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In 1997, geologists Walter Pitman and William Ryan proposed the first truly novel interpretation of the flood in over 150 years. Their studies of sediments in the Black Sea convinced them that the body had been a freshwater lake until about 5600 B.C. When the rising waters of the Mediterranean broke through the Bosporus, "ten cubic miles of water poured through each day, two hundred times what flows over Niagara Falls."
With great intellectual daring, Pitman and Ryan have moved outside of their academic niche to suggest that this event had enormous consequences for human history. They marshal evidence from archeology, mythology, linguistics, and agriculture to describe a flood-driven diaspora of early farmers. Subsets of these people became (variously) proto-Indo-Europeans, Sumerians, Beaker People, Vincas, Tocharians--the founders of the early cultures of Europe and western Asia. --Mary Ellen Curtin --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
This book reads like a mystery novel.
There were, of course, many accounts of a great flood, including the story in the epic of Gilgamesh, some of whose elements are confirmed by Ryan and Pitman's work.
This was a response to another's review which I completely disagreed with who claimed this book was sensationalist!
Bought used. Content is good, but writer's style is more of a novelist. Reads like an action novel, belying the truth it reveals.Published 10 hours ago by Joe
very informative. the creation people shouldn't bother to read it.Published 21 days ago by Phyllis I Lackey
The book filled in information that could not be gleaned from the biblePublished 2 months ago by Bernard Haines
It has elements in it that proves the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon. Some of this information was not available in Joseph Smith Jr.'s day. From whom did Joseph Smith Jr. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Moses Ouzounian
Written for educators and not an interesting approach. Maybe okay for those interested more from a geologic approach. Not an easy read at all.Published 11 months ago by Chief Bob
Having had the opportunity to hear a talk by William Ryan on this subject ,I wanted to follow up with his book. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Paula M Quinley