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اصطفت خمسة كواكب مع القمر الهلال في حدث فلكي نادر

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When Govit-19 closed the country, Thomas Stopper, a professor of geology at the Khalifa University of Science and Technology in Abu Dhabi, engaged himself in studying sand dunes in the Al Watba Desert.

The desert is located east of the city of Abu Dhabi, and is famous for being a beautiful oasis that arose due to a leak from a water treatment plant, the network says.CNNThe newspaper explains that the area that attracts flocks of migratory flamingos known as “flamingos” is now fertile land.

There are impressive forms of fossil dunes formed by strong winds in the desert.

During forced isolation and the inability of the geography professor to move elsewhere, Stopper explored these dunes.

Stopper explained that these dunes were formed by cycles of freezing and thawing over a period of 20,000 to 7,000 years.

“Interesting questions about changes in sea level during past ice ages still need to be answered,” he said.

“This is a very complex story … we’ll continue to read it,” Stopper added, adding that these studies help us understand the sea level rise phenomenon today.

He said the sand dunes may be evidence of the desert being a “source of inspiration” in the context of the story of Noah’s flood in the Quran, the Bible and the Torah.

He explained that the Arabian Gulf region is very shallow, its depth is not more than 120 meters and the land was during the ice age 20 thousand years ago.

According to Stopper, the Tigris and Euphrates dried up in the Indian Ocean during this period, not in the Gulf as they do today.

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He said the gulf may have been less fertile land and may have been inhabited by humans 8,000 years ago, and that these sand dunes formed after sea levels rose very rapidly at the end of the ice age. Population growth was observed in this area.

He continued: “Perhaps this event left a collective memory, the impact of which appeared in all three religions.”