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  • Geochemical 'Fingerprints' Leave Evidence That Megafloods Eroded Steep Gorge

    07/28/2013 3:01:55 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 15 replies
    Science Daily ^ | July 22, 2013 | University of Washington
    The Yarlung-Tsangpo River in southern Asia drops rapidly through the Himalaya Mountains on its way to the Bay of Bengal, losing about 7,000 feet of elevation through the precipitously steep Tsangpo Gorge. For the first time, scientists have direct geochemical evidence that the 150-mile long gorge, possibly the world's deepest, was the conduit by which megafloods from glacial lakes, perhaps half the volume of Lake Erie, drained suddenly and catastrophically through the Himalayas when their ice dams failed at times during the last 2 million years... In this case, the water moved rapidly through bedrock gorge, carving away the base...