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Melting Scandinavian ice provides missing link in Europe’s final Ice Age story

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Molecular-based moisture indicators, remains of midges and climate simulations have provided scientists with the final piece to one of the most enduring puzzles of the last Ice Age.

For years, researchers have struggled to reconcile climate models of the Earth, 13,000 years ago, with the prevailing theory that a catastrophic freshwater flood from the melting North American ice sheets plunged the planet into a sudden and final cold snap, just before entering the present warm interglacial.

Now, an international team of scientists, led by Swedish researchers from Stockholm University and in partnership with UK researchers from the Natural History Museum (NHM) London, and Plymouth University, has found evidence in the sediments of an ancient Swedish lake that it was the melting of the Scandinavian ice sheet that provides the missing link to what occurred at the end of the last Ice Age. The study, published in Nature Communications examined moisture and temperature records for the region and compared these with climate model simulations.

 

https://www.plymouth.ac.uk/news/melting-scandinavian-ice-provides-missing-link-in-europes-final-ice-age-story

 

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http://www.nature.com/ncomms/2015/151117/ncomms9939/full/ncomms9939.html

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It's all a bit technical for me with my little brain Knocker but I am very interested in this subject and have thought a great deal about it.

 

Effectively, I believe that the difference in sea level between now and the height of the ice age is something like about 130 metres but it does not seem as though if was a consistent rise over time but came in stages by the different ice caps melting at different rates and was retarded by the younger Dryas for a time when the cold advanced for a while.

 

In the northern hemisphere we had the Laurentian ice cap, the Greenland and ice cap and the Scandinavian ice cap which at its peak covered a good part of the UK.

 

As far as I recall the UK was still attached to the continent for a few thousand years after the start of the melt and 'Doggerland' still existed until about 6000 years BC until it was finally deluged.

 

The things which I find intriguing are the biblical flood and other flood legends about the world.

 

It seems sensible to me that these were caused as a result of sea level rises due to the melting ice caps - I believe that during the ice age the Mediterranean was land locked and so was the Black Sea.

 

I wonder of it were the case that as the sea level in the Atlantic rose it eventually overflowed the land bridge between the south of Spain and North Africa, gradually building up the level of the Med until such a stage that it eventually overflowed the other land bridge at the Bosphorus and then  went on to increase the level of the Black Sea.

 

By that time there would have been ancient settlements along the south Black Sea close and was in fact pretty close to the 'cradle of civilisation' and that it was the rising of the waters here which could have given rise to the Biblical account. As it is some think that the Ark was grounded in the region of eastern Turkey, so as a theory it all seems to fit.

 

Any comments?

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I wonder of it were the case that as the sea level in the Atlantic rose it eventually overflowed the land bridge between the south of Spain and North Africa, gradually building up the level of the Med until such a stage that it eventually overflowed the other land bridge at the Bosphorus and then  went on to increase the level of the Black Sea.

 

By that time there would have been ancient settlements along the south Black Sea close and was in fact pretty close to the 'cradle of civilisation' and that it was the rising of the waters here which could have given rise to the Biblical account. As it is some think that the Ark was grounded in the region of eastern Turkey, so as a theory it all seems to fit.

 

Any comments?

 

The discussion regarding this has been ongoing for years Mike and a number of papers written on the subject. Wiki does a fairly brief summary.

 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_Sea_deluge_hypothesis

 

And

 

http://www.whoi.edu/oceanus/feature/noahs-not-so-big-flood

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