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Black Sea Flood Theory to Be Tested

Science  12 Feb 1999:
Vol. 283, Issue 5404, pp. 915-916
DOI: 10.1126/science.283.5404.915a

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CAMBRIDGE, MASSACHUSETTS-- Scientists plan to mount a major expedition this summer to look for remains of ancient settlements submerged in the Black Sea, a team including Robert Ballard, discoverer of the Titanic wreck, announced here on 30 January. The archaeological treasure hunt is meant to test a controversial theory that fast-rising waters some 7500 years ago drove coastal dwellers inland at a dizzying rate of 1 to 2 kilometers a day, a cataclysm that some researchers say could have spread farming into Central Europe and perhaps even account for the biblical tale of Noah's ark.