The region known as the Sahara Desert was once fertile land and occupied by many people. Gradually their crops became weaker. The rains came less often. Over time their problems grew into a long-term drought. Unknown to them the earth’s changing weather patterns were responsible. These people were highly superstious. They assumed evil spirits were to blame, and the concept of evil beings know as the Ell was born. The Ell became the culprits for all their troubles.
Today we have an abundance of physical evidence supporting two theorys for the weather changes. One is the Earth’s movement on its axis, causing slight changes annually in weather patterns around the globe. The other deals with an asteroid explosion that could have affected world climate. Learned facts uphold these speculations. First, a clay disc called the Sumerian Planisphere was discovered by Victorian archaeologist Henry Layard in the ruins of the library of the ancient Royal Palace at Nineveh. It displays a recorded history of star locations in the night sky, showing the path of an object believed to be an asteroid headed in the direction of Europe. With computer aided models of the night sky, astronomers dated the evidence to the year 3123 B.C.E. Second, studies made by Ohio University Professor Lonnie G. Thompson, using a seasonal dating process, provide proof of an asteroid event. He found a line of asteroid material that dates back five-thousand-two-hundred years ago in ice cores taken from various sites around the world.
The correct explanation for the African drought could be the asteroid but the earth’s tilt on its axis is the most likely since the desert continues to grow. The desert expansion would very likely be receding over such a long period of time if it was caused by the asteroid. Nevertheless, it remains a mystery which theory is correct but, either way, while writing The Black Angel of the Lord it was the impact of climate changes and the drought upon the people in North Africa that concerns us more than the explanation for it.