During the mid to late cretaceous period there was a massive inland sea that covered much of North America. It was up to 970 km wide and over 3,200 km long. Much of this was caused by geological actions in the earth’s tectonic plates. But the size of this inland sea was enlarged also by the fact that the climate globally was warmer during that time, and there were no major ice sheets at the poles. The sea level was an average of 100 meters higher during this warm period. Because of the cooler climate today, there are massive ice sheets that cover the Antarctic continent and Greenland. In the Antarctic alone the ice sheet varies from 2 to 4.5 kilometers in thickness, that’s 1 to 3 miles of solid ice covering a continent twice the size of Australia! As the climate warms, there is evidence that these ice sheets are shrinking. Even a small scale melting of these polar ice caps will alter coastlines around the world.
Legend has it that Atlantis sank into the sea. If you live in a place called Atlantis you might want to consider putting your house up for sale, and moving to higher ground.
This painting has participated in the following International Exhibit
"Fear IIX" Projekt 30, Online, New York, NY, USA 2014