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    DescriptionOver the millennia, the legend of a great deluge has endured in the biblical story of Noah and in such Middle Eastern myths as the epic of Gilgamesh. Now two distinguished geophysicists have discovered a catastrophic event that changed history, a gigantic flood 7,600 years ago in what is today the Black Sea. Using sound waves and coring devices to probe the sea floor, William Ryan and Walter Pitman revealed clear evidence that this inland body of water had once been a vast freshwater lake lying hundreds of feet below the level of the world's rising oceans. Sophisticated dating techniques confirmed that 7,600 years ago the mounting seas had burst through the narrow Bosporus valley, and the salt water of the Mediterranean had poured into the lake with unimaginable force, racing over beaches and up rivers, destroying or chasing all life before it. The rim of the lake, which had served as an oasis, a Garden of Eden for farms and villages in a vast region of semi-desert, became a sea of death. The people fled, dispersing their languages, genes, and memories.


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    Title
    Noah's Flood
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) William Ryan, By (author) Walter Pitman
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 320
    Width: 139 mm
    Height: 213 mm
    Thickness: 18 mm
    Weight: 378 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780684859200
    ISBN 10: 0684859203
    Classifications

    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: REL
    Ingram Spring Arbor Market: Y
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T6.2
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    BIC subject category V2: JFHF, HRCG
    Ingram Subject Code: AH
    Libri: I-AH
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 25530
    B&T General Subject: 431
    BISAC V2.8: SOC003000
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/ANCIEN
    BIC subject category V2: WNW
    BISAC V2.8: REL072000
    BIC subject category V2: HDDH
    Ingram Theme: THEO/SECULR
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 07
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/PREHIS
    BISAC V2.8: HIS002000
    ECPA Christian Book Category: BSTBIBARC
    LC subject heading:
    B&T Approval Code: A17603000, A14202000
    BISAC V2.8: OCC031000
    LC subject heading:
    DC21: 930.2
    DC22: 930.2
    LC subject heading:
    DC22: 930/.2
    LC classification: BS658 .R93 2000
    Edition statement
    Touchstone.
    Publisher
    SIMON & SCHUSTER
    Imprint name
    TOUCHSTONE
    Publication date
    25 January 2000
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Author Information
    William B. F. Ryan and Walter C. Pitman are senior scientists at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University and recipients of the Shepard Medal of excellence in marine geology.
    Review quote
    Amanda Heller "The Boston Globe" A complex but thoroughly plausible solution to this intriguing mystery in a narrative of surprisingly dramatic intensity.
    Back cover copy
    Over the millennia, the legend of a great deluge has endured in the biblical story of Noah and in such Middle Eastern myths as the epic of Gilgamesh. Now two distinguished geophysicists have discovered a catastrophic event that changed history, a gigantic flood 7,600 years ago in what is today the Black Sea.Using sound waves and coring devices to probe the sea floor, William Ryan and Walter Pitman revealed clear evidence that this inland body of water had once been a vast freshwater lake lying hundreds of feet below the level of the world's rising oceans. Sophisticated dating techniques confirmed that 7,600 years ago the mounting seas had burst through the narrow Bosporus valley, and the salt water of the Mediterranean had poured into the lake with unimaginable force, racing over beaches and up rivers, destroying or chasing all life before it. The rim of the lake, which had served as an oasis, a Garden of Eden for farms and villages in a vast region of semi-desert, became a sea of death. The people fled, dispersing their languages, genes, and memories.