What happened to the advanced ancient culture, however, has not yet been determined.Rojo's discovery nevertheless may prove to create more problems than it solves. If, over the past3 or 4000 years Lake Titicaca has slowly receded, as appears to be the case-as all scientists agree,then how can we explain the existence of stone temples, stairways, and roads still under water'?The only answer is that they were built before the lake materialized.We must go back, then, to the remnants of Tiahuanaco and re-examine the more than 400 acres of ruins, only 10 percent of which have been excavated.We have pointed out that dirt covers the ancient civilization to a depth of at least 6 feet.The only explanation for this accumulation is water.A large amount of water had to have inundated the city. When it receded it left the silt coveringall evidence of an advanced civilization, leaving only the largest statues and monoliths stillexposed.It is logical to conclude, therefore, that Tiahuanaco was built before the lake was created, and notas a port on its shore. As the waters today continue to recede, we should be able to find moreevidence of the city's remote peoples.Scientists theorize that the area of Lake Titicaca was at one time at sea level, because of theprofusion of fossilized marine life which can be found in the region.The area then lifted with the Andean upheaval and a basin was created which filled in to form thelake. No one has suggested the marine life might have been brought to the altiplano by sea waterswhich were at flood stage.Peruvian legends clearly relate a story of world-wide flood in the distant past.Whether it was the biblical flood of Noah, or another one, we cannot say, but there is amplephysical evidence of a universal inundation, with the world-wide deluge described in more than ahundred flood-myths.Along with Noah's flood were the Babylonian Utnapischtim of the Gilgamesh epic, the SumerianZiusudra, the Persian Jima, the Indian Manu, the Maya Coxcox, the Colombian Bochica, theAlgonkin's Nanabozu, the Crows' Coyote, the Greek Deukalion and Pyrrha, the Chinese NoahKuen, and the Polynesian Tangaloa. It is evident there was a world-wide deluge 19,000 years ago.(Global doomsdays are conspicuous in the Hopi Indian legends, the Finnish Kalevala epic, theMayan Chilam Balam and Popol Vuh, and in the Aztec calendar, the last of which predicts thatour present civilization will be destroyed by "nahuatl Olin" or "earth movement," that is,devastation by earthquake.Due to Aztec cyclic theory this will become the fifth doomsday after the "death of the Jaguars,""the death of the Tempests," "the death of the Great Fire" (vulcanism), and the 'Great Deluge.'