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Noah's Flood: The New Scientific Discoveries about the Event That Changed History

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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. andlt;BRandgt; 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.

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. [263]-302) and index.

About the Author

andlt;Bandgt;William B. F. Ryanandlt;/Bandgt; and andlt;Bandgt;Walter C. Pitmanandlt;/Bandgt; are senior scientists at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University and recipients of the Shepard Medal of excellence in marine geology.

Table of Contents

Contents

List of Maps

Note to the Reader

Prologue: Witnesses

ONE: THE DISCOVERY OF THE FLOOD STORY

1 Deciphering the Legend

2 Conversions

3 Visions of Palaces

4 The Face of the Deep

5 Ur of the Chaldees

TWO: THE DISCOVERY OF A REAL FLOOD

6 Hidden River

7 Gibraltar's Waterfall

8 Vanished Deserts

9 Pontus Axenus

10 Red Hill

11 Aquanauts

12 Immigrants

13 Close Encounter

14 Beachcombers

15 Back of the Envelope

THREE: WHO WAS THERE, AND WHERE DID THEY GO?

16 Anybody There?

17 The Diaspora

18 Family Trees

19 The Guslar's Song

FOUR: THE FLOOD STORIES TOLD

20 On a Golden Pond

21 Other Myths

Epilogue: A Telling of Atrahasis

Acknowledgments

Notes

Index

List of Maps

Mesopotamia and the Levant

The voyage of the Chain up the Bosporus in 1961

The Glomar Challenger drilling the floor of the Mediterranean Sea in 1970

The Atlantis II mapping and sampling the seabed of the Black Sea in 1969

The Kerch Strait and the path of the ancient Don River

The path of meltwater delivered from the Eurasian ice sheet, beginning around 12,500 B.C.

The historical connection of the Black Sea to the Mediterranean

Anatolia at the time farming began to spread

Inferred human migrations west and northwest into Europe in the wake of the Black Sea flood

Inferred human migrations northeast into Asia and southeast into the Levant, Egypt, and Mesopotamia

The Takla Makan desert of western China with the shoreline of the giant lake that formerly filled the Tarim Basin

A Sumerian map of their world

Product Details

ISBN:
9780684859200
Other:
Ryan, William B. F.
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster
Author:
Ryan, William
Author:
Ryan, William B. F.
Author:
Pitman, Walter
Location:
New York, NY :
Subject:
Ancient - General
Subject:
Archaeology
Subject:
Antiquities & Archaeology
Subject:
Deluge
Subject:
Archaeology-General
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st Touchtone ed.
Edition Description:
Trade Paperback
Series Volume:
Bd. 9, T. 2
Publication Date:
20000131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
maps andamp; line art t-o
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
8.44 x 5.5 in 12.95 oz

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