By Valentina Yanko-Hombach, Allan S Gilbert, Nicolae Panin, Pavel M Dolukhanov
Stimulated through "Noah s Flood speculation" proposed through W. Ryan and W. Pitman during which a catastrophic inundation of the Pontic basin was once associated with the biblical tale, major specialists in Black Sea examine (including oceanography, marine geology, paleoclimate, paleoenvironment, archaeology, and linguistic unfold) supply overviews in their info and interpretations bought via empirical medical ways. one of the members are many East ecu scientists whose paintings has not often been released outdoor of Cyrillic. all of the 35 papers marshals its personal proof for or opposed to the flood speculation. No precis or total answer to the flood query is gifted, yet as an alternative entry is supplied to a extensive variety of interdisciplinary details that crosses formerly impenetrable language obstacles in order that new paintings within the quarter can continue with the advantage of a much wider body of reference. the 3 basic situations describing the overdue glacial to Holocene upward push within the point of the Black Sea catastrophic, sluggish, and oscillating are awarded within the early pages, with the succeeding papers geared up by way of geographic region: northern (Ukraine), western (Moldova, Romania, and Bulgaria), southern (Turkey), and japanese (Georgia and Russia), in addition to 3 papers at the Mediterranean. the quantity therefore brings jointly jap and western scholarship to proportion learn findings and views on a debatable topic. additionally, appendices are integrated containing a few six hundred radiocarbon dates from the Pontic zone got by way of USSR and western laboratories. "