Geographers believe that this event occurred about 5.5 million years ago and was caused by changes in the structure of the earth that blocked the connection between the Mediterranean and the Atlantic.

Ocean trivia: The Mediterranean used to be almost completely dry.
Ocean trivia: The Mediterranean used to be almost completely dry.

After thousands of years, the evaporation of the Mediterranean sea almost dried up.

It was not until the Strait of Gibraltar reopened that the almost dry basin was quickly filled. This event was called the “prehistoric flood”.

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