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Catastrophes shaped Alaska

Catastrophes shaped Alaska
trefwoorden: Alaska - catastrofe - 3e eeuw BCE - aardbeving
For thousands of years, ancient Aleuts thrived in villages and family groups spread across the western Alaska Peninsula.
Their resourceful society relied on sockeye salmon supplemented with birds and marine mammals. Archaeological digs have uncovered intricate carvings suggesting these people consulted shamans to interpret the forces of their salmon-centered world.
Then, about 300 B.C., a large earthquake dropped the land nine to 15 feet, altering their lives on a scale almost unthinkable in modern experience.
"This led to the complete inundation and complete destruction of almost every sockeye salmon lake on the western Alaska Peninsula," said Herb Maschner, the lead archaeologist in a 10-year study of ancient Aleut culture and its environment. "As you can imagine, this would be a bad day if you were a sockeye salmon fisherman."

Lees verder bij: Anchorage Daily News (13 oktober 2003)