The Mediterranean was a Desert: A Voyage of the Glomar "Challenger"

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The Mediterranean Was a Desert is Kenneth Hsu's firsthand account of one of the most fascinating deep-sea drilling cruises ever launched. This voyage, Leg 13 of the D/V Glomar Challenger, was undertaken in 1970 and led to a spectacular geological headline: the hypothesis that about five and a half million years ago the Mediterranean Sea was a desert.
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Overview

The Mediterranean Was a Desert is Kenneth Hsu's firsthand account of one of the most fascinating deep-sea drilling cruises ever launched. This voyage, Leg 13 of the D/V Glomar Challenger, was undertaken in 1970 and led to a spectacular geological headline: the hypothesis that about five and a half million years ago the Mediterranean Sea was a desert.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780691024066
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press
  • Publication date: 11/1/1987
  • Pages: 216
  • Product dimensions: 5.45 (w) x 8.48 (h) x 0.57 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations ix
Preface xiii
Prologue 3
1. Germ of an Idea 25
2. Friends of JOIDES 36
3. August 13, 1970, Lisbon 41
4. Crisis and Trial 54
5. Back to Gibraltar? 71
6. Murphy's Law 78
7. A Deposit of Unusual Gravels 85
8. Execution Stayed 92
9. All's Well That Ends Well 95
10. Lost Secrets of the Mediterranean 101
11. Intermezzo 107
12. The Deluge 111
13. In the Beginning There Was an Ocean 118
14. A Mediterranean Seabed Tucked under an Island 126
15. Melange under Strabo Mountain 133
16. Yesterday a Marsh, Tomorrow a Mountain 138
17. Lady's Choice 142
18. A Painted Desert 148
19. The Bull's-Eye 154
20. Homebound in a Mistral 163
Epilogue 170
Postscript 180
Glossary of Technical Terms and Acronyms 185
Suggestions for Further Reading 191
Index 193
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