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Catastrophic Megaflooding in the English Channel

22 April 2014
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Event type:
Evening meeting, Lecture
Organised by:
South East Regional Group
The Bell Inn, Godstone
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A talk by Professor Sanjeev Gupta (Imperial College)

In this lecture, Professor Sanjeev Gupta discusses how a catastrophic megaflood, which occurred between 450,000 and 200,000 years ago, carved out a large channel and caused the separation of Britain and France. These events isolated Britain and dramatically affected early human habitation in the area.

The study was led by Professor Gupta and Dr Jenny Collier, both of Imperial College London, and was published in the journal Nature in 2007. The study identified the presence of the large channel, tens of kilometres wide and up to 50 metres deep, carved into Chalk bedrock on the floor of the English Channel. High resolution imagery was used to produce spectacular images of the channel and show deep scour marks and landforms which were created by torrents of flowing water.

Time: 18:00 for 18:30 start.

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