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Transcript of Beringia
Location and Geographical Features
By: Arya Tamaskar, Sydney Starr, and Monica Hosler
Beringia was located in present day Northwest Alaska to far East Russia. A large portion of it is gone today because it is now covered in water due to the Ice Age. While it was still existing, the land wouldn't have ice on it because the climate was so dry. It also created a land bridge between North America and Europe known as the Bering Bridge.
Beringia was naturally formed in the last Ice Age. Massive glaciers consumed lots of water causing water levels to drop 100-150 meters forming a land bridge. It revealed the floor of the Bering Sea connecting Alaska and Siberia. The bridge was important at that time because the
land called Beringia was to dry for Glaciers and was important to survival. The land homed
hardy grasses, herbs, and many animals. With all these resources Beringia was very important
to survival. This bridge also made it possible for humans to travel from Asia to North America.
Culture and Time of Residence
What Would People Learn About Specific Native American Cultures by Visiting Beringia
Although Beringia is no longer here, the people of Northwest Alaska and and Far east Russia have similar traditions, languages, and dependence on the environment as the people of Beringia once had. Some also believe that if Beringia were still around that we would be able to tell who the first people to populate North America were, when and how they traveled and how they survived the harsh weather.
Beringia was around during the Pleistocene Epoch.
Berinigia was home to many animals including the Wooly Mammoth, the Giant Short-Faced Bear, and the Scimitar Cat.
The people who crossed Beringia and became the first people o North America followed the earlier movements of the plants and land animals.
How it's changed
Beringia used to be very dry and full of natural resources. It was home to many animals and plants. Since the last Ice Age the Beringia land bridge is no longer visible. As glaciers melted the water refilled covering the land bridge, though it is still
there under the shallow water.
This is the Beringia land bridge
One of the cultures you would've found in Berinia is the Paleo-Indian tribe. There was also many other native travelers coming over the Bering Bridge to go, or come from, Siberia or Alaska. This all would've happened in 13,500 B.C.
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