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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Gallery Books (June 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743491904
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743491907
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.6 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,789,527 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The pyramids of Egypt and Central America; diluvial deposits high up on mountain sides; strange collections of animal bones in North American caves— Christy-Vitale, amateur scientist and travel industry consultant, believes these seemingly unconnected phenomena hint at a cosmic catastrophe 12,000 years ago: a supernova 45 light-years from Earth that shot a chunk of the star (which he calls Phaeton) into our solar system, shattering a 10th planet between Mars and Jupiter into what we know as the asteroid belt, killing off thousands of animal species and almost extinguishing an advanced human civilization. Memories of this event live on in stories of a golden age destroyed in a worldwide flood. While Christy-Vitale seems never to have met a myth he didn't like, he ignores some basic scientific facts. If a supernova had exploded in our vicinity even in the last 100,000 years, its glowing shell would still be visible. Also, supernovas don't shoot off ministars—rather, these cosmic explosions tend to pepper the surrounding cosmos with an iron isotope; scientists haven't found a layer dating from this era. There is also no evidence of a genetic "bottleneck" in humans dating back a mere 10,000 years. Christy-Vitale believes that the chunk of star dust zooming past us caused Earth to flip back and forth on its axis, resulting in, among other things, the current configuration of the continents. So much for continental drift. Christy-Vitale's scenario is an interesting one, but he seems more a New Age Erik Von Daniken than someone advancing a revisionist theory that will attract serious scientific attention.
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"...WATERMARK raises the reader's awareness of the scale and consequences of the disaster that our species barely survived." -- Richard Heinberg, author of Memories and Visions of Paradise

"WATERMARK ... reassemble[s] the long-shattered shards of human history... [and] the author jogs our memories one more step toward healing." -- Chellis Glendinning, author of My Name Is Chellis and I'm in Recovery from Western Civilization

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Larry Gilstrap on November 14, 2007
Format: Paperback
Having finished reading this book a few days ago, I felt that the author had cleared up many of the mysteries I had grown up with as a child. Questions such as: Why is the axis of Uranus tilted so? Was there an Atlantis? Who/what killed the mammoths? Was the story of Noah's Ark real? and Why is the flood myth almost universally found in all cultures and folklore?

Having a substantial education in science, I was quite skeptical of the author's claim that a chunk of supernova came careening its way through our solar system, wreaking havoc among the planets. It didn't seem likely that supernova ejecta would ever recondense into appreciable blobs until it had fully dissipated into the surrounding interstellar medium. However, looking at detailed photos of planetary nebulae (nova & supernova remnants) I've notices that the outer (leading) edges often coalesce into sizeable clumps, that may indicate fairly solid cores within them.

As for one editorial review claiming that no iron isotopes had been found for the time period indicated (~12,000 years ago), an article ([...]) prove the reviewer wrong. In fact, there is a growing body of evidence that a comet exploded over Canada about that long ago, killing the mammoths and the clovis culture (paleoamericans) inhabiting north America at that time. For more information, see the book "The Cycle of Cosmic Catastrophes" by Richard Firestone, Allen West, and Simon Warwick-Smith.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By N. Richardson on December 29, 2007
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This was a great book to wet the appetite of ancient What-ifs. The author does a great job in linking ancient mythology, geology, animal extinctions and astronomy into a very probable scenario.

In all this was a great page turner that feels like a well written historical account of cataclysm backed by evidence. It is not too packed with data to feel like a geology textbook. Also not being to dreamy like a UFO chaser. Why only 4 stars? I felt that the last few chapters were a little rushed and mostly speculation, but what else is there to go by? I would have liked a little more images, diagrams and something make it just a little more evident. Next I am reading "Cataclysm" by D.S. Allen and J.B. Delair for a little more scientific evidence of all those bone-caves that Vitale wrote about.

Thank you for your great chase through ancient history Joseph!
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I enjoyed this book that pieces together many "anomalies" in our solar system and on
Earth. Many "myths" that exist worldwide in dozens (hundreds?) of cultures are pieced
together into a plausible story of 'WHAT ACTUALLY HAPPENED".

Wouldn't surprise me if the essence of the novel is true: that remnants from an exploding
star (which the author calls Phaeton) entered the solar system about 11,500 years ago and
caused any number of occurrences -- here's a few of them:

* Amazing floods in the northern hemisphere
* Battered remnants of wide varieties of animals & plants that "didn't come from the
same areas" buried together in caves.
* Various "unusual" planetary situations - The orientation of Neptune & Uranus, Saturn's
rings, the asteroid belt, Venus's "reverse" rotation, Earth's tilted axis (some evidence
shows it didn't used to be).

I do have one issue with the book -- that is where Phaeton enters the solar system and
sequentially impacts EACH planet enroute as if they were magically lined up just for this
cosmic event. It's as if EVERY major anomaly in the solar system has to be explained by
this one event. Sorry.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Green Frog Shelters on July 27, 2006
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Naturally science writers will hasten to debunk this book.

Anything that threatens the current world view held by the organized science industry... and I use the term 'industry' advisedly... threatens the rice bowl of all who support the current theories. And the thing to remember is that they are all theories. No matter how convinced and sincere they are. One will note that a super nova would still be visible. That is a theory. New jaw dropping discoveries are being made in the cosmos on an almost daily basis.

Personally, I like Vitales version/theory. His assumptions (insert joke here) seem to fit the facts better.

Is he right? Are the scientists right? They don't know, although they would have you think they do, and neither do we.

When everyone has slammed their books on the counter, and postured and posed and shouted their versions, and all the dust has settled, there are still mysteries.. caves full of bones, etc.. and Vitales theories fit better. In My Humble Opinion.

You go to your church, I'll go to mine.
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By Michael C. Gibb on November 4, 2014
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Clear, logical thinking about earth's history that explains a lot of things scientists cannot.
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