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18-Oct-2017 09:16

The weather took a turn last evening as the sun set.

What began as a sunny and warm afternoon ended as a land awaiting a thunderstorm.

But the waters described on the face of the Earth are not the calm aquatic images our poetic imagination likely conjures.

The Hebrew word is does not come in a wispy form, but bellows with the power of the Atlantic winds.

The vessel is the Victoria, the ship of Ferdinand Magellan, the Portuguese explorer who, in the 16th century, became the first to cross the Pacific.

The Maris Pacifici map was the work of a Flemish cartographer, Abraham Ortelius, who recorded both the islands of the Pacific and the rivers and harbours of the west coast of the Americas in detail.

The lower panel shows a projection centred on what is now the South Pole and clearly indicates that the explorers believed there was one conjoined land mass south of the Tropic of Capricorn.

The three maps were printed from copper plates and engraved by hand with a tool known as a burin.

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This is much different from the experience of the Pacific I had last month when I was living at Old Mission Santa Barbara in California.

Paul and the Book of Revelation call “making all things new.” Sometimes it takes the familiarity of the coast and ocean at which you feel most at home (no offense, Pacific Ocean) to make you recall God’s continued presence in the world around us. I hope that I am able to continue to appreciate Creation’s beauty during my short stay here.

The granite samples were found when Brazil's Geology Service (CPRM) dredged the seabed near the Rio Grande Elevation - a long seismic mountainous ridge that runs along the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean.

The collection – if sold as a whole – is on sale for £35,000 but, sold individually, the maps are worth a total of £40,000.

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It is anticipated that museums and geographical institutes in Australia, as well as private collectors, will be particularly interested in the sale.“In the beginning when God created the heavens and the earth, the earth was a formless void and darkness covered the face of the deep, while a wind from God swept over the face of the waters” (Gen 1:1-2).