From: bivalve (email@example.com)
Date: Tue May 20 2003 - 17:45:34 EDT
>if the world was totally covered in water such that the highest mountains were covered then wouldn't the "olive trees" be out of sunlight for more than a year?<
>That would make them more than hardy trees wouldn't you think?<
Defoliation for one year is not necessarily fatal for a tree, so a year in the dark might be survived. A more immediate problem for the trees would be drowning. As olives are fond of dry climates, I suspect that simply keeping the ground saturated with water for a while would kill an olive tree. Salt water would be even less friendly. An olive seed surviving while floating for a year (especially if still insulated by the olive) would be more plausible, but might not have time to grow enough to provide much to pluck.
Dr. David Campbell
University of Alabama
Biodiversity & Systematics
Dept. Biological Sciences
Tuscaloosa, AL 35487-0345 USA
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From: "Peter Brunt" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Tue, 20 May 2003 21:08:26 +1200
>Interesting point about olive trees. Sure they are hardy trees but.
>my point would be that if the world was totally covered in water such
>that the highest mountains were covered
>then wouldn't the "olive trees" be out of sunlight for more than a year?
>That would make them more than hardy trees wouldn't you think?
>Whoops, my email on the flood of 2900 vs the biblical flood got sent
>Let me simply add that I do not believe it can be proven or even be
>stated with probability that if covered by water for a year, all olive
>trees would be so dead that none could send out shoots. They are
>extremely hardy trees and well known for their sending forth of shoots.
>As for Nephilim, if the word means "giants," I see no reason why some of
>the descendants of Noah genertions later could not be significantly
>taller than the majority of men.
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