Historically Beringia is the land bridge that separates Russia from the northern American continent - stretching on the west from the Lena River in Russia, to the Mackenzie River in Canada.
|Showing the approximate area of the|
The term Beringia was coined in 1937 by a Swedish botanist Eric Hulten ... after the Dane, Vitus Bering (1681 - 1741) a Russian mariner, was encouraged by Tsar Peter the Great to secretly explore the separation of the two continents.
Bering was not the first to go ashore on the North American continent ... but has been credited with doing so - hence the Bering Strait, Bering Sea, Bering Island, Bering Glacier and the Bering Land Bridge - or Beringia.
|Map of the Mackenzie River watershed -|
showing the Mackenzie flowing into the
Beringia during the ice ages was not glaciated because snowfall was very light - it was a grassland steppe, including the land bridge, that stretched for hundreds of kilometres into the continents on either side.
Bering did not survive his final voyage ... and is buried in a sandbank, on the side of a wind-swept hill on Bering Island, east of the Russian Kamchatka Peninsula.
|Post mortem reconstruction of Bering|
The tale is told in a recently published book Island of the Blue Foxes - by Stephen R Bown ... I noticed a review in British Columbia's Bookworld publication Spring 2018.
That is B for Beringia ... from Aspects by a British 'girl' in Canada ...
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