By Tom Holt

From the instant Homo Sapiens descended from the timber, potentially onto their heads, humanity has striven in the direction of civilization. hearth. The Wheel. operating clear of bushy issues with extra the teeth than one may perhaps quite expect-all are testomony to man's final supremacy. it's a noble tale and so, in fact, whole and utter fiction. For one guy has chanced on the hideous fact: that humanity's ascent to civilization has been ruthlessly guided through a small gang of devious frogs. The man's identify is David Perkins, and his conception isn't really, mostly, broadly prominent, fairly no longer through the frogs themselves, who had invested loads of effort and time in protecting the whole lot quiet.

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Falling Sideways

From the instant Homo Sapiens descended from the bushes, most likely onto their heads, humanity has striven in the direction of civilization. hearth. The Wheel. working clear of hairy issues with extra the teeth than one may perhaps quite expect-all are testomony to man's final supremacy. it's a noble tale and so, after all, whole and utter fiction.

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Fig. 3. Nilotic and Levant margins. I, coastal and lacustrine plain (arrow: retreating coast line); 2, continental shelf (SB: shelfbreak); 3, escarpment; 4, marginal plateau (a) and seamount (b); 5, submarine canyon and sea valley; 6, continental rise and deepsea fan (a); 7, erosional moat; 8, basin plain; 10, halokinetic features, dome (a) and low diapir (b); 11, Levant Platform; 14, subduction trench; 16, submarine passage; 17, fracture, fault (a), shear zone (b), buried structure (c); 18, spreading axis (Red Sea).

The most striking characteristic of this sector is the subangular arrangement (northwest-southeast and southwest-northeast) imposed by frontal (westward) and oblique (eastward) subduction. The mounts and ridges are buttelike uplifted features (examples: Matapan and Strabo mounts, respectively 2496 and 711 m) of different size and shape. They may represent outward overturned folds, probably modified by halokinesis. Trenches are deep (to 5 km), irregularly shaped depressions. Their structural and sedimentary discontinuity is attributed to partial blocking by island flanks.

Chart of the Quaternary prodelta of the Var River (Provence), kindly provided by Decca-Survey France. Location shown in Figs. 7. The block-diagram has been computer generated from a digital data bank. The original contour map (at a scale of 1 : 10,000) was prepared from a dense bathymetric line survey (50 m apart), using a narrow beam (6°) echosounder. The chart depicts the narrow deltaic shelf, deep and intense dissection by a radial ravine system, fiat bottom of the Var Canyon (on the left of the diagram) contrasting with the sharp and crenulate crests, and the near-continuity between the subaerial and submerged segments of the Var Valley.

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