MAN MADE WATERWAYS - ANCIENT MOUND BUILDERS
CANAL SYSTEM INTERLINKING LAKES AND RIVERS FOR TRANSPORT

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The ancient people not  only had developed a great urban civilization based upon
an agrarian economy but constructed  the ingenious system of interlocking canals
. With amazing skill, the engineers developed an internal
system of navigation, linking the lakes and rivers with the various metropolitan centers of the region, and it was by means of these interconnecting waterways that
the cities received the needed produce. The Mississippi River served as the principal transportation artery. Dr. G.C. Swallow, in referring to one of these canals,
said, "One of them, that I examined, measured 53 feet wide and was 14 feet deep."  More of these canal  system was created interlinking water routes from the
Great Lakes. Many archaeologists and investigators say that the 'artificial' rivers in the southern part of the United States are a gift handed down by this
mysterious race.

I
n all the areas where the mounds and pyramids are located, there were NATURAL AND ARTIFICIAL LAKES. It is interesting to note that the Aztecs ALSO chose
to dwell near lakes. Right on the shores of these lakes in the Mississippi Valley the natives constructed their vast cities. "The cities were circular in shape and
surrounded by walls. Behind the wall they carved out a large CANAL to enable the waters of the lake or river to enter. These canals provided them with an
inexhaustible supply of fresh water and, in addition, made it poosible for them to maintain a year-round supply of live fish" (ibid., p.54).

The canals also provided transportation.

This type of city is found mainly in the counties of southeast Missouri. Even today, near the city of New Madrid, one can find ruins of a city that extended over an
area of several square miles -- all enclosed within a wall! The remains of numerous mounds and dwelling-places remain to this day.

The people who lived in this and other cities of the region constructed the mounds, the pyramids, the walls and the canals. This kind of construction served two
main purposes: it drained swampy areas and made possible the irrigation of dry areas. The engineers who designed and built the great pyramids of the Mississippi
Valley would have little trouble designing and constructing the network of canals. Conant, in his previously quoted work, points out --

The prehistoric people of Missouri not only had developed a great urban civilization based upon an agrarian economy but also constructed giant edifices of earth
and stone. This same race was also capable of constructing the ingenious system of interlocking canals. With amazing skill, the engineers developed an internal
system of navigation, linking the lakes and rivers with the various metropolitan centers of the region, and it was by means of these interconnecting waterways that
the cities received the needed produce. The Mississippi River served as the principal transportation artery. Dr. G.C. Swallow, in referring to one of these canals,
said, "One of them, that I examined, measured 53 feet wide and was 14 feet deep." For a more adequate description of this type of construction, the reader is
referred to Mr. George W. Carleton of Gayoso, Missouri, who wrote the following:

"In addition to our mounds, we can be proud of these ancient canals. Col. Juan H. Walker informed me that before the earthquakes [1812?], these canals -- we
would call them little canals today -- clearly demonstrated their artificial origin. Since the area has again been inhabited, the land stripped of trees, and the ground
cleared, we are able to see what the first inhabitants of the region constructed. One of the canals lies to the east of the little town of Gayoso. It now connects Great
Lake with the Mississippi River. Beyond is the Pemiscot Canal. This canal unites the waters from Lake Pemiscot with Grand Lake. Another watercourse, or artificial
canal, is known today as the Cypress Bend Canal. Col. Walker said that it was built to connect the waters of Cushion Lake with a canal that flows into Grand Lake.
Lake Cushion is located to the north of Pemiscot County. By means of this network of canals, lakes and interconnecting canals, the inhabitants of this region
possessed an interior navigation system from the Mississippi River to Gayoso via Great Lake and Lake Cushion and another canal to Lake Collins; from there, by
means of other connecting canals, it continued to the east where it flowed into the Mississippi River, about six miles downriver from New Madrid." -- Pp. 77-78.

Many archaeologists and investigators say that the artificial rivers in the southern part of the United States are a gift handed down by the pre-Columbian Indians of
this region!

The early explorers who came upon these ancient cities with their mounds and intricate system of interlocking canals were astounded by their unexpected
discovery, and they raised two very important questions -- WHY did the inhabitants abandon these great cities? and WHERE did they go?

What makes the Mound-builder phenomenon so unique to archaeologists is the fact that there is NO SINGLE EVENT in terms of
climate change that could have prompted such a mass exodus from a well entrenched way of life. Their art, agriculture, housing,
forms of government, religion --the whole shebang -- just disappeared!

Mound Builders Continued
Did A Comet Hit Great Lakes Region, Fragment Human Populations, 12,900 Years Ago?
ScienceDaily (May 23, 2007)

Two University of Oregon researchers are on a multi-institutional 26-member team proposing a startling new theory: that an
extraterrestrial impact, possibly a comet, set off a 1,000-year-long cold spell and wiped out or fragmented the prehistoric people
and a variety of animal genera across North America almost 13,000 years ago.

Researchers propose that a known reversal in the world's ocean currents and associated rapid global cooling, which some scientists blame for the
extinction of multiple species of animals and the end of the Clovis Period, was itself the result of a bigger event. While generally accepted theory
says glacial melting from the North American interior caused the shift in currents, the new proposal points to a large extraterrestrial object exploding
above or even into the Laurentide Ice Sheet north of the Great Lakes.

"Highest concentrations of extraterrestrial impact materials occur in the Great Lakes area and spread out from there," Kennett said. "It would have
had major effects on humans. Immediate effects would have been in the North and East, producing shockwaves, heat, flooding, wildfires, and a
reduction and fragmentation of the human population."

The carbon-rich layer contains metallic microspherules, iridium, carbon spherules, fullerenes, charcoal and soot. Some of those ingredients were
found worldwide in soils dating to the K-T Boundary of 65 million years ago.

The K-T layer marks the end of the Cretaceous Period and the beginning of the Tertiary Period, when numerous species were wiped out after a
massive asteroid is believed to have struck Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula and the Gulf of Mexico.

Missing in the new theory is a crater marking an impact, but researchers argue that a strike above or into the Laurentide ice sheet could have
absorbed it since it was less intense than the K-T event.
Artist's concept of comet. (Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech)
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