Mountains under the sea or seamounts for short; are frequently residues of extinct volcanoes and can be found in a range of shapes and sizes. Based on scientific evidences, seamounts are geological structures that ascend to more than 1,000 meters (3,300 feet) above and surrounding the seafloor, however the majority are much taller than that, rising upwards of 5,000 meters (16,400 feet), in some cases to within a couple of hundred meters of the ocean surface area. In fact, the highest mountain in the world is in fact a seamount– Hawaii’s Mauna Kea, a dormant volcano that is more than 30,000 feet high measured from its base on the seafloor 18,000 feet below the surface area.
Today, satellites have actually discovered thousands of these ocean-bottom mountains all over the world. Seamounts can be spotted in every world ocean basin. While it is challenging to find out simply how many seamounts there are, they appear to be rather plentiful. Utilizing data from satellite altimetry and radar, along with bathymetric data acquired from survey ships, estimates of the number of mountains under the sea range from 14,700 to more than 33,000 overall. Regardless of their abundance, incredibly, less than one-tenth of a percent of the seamounts worldwide have actually been discovered.
BBC verifies that researchers didn’t discover these under water mountain systems up until the 1950s.
So where in the Bible does it point out this phenomenon, thousands of years prior to science?
The passage is discovered in the book of Jonah. Composed between 793 and 758 B.C, it records the prophet Jonah being pursued by God after disobeying his command to preach to the people of Ninevah (an ancient Assyrian city of Upper Mesopotamia).
Jonah is then famously swallowed up by a big fish well before being spat out on the beach 3 days later. In chapter 2, the Bible points out his descent into the depths of the sea:
The engulfing waters threatened me, the deep surrounded me; seaweed was wrapped around my head. To the roots of the mountains I sank down – Jonah 2:5-6
The Bible describes him descending down into the water where the roots, or bottoms of the mountains are (v6). These are ‘mountains plural’ in the heart of the Mediterranean sea. Science has actually affirmed that under water mountains are frequently discovered in chains, thousands of miles long on the ocean floors.
For a much better understanding on Jonah, see Prophetic Evidence For The Sign Of Jonah.
As we’ve seen, BBC affirms that researchers didn’t discover these under water mountain systems up until the 1950s and yet it was mentioned in the Bible thousands of years before we even had any scientific sonar equipment to prove this fact!
The only answer that truly makes good sense is that this was a revelation from God; precisely what we would expect if the Bible is His inspired word.