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Ancient Black Sea Flood: Nuisance or Calamity?

February 23, 2009

Something happened along the shores of the Black Sea about 9,500 years ago. According to one theory, a huge flood suddenly drowned the landscape, forcing some of the planet’s first farmers to move elsewhere.

A new study paints a different picture.

“I would say there was never a big flood,” said Liviu Giosan, a geologist at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute in Cape Cod, Mass., and lead author of the study. “What we showed was that it’s impossible.”

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