Romania June 10, 2021: A global team of scientists has discovered that about 10 million years ago, there was a large lake on Earth with a larger area than the current Red Sea.
BaaghiTV: According to a report in the online research journal Science Magazine, scientists know this lake as “Paratethys C Mega Lake” which is probably the largest lake in the history of the earth. In a recent study, a team of geologists from Brazil, Russia, Romania, the Netherlands and Germany gathered geological evidence of changes in Lake Paratethys to determine whether the lake’s area would decrease over time. Two new studies show how the ancient body of water took shape and how changes in the surroundings gave rise to elephants, giraffes and other large animals that roam the planet today.
The report goes on to say that one of the assumptions about Lake Paratethys is that it was once an ocean that gradually separated from the rest of the ocean due to geological and climatic changes and became landlocked. According to the report, Dan Palco, an oceanographer at the University of So Paulo, and his colleagues gathered evidence at the main campus. In the light of all the evidence, they found that 10 million years ago today, the lake had the largest area, 2.8 million. It was a square kilometer and stretched from the (modern) Alps in Italy to Kazakhstan in Central Asia.
This is a region larger than today’s Mediterranean, he writes in scientific reports this week. Their analysis further estimates that the lake once contained more than 1.77 million cubic kilometers of water, more than 10 times the volume of today’s freshest and freshwater lakes combined. But due to climate change, the lake began to shrink at least four times in its 500,000-year life, and before that the water level was between 75.5 million and 7.9 million years ago. It dried up to 250 meters, resulting in many small and large lakes with a wide and arid area between them. Thus ended Lake Paratethys.
During its largest event, the lake lost more than a third of its water and more than two-thirds of its surface, leaving a salty layer of water in the lake’s central basin that is close to today’s Black Sea outline. It contains about a third of the salt, which is about the same level as seawater in today’s oceans.
According to scientists, this seems plausible because fossils of a variety of marine animals, including whales, have been found on the site of Lake Paratethys, which has since shrunk in size (as a lake). It happened the most 10 million years ago.
If the water of all the lakes on earth today were combined, the water of Lake Paratethys would have been ten times more.
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