Noah's Flood   -     By: William Ryan, Walter Pitman
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Noah's Flood

Simon & Schuster / 2000 / Paperback

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(PUBTouchstone)Did a massive flood in the Black Sea 7,600 years ago spawn the many tales of a worldwide deluge? Two Columbia University geologists think so, and show how a flourishing civilization nearly vanished. "An impressive marshaling of geophysical and archaeological evidence,"---Kirkus Reviews. 319 pages, softcover.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 320
Vendor: Simon & Schuster
Publication Date: 2000
Dimensions: 8.5 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0684859203
ISBN-13: 9780684859200

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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.

Author Bio

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.

Editorial Reviews

David Brown The Washington Post A fascinating lesson in geology, oceanography, archaeology, and inductive reasoning.
Amanda Heller The Boston Globe A complex but thoroughly plausible solution to this intriguing mystery in a narrative of surprisingly dramatic intensity.
Philip Morrison and Phylis Morrison Scientific American As engaging as it is important...exciting...full of surprises, rivalries, and partnerships.
Richard Ellis The New York Times Book Review An interesting and provocative story...Ryan and Pitman have thoroughly researched every aspect of this intricately woven story. They are articulate, enthusiastic, and dedicated.

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  1. 4 Stars Out Of 5
    May 4, 2001
    Glenn Berry
    Anyone committed to a strictly literal interpretation of scripture should bypass this book. Those not so committed will find it an interesting read. However, be aware that the central concept, that the flood of Genesis occurred when the Black Sea flooded, is a new idea for science, and that it would be wise to wait another ten to twenty years before evaluating the scientific consensus around the idea.
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