What was the depth of the Mediterranean Sea during the last Ice Age?
If one reviews the full extent of the last ice age, there is proof that the Mediterranean Sea was cut off from the Atlantic Ocean for an unknown period of time due to the drop of the Atlantic Ocean from the transfer of its water to the glaciers, ice fields and expanded ice flows and ice sheets. That which happened in the Arctic, happened in Antarctica.
The cut off point would be a silt dam at the Strait of Gibraltar. There are various places in the Mediterranean Sea that would have changed to fresh water lakes over a period of maybe 10s of thousands of years.
More study is needed, but if one researches, one will discover that part of the timetable for refilling of the Mediterranean Sea happened roughly just several thousand years ago. How long was it cut off from the Atlantic Ocean?
What would the cutoff Mediterranean Sea looked like after thousands of years of Ice Age run off and silt from hundreds of rivers around the Sea? This would have changed the shore lines of the Mediterranean Sea. There would be two land bridges at Gibraltar and at the boot toe of Italy.
The new fresh water seas would have been bordered by commerce. The area of the Mediterranean would have had a different climate due to the compression of Typography towards the Equator. Rain was common.
The Mediterranean Sea of today would have been much different just 12,000 years ago. The Myths of Atlantis and Eden could have basis.
Add 16 Dec. 2010
Here is more evidence that the Mediterranean Sea was cut off from The Atlantic Ocean. A news release out of Libya
reflects that Libya was once flooded by the Mediterranean Sea with fresh water.
"The most important of these aquifers, or water bearing rock strata, were laid down during a geological time when the Mediterranean Sea flowed southward to the foot of the Tibesti Mountains, that are situated on Libya's border with Chad."
This brings us to two questions that need to be addressed.
One, With The Atlantic Ocean cut off at Gibraltar Strait, with rivers during the ice age dumping dumping silt and forming large unrestrained deltas, knowing that rains fell here during the ice age creating an unknown topography that allowed farming, how much silt would be needed to fill the eastern part of the Mediterranean Sea bed east of the Italy boot?
Two, would there have been enough silt to form the fourth river in Genesis 2 as described and make its way off the coast of present day Israel and Syria and cut through the Suez gap to Egypt?
If so, strongly speculating, then the Jordan River and the Dead Sea would have been the third river and made it's way to the Red Sea. The Tigris and Euphrates would have been fed as stated from a major river flowing in the area between Turkey and Cyprus.
If there was a tremendous amount of fresh water from rains, not common at this time and periodic runoff from the glaciers and ice sheets north and south of the Mediterranean Sea bed as we know it today and a tremendous amount of silt dumped into the sea bed we would have had a different picture of the Mediterranean sea bed. There could have been the major river and the four rivers mentioned in Genesis.
Where is the Mediterranean silt today?
The power of the last ice age deluge can be found in the USA in the making of the Columbia River Gorge, The Badlands, The Scablands of Washington State, the Ohio River, Mammoth Cave, The Tennessee River Valley and the English Channel to name some samples. It is said the silt from the Appalachian Mountains can be found from Utah to Texas.
Could the ice age deluge, using the Volga and other major rivers in the sea bed have washed away the silt?
The final solution then remains, is chapter 2 of Genesis poetry or a handed down oral history from 15,000 to 20,000 years ago?