Some of the salt deposit areas in the
Mediterranean were 800 meters (2,400 feet) deep.
The basin that was exposed when the
Mediterranean dried up was 2-3 miles deep.
Deposits from the Mediterranean were found
in mountains that were formed in Italy, Libya and Sicily.
The spilling of the Atlantic Ocean into the
Mediterranean created a waterfall that over 1,000 meters (3,000
feet) high. It was taller and more powerful than Angel Falls.
In other words, you would not have wanted to stand in the
Mediterranean basin when this flood occurred, unless you had a
The air pressure at the bottom of the dried
Mediterranean basin was twice the amount it is at the Earth's
Rivers, such as the Nile in Africa, had to
cut down 2 kilometers to reach the Mediterranean basin's reduced
mean water level.
The new basin that formed during the
Salinity Crisis held a large amount of the Earth's salt. This
caused the average salinity of seawater to drop and the freezing
point to rise. This, in turn, may have caused the global mean
temperature to decrease.