Skip to comments.Ancient Mediterranean flood mystery solved
Posted on 08/17/2013 3:47:54 PM PDT by SunkenCiv
Research has revealed details of the catastrophic Zanclean flood that refilled the Mediterranean Sea more than five million years ago.
The flood occurred when Atlantic waters found their way into the cut-off and desiccated Mediterranean basin.
The researchers say that a 200km channel across the Gibraltar strait was carved out by the floodwaters... show that the resulting flood could have filled the basin within two years.
The team was led by Daniel Garcia-Castellanos from the Research Council of Spain (CSIC)...
Using existing borehole and seismic data, his team showed how the flood would have begun with water spilling over a sill.
The water would have gradually eroded a channel into the strait, eventually triggering a catastrophic flood, Dr Garcia-Castellanos explained.
He and his colleagues created a computer model to estimate the duration of the flood, and found that, when the "incision channel" reached a critical depth, the water flow sped up.
In a period ranging from a few months to two years, the scientists say that 90% of the water was transferred into the basin.
"This extremely abrupt flood may have involved peak rates of sea level rise in the Mediterranean of more than 10m per day," he and his colleagues wrote in the Nature paper.
Previous estimates of the duration of the flood were very variable, said Dr Garcia-Castellanos, because scientists "had to assume the size of the channel" rather than measure it...
Dr Govers said the next important step would be to measure the volume of breccia, or ancient eroded material, in the strait, to confirm whether there was enough material there to have filled the flood channel.
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“Women and Minorities Hardest Hit !”
Not my fault.
Way cool! I LIKE it!
Today we take Gibraltar.
but still willing to take a crack at it
time to move on to self destruction
Wait, sorry, oops .....
Nothing better than the justification of ignorance afforded by the crowd.
Now that that mystery is solved... on to
Where did Obama come from?
Now if only I could get a phased plasma cannon and a time machine, I’d show them a FLOOD!
I didn’t do it. You can’t pin this on me. I have a alibi.
“Not my fault.”
Hey everybody, President George W. Bush’s FReeper handle is Darksheare! Lol!
I am reminded of a wonderful sci-fi novel from the 60s called “The Gods of Atlantis. Recommended reading — if anyone can find it.
NOT to be confused with a more recent novel of the same name by David Gibbins book.
the things ya see when ya aint got ed teller
I just hate it when the monsters eat all the pretty girls.
Say wasn’t the Mediterranean flood solved decades ago also?
The draining of lake Iroquois would give NYC a good solid flush if it happened today.
You do know that the NSA has filters sarcasm ?
It’s bush s fault!
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