Friday, July 20, 2007

Massive, Prehistoric Flood Cut UK from Europe

For 13 million years, a land bridge connected Britain to Europe where the present day Straits of Dover are. But sometime between 180,000 and 450,000 years ago, the bridge was washed away by an awesome flood, according to an Imperial College of London study. This according to a feature at the LA Times.

Somewhere in the region currently covered by the North Sea, a great lake once existed. Glaciers descending from the arctic cut off its original drainage channel causing a flood that released 250 million gallons per second. It’s this flood that cut through the land bridge “like a buzz saw through Styrofoam,” said one geologist. Today, the (very beautiful)
white cliffs of Dover stand where the bridge once was.

Following the floods, humans disappeared from the Britain for about 120,000 years. They wouldn’t return until about 60,000 years ago.

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