New evidence arises in the flooding of the Mediterranean basin

by Anonymous on Dec. 10th, 2009

The Mediterranean Sea at dawn
The Mediterranean Sea at dawnCourtesy g.naharro via Flickr
During the late Miocene epoch, waters in the Mediterranean basin evaporated and disappeared several times in what’s termed the Messinian salinity crisis. But at the beginning of the Pliocene epoch, the basin refilled again during an event called the Zanclean Flood. Using drill-hole data and computer modeling, scientists in Europe now have a better understanding of how that event took place, and how it may have only taken a couple of years to refill the entire basin. The research appears in the current issue of the journal Nature.

BBC report

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