Thursday, September 17, 2009

Swimming in the Sahara? Yes, it was..


A prehistoric rock painting at Wadi Sora in southwestern Egypt depicts people swimming in th middle of the Sahara. This seems impossible, but 10,000 years ago the region was a lake-filled savanna. (image courtesy of Science)

The world's largest desert was once a green Eden. One day it will be again.by Alex Stone

A prehistoric rock painting at Wadi Sora in southwestern Egypt depicts people swimming in th middle of the Sahara. This seems impossible, but 10,000 years ago the region was a lake-filled savanna. (image courtesy of Science)
The Sahara, which covers nearly a third of Africa, was once a lush savanna, teeming with wildlife, fish-filled lakes, and ancient humans. "Between 10,500 and around 5,550 years ago, it was a good place to live," says
Stefan Kröpelin, a geoarchaeologist at the University of Cologne in Germany, who has spent the last 30 years leading excavations in the eastern Sahara, a region that until recently has been largely unexplored.

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