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originally posted by: 8675309jenny
Massive human cities are almost always on the coastlines, so it seems likely that 90% of the most significant history of humankind is probably sitting on the seafloor in 400-1000feet of water.
The West Siberian Glacial Lake, also known as West Siberian Lake or Mansiyskoe Lake (Russian: Мансийское озеро), was a periglacial lake formed when the Arctic Ocean outlets for each of the Ob and Yenisei rivers were blocked by the Barents-Kara Ice Sheet during the Weichselian Glaciation, approximately 80,000 years ago. At its maximum extent the lake's surface area was more than twice that of the present-day Caspian Sea.
It is theorized that although drainage to the Arctic Ocean basin (e.g. by the Ob and Yenisei Rivers) was prevented, the lake would eventually overflow to the Mediterranean Sea through a circuitous route that would include the Aral Sea, the Caspian Sea, and the Black Sea. This would have resulted in water from the Selenga River and Lake Baikal draining over a course of some 9,700 kilometres (6,000 mi), considerably longer than any river's course today.