Essay on Apocalypse 2012

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65 million years ago a ten kilometer wide asteroid slammed into Mexico, leaving a 175 kilometer wide crater on the earth’s surface. This collision caused the extinction of 70% of all species that inhabited the earth, including the dinosaurs. The earth has existed for approximately 4.5 billion years. Scientists are led to believe that the earth has encountered five mass extinctions, just as the dinosaurs experienced. Modern day scientists and ancient societies believe that the sixth extinction is soon to happen. Several sources such as the Mayan Calendar, I Ching, web projects, and the Sibyl point to the end of the world to occur on one specific date; the winter solstice of 2012. Also, Scientists believe the earth could end in …show more content…
The Mayans express the end of the world to occur on 13.0.0.0.0. The number thirteen refers to the number of baktuns, periods of 400 Mayan solar years. One Sun can be worked out to be thirteen times 144,000 days, or 1,872,000 days long. After a Sun has ended, the calendar starts back over again at 0.0.0.0.1 (Lawrence, 25). The Mayan Calendar has been proven to be reliable for centuries. The ancient society predicted events that actually happened thousands of years in the future. In the eighth century A.D., the Mayans predicted that “White skinned bearded Gods” would arrive from across the sea on March 5th, 1519. On that exact date, Cortez and his Conquistadors arrived in the new world (Mast, Par. 6). Also, the Mayans were experts on cycles of universal processes. The cycles include harvest, Solar and Lunar eclipses, and pregnancy. The Mayans scheduled a solar eclipse to occur on August 11, 1999. Remarkably, a solar eclipse occurred on the exact date (Hopkins, Par.4). Without telescopes, Mayan astronomers calculated the length of one lunar month to be 29.53020 days, within 34 seconds of what we know to be its actual length of 29.53059 days. The Mayan Calendar is extremely accurate. The next prophecy the Long Count calendar predicts

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