of the ash and more photos by:

Dr. T. V. Oommen Amazing Bible Discoveries

Sulfur ball close ups, This ball form of sulfur is rare and unique to this area.

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