Thursday, July 19, 2007

Flood made Britain an island

A news relase by Nature brings our attention to a new study showing that the Dover Strait, the narrow piece of water between Britain and France, was created by a flood.

The island that is now England, Scotland and Wales was severed from continental Europe by a cataclysmic flood during the last ice age, according to a group of researchers based in Britain.

The team, led by Sanjeev Gupta, a geologist at Imperial College London, have found strong evidence at the bottom of the English Channel for a 'super-flood' theory first suggested more than 20 years ago. At that time, the idea that the Dover Strait — the narrow seaway that separates England and France — was created by a massive surge was widely ignored because of lack of solid geological evidence. That has now changed.

According to the news release by Nature, there was probably not just one flood, but two - one 450,000 years ago and one 200,000 years ago. Both during times where Europe was experiencing an ice age.

The study from Nature can be found here (behind a pay-wall).

Other coverage:
Herald Sun (Australia)
The Guardian

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Blogger Anonymous Coward said...

It's only a matter of time before the creationist twist this into a biblical flood proof...

love your blog btw, you seem to really stay on top of things,

would you like to exchange links?

July 20, 2007 8:05 PM  
Blogger Kristjan Wager said...

Thank you for your kind words. I don't exchange links as such, but your blog does certainly look like it would fit on my blogroll, so it'll be added next time I update it (probably next week or so).

July 21, 2007 3:43 PM  

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