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.