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Lingering end to a salinity crisis

Modelling indicates that a return to fully normal marine conditions in the Mediterranean following the flooding that ended the Messinian Salinity Crisis was delayed by salt transfers and temporarily enhanced stratification.

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Fig. 1: A catastrophic flood through the Strait of Gibraltar, pictured here, into a partially dried out Mediterranean occurred 5.3 million years ago.


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Camerlenghi, A. Lingering end to a salinity crisis. Nat. Geosci. 15, 688–690 (2022).

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