Acquisition by our planet of the modern appearence
Continuous wars between gods and demons in the end of the Early Miocene had aggravated and without that misery of population of the Earth and favoured a further destruction of its water-steam layer. It had led to sharp worsening of climate - to covering Earth's surface by a solid cover of clouds, to plentiful outflowing of rains and to falling of temperature. On Earth hunger began. In the long run, irreconcilable antagonists Adityas, Daityas, Danavas and dragon-people were compelled to unite for the sake of carrying out of urgent measures for recovery of more or less suitable conditions for life on the planet 
These measures came to separation of a large fragment from Earth which should become its satellite (during that period, apparently, there was no moon over Earth), and rotation (run-up) of our planet at the expense of its deleting from it. It is difficult to say, for what reason it was required - for increasing of gravitation and opportunity to live on Earth's surface giants, for preservation in the atmosphere of the remnants of the water-steam bed which increased temperature of the Earth, restrained infiltration of pernicious ultraviolet irradiation and was the main factor of longevity, or for making around the north and the south poles of conditions for habitation of the immortals, about what I wrote in the work "The North - the place out of time or the road to immortality" (Battles of ancient gods). It is also impossible to exclude, that separation of Moon from the Earth was necessary for alteration of its (the Earth) orbit and a character of its movement around the Sun - who can tell now about it precisely?
Rotation (run-up) of Earth and separation a large piece from it which afterwards became the Moon, apparently, is described in the Indian legend about churning of the ocean around the world mount Meru (the North pole) by Adityas, Daityas, Danavas, dragon-people and multiarm beings led by Vishnu and in the Aztec legend about rotation (run-up) of the vault of heaven round the world mount Koualkan (the axis of Earth), as a drill, by Camaxtli - Mixcoatl, Tlalok, Xipe Totec or Tezcatlipoca.
According to the Indian legend after gods "had beaten up" ocean by Mandara mount, the Moon appeared . It happened, on my estimates, at the boundary of the Early and Middle Miocene (about 16 million years ago).
Appearence of the Moon in the sky is reflected in the Egyptian myth about abdication of Ra from the Crown in favour of Tot, according to which they began to change each other on the throne and day began to alternate with night, and the Moon appeared in the sky. It is also described in the Sumer myth about the Mount of Heavens - in the episode of birth by Ninlil in stratas of Earth of god of the Moon, Nannu, to which was destined to mount on heaven to illuminate Earth and to show the mortal change of season times - and in the poem of akkadians and babylonians "When above" - in the episode about making the Moon by Marduk:
"Then he has created Moon, night having entrusted to it. He has endowed Moon with a corona, that by its horns-teeth to measure a time. Day Marduk has given to Shamash (Sun) …".
Appearance of Moon in the sky is described in legends of practically all remaining people living on Earth - I more than once paid your attention to it in the book and even have placed a number of myths on this subject in the work "World scope (coverage) of legends about a catastrophe and appearance of the moon".
According to the legends of Naua and Aztecs, after separation of the Moon above the surface of Earth two "suns" began alternately to rise or simultaneously to shine:
"But when the Sun has done its path, much to astonishment of gods, there has risen the second sun … This second Sun did not shine so brightly as the first, but nevertheless gave a lot of light. On land there was no night any more" (A.N. Fantalov, "History and mythologies of Mesoamerica", 2004).
Movement across the sky of "two suns" was not submitted to any regularity. The Moon removed every day all further and further from Earth, and our planet speeded up all more and more strongly. Therefore and the Moon and the Sun rised at different times in different places:
"All gods have knelt down and in silence expected the sun rising. They looked extensively as did not know, whence the Sun should be …" "… Then and Moon, and the Sun have stopped. And then gods decided to sacrifice their own blood. And the Sun and Moon have started moving again" (A.N. Fantalov. "History and mythology of Mesoamerica", 2004).
"But the Sun illuminated all around, and gods have been lost and did not know, in what direction the Sun should move... The Sun has not moved, in the meantime, from the point … Quetzalcoatl has collected all his forces and has blown with such force that this strong wind has caused the Sun to move from the East to the West" (the "Florentine code").
This event is written in not less bright paints in legends of Indians Hopi. By order of the helper of the Supreme Creator Tyawa, Sotuknang, the axis of the Second world (finished 15,9 million years ago) had been given to itself, it began to rotate with furious speed, to sway and, having doubly overturned, come off from the orbit (deorbited) round the Sun. As a result, mounts and seas were shuffled, then all was transformed into an ice piece - the period of the Global glaciation had begun (glaciation of Antarctica and formation of ice covers in the Arctic ocean and glaciers in Greenland and Alaska).
According to the Indian legends, after separation of the Moon from Earth the gigantic dragon Sheshu had winded round our planet and began to support it from excessive rocking.
Summing all told above, it is necessary to mark that separation of the Moon from Earth has led to one of the most terrible in all history of Earth global catastrophe which was accompanied with a great flood, strongest earthquakes and scaled eruptions of volcanous. The flood and the epoch of darkness, described in the majority of myths of Naua and Aztecs as "collapse of the roof of heavens", had marked the end of the Fourth world epoch under direction (governance) of Chalchiutlikue. In the last "year" of Chalchiutlikue Sun "there was poured from the sky such huge quantity of water and in such excess that heavens have fallen, … and so have ceased to exist maseguali (mankind), and heaven has ceased to exist, as it has fallen to the ground" ("History of Mexicans on their pictures").
"The rain went so hardly that the sky has collapsed on land. The Earth at any moment could fall to pieces …" (A.N.Fantalov. "History and mythology of Mesoamerica", 2004)
The flood, and also the period of gloom accompaning it are detailed described in legends of Incas, Yuncas, Mochica, Quechua, Aymaras and other South American Indians. According to H. Bellamy and L. Zaydler, ocean level in Peru, Bolivia and Mexico exceeded at that time its current state on 4,5-5 km. It is confirmed by geologic data.
The description of the flood at the boundary between the Early and Middle Miocene is given in legends of almost all Indians of South and Central America, Indian and Sumerian myths, and legends of Australian natives.
The code of Chimalpopoka mentions about rising red mounts, most likely, volcanous in the period between the Fourth and the Fifth world epoch (about 16 million years ago) from which lava poured out:
"The sky had approached the Earth and in one day all had perished, even mounts were disappeared underwater. It is said that … [sea] boilled and seethed with a loud noise and mounts of red colour rose".
In legends of many people it is possible to discover directions on the strongest shifts of the Earth crust at that time. So, according to a Chinese legend, "the Earth was cracked on parts, from its interior water has rushed and has flooded land … and the land began to lose the appearance …. From the North the sky has started to lower slowly … there was the Sun eclipse … planets have change their movement. Stars began to float away from heaven and to disappear in gaping vacuum".
In the other Chinese myth it is asserted that during the great catastrophe the land was hardly leaned and lowered at-sea behind shores of China, and deluge waters have rushed on the southeast.
The myth of Australian natives narrate that great shaking and great water had come on land. Then … the land had begun to shake and huge waves rolled overland. After water had left, in situ of mounts plains were, in situ of planes - mounts. The Sun too had begun to do all to the contrary: earlier it came (rose) from the North and left (set) on the South, and after great shaking and large water began to come (rose) from the East and to leave (set) on the West.
All it speaks about a sharp change of the location of Earth's axis (and here) which after the catastrophe at the boundary between the Early and Middle Miocene (and here), apparently, took again close to the modern, sloping, position
Alteration of movement of the Sun to the east - western is recorded, at least, in Mexican, Egyptian, Chinese and Australian legends.
© A.V. Koltypin, 2009 (a fragment of my book "Battles of ancient gods")
I, A. Koltypin the author and translator of this work give permission to use this for any purpose except prohibited by applicable law, on condition that my authorship and hyperlink to the site http://earthbeforeflood.com is given.
Read my works "Legends and hypotheses about a lunar rabbit, churning of the ocean, spinning up of the firmament (vault of heaven), origin of the Moon and connection of the Moon with death and immortality - the description of catastrophes at the boundaries between the Third and Fourth and the Fourth and Fifth world epochs, acquisition of modern appearance by Earth and emergence of the modern person - Homo Sapiens", "The most important catastrophe in the history of Earth during which mankind appeared. When it happened?" and "Once again about the time of creation of the world and the biblical (Noachic) Flood. The amendments brought by geology and folklore"
 Возможно, ухудшение условий жизни на Земле было связано с продолжавшимся замедлением вращения планеты и разрушением в связи с этим не только водно-паровой оболочки, но и защищавшего ее электромагнитного поля
 С этим событием, по-видимому, связан и миф о разделении Земли (Геба) и Неба (Нут)