Five and a half million years ago, the waters of the Atlantic flooded across an isthmus joining Morocco and Spain and into a vast trench in the earth's crust. The resulting cataract plunged for a century or so over a cliff many miles long and fifty times higher than Niagra, until at last the basin was filled and the Mediterranean Sea had been born. No other sea, or indeed any large-scale feature on the face of the earth could have had such a dramatic beginning. In The First Eden, David Attenborough's latest excursion into the field of natural history, he explores the history and current state of this fascinating region, which became the cradle of civilization.
Attenborough not only describes the natural history of the Mediterranean, but also tells the fascinating story of mankind's changing attitudes toward and relationship with the natural world. The Mediterranean is perhaps the oldest humanized landscape in the world, and it is here that mankind has left the most continuous, detailed, and abundant evidence of its activities.
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