Choking the Mediterranean to dehydration: The Messinian salinity crisis

  title={Choking the Mediterranean to dehydration: The Messinian salinity crisis},
  author={Rob Govers},
  • R. Govers
  • Published 1 February 2009
  • Geography, Environmental Science
  • Geology
Strait uplift due to isostasy played a pivotal role in the development and maintenance of a desiccated Mediterranean basin during the Late Miocene Messinian salinity crisis. New three-dimensional flexure models for the western Mediterranean suggest that most of the giant evaporite body was deposited before sea-level lowering. Any mechanism that subsequently caused a Mediterranean sea-level lowering by a few hundred meters during several thousand years sufficed to cause isostatic uplift and… 

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