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Noah's Flood - William Ryan

Paperback Published: 25th January 2000
ISBN: 9780684859200
Number Of Pages: 320

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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.

Industry Reviews

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. Philip Morrison and Phylis Morrison Scientific American As engaging as it is important...exciting...full of surprises, rivalries, and partnerships. Amanda Heller The Boston Globe A complex but thoroughly plausible solution to this intriguing mystery in a narrative of surprisingly dramatic intensity. David Brown The Washington Post A fascinating lesson in geology, oceanography, archaeology, and inductive reasoning.

List of Mapsp. 9
Note to the Readerp. 12
Prologue: Witnessesp. 13
The Discovery of the Flood Story
Deciphering the Legendp. 21
Conversionsp. 31
Visions of Palacesp. 36
The Face of the Deepp. 45
Ur of the Chaldeesp. 52
The Discovery of a Real Flood
Hidden Riverp. 61
Gibraltar's Waterfallp. 73
Vanished Desertsp. 93
Pontus Axenusp. 101
Red Hillp. 108
Aquanautsp. 118
Immigrantsp. 128
Close Encounterp. 135
Beachcombersp. 143
Back of the Envelopep. 152
Who Was There, and Where Did They Go?
Anybody There?p. 165
The Diasporap. 188
Family Treesp. 202
The Guslar's Songp. 217
The Flood Stories Told
On a Golden Pondp. 229
Other Mythsp. 238
Epilogue: A Telling of Atrahasisp. 253
Acknowledgmentsp. 261
Notesp. 263
Indexp. 303
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ISBN: 9780684859200
ISBN-10: 0684859203
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 25th January 2000
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.26 x 13.92  x 1.78
Weight (kg): 0.37
Edition Number: 1