Catastrophic flood of the Mediterranean after the Messinian salinity crisis

  title={Catastrophic flood of the Mediterranean after the Messinian salinity crisis},
  author={D. Garcia-Castellanos and F. Estrada and I. Jim{\'e}nez-Munt and C. Gorini and M. Fern{\'a}ndez and J. Verg{\'e}s and Raquel de Vicente},
  • D. Garcia-Castellanos, F. Estrada, +4 authors Raquel de Vicente
  • Published 2009
  • Geology, Medicine
  • Nature
  • The Mediterranean Sea became disconnected from the world’s oceans and mostly desiccated by evaporation about 5.6 million years ago during the Messinian salinity crisis. The Atlantic waters found a way through the present Gibraltar Strait and rapidly refilled the Mediterranean 5.33 million years ago in an event known as the Zanclean flood. The nature, abruptness and evolution of this flood remain poorly constrained. Borehole and seismic data show incisions over 250 m deep on both sides of the… CONTINUE READING
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