An anonymous reader writes: A new model suggests 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 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.
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