Doggerland: How did the Atlantis of the North Sea sink?

Posted: December 30, 2020 by oldbrew in Geology, History, sea levels, waves

Hypothetical map of Doggerland [image credit:]

This seems semi-topical on the day Britain signs off on its new deal with the EU countries. Going back into history, but not all that far back, the river Thames flowed into the Rhine. North Sea trawlers still find bones of mammoths and other such fossils in their nets today.
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For a long time, scientists believed that a powerful tsunami destroyed Doggerland 8,200 years ago, says

Sediment analysis now suggests that the land once connecting Great Britain with the rest of Europe had a later demise.

Around 10,000 years ago, at the end of the last ice age, the sea level in northern Europe was still about 60 meters (197 feet) below what it is today.

The British Isles and the European mainland formed a continuous landmass.

Relatively large rivers crossed this landmass, but in a different way than we know today.

The Elbe, for example, flowed into a large inland lake. The Rhine flowed from east to west over long distances. Before it reached the sea at the latitude of Brittany, the Thames flowed into it.

Where the North Sea is today, there were fertile meadows and forests through which hunter-gatherers roamed.

The coast ran about 300 kilometers (186 miles) further north along an area of about 30,000 square kilometers (11,580 square miles) that received the name of “Doggerland” in the 1990s, called after a sandbank now located in the region.

First finds in nets

We do not yet know much about life on this sunken tract of land. Every now and then, fishermen have found mammoth teeth and bones of now-extinct land animals, such as aurochs, in their nets.

Continued here.

  1. oldbrew says:

    Now they plan to make it ‘the world’s largest offshore wind farm’ 👎

  2. saighdear says:

    and remaining topical, why did we ever have to sign up to join what we already ( and still do geologically) belonged to? D***politicians and their devisiveness YEARS ago. Remeber Man that thou art Dust and unto dust thou shallt return. All this bickering about the EU ….. aye and now “Deals”again. Far’s the Greetin bairn gone to now? How dare I ? really?
    Anyone listening to the wafful waffle in the Christmas Lectures ?

  3. oldbrew says:

    Extinct woolly rhinoceros found frozen in Siberian permafrost
    December 30, 2020

    “According to preliminary estimates, the rhino is three or four years old … most likely, it drowned in the river,” scientist Albert Protopopov told the outlet.
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    Must have been warmer in those days?

  4. Ron Clutz says:

    Here’s a bit more on Doggerland from National Geographic and others:

  5. oldbrew says:

    Friesian language in northern Netherlands is like old English e.g. Chaucer’s writings.

  6. oldmanK says:

    Busy end of year it seems. Reading the article makes for interesting finds.

    First, quote ” About 8,200 years ago, huge parts of the continental slope broke off in the sea far below the surface in several phases during the so-called “Storegga Slides”. 8200 ago is ~6200bce.

    Then later it says “It was not until 700 years after the Storegga landslides — around 5500 BC — that the sea level rose so much that the North Sea engulfed the rest of the Dogger Bank.” 5500bce has been a very elusive date but little by little ‘those who seek find’.

    Note: the Garth tsunami is dated to 5500 BP = 3550bce; another important date (but one should look for possible mistakes).

    In link below, between 6200 and 5200 there is another event, similar to the 3550 to ‘B’ North Atlantic Ice Rafting. 5500bce fits the bill (but there are other possibilities from other proxies – nearer to 5700bce). Link:

    But the Doggerland fun was not limited to that part of the world. It was global. To others the fun was greater.

    The above events are worse than Covid; the latter may be dealt with, so stay safe. And Good Luck to all for the new year.

  7. Grame No.3 says:

    Wasn’t the introduction of agriculture in England related to Doggerland being steadily (or otherwise) submerged?
    The usual approach is to date the start of the neolithic in England to around 4-4,5 thousands BC which is far later than the Storegga slides/tsunamis.

  8. Phil Salmon says:

    Thanks Oldbrew!
    I didn’t know that Doggerland only submerged as recently as 5500 years ago, nor what the “Storegga slides” were.

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