The Ocean's Border

2011, Nature  -  52 min Leave a Comment
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Our planet is home to some very special places. In these unique spots radically different worlds await. There, cold meets hot, jungle meets desert, and North meets South. Opposing worlds are destined to live side by side, to discover each other, to share a strange and singular territory. In these places of encounters and collision life proliferates in an unforeseeable reaction. These places are laboratories where nature experiments with her inhabitants day and night... every hour, every minute, every second.

Here, life shakes things up with all its might. Sudden extinctions and new species, long distance travelers, invaders and the invaded, ruthless competition and new opportunities. In these places each living being plays its cards in a game of life and death.

There are only two places that work as true connections between two worlds - the places that join North and South America and Africa and Europe. These spots, lurking between two continents are bridges, strips of land that boast extraordinary and unique natural diversity. No engineer could imagine anything like it, not even the boldest, or the most creative. No one would dare to think of building a bridge almost 1900 kilometers long, to span the sea and connect North and South America.

It all began 80 million years ago in the burning heart of the Earth. Volcanoes emerged from the oceanic spine located between two tectonic plates and tossed up enough material to create small archipelago south of North America. For many thousands of years volcanoes remained active spitting up millions of tons of lava that formed the base of the future bridge. Several generations of volcanic islands appeared, one after another, succumbing to the erosive action of the sea and the tropical wind and rain.

That first sketch of the bridge formed the pillars of the latest structure. That was how the first phase of the construction of the Central American bridge began.