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!
I see a Lords of Atlantis (wallace west)?
So wait, they are saying when the channel gets deeper, more water can move through it? Oh, tell me more.
That's the one. Sorry about getting the name wrong. I have that paperback...around here...somewhere...
it may be over your head
then we are clean and we can rush them in a big wave and they will never know what hit them
Sarcasm, flood of anonymity
Guts at twenty feet
where are the strong ?
who are the trusted ?
Tidy bowl on city scale.
Now on my used book store list. On Amazon for $0.19 + $75.00 shipping ;-)
Many millions of years in the past: “What’s this button do?”
It would have taken out Albany too.
The pacific garbage patch!
that was just for illustration
Here I thought it could be useful...
What was the corresponding impact on the Atlantic?
Thanks for finding this. I was afraid it was going to be another “maybe-might have-could have-we think-possibly” type article, rather than something based upon actual field data.
There was a SF / fantasy series that was set in the Mediterranean basin during the dry years - The Gandalara Cycle by Randall Garrett and Vicki Ann Heydron IIRC. I remember reading and liking the series when I was younger (though it’s not great fiction by any measure). The last book ends with the flood waters pouring through Gibraltar and the Gandalarans scrambling to get out of the hole.
So what about all those water dwelling dinosaurs whose remains we find all over the place?
Well it is but if you flush NYC we will have another in the Atlantic and just kinda get it in the Azores current and it ships itself to the other side right handy to get in the Med.
I thought that was “The Golden Torc”?
And THEY would be the aforementioned garbage?
Cosmic Impact Site That Created Earths Axial Tilt and Fault Lines
As the Atlantic poured into the Med, it lowered worldwide sealevels a tad, because the oceans are linked.
When the Russians were checking the bedrock prior to the Aswan High Dam construction, they found that the Nile was atop a silted-in canyon, the date of which is (ta-da!) the same as the period of time that the Med was much lower and not connected to the Atlantic.
They built the dam anyway. ;’)
maybe Atlantis was in the mediterannean!
Only partly right. Here’s what happened:
Bottom line: the simultaneous impacts of two massive, eastward traveling objects configured Earth’s landforms and instilled its obliquity.
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