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Bering Earth Bridge


The Bering Land Bridge National Reserve, located on the Seward Peninsula in northwest Alaska, protects the remains of a land bridge that connected the continents of Asia and North America, which are now separated by the Bering Strait.


Archaeologists and academics have long theorized about when humans arrived in North and South America, as well as where they came from. One prevailing theory holds that hunters followed game – including mammoths and mastodons – from Siberia to North America across a land bridge that emerged about 12,000 years ago, during the last Ice Age, when sea level was around 90 meters lower due to the accumulation of glacial ice.

Most of the land bridge, also known as Beringia , now lies under the Chukchi (part of the Arctic Ocean to the north) and Bering (part of the Pacific Ocean to the south) seas. The Bering Strait connects the two seas.

Image taken in

November 17, 2011


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