Book of Mormon, 3 Nephi, language, Mesoamerica, Geology
Aspects of the three days of darkness following the three-hour period of intense destruction described principally in 3 Nephi include: (1) the strange absence of rain among the destructive mechanisms described; (2) the source of the intense lightning, which seems to be unaccompanied by rain; (3) a mechanism to account for the inundation of the cities of Onihah, Mocum, and Jerusalem, which were not among the cities which “sunk in the depths of the sea”; and (4) the absence in the histories of contemporary European and Asiatic civilizations of corresponding events, which are repeatedly characterized in 3 Nephi as affecting “the face of the whole earth.”
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Ball, Russell H.
"An Hypothesis concerning the Three Days of Darkness among the Nephites,"
Journal of Book of Mormon Studies: Vol. 2
, Article 8.
Available at: http://scholarsarchive.byu.edu/jbms/vol2/iss1/8