Becoming an Island; a brief history of how Great Britain was formed

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How the northern peninsula of France became the Island nations of Great Britain

The Last Ice Age

If you look at the image you notice that most of the Western World is
under quite a few feet of ice.

This means that no one lived there.
No one could live there.

Human kind lived in the warmer regions; primarily East Africa.
Although there were migrations north and west and east, often
humankind had to remigrate when the climate became too hostile.

Considering approximately 3 Million years of humanoid existence on Earth,
it is only in the last 30 thousand years some form of civilisation existed.

Climate has a lot to do with civilisation.

The End of the Ice Age

As the Ice began to melt, about 12,000 years ago, people began to move North.

At the time, Great Britain was not an island, it was a peninsular. People could walk from what is today France to what is today England.

People moved back and forth following the animals they hunted for food.

As the ice continued to melt, sea levels rose, but slowly, nothing to frighten
anyone. The Earth was getting warmer, but slowly.

What had been thick sheets of ice was now marshland.
What had been tundra was becoming fertile soil

The Norway Connection

Ice melted all over the Northern Hemisphere.
In some places this was nothing to be concerned about.
In Norway it caused an enormous landslide.

This displacement caused one of the greatest tsunamis on Earth.
Huge waves came racing across the North sea to slam against the Peninsula.
Water raced from the East forty kilometers inland, and shoved through
the marshland, creating a deep channel, severing the peninsular.

The Deluge

The flood would have lasted several months.
At its peak, one million cubic metres of water flowed into what would become
the English Channel. Every second, a thousand times more water than plunges
down the Victoria Falls raced from the East to the West.

This megaflood changed the local geography.
This flood water, racing through the marsh land permanently separated
what would become the United Kingdom from continental Europe.

Those who were on the 'peninsula' must have been terrified, seeing
this racing water.

They must have raced northwards as the water was clearly rising.

Getting as far from this racing flood water was survival, and those who were
in the South ran as fast as they could for as long as they could to escape.

For months people kept migrating North until they could not see the water.

Many must have waited, assuming the water would cease, retreat and they
could return home.

The current was very powerful, so even if rafts had been tried they would have
gone far out to the North sea...maybe hitting upon Greenland before the travelers
died, that is, if the Rafts held together.

Realising they were stuck, at least for now, the people built more permanent homes, and although many might have considered return this was delayed for many years.

Considering how short the life span, France might have become a fantasy, a
place which didn't exist in their world.

For the next few thousand years England developed independently of Europe.

They developed their own languages, their own religion and culture.


Flood, Geology, Global Warming, Great-Britain, Ice-Age, Island, Norway, Tsunami, Warming

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author avatar Denise O
15th Feb 2011 (#)

Gosh, just imagine seeing that water coming, geesh! I enjoyed your article a lot.
Thank you for sharing.:)

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author avatar kaylar
15th Feb 2011 (#)

You're very welcome. I enjoyed writing it

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
16th Feb 2011 (#)

that is one of the most fascinating times in history.. such amazing changes. wow

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author avatar kaylar
16th Feb 2011 (#)

When you study Archeology it's like humans just bobbled around until about 10k years ago when they got into the settling down, having a family, writing letters...
The climate has to have something to do with it

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author avatar James R. Coffey
16th Feb 2011 (#)

Hummm . . . would be interested in your sources for this one . . .

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author avatar kaylar
16th Feb 2011 (#)

Y'know, you seem to think I have a fantastic imagination and can just invent stuff...
this is the google I did when I first heard about it on the BBC. I tend to Google when I come across something I didn't know before.
I read the articles here and then made my own article. They are currently doing a 'dig' (underwater dig) around the Isle of Wight (south of England).

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author avatar Retired
18th Feb 2011 (#)

karlar-- really cool and interesting history, then things you can find on teh net!

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author avatar Retired
18th Feb 2011 (#)

really quite intersing to read this stuff... If I've double commented i am sorry my internet has been acting up

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author avatar kaylar
18th Feb 2011 (#)

Happened to me as well...double comment. When I heard about it on the BBC I immediately went into research mode
I didn't know this before, so had to learn all I could

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author avatar aniketnik
20th Feb 2011 (#)

Interesting piece of information.

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author avatar kaylar
20th Feb 2011 (#)

you're welcome

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author avatar Luminous
19th Dec 2012 (#)

Interesting infomation. Thx!

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author avatar kaylar
16th May 2013 (#)

you're welcome...

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