posted on May, 30 2019 @ 10:47 AM
a reply to: LookingAtMars
On the TV today a series we have over here called Coast was on one of the channel's repeated since I believe the series was made a while ago now but
it was essentially a BBC made discovery type program in which expert's would travel around the shore of the UK (and later parts of Europe) and speak
to other expert's, go over some of the tragedy's such as sinking's and explore both the local history and the natural world of the region each show
covered in a condensed form with usually spectacular shot's of the landscape in the area.
On this episode today, not sure which channel it was as I was channel hopping and stopped to watch just a snippet there was a university expedition
on a fishing boat which was bringing up samples of the sea life in the region the episode was covering and the animal they were looking for was a
particularly long lived scallop which can live to over 250 years of age and it's shell can then be sectioned and it's layers read just like those of a
It was mentioned by the expert that in these were also found in the north sea and could be anything up to 7000 years old - that is actually a very
interesting fact don't you think - up to 7000 years old which would mean that likely this species of native scallop had not colonized the sea bed of
the north sea until about 7000 years ago, that is actually rather interesting though only a single species so it could have taken a while to colonize
the sea bed there - but thousands of years - well it is a long lived species but?, could that perhaps push the sinking of much of the sea bed to more
Now if it had reached the early iron age or the late neolithic period it is quite conceivable that early hunter gatherer, fishing and/or even early
farming/domestication may also have taken place there and what was once the perhaps thriving heart of primitive Europe.
If that is the case we could even one day discover far more substantial settlement's down there than is currently known to have existed for the
period following the cataclysm on what to those people would have been the hinterland's far from the sea and colder due to being at higher elevations
than they were when it was land.
Over time that will become land again, the continental crust of much of northern Europe is still undergoing glacial rebound and it is affecting much
of the north sea area of that crust as well though at a relatively sedate pace and far more slowly than sea level rise is predicted to occur over the
next couple of century's - so before it is land again it will likely first be deeper than it is today, no biggie since much of the land we whom are
looking at this thread are living on was once sea and will be again some day the sea rises and fall's relative to the land and the land rises and
fall's itself as thing's such as ocean crust spreading, continental tilting, glacial depression and inter-glacial rebound have affect upon it.
I would therefore suggest that what they find there will be far from unique on a global stage though is interesting since it is a window into that
early period of post ice age European history of a region now lost to us since it's inundation.