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After the end of the last Ice Age, extensive landscapes once home to tens of thousands were inundated by the sea. Although scientists have predicted the existence of such a kingdom for many years, exploration has only recently become a reality.
Oil company divers working with scientists from the University of St Andrews have found remains of that ‘drowned world.’
A team of climatologists, archaeologists and geophysicists has now mapped the area to reveal the full extent of a ‘lost land’ once roamed by mammoths, a land of hills and valleys, large swamps and lakes with major rivers dissecting a convoluted coastline.
Doggerland, a huge area of dry land that stretched from Northern Scotland to Denmark and down the English Channel as far as the Channel Islands – bigger than many modern European countries – was slowly submerged by water between 18,000 BC and 5,500 BC.
‘The name was coined for Dogger Bank, but it applies to any of several periods when the North Sea was land,’ says Richard Bates of the University of St Andrews. ‘Around 20,000 years ago, there was a ‘maximum’ – although part of this area would have been covered with ice. When the ice melted, more land was revealed – but the sea level also rose.
‘People seem to think rising sea levels are a new thing – but it’s a cycle of Earth history that has happened many many times.’
Dr Bates, a geophysicist, said: ‘Doggerland was the real heartland of Europe until sea levels rose to give us the UK coastline of today.’
Note: Sea levels at the end of the last ice age stood 350 to 400 feet lower than today, so these findings do not surprise me at all. (See “Not by Fire but by Ice,” p 145)
A new science exhibit in London examines the lost landscape of Doggerland and includes artifacts from various times represented by the exhibit – from pieces of flint used by humans as tools to the animals that also inhabited these lands.
For further information on the exhibit, visit:
Drowned Landscapes is on display at The Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition 2012 from July 3-8 at the Royal Society in London.
See entire article and lots of photos:
Thanks to Aubrey Smyth for this link
“This article shows rising sea levels are nothing new and have been happening for thousands of years long before present day ‘Climate Change’,” says Aubrey.
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