Paratethys was a large shallow sea, stretching from the area located to the north of Alpes, around the Central Europe up to the Aral sea in the West Asia. The sea formed itself in the epoch of Oligocene (after 34 million years ago), when it was separated from the located on the south ocean Tethys by the formations of Alps, Dinarics, Taurus and Caucasian mountains. During its long existence the Paratethys repeatedly connected from time to time to the Tethys or its successors – the Mediterranean Sea or Indian Ocean. Beginning with the Pliocene epoch (after 5 million years ago), the Paratethys began quickly to shallow. Today’s Black, Caspian and Aral seas are the remains of Paratethys.
Раздел "Remains of Disappeared Civilizations"
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