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Ancient Mediterranean flood mystery solved
BBC News ^ | Wednesday, December 9, 2009 | Victoria Gill

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.

(Excerpt) Read more at news.bbc.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Astronomy; Science
KEYWORDS: atlantic; atlantis; biblicalflood; catastrophism; flood; gibraltar; godsgravesglyphs; grandcanyon; greatflood; mediterranean; mediterraneanflood; messiniandessication; morocco; noah; noahsarc; noahsflood; spain; zancleanflood
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The team made a reconstruction of the Mediterranean during the "megaflood"

The team made a reconstruction of the Mediterranean during the megaflood

1 posted on 08/17/2013 3:47:54 PM PDT by SunkenCiv
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2 posted on 08/17/2013 3:48:34 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (It's no coincidence that some "conservatives" echo the hard left.)
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3 posted on 08/17/2013 3:49:03 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (It's no coincidence that some "conservatives" echo the hard left.)
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To: SunkenCiv

“Women and Minorities Hardest Hit !”


4 posted on 08/17/2013 3:51:06 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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To: SunkenCiv

Not my fault.


5 posted on 08/17/2013 3:52:48 PM PDT by Darksheare (Try my coffee, first one's free.....)
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To: SunkenCiv

Way cool! I LIKE it!


6 posted on 08/17/2013 3:54:31 PM PDT by Monkey Face (Washington didn't use his right to free speech to defeat the British. He shot them.)
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To: SunkenCiv

Today we take Gibraltar.

TOMORROW—THE BOSPHOROS!!!!


7 posted on 08/17/2013 3:54:57 PM PDT by bigheadfred (INFIDEL)
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To: Darksheare

but still willing to take a crack at it


8 posted on 08/17/2013 3:55:48 PM PDT by bigheadfred (INFIDEL)
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To: SunkenCiv

Solved

Cool

time to move on to self destruction

Wait, sorry, oops .....

Nothing better than the justification of ignorance afforded by the crowd.


9 posted on 08/17/2013 3:56:21 PM PDT by Zeneta (No eternal reward will forgive us now for wasting the dawn.)
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To: SunkenCiv

Now that that mystery is solved... on to

Where did Obama come from?


10 posted on 08/17/2013 3:59:44 PM PDT by logitech (It is time.)
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To: bigheadfred

Naturally!
Now if only I could get a phased plasma cannon and a time machine, I’d show them a FLOOD!


11 posted on 08/17/2013 4:00:15 PM PDT by Darksheare (Try my coffee, first one's free.....)
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To: fieldmarshaldj

I didn’t do it. You can’t pin this on me. I have a alibi.


12 posted on 08/17/2013 4:00:54 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Darksheare

“Not my fault.”

Hey everybody, President George W. Bush’s FReeper handle is Darksheare! Lol!


13 posted on 08/17/2013 4:02:57 PM PDT by goodwithagun (My gun has killed fewer people than Ted Kennedy's car.)
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To: SunkenCiv

14 posted on 08/17/2013 4:03:06 PM PDT by JoeProBono (Mille vocibus imago valet;-{)
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To: SunkenCiv

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.


15 posted on 08/17/2013 4:04:57 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: Darksheare

the things ya see when ya aint got ed teller


16 posted on 08/17/2013 4:05:18 PM PDT by bigheadfred (INFIDEL)
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To: JoeProBono

I just hate it when the monsters eat all the pretty girls.

Say wasn’t the Mediterranean flood solved decades ago also?


17 posted on 08/17/2013 4:05:40 PM PDT by mountainlion (Live well for those that did not make it back.)
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To: Darksheare

The draining of lake Iroquois would give NYC a good solid flush if it happened today.


18 posted on 08/17/2013 4:05:57 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: cripplecreek

You do know that the NSA has filters sarcasm ?


19 posted on 08/17/2013 4:06:48 PM PDT by Zeneta (No eternal reward will forgive us now for wasting the dawn.)
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To: cripplecreek

It’s bush s fault!


20 posted on 08/17/2013 4:07:07 PM PDT by hoosiermama (Obama: "Born in Kenya" Lying now or then)
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