The once dry landmass stretching from Scotland to Denmark was discovered after 15 years of research, and it’s been big news in the UK press, where it is being called “Britain’s Atlantis”.
Here’s a map of the land believed to have once made up Doggerland:
Photo: University of St. Andrews
The data was found using seismic scans and geophysical modelling courtesy of oil and gas companies. Researchers were also able to use evidence from fossils obtained through dives to paint a picture of a land marked by hills and valleys, lakes and swamps, and rivers dividing a long and extensive coastline.
By recreating the landscape and the plant life, scientists were also able to estimate the “carrying capacity” of the island. They believe tens of thousands of humans once called Doggerland home, living alongside mammoths and reindeer.
The discovery is itself fascinating, but also worrying. In March, the island nation of Kiribati began negotiations with Fiji to buy 5,000 acres of land to relocate their inhabitants to once the archipelago begins to be consumed by the Pacific Ocean. The island is one of the most susceptible islands to climate change and the resulting rise in sea levels, but not the only one.
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