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Beneath Dead Sea, Scientists Seek Natural History

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Explosion of Reds and Yellows

Speaking of the 6,000 year old earth1, there’s some interesting work being done in the Dead Sea…

EIN GEDI, Israel — Five miles out, nearly to the center of the Dead Sea, an international team of scientists has been drilling beneath the seabed to extract a record of climate change and earthquake history stretching back half a million years.

The New York Times Ein Gedi lies about five miles from the drilling platform The preliminary evidence and clues found halfway through the 40-day project are more than the team could have hoped for. The scientists did not expect to pull up a wood fragment that was roughly 400,000 years old. Nor did they expect to come across a layer of gravel from a mere 50,000 to 100,000 years ago. That finding would seem to indicate that what is now the middle of the Dead Sea — which is really a big salt lake — was once a shore, and that the water level had managed to recover naturally.

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Footnotes:
  1. I am being sarcastic, if you don’t know. The earth is much, much older than 6,000 years old, only the anti-science Christian fundamentalists think otherwise []

Written by Seth Anderson

December 18th, 2010 at 10:43 am

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  1. I hope that the scientists will find more clues about the past, for now it sounds very promising.
    Meanwhile did you know that the Dead sea itself has been chosen as one of the 28 finalists in the new7wonders campaign (you can vote here . )

    Olga

    19 Dec 10 at 2:59 am

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