Geologic map of Iraq--no flood in Iraq

From: Glenn Morton (
Date: Mon Aug 19 2002 - 00:41:35 EDT

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    I have spent the past two weeks traveling the Baltic region, collecting some
    nice fossils and missing all the biographies of everyone. I will get around
    to reading them. I also was able to find something which I had wanted to
    find, a geologic map of Iraq which clearly separates the fluvial Quaternary
    from the rest of the geology. The map is from the USGS open file report
    97-470B. What is shown on the picture on my website is the northern part of
    the country along the Euphrates river. The slightly orangish areas are
    Tertiary which comes before and is much older than the Quaternary. Clearly
    the recent deposits form just a narrow band along the river valley and give
    no observational support for the idea of a regional deluge covering
    Mesopotamia. The quaternary fluvial includes all sediments which are younger
    than 1.8 million years old. The lack of them anywhere except along the
    river channel is disproof that Northern Iraq was ever flooded during the
    past 1.8 million years. The map can be seen at


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