In 1998, naturalistic geologists William Ryan and Walter Pitman published an outlandish idea claiming that a catastrophic marine flooding of the Black Sea occurred northward through the Bosporus Strait approximately 7,500 years ago and that this spectacular event was the source of the Genesis Flood “legend” (Ryan and Pitman, 1998).

This story made worldwide headlines and proved to be a lucrative source of funding for marine geologists working in the Black Sea (e.g., Ballard, 2001). Overlooked in the media euphoria was the earlier work proposing a slow, non-catastrophic marine filling of the Black Sea (Ross and Degens, 1974). In 2002, several marine geologists and oceanographers seriously challenged the idea that a marine flooding of the Black Sea ever occurred or was the source of the Genesis Flood (Aksu et al., 2002)….

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