The desiccation of the Mediterranean sea

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In the Mediterranean region there is a marked discontinuity between the fossil remains found in Miocene deposits and those in the more recent Pliocene deposits which overlay them. There exist nothing in the way of missing links to bridge the gap. Deep drilling has revealed that the explanation is that the earlier fauna derived from an Indo-Pacific ocean became extinct when the Mediterranean dried up; the later ones came with an Atlantic inundation. © 1987.

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  • Kenneth J. Hsü

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