Plumbing Black Sea for Proof of the Deluge

Gordon Simons (
Wed, 6 Jan 1999 10:42:44 -0500 (EST)

There is an article in today's electronic version of the NY Times
entitled "Plumbing Black Sea for Proof of the Deluge," written by
John Noble Wilford. To show the flavor, here is the first paragraph:

Two Columbia University marine geologists, inviting incredulity, came
forward in 1996 with astonishing evidence suggesting that a catastrophic
flood of the Black Sea 7,600 years ago could have played a pivotal role in
the spread of early farming into Europe and much of Asia. The deluge also
may have cast such a long shadow over succeeding cultures that it inspired
the flood account in the Babylonian epic of Gilgamesh and, in turn, the
story of Noah in the Book of Genesis.