Icy times!
In Response To: Waiting for the Robert E. Lee ()

Mei, you wrote;

"You are adorable but what do you consider as being “Real Times”?

From my view point, the last (world-wide) glacial melt down took place about 12,700 years ago.

Yes, I do admit that we have minor/major climatic events that have minor/major effects on mankind."

Mai, my responses do not agree with Charles' ideas, and as such do not belong on this site. But to make it clear, I do not follow the 12,700 year ago formula, and would consider that events similar to the major event happened less than 700 years ago! There is a lot of evidence of sea level changes in the last 1,000 years! Especially in the MED. area!

So, for a quick look, please examine this;

The following is from this web site;

"Mediterranean Sea - water level


One fact seems reasonably certain: around 500 BC. at the height of the ancient Greek and Phoenician civilizations, the ocean level was between one and two meters lower than it is today. From then on, for nearly 800 years - from 600 BC. to 100 AD - the ocean level remained low enough and the climate sufficiently genial enough, to allow some coastal salt-making, though floods in Rome and silting, [indicating a higher sea level], up at the mouth of the Tiber, soon became a problem in the 1st century AD.

The Salinae Romanae were almost certainly the reason for Ostia's foundation, probably before 400 BC. Indeed, Rome may not have developed without Ostia's salt beds.

As the sea level of the Mediterranean rose, the salt beds of Ostia and others flooded and within a short period stopped producing salt. Vain attempts to move the beds inland met with difficulty in finding the vast flat areas needed for evaporation, combined with the requirement that the small sea tide would intermittently fill the pans.

The port of Rome, Ostia, was moved inland at least three times, leaving us with the evidence of this sea level rise. The Emperor Claudius rebuilt a harbour near the present day Fumicino airport, but in 62 AD [Tacitus], after 200 ships had been destroyed there, Trajan sited his port still further up the Tiber as a six-sided basin: by 400 AD it was also unusable.

The archaeological evidence of this sea rise can also be seen at other port sites around the Mediterranean where at the original construction [at the height of the ancient Greek and Phoenician civilizations] is still submerged indicating that they were built when the sea level was still lower than the present day level, and following her war with the Etruscans, her prime mission was to defend the shores of Latium.

Lepcis Magna, the polygonal port in North Africa was also built at the time of Trajan, and is today similarly landlocked. Mount Cassius on the Sinai coast, and Ephesus in Turkey would also seem to have similar characteristics of suffering from difficulties at a time of eustatic sea level changes.

The port of Classis near Ravenna was capable of harbouring 100 ships shortly after Augustus, and became a major port .

Other coastal towns like Ravenna and Aquilea, previously deep inland, turned into ports and were among the few ports situated near saltworks to survive in Italy, only to later become landlocked again, for the coming centuries, high and dry and about 10 km from the coast.

The Dead Sea itself gives another indication of the very wet climate of that period: it suddenly rose to reach 72 [seventy two] meters above the present level between 70 BC and 40 BC and . The Qumran, Dead Sea Scrolls were found in caves near this high watermark possibly to protect them, rather than to hide them."

Information to remember!


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