"A cataclysmic flood could have filled the Mediterranean
Sea which millions of years ago was a dry basin like
a bathtub in the space of less than two years. A new model
suggests that at the flood's peak water poured from the
Atlantic into the Mediterranean basin at a rate one
thousand times the flow of the Amazon River, according
to calculations published in the Dec. 10 Nature."
The big spill: Flood could have filled Mediterranean
in less than two years
"The flood would have had a dramatic effect on local
ecosystems, and could even have affected the global
climate. The model suggests that global sea level
dropped 9.5 meters as a result of the flood. The team
points out that a much smaller flood in North America
12,000 years ago has been linked to a worldwide cold
snap, and suggests that the Mediterranean flood
may have had similarly significant effects."
Relevance of this event, is that it may have occurred
at the time the ancestors of Homo diverged from those
of the chimpanzee - 5.3 Mya ...
--- Bill (m3d)