RE: Sumer under water?

Vandergraaf, Chuck (
Wed, 24 Jun 1998 17:18:49 -0400

with some salt-tolerant grasses. Sheep seem to tolerate these grasses and,
along the North coast of Fryslan in the Netherlands, one commonly finds
sheep grazing on this type of land. I'm not sure it would take only "a few
years' worth of rain" in Iraq to remove the salt; I thought the climate was
a rather arid in that region and there would probably not be much of a
gradient in that area.

Chuck Vandergraaf
Pinawa, MB
> ----------
> From: Glenn R. Morton[]
> Sent: June 24, 1998 6:08 AM
> To: Dick Fischer;
> Subject: Re: Sumer under water?
> At 12:10 AM 6/24/98 -0400, Dick Fischer wrote:
> >Glenn wrote:
> >
> >>Last night I mentioned that present rates of progradation of the
> >>Tigris and Euphrates rivers would imply that in 4800 BC the
> >>Persian Gulf would have been just shy of 300 miles inland of the
> >>present shoreline.
> >
> >I must admit I have not studied the history of ancient Sumer before
> >there were people living there. I do know the rationale for
> >settling the region was because the soil was rich and suitable for
> >growing crops. But not being a geologist I really don't know.
> >What is soil like that has been covered by salt water right up to
> >the time settlers arrive?
> Salt, being highly soluble in freshwater. Given a few years worth of
> rain,
> and the salt will be removed and the soil then OK for farming. Look at the
> Netherlands.
> glenn
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