Revisiting the Messinian Salinity Episode -
Over ten years have passed since the 2008 publication of our renowned CIESM Monograph 33 which synthesized the leading scenarios and models of a crisis that started at 5.96 Ma and ended at 5.5 Ma, with a reflooding of the Mediterranean at 5.33 Ma. A new paper by Georges & Jean Mascle, former Chair of our Marine Geosciences Committee, highlights the importance of the deep Gibraltar current which exfiltrates saltier and warmer water into the Atlantic. Interruption of this deep current during the Messinian stage led to over-salinity, water stratification and finally to massive salt precipitation. A sudden water drop on the order of 1,500 m ensued. At the same time intense erosion of the newly emerged continental slopes took place, often quite far inland.

Mediterranean Sea during Messinian time

Our 42nd Intl Congress, focused on Mediterranean / Atlantic exchanges, is just behind us.

Check here for a collection of images, videos and texts capturing some of the best moments of (y)our week in Cascais!

Marine mammals & co now under UN watch
Satellite monitoring of Mediterranean salinity
East. West Intl. Conference
Sochi, Russian Federation
CIESM recommendations on submarine canyons
CIESM Charter on ABS and intellectual property of marine resources
Restoring Medit. Fish stocks
Marine Peace Parks in the Medbroad lines of CIESM proposal and full Monograph
Acid a bad trip for marine species
Some like it hot – or how Mediterranean marine species face global warming

NEW! Engaging marine scientists and fishers to share knowledge and perceptions
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CIESM Atlas on Exotic Seaweeds
Explore some of the 118 exotic species of the volume
CIESM Workshop Monographs  
   n°50    Contrasting perceptions of fishing & research worlds
   n°49    Bacterial Pathogens
   n°48    Marine Connectivity
   n°47    Submarine canyon dynamics
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Views of previous Congress (2016)
Our 41th Congress was held in Kiel at the kind invitation of the German Government
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