Great Moments in Earth History: The Messinian Salinity Crisis and the Zanclean Flood

Credit: Ocean Drilling Project, Texas A&M University

Credit: Ocean Drilling Project, Texas A&M University

From The Sieve:

Around 6 million years ago, the Mediterranean Sea became separated from the Atlantic. Cut off from the world’s oceans, it began to evaporate. By 5.3 million years ago, there was literally no sea left. 1000 years later, it was refilled in a geologic instant.

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