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Geochemical "Fingerprints" Leave Evidence That Megafloods Eroded Steep Gorge

July 22, 2013

a researcher gathers samples from a deposit For the first time, scientists have direct geochemical evidence that the 150-mile-long Tsangpo Gorge, possibly the world's deepest, was the conduit by which megafloods from glacial lakes, perhaps half the volume of Lake Erie, drained catastrophically through the Himalayas when their ice dams failed during the last 2 million years. Full Story

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