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Black sea deluge, by National Geographic

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Almost every culture on Earth includes an ancient flood story. Details vary, but the basic plot is the same: Deluge kills all but a lucky few. The story most familiar to many people is the biblical account of Noah and his ark. Genesis tells how God saw that the wickedness of man was great and decided to destroy all of creation. Only Noah, who found grace in the eyes of the Lord, his family, and the animals aboard the ark survived to repopulate the planet. Older than Genesis is the Babylonian epic of Gilgamesh, a king who embarked on a journey to find the secret of immortality. During the Ice Age, Ryan and Pitman argue, the Black Sea was an isolated freshwater lake surrounded by farmland.

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