A Saudi Arabian Phenomenon Revisited [Video]
By Chuck Ness
The video you are about to watch was filmed by a driver who stopped along the freeway with many others just outside Al-Ahsa City, in Saudi Arabia. Throughout the last few years there have been many theories put forth as to what caused this phenomenon. Along with those theories, various names have been used to describe it, like "Sand Geyser," "Sand Fountain," "Sand Volcano," and "Sand Injectites." The quality of the video is not the best because it was filmed with a cell phone, and the person who filmed it has not ever identified himself. However, the video is good enough to show that something very powerful was taking place in the desert that day.
Sand geyser outside of Al-Asha City, Saudi Arabia
The video was taken in 2006, but to this day there is very limited information about what exactly happened to create such a spectacular eruption. Try as I have, I could not find any information about the phenomenon that would bring me any closer to understanding what happened that day. So after 5 years it seems that whatever took place is still a mystery.
What I did learn about the phenomenon was that there was no seismic activity recorded at the time, and witnesses reported that no water or oil mixed in the sand. There was also no evidence of a natural gas leak, as many of the people standing around were smoking and no fires erupted. Adding to the mystery is that there have been no reports of another such event happening anywhere in the world since.
At the time, it was reported that the Saudi government sent out scientists and geological experts from the state-run Aramco Oil Company to investigate the phenomenon. However, after 5 years they have yet to release their findings to the public.
This actually falls in line with the way the royal family handles situations about events which they themselves are confused about. The House of Saud keeps a very tight rein on their subjects, and they do so by taking advantage of their religious beliefs.
History shows us that Islam has only survived because its followers are usually kept in a state of fear and or poverty. Even in Muslim countries whose citizens are better off economically, the leaders use Sharia law to keep the citizens in a dark-ages mentality when it comes to true freedom. So when it comes to being forthright with their citizens, the less open they are the easier it is to control them. That's especially true when it comes to such events like the sand geyser phenomenon.
In Saudi Arabia, the House of Saud must also contend with the fact that because they use an Islamic theocracy to rule, they are claiming that an infallible god is in charge. So the government would rather be silent about their inability to explain the phenomenon. After all, if the ruling family is clueless, then they don't have a direct line of communication with Allah. That would mean that Allah is not in charge, and that means the House of Saud would have a big problem controlling their subjects.
As for experts outside of Saudi Arabia, there is plenty of speculation on their part. However, nothing has been unanimously agreed upon as of yet. Below the video I have listed some of the many different explanations that have been suggested. If you have any other theories, please by all means let me know by visiting my blog at GATE, and I will add them to my list.
(While Allah is not God, God has given mankind the ability to know everything we wish to know. Jesus tells us that we should,
"Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you." Matthew 7:7 (NKJV)I am a firm believer that if we have the faith of a mustard seed then we can and will have the scales of confusion lifted from our minds.)
(I did all I could to find this passage and I was not able to locate it, but maybe someone else can. Here is a link to the Qur'an. )
(Yea right, so why isn't anyone holding their nose, and besides the witnesses reported no water and no smell.)
( So why is the sand not black?)
(That is a lot of sand to be kicked up by a broken water main, or any broken pipe for that matter. Again, witnesses said there was no water, just sand.)
(That is a lot of pressure for a natural gas leak. Also, if it were a natural gas leak I doubt the people would be standing around watching it very long before it blew up. After all a vast majority of Arabs smoke cigarettes. Someone would have ignited it and thus the official explanation would be very evident.)
(This is a very good possibility, However, no independant analysis has been asked for by the government, and as of yet the Saudi government has never released its findings. )
(This suggestion is beginning to gain wide support, but again there is no official confirmation.)
(This is similar to the prior theory, but there are no reports about of an oil well being put in place when the event occurred)
(Interesting theory, but no seismic activity was reported that would be sufficient enough to cause this phenomenon)
(Wrong, everyone knows that worms are agnostic. )
(This makes a lot of sense because I really liked the Mummy movies)
Chuck Ness is a professional blogger who writes about politics and human interest stories from a Christian conservative point of view. Contact him by writing to NewsBlaze or go to his blog at www.norcalblogs.com/gate/
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