The collapse of the Laurentide Ice Sheet released a deluge of water that increased global sea levels by up to 1.4 metres and caused the largest North Atlantic freshwater pulse of the last 100,000 years. Before this time, a ridge across the Bosporus Strait dammed the Mediterranean and kept the Black Sea as a freshwater lake. With the rise in sea level, the Bosporus Strait was breached, flooding the Black Sea. This event is now widely believed to be behind the various folk myths that led to the biblical Noah's Ark story. Archaeological records show that around this time there was a sudden expansion of farming and pottery production across Europe, marking the end of the Mesolithic hunter-gatherer era and the start of the Neolithic. The link between rising sea levels and such massive social change has previously been unclear.I've been partial to the idea that a sudden flooding of the Black Sea and surrounding regions could have been associated with Noah's Flood. Stay tuned!
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
Scientists at the University of Exeter (as reported at Eurakalert.com) propose that an ancient flood like Noah's flood may have caused dramatic changes in Europe:
Posted by Jeff Lindsay at 1:44 PM