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The big spill: Flood could have filled Mediterranean in less than two years

Discovery of distinctive channel, calculations of possible water movement suggest fast and furious flow formed the sea

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1:50pm, December 9, 2009

A cataclysmic flood could have filled the Mediterranean Sea — which millions of years ago was a dry basin — like a bathtub in the space of less than two years. A new model suggests that at the flood’s peak water poured from the Atlantic into the Mediterranean basin at a rate one thousand times the flow of the Amazon River, according to calculations published in the Dec. 10 Nature.

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