Current Geek 14: “Atlantis found!”

Join Tom and I as we talk about a new model suggesting that the Mediterranean Sea was filled in a gigantic flood some 5.3 million years ago. According to Daniel Garcia-Castellanos’ paper in Nature, the sill at the Straight of Gibraltar gave way rather suddenly, with 40 cm of rock eroding and the water level rising by 10 m per day at its peak. They imagine a shallow, fast-moving stream of water (around 100 km/hr) several kilometers wide pouring into the basin with a flow greater than a thousand Amazon rivers — that’s about 100,000,000 cubic meters per second.”

We also hear from the ultimate Mythbusters fan. Ever.

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~ by Scott on December 23, 2009.

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