The Messinian Salinity Crisis: Past and future of a great challenge for marine sciences

  title={The Messinian Salinity Crisis: Past and future of a great challenge for marine sciences},
  author={Marco Roveri and Rachel Flecker and Wout Krijgsman and Johanna Lofi and Stefano Lugli and Vinicio Manzi and Francisco Javier Sierro and Adele Bertini and Angelo Camerlenghi and Gert J. Lange and Rob Govers and Frederik J. Hilgen and Christian H{\"u}bscher and Paul Th. Meijer and Marius Stoica},
  journal={Marine Geology},
Forty years after the image of the Mediterranean transformed into a giant salty lake was first conceived, the fascinating history of the Messinian Salinity Crisis (MSC) still arouses great interest across a large and diverse scientific community. Early outcrop studies which identified severe palaeoenvironmental changes affecting the circum-Mediterranean at the end of the Miocene, were followed by investigations of the marine geology during the 1950s to 1970s. These were fundamental to… Expand
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