Ann Vole wrote:
Johhny Electriglide wrote:
The flooding from the rock dam break at the Bosporus(NOT Gibraltar) and filling of the Black Sea rapidly...
Ah I should be more specific. The Mediterranean was flooded much earlier (and submerging even older cities then the 10K years) but the fill was through a river when the ocean was lower and the gap in Gibraltar was narrow at that lower point. My point in referring to this was the comment that we should have seen the massive destruction of a flood but history shows that fast floods leave cities intact but slow level rise such as the 200 m seen in Australia area will destroy all evidence of cultures along the shore. I was not intending to suggest the Mediterranean flooding in particular was the Biblical flood event (happened much earlier... although the level did rise a lot and changed the location of cities in the process... still happened over centuries or decades rather then weeks (like the Black Sea flooding event)
"In 1920, H. G. Wells published a popular history book in which it was suspected that the Mediterranean basin had in the past been cut off from the Atlantic. One piece of physical evidence, a deep channel past Gibraltar, had been noticed. Wells estimated that the basin had refilled roughly between 30,000 and 10,000 B.C. The theory he printed was that:
In the last Ice Age, so much ocean water was taken into the icecaps that world ocean level dropped below the sill in the Strait of Gibraltar.
Without the inflow from the Atlantic the Mediterranean would evaporate much more water than it receives, and would evaporate down to two large lakes, one on the Balearic Abyssal Plain, the other further east.
The east lake would receive most of the incoming river water, and may have overflowed into the west lake.
All or some of this seabed may have had a human population, where it was watered from the incoming rivers.
There is a long deep submerged valley running from the Mediterranean out into the Atlantic.
(Modern research, however, has shown that Wells' theory is incorrect. All the geological and plant-fossil evidence shows that the Mediterranean did not dry out during the last ice age. Sea levels were 120m lower than today, resulting in a shallower Strait of Gibraltar and a reduced water exchange with the Atlantic, but there was no cut-off.)"
The water at the Strait of Gibraltar is 900M deep now, so at minimum 780m deep during the previous glacial epoch. Shore settlements were inundated at the same rate as in SE Asia/Australia and Japan, North and South America, Europe, etc. Generally, and dependent on local topography and seismology/vulcanism. Fast flooding often is more destructive, as in flash floods.
See here about the "special conditions" of the Black Sea, anoxic:http://disc.sci.gsfc.nasa.gov/education ... ones.shtml