The 10 Plagues Of Egypt Explained Scientifically

November 26, 2014

I saw someone post how the 10 plagues were made up to ridicule the Egyptian gods, but I had heard another version where science explained each one and thought I would share...

Water to blood

10 plagues explained by science

This is a fairly common occurrence that has caused massive freaking out in many countries at many times. One cause is an algae called Oscillatoria rubescens (or Burgundy Blood). This starts to suck all of the oxygen out of the water and also causes skin irritations in humans that come in contact with it (Boils, plague 6). A drought was already affecting Egypt (verified by numerous methods) and the low water would enable the over abundance of the algae.

When the water is not so much water anymore and algae soup you get...

Frogs all over the place

10 plagues explained by science

When all of the water creatures including plants start to die from the algae, frogs and other creatures that have a choice ... LEAVE! Yep, they get out of the water and "infest" the land. There would have been A LOT of frogs too, due to their ability to transform from tadpoles to adults much faster in times of stress (like from a drought and algae infestation).

The plants were dying too so the frogs started dying which led to rotting meat and no natural predators for...

Gnats

10 plagues explained by science

Mosquitoes, flies and other insects would have flourished without the predators to keep their numbers under control. If there was already a drought, marshy conditions ideal for the insects reproduction would be there.

This led to this plague and the next...

Flies

10 plagues explained by science

A lot of Frogs are dying on the land and the water is full of dead stuff so the flies start swarming to eat all the dead meat. These type of pests carry diseases and in these numbers could easily cause an epidemic, which would lead to...

Livestock dying

10 plagues explained by science

All of the livestock would definitely be suffering from all of the insects. Plus, with no access to good water (it's contaminated with algae) the livestock would be the first to go as the humans would consume any fresh water available first. Malaria and the other diseases that can be spread by flies also cause ...

Boils

10 plagues explained by science

This could also be from skin irritation by the bacteria in the water or from not bathing, in addition to getting bitten by the swarming insects.

Hail

10 plagues explained by science

This is a separate but verified incident of bad luck for the Egyptians, Scientists can pin point the timing of a nearby volcano and find volcanic residue all over Egyptian ruins from this time period even though Egypt has no volcanoes itself.. The clashing of thunderstorms and volcanic ash often leads to hail. The Ash clouds would also darken the sky.

And surprisingly volcanic ash also leads to...

Locusts

10 plagues explained by science

Volcanoes create ideal conditions for locusts. High humidity and low pressure after a period of drought would bring these guys in droves. And when you have swarms of locusts after a volcano, you have...

Darkness

10 plagues explained by science

The overall affect of swarms of insects is darkness. They were in the dark figuratively too. But that probably wasn't as bad as the last which was self inflicted. If they only knew...

Death of the firstborns

10 plagues explained by science

There was a tradition in Egypt that the first born son would receive greater amounts of rations in emergencies. With a drought, insects eating crops, livestock dying and all the other stuff going on, the Egyptians would have been down to their emergency supplies of grain. The bottom of the stores would be the oldest and also contain the most fungi.

They literally poisoned their firstborns by giving them extra portions of contaminated food.

Via Imgur

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